Kansas wins season-opener against South Dakota

Kansas running back James Sims (29) breaks past South Dakota linebackers Tyler Starr (11), Auston Johnson (1) and Keyen Lage (33) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas running back James Sims (29) breaks past South Dakota linebackers Tyler Starr (11), Auston Johnson (1) and Keyen Lage (33) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – James Sims scored twice and Jake Heaps passed for 110 yards and one TD in his much-anticipated debut, leading Kansas past South Dakota 31-14 Saturday night and matching the Jayhawks’ entire victory total of 2012.

His yardage may not look impressive. But Heaps displayed a strong arm and a quick release in his first action since transferring from BYU, where he smashed most freshman passing records, and sitting out last season while the Jayhawks sank to 1-11 in Charlie Weis’ first year as coach.

He was 10 for 20 and several of his misses probably could have been caught. The Jayhawks (1-0) rushed for 280 yards against the lower-division Coyotes (1-1) with Sims going 94 yards on 16 carries.

Josh Vander Maten was 8 for 18 for 67 yards and one touchdown for South Dakota. He also had 78 of the South Dakota’s 219 yards rushing.

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