Postgame Notes

Oct. 10, 2009

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Postgame Notes

Kansas 41, Iowa State 36

Oct. 10, 2009 – Lawrence, Kan.

KU’s Win:

– Makes the Jayhawks 5-0 for the second time in the last three seasons and fourth time since 1921 (11-0 in 2007, 7-0 in 1995, 7-0 in 1968).

– Gives KU a perfect 4-0 record at home this season and a 27-4 record at Memorial Stadium since the beginning of the 2005 season.

– Improves the Jayhawks to 15-4 against Big 12 North opponents in their last 19 games.

– Improves KU to 42-49-5 all-time in homecoming games, including 5-3 under head coach Mark Mangino.

– Gives the Jayhawks five straight wins following a bye week.

Game Notes:

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

– Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing threw for 442 yards against Iowa State, which was the second-most in school history. The KU record is held by Mike Norseth, who threw for 480 yards in a 1985 game against Vanderbilt.

– Reesing’s four touchdown passes in the game marked the seventh time in his career that he has thrown for at least four TDs.

– Reesing’s four touchdown passes gives him 81 in his career and tie him for sixth in Big 12 history with Oklahoma’s Jason White.

– Reesing also moved into sixth-place in Big 12 history in career passing yards (9,157), moving past Missouri’s Brad Smith.

– Reesing completed 37 passes in the contest, which tied his own school record, set against Florida International in 2008.

– Reesing’s 49 pass attempts were tied for the ninth-most in school history. His 1,157 career pass attempts move him into seventh-place all-time in Big 12 history, passing Colorado’s Joel Klatt and Kansas State’s Josh Freeman.

– Kansas senior wide receiver Kerry Meier caught a school-record 16 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Meier’s 16 receptions are the most by a Big 12 athlete this season, and were two shy of the conference record (18 by Albert Connell of Texas A&M against Colorado on Sept. 28, 1996).

– Meier’s 142 yards receiving gives him eight career 100-plus yard games as a Jayhawk, tying him for second-most all-time with Willie Vaughn (1985-88).

– Meier also had two touchdown receptions in the 2008 game against Iowa State, giving him five career TDs against the Cyclones.

– Meier’s 15 career touchdown catches move him into a fifth-place tie on the KU career list with former teammate Dexton Fields. Current teammate Dezmon Briscoe is the KU career leader with 25 TD catches.

– Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe made 12 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

– Both Meier and Briscoe passed Mark Simmons (155) (2002-05) on KU’s career reception list. Following the game, Meier is the career leader with 167 career receptions and Briscoe is second with 165.

– Briscoe moved into first place in all-time receiving yards at KU with 2,420.

– Briscoe’s two touchdown catches gives him 25 for his career and move him into ninth-place in Big 12 history surpassing Texas Tech’s Joel Filani (2003-06).

– Kansas running back Toben Opurum carried the ball 24 times for 98 yards and a touchdown. Opurum’s touchdown run in the first half gave him seven for the season, and marked his fifth-straight game with a TD carry.

– Kansas tight end Tim Biere caught three passes for 53 yards. His three receptions were a career high.

– Kansas senior Justin Thornton’s 14 tackles set a career high.

– Kansas senior Darrell Stucky’s 14 total tackles were one shy of his career best (15 at Nebraska, 2008).

– Kansas set a season-high with 34 first downs.

– The Jayhawks scored four touchdowns in four trips to the red zone (Inside the opponent’s 20-yard line). For the season, the Jayhawks have scored 22 touchdowns in 26 red zone possessions (85 percent). KU has scored either a touchdown or a field goal in 25 of 26 red zone possessions this year (96 percent).