Frank Seurer threw for 385 yards and one touchdown yesterday in Los Angeles as Kansas stunned 10th-ranked Southern California, 26-20. The schools had never played each other before.
Bruce Kallmeyer of Kansas kicked field goals of 42, 20, 24 and 28 yards.
Seurer, a senior from Huntington Beach, a Los Angeles suburb, completed 26 of 38 throws. He threw for 270 yards in the opening half as the 18-point underdog Jayhawks took a 20-13 lead.
He said the game was "the thrill of my lifetime," which has been difficult recently.
Frank Seurer Sr. did not witness his son's return to California. The elder Seurer, who had moved to Kansas and bought a restaurant in Lawrence after the Jayhawks gave his son a scholarship, was killed there Aug. 2. A former restaurant employe was charged with second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
Frank Jr. said he felt his father's presence during the game.
"My Dad was whispering in my ear," he said. "He was with me the whole time, with me on every play."
Seurer said USC hadn't seriously recruited him. But Ted Tollner, USC's new coach, said that when he was an assistant coach at San Diego State he had tried to recruit Seurer. "He's just a tremendous quarterback," Tollner said.
"He was up for coming home," Kansas Coach Mike Gottfried said.
Kansas is 2-1-1. The Trojans are 1-1.