Jayhawks Lead Iowa State 20-12 at the Half

Oct. 10, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

A three-yard rushing touchdown by senior quarterback Todd Reesing gave Kansas a 20-12 halftime lead over Iowa State.

Reesing completed 22-of-28 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. Freshman running back Toben Opurum collected 53 yards on 14 carries and tallied his fifth-straight rushing touchdown. Senior wide receiver Kerry Meier caught a season-high 11 passes for 98 yards, including a three-yard touchdown with 3:37 remaining in the second half.

Iowa State scored on its opening drive, as junior running back Alexander Robinson rushed for a one-yard touchdown. Sophomore place kicker Grant Mahoney missed the extra point to keep ISU’s lead at 6-0. The Jayhawks conceded another touchdown at the start of the second period, when Robison carried the ball seven yards for his second touchdown of the game and sixth on the season.

After the first two Iowa State touchdowns, KU tightened its defense, forcing the Cyclones to punt on their next two possessions. Senior nickel back Justin Thornton led the KU defense in the first half with seven total tackles. Senior LB Arist Wright, junior LB Drew Dudley and junior DE Jake Laptad all collected five tackles, while sophomore nickel back Ryan Murphy tallied the lone sack of the half.

Halftime Notes

– Kansas true freshman Huldon Tharp and sophomore nickel back Ryan Murphy both made their first career starts.

– Kansas junior wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe set two career records in the first half. His six receptions for 76 yards gave him the Jayhawk career records in both catches (159) and receiving yards (2,310). However, his total was surpassed by teammate Kerry Meier, who has 162 career catches through the first half.

– Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier caught a season-high 11 passes in the first half for 98 yards, including a three-yard touchdown – his fourth of the season.

– Meier’s 11 catches are three away from a career high (14 – vs. Missouri in 2008).

– Kansas tailback Toben Opurum scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season in the first half. He has scored at least one TD in every game this year.

– Kansas scored three touchdowns in its drives inside the red zone (inside the Iowa State 20-yard line). KU has scored touchdowns in 21 of its 25 red zone visits (84 percent) and has come away with some type of points (touchdown or field goal) in 24 of 25 red zone visits (96 percent) in 2009.