Aug. 30, 2008
Kansas Football Game Notes
#14 Kansas 40, FIU 10
Memorial Stadium at Kivisto Field
Aug. 30, 2008
Kansas’ win over FIU…
…Gives Kansas its fifth-straight win in season openers.
…Marks KU’s fifth-straight win in home openers.
…Makes Kansas 16-2 in its last 18 home openers.
… Marks KU’s 10th straight home victory, the second-longest streak in school history
…Is Kansas’ 15th-straight win against non-conference opponents in Memorial Stadium, dating back to the 2003 season.
…Improves Kansas’ record to 22-5 in non-conference games during the Mark Mangino era.
…Makes head coach Mark Mangino 38-36 in his seventh season at Kansas.
…Makes Kansas 556-538-58 all-time.
— The Jayhawks lost a fumble on their first possession of the game. Last year KU did not commit a turnover until the third game of the season, against Toledo.
— Five different Jayhawks made their first career starts, including two freshmen: OT Jeff Spikes and DT Richard Johnson. Other first-time starters included: TE Bradley Dedeaux, WR Johnathan Wilson and DE Jeff Wheeler.
— Junior TB Jocques Crawford scored on a 7-yard touchdown run for his first score in a Jayhawk uniform.
— Sophomore WR Dezmon Briscoe matched a career high with three touchdown receptions in Saturday’s game. Briscoe also caught three TD passes in last year’s win over Nebraska.
— Briscoe’s 10 career touchdown catches moves him into 10th place all-time at KU. The second-year receiver caught seven TDs as a freshman last year.
— Briscoe’s nine catches in the game set a career high, surpassing his previous career best of seven catches against Missouri last year.
— Junior QB Todd Reesing completed three touchdown passes to WR Dezmon Briscoe, giving him 39 career touchdown passes, the most in KU history.
— With a four-yard pass to Johnathan Wilson, Reesing moved into sixth-place at KU in career completions, passing Bill Whittemore (310). Reesing finished the game with 327 career completions. Chip Hilleary is fifth all-time at KU with 335 completions.
— Reesing set a career high with 37 completions in Saturday’s game. His previous career high was 30 completions against Nebraska last year. He also set a career high with 52 pass attempts.
— Reesing threw an interception in the fourth quarter. Last season, he did not have a pass picked off until the fourth game of the season, which also happened to be against FIU.
— Freshman PR Daymond Patterson’s 75-yard punt return for a touchdown was KU’s fifth special teams touchdown since the start of last season, and first punt return for a touchdown since Raymond Pendalton’s 77-yard return against Central Michigan last year.
— Junior WR Kerry Meier had five catches in the first quarter to best his career high, which he set twice last season.
— Meier finished the game with nine catches for 62 yards.
— TE Bradley Dedeaux made his second career catch Saturday. His first catch also came against FIU on Sept. 22 last season.
— FIU PR T.Y. Hilton returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown late in the first half. It marked the first time that KU and an opponent have each returned a punt for a touchdown in the same game since at least 1985, according to the information available in the press box.
— Sophomore CB Phillip Strozier collected his first career interception in the third quarter Saturday. Last season, 11 different Jayhawks recorded at least one interception.
— Later in the game Strozier picked off another pass, making him the first Jayhawk to record two interceptions in a game since Anthony Webb turned the trick against Kansas State in 2006.
— Sophomore PK Grady Fowler connected on his first extra point attempt for his first career point.
— Sophomore PK Alonso Rojas kicked a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter for his first career points. Rojas’ kick was the longest field goal by a Jayhawk since Scott Webb hit a 48-yard kick at Colorado last year.
— Kansas converted on a fourth-and-goal play in the third quarter. Last season KU converted on 60 percent of its fourth-down plays (12-for-20).
— Kansas held FIU to just 2 of 14 on third-down conversions. Last season, the Jayhawks held their opponents to just 32 percent on third down.
— KU’s 40 points marked the eighth consecutive game at Memorial Stadium where the team has scored 40 points or more – all KU wins.
— Saturday’s game drew a KU home record 52,112 fans to Memorial Stadium.