Punter Brian Bradford turned in his best performance of the season, averaging 45.5 yards on his four punts. Even more encouraging than the gross average was the net average of 45.25. The Jayhawks managed just one yard on three returns because of Bradford's high hangtime punts plus great coverage by Ungar and Ervis Hill. The junior punter also pinned Kansas at the six with the one punt that the Jayhawks did not return. Considering the importance of the field position battle (particularly in front of a hostile crowd in College Station and against a good team in a bowl game), Bradford's improved distance, hangtime and consistency over the last couple of weeks may be the most encouraging thing to come out of the Baylor and KU games. Redshirt freshman Justin Smith also punted once, nailing his attempt 49 yards.
The kickoff situation remained about the same, which is to say troublesome but not terrible. Dan Smith got the starting nod and sent his four attempts to the five, the two, the seven and out of bounds at around the 30. Dusty Mangum kicked off twice, angling a high kick to the 12 and another to the 22. David Pino took over the kickoff duties in the second half and on his three attempts kicked out of bounds at the six, to the goalline and to the seven. After the Horns took an early 7-0 lead, Smith's first kick, to the five, was returned by KU's Byron Gasaway all the way to the 41, a potential momentum changer against a better team. The Jayhawks also had returns of 22 and 27 yards later in the first quarter before the coverage team held the KU returners to a more reasonable 16.25 average on their final four returns of the game. Overall, though, the Jayhawks' starting field position after kickoffs was almost the 31 yardline, father out by at least several yards than ideal.
Mangum made both of his field goal attempts, one from 26 and the other from 20 yards. The true freshman was also perfect on his five extra point attempts, including one from 35 yards after Major's unsportsmanlike penalty for heaving the ball into the stands following his QB sneak TD. Pino made both of his point after attempts.
Victor Ike and Hill each returned one kick, Ike for 13 yards and Hill for 21.