Pierson dazzles for Weis in Kansas spring game

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Tony Pierson stole the spotlight from Dayne Crist's debut at Kansas, and showed new Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis some breakaway speed on an impressive 88-yard touchdown run Saturday.

Pierson and Crist led the blue team, made up primarily of first-team players, to a 45-0 win over the white team on a sunny afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Crist was 11 of 19 for 156 yards in the most anticipated spring debut by a Kansas player in years. He was recruited by Weis to Notre Dame, but injuries set him back and Weis was eventually fired. Crist decided to join his old coach at Kansas after graduating at the semester.

NCAA rules allow him to play his final season without sitting out a year.

Pierson finished with 141 yards rushing on only seven carries. Marquis Jackson had three TD runs, and D.J. Beshears had touchdowns running and receiving.
 

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