Only one week separated the worst game of Tim Biere's life from just about the best.


Only one week separated the worst game of Tim Biere's life from just about the best.

With a much larger role in a brand new offense, the Kansas tight end thought he might begin a breakout year in the opener against lowly North Dakota State. But before he'd completed the first game of his junior year, he was booed off the field. He had fumbled both of the passes thrown to him, including one late in the fourth quarter that doomed any chance of avoiding one of the worst losses in Jayhawk history.

Seven days later, however, he caught the first touchdown pass of his career to help Kansas redeem itself with a shocking victory over then-No. 15 Georgia Tech.

Boos turned to cheers, frowns to smiles and he's happy headed into Saturday's home game against New Mexico State.

"It was kind of a relief," said Biere, an Omaha, Neb., native. "I had the worst game of my life the first week, and then bounced back. Though it still wasn't the perfect game by any means, but it was better than the first week."

Nearly anything would have been an improvement from week one. Biere put the blame on himself for Kansas' embarrassing 6-3 defeat after his costly fumbles. The second, on third down with less than 3 minutes left in the game, all but sealed the victory for the Bison in a stunning disappointment for Turner Gill's debut as Kansas coach.