Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Iowa State
Oct. 4, 2008
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- Was KU’s fifth straight road victory in Big 12 Conference play, as well as its sixth in its last seven league road contests.
- Marked KU’s fifth victory in its last six road games overall.
- Represented KU’s fourth straight win after a bye week.
- Was KU’s 19th win its last 22 games overall.
- Gave KU a 1-0 record in Big 12 Conference play for the second straight year, but just the second time in the last five years and third in the last 11 seasons.
- Increased Kansas win streak over IowaState to four games.
- Improved Mark Mangino to 41-37 in his seventh year at Kansas.
Kansas Game Notes
- The come-from-behind victory tied the third-biggest comeback for victory in Kansas history. It was the biggest comeback win since 1992, when KU trailed IowaState in Ames by 26 (21-47), and came back to win 50-47.
- Iowa State jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead which matched KU’s largest deficit of the season. KU trailed South Florida 34-20 early in the fourth quarter in Tampa. The 14 first-quarter points were the first given up by Kansas in a first quarter all season. KU’s biggest deficit of the game was the halftime score of 20-0.
- Kansas was held scoreless in the first half for the first time since the Missouri game last season.
- Senior LB Joe Mortensen recorded his first forced fumble of the season, the third of his career. Sophomore DL Jake Laptad picked up his first career fumble recovery on the play.
- Laptad later picked up his first pass breakup of the season to help thwart ISU’s potential game-winning final drive of the game. It was his second career breakup.
- Junior RB Jake Sharp hauled in a 67-yard touchdown reception to open the second half and record his first TD of the season. It was the third receiving touchdown of his career.
- The 67-yard Sharp touchdown was Kansas’ second-longest play of the season, behind a 68-yard touchdown reception by Kerry Meier against SamHoustonState.
- By finishing with 107 yards receiving, Sharp became the fifth different Jayhawk to record over 100 yards receiving in a single game this season. Additionally, Sharp is the first Jayhawk running back to achieve the feat going back to at least the 1974 season.
- Sharp finished the game with 186 all-purpose yards (79 rushing, 107 receiving) and a touchdown both on the ground and in the air. Sharp has two other multi-touchdown games in his career, against Southeast Louisiana and Nebraska last season. He also had one rushing and one receiving score in each of those games.
- Freshman DT Richard Johnson batted down his first career pass breakup.
- Senior WR Dexton Fields made his return to the field – after missing all but the first quarter of the season – and hauled in a career-long 50-yard reception. Fields has caught at least one pass in the last 26 consecutive games he has played in.
- Junior DE Max Onyegbule picked off an ISU pass at the line of scrimmage and returned it 24 yards to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Sharp to put KU up 28-20. It was Onyegbule’s first career interception and the first by a KU defensive lineman this season.
- Junior QB Todd Reesing became the second-leading passer in Kansas history with 5,414 career yards through the air (319 yards against ISU). The record is held by Frank Seuer with 6,410 passing yards.
- Reesing threw a touchdown pass in his 10th straight game to tie the KU record also held by David Jaynes (last five games 1972, first five games of 1973).
- After a slow first half (8-of-14 for 59 yards, no TDs), Reesing was 10-of-12 for 260 yards and three touchdowns in the second half.
- Junior WR/QB Kerry Meier collected his third-straight 100+ receiving game to tie four former players for the most in KU history. His seven catches, 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns gave him a total of 26 catches for 381 yards and three TDs over the last three outings.
- For the fourth straight game, Kansas had two players with 100+ receiving yards (Meier-125, Sharp-107).
- Junior RB Angus Quigley started his second-straight game, and notched his second-straight game with a rushing touchdown.
- Senior DE John Larson made his first start of the season. It was the 26th start of his career.