Kansas Big 12 Opener vs. BYU Set for 2:30 p.m. Kickoff on ESPN

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks will host their Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m., with the game being televised on ESPN, the conference announced Monday.

The game will be the conference opener for both programs, and the first-ever Big 12 Conference game for BYU, who joined the league on July 1st after competing as an FBS Independent program since 2011. It will also be the second all-time meeting between the Jayhawks and the Cougars, who previously faced off in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day 1992. Kansas scored 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win that game, 23-20.

Kansas will appear on ESPN for the third time under third-year head coach Lance Leipold and second time in the regular season. The Jayhawks faced Arkansas last season in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and hosted No. 3 Oklahoma on October 23, 2021 on ESPN.

Kansas is 2-0 on the year following a 34-23 victory over Illinois on September 8 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks return to action this Saturday, September 16, at Nevada, with kickoff set for 9:30 p.m. CT from Reno, Nevada. BYU is currently 2-0 following victories over Sam Houston and Southern Utah, and the Cougars travel to Arkansas on Saturday.

Fans interested in attending the Kansas vs. BYU game, which is the annual Family Day, can purchase single-game tickets in advance to avoid lines on game day. To purchase tickets, and for more information, please click here.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
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 2020 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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