Kansas Opens Big 12 Play Saturday at West Virginia


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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Following a 56-10 season-opening victory, Kansas will begin Big 12 play on Saturday, September 10 when the Jayhawks travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT on ESPN+ with Courtney Lyle (Play-by-Play), Forrest Conoly (Analyst) and Tori Petry (Sideline) on the call.

The matchup between the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers is the first of any Big 12 game this season. Kansas and West Virginia last faced on November 27, 2021, when the Mountaineers narrowly edged Kansas 34-28 to end the 2021 season. Saturday’s matchup will be a rare back-to-back conference game between the two schools.

Kansas opened its season with a 56-10 win over Tennessee Tech on Friday, Sept. 2, while West Virginia fell to No. 17 Pitt, 38-31. Kansas’ 56 points scored were the most in a season opener since 1912 and the most at home since scoring 76 against Nebraska in 2007. Defensively, Kansas recorded five sacks – its most in a season opener since 2004 – and held Tennessee Tech to 4-of-17 on third downs. The Jayhawks didn’t punt in the win, while forcing seven punts from the Golden Eagles.

Kansas posted 502 yards in 49 plays in its season-opening win, averaging 10.2 yards per play, which were the most by a KU team since at least 1995. Since 1996, the previous high for yards per play by a Kansas team was 8.6, which came on Oct. 11, 2003 at Colorado.

Defensively, Kansas held Tennessee Tech to 97 passing yards and 190 total yards of offense. The last time the Jayhawk defense kept an opponent under 100 yards of passing and under 200 yards of total offense came on Sept. 4, 2010 against North Dakota State.

West Virginia accounted for 404 yards of offense in the 38-31 loss to Pitt on Sept. 1, including 190 yards that came on the ground. The Mountaineers averaged 5.5 yards per play while allowing 384 yards of total offense to the Panthers.

Saturday’s meeting between Kansas and West Virginia will be the 12th in the series history, including the seventh in Morgantown.

Following Saturday’s Big 12 opener, Kansas will travel to Houston to take on the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on Sept. 17. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Jayhawks will then return home to take on Duke on Sept. 24 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets for Kansas’ five remaining home games, as they take on ACC foe Duke on Sept. 24, before taking on Big 12 opponents Iowa State (Oct. 1), TCU (Oct. 8), Oklahoma State (Nov. 5) and Texas (Nov. 19) at Memorial Stadium.

In addition to single-game tickets, season tickets are available and start as low as $185.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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