Kansas Jayhawks Lay Jarring Loss on Ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Sean MartinCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2010

Jayhawk quarterback Jordan Webb (Shane Keyser/The Kansas City Star)
Jayhawk quarterback Jordan Webb (Shane Keyser/The Kansas City Star)

How do you rebound from an embarrassing loss to a Football Championship Subdivision school? You upset a ranked team, of course.

Last Saturday, Kansas dropped a home game to Missouri Valley's North Dakota State by the score of 6-3. The pathetic play of first year starter sophomore quarterback Kale Pick really set the Jayhawks back. Kansas was sacked four times and never found the end zone.

Today's game against No. 15 Georgia Tech was a little different. The Yellow Jackets were 14-point favorites heading into Lawrence. They were riding a 41-10 shellacking of South Carolina State before Kansas stepped on Georgia Tech's throat.

After last week's loss to the Bison, Kansas head coach Turner Gill decided he needed to make a quarterback change.

Gill has to be happy with the decision he made, as redshirt freshman Jordan Webb played out of his mind in his first start ever as a Jayhawk. Webb finished 18-of-29 for 178 yards and three scores, with one interception.

Kansas relied on another freshman, running back James Sims, who scored one touchdown on 17 carries for 102 yards.

Georgia Tech fumbled six times, fortunately only losing one. The Yellow Jackets converted one Josh Nesbitt pass for a score, their first touchdown through the air on the year.

Kansas might have had added motivation, what with former athletic director Lew Perkins officially resigning and North Dakota State's head coach Craig Bohl dismantling the Jayhawk program.

Georgia Tech headed into halftime with a 17-14 lead, but Kansas scored the next two scores, solidifying their win.

A 40-yard pass from Nesbitt to Stephen Hill finalized the scoring and left the number fifteen school in the country with their first loss.

Thankfully for the Yellow Jackets, this game was not an ACC game.