Kansas Leads Duke 20-7 At The Half

Sept. 19, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

A six-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Todd Reesing to senior wide receiver Kerry Meier gave Kansas a 20-7 lead over Duke at the half. Reesing, who also connected with junior wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and senior running back Jake Sharp for touchdowns, finished the first half with 210 yards passing and three TDs, while completing 17-of-27 passes.

The Jayhawk defense tighted up after surrendering a touchdown on the Blue Devils’ opening drive, forcing Duke into five first-half punts. Sacks by junior linebacker Drew Dudley and senior defensive end Maxwell Onyegbule pushed the KU season sack total to 11. The Kansas defense held Duke to just 124 yards of total offense in the opening half.

First Half Game Notes

-Kansas junior wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe had 106 yards receiving in the first half, marking his sixth-straight 100-yard receiving game. The 106 yards also moved Briscoe into second place on the KU career receiving yardage list passing Mark Simmons who finished his Jayhawk career with 2,161 receiving yards. He needs just 104 more receiving yards to top the all-time chart. Willie Vaughn is the current leader with 2,266 yards receiving in his Kansas career.

-Jake Sharp recorded his 23rd career touchdown with a seven-yard receiving TD in the second quarter. The TD moves him into a tie with Brandon McAnderson and Chip Hilleary for third on the KU career touchdowns list.

-With 210 yards passing in the first half, senior quarterback Todd Reesing has now passed for over 200 yards in 23 games, includng the last seven-straight games.

-With a 66-yard completion on its first offensive play of the game, Duke recorded the second longest play against the Kansas defense this season. UTEP had a 75-yard completion against KU last week.

-Junior punter Alonso Rojas kicked a 47-yard punt in the first quarter, marking his longest punt of the 2009 season.