Jayhawk Offense Explodes For 63-14 Win

Sept. 11, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks improved to 2-0 Saturday as they cruised to a 63-14 win over visiting Toledo at Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks scored 28 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

The first quarter featured four Jayhawk scores, including two touchdowns by KU running back John Randle. Randle put the games first points on the board with a two-yard run on the Jayhawks first offensive possession. At the 5:59 mark in the first stanza KU quarterback Adam Barmann threw his first of four touchdowns in the first half, this one going to Mark Simmons for 17 yards. After a Nick Reid interception, Barmann found Brandon Rideau for a five-yard score to give the Jayhawks a 21-0 lead. Barmann closed out the first quarter with a 55-yard screen pass to Randle for a score and a 28-0 lead.

The second quarter would feature three more Jayhawk scores. Tony Stubbs picked off the second pass of the half, which lead to a Barmann to Gary Heaggans touchdown strike at the 12:46 mark. On the next Toledo possession, Gabriel Toomey caused a fumble that Charleton Keith recovered and returned 21 yards for a score and a 42-0 Jayhawk advantage.

Toledo got on the board with 2:02 left in the half when quarterback Bruce Gradkowski found Steve Odom for a 51 yards and the Rockets first score. But the Jayhawks first half was not over. John Randle would record his second score of the half with a two-yard touchdown run to close out the half. At the break the Jayhawks led 49-7.

Toledo struck first in the third quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Gradkowski to Kenny Higgins. Kansas would also score in the third on an Austine Nwabuisi one-yard run. After three, KU led 56-14.

KU’s Brandon McAnderson capped off the night’s scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Jayhawks 63 points was the team’s best scoring outing against a Division I-A team since a 69-7 victory over New Mexico in 1968.

“I am proud of how our players played in all three facets of the game tonight, we turned in another great defensive performance,” Kansas head coach Mark Mangino said. ” It’s a good win for us, but there are certainly things we need to work on, as coaches we know that.”

The Jayhawks racked up 501 yards of offense. Barmann had the best game of his young career completing 24-of-31 passes for 310 yards and four scores, in just three quarters of play.

“Adam has settled in and is doing what he is capable of doing. He made some really good throws and did some good things at the line of scrimmage,” Mangino said.

Randle had an impressive first full game outing. He rushed 19 times for 104 yards and two scores. He also caught three passes for 79 yards an another score.

The Jayhawks (2-0) will travel to Evanston, Ill., next week to take on Northwestern (0-2).

Other game notes:

  • KU placekicker Scott Webb set a single game school record with nine PATs. Webb was competing in his first game for KU.
  • KU’s 49-point margin of victory was the largest since they defeated Cal-State Northridge 71-14 on September 11, 1999.
  • Kansas has forced at least one turnover in 13 of its last 15 games. The Jayhawks have forced eight turnovers this season, which include five tonight.
  • Kansas used nine receivers against Toledo, it marked the fifth time under Mark Mangino that KU has used eight different receivers in a single game.
  • The last time the Jayhawks started a season 2-0 was in the 1997 season.