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Fourcade leads Nicholls to 26-23 overtime win over Kansas

September 01, 2018 - 11:15 pm

Chase Fourcade ran in a 4-yard touchdown in overtime and Nicholls upset Kansas 26-23 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

When the Colonels' Damion Jeanpiere's muffed punt return led to the Jayhawks taking the lead late in the fourth quarter, it seemed as though their resilient upset attempt could go to waste. But Nicholls then marched down the field to tie the game with under a minute left and outplayed Kansas in overtime to secure the road victory.

Kansas' offense had some success early as Peyton Bender found Steven Sims for a touchdown on the second drive to cap an efficient effort that included two nice runs for first downs.

But then Sims dropped an easy score in the end zone next time out, and Kansas had to settle for a field goal.

Bender finished 19-of-35 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Miles Kendrick also saw some time under center, leading one series that resulted in a punt early in the second quarter.

With KU losing to an FCS school in what was expected to be its least-challenging game of the season is not a good start to a make-or-break season for coach David Beaty.

Kansas travels to Central Michigan on Saturday for its only non-conference road game. The Jayhawks haven't won a game on the road since Sept. 9, 2009.

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