Nov. 1, 2008
Kansas 52, Kansas State 21
Lawrence, Kan. – Nov. 1, 2008
A Kansas win …
- Is its third straight win against Kansas State, marking the first time KU has won three consecutive games over the Wildcats since 1988-90.
- Gives KU a win in four of the last five meetings in the series.
- Makes KU bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive year.
- Gives the Jayhawks at least six wins in four consecutive seasons for the first time since putting together five such seasons from 1902-06.
- Stops a two-game losing streak.
- Makes KU 23-3 in its last 26 home games.
- Makes KU 21-5 in its last 26 games overall.
– KU drove 81 yards on 11 plays to open the game, marking the first time this season that the Jayhawks have scored a touchdown on their opening drive (scored a field goal on the first possession against Louisiana Tech).
– KU’s 31-point victory was the largest margin of victory over K-State since it defeated the Wildcats 38-7 in 1985.
– The Jayhawks’ 52 points against K-State are the second-most by KU in the series. KU defeated K-State 55-0 in 1947 for the most points by a Jayhawk team in the series.
– Kansas improves to 6-0 this season against unranked opponents and has now won 16 consecutive games against unranked teams.
– Junior TB Jake Sharp scored four rushing touchdowns in the game to match a school record. He became the sixth different Jayhawk to score four touchdowns in a game. The last time a KU player accomplished the feat was when Brandon McAnderson reached paydirt four times against Nebraska on Nov. 10, 2007.
– Sharp’s four-touchdown afternoon marks the second time he has scored multiple TDs in a game this season. He also scored three times against Iowa State on Oct. 4.
– Sharp gained 181 yards rushing in the game, marking the third time this season he has gone over the century mark – all of them against Big 12 opponents (Colorado – 118, Oklahoma – 103).
– Sharp’s 181 yards are a career high, surpassing his previous career high of 127 yards against Toledo last year.
– Sharp also had the most rushing yards by a KU player since Brandon McAnderson gained 183 yards against Texas A&M on Oct. 27, 2007.
– Senior DE Russell Brorsen made two interceptions in the game. It marked three INTs by a Kansas defensive lineman this season and the seventh in the last 20 games.
– It gives Brorsen three career interceptions. His other interception also came against K-State on Oct. 6, 2007.
– Brorsen becomes the second Jayhawk to pick two passes in the same game this season, joining teammate Phillip Strozier, who had two INTs against FIU on Aug. 30.
– Kansas’ 280 yards on the ground is a season high, and the most since KU gained 288 yards against Texas Tech on Oct. 6, 2001.
– Junior QB Todd Reesing scored on a 15-yard run in the second quarter, his first rushing touchdown since the Sam Houston State game. It was his third of the season.
– Reesing’s 47 yards rushing were a season high.
– Reesing’s 162 yards passing leaves him 83 shy of the school’s career record for passing yards. He currently sits at 6,328, trailing only Frank Seuer (6,410).
– Sophomore WR Dezmon Briscoe’s touchdown catch in the first half tied Willie Vaughn and Bruce Adams for the KU career TD receptions record (17).
– Briscoe’s TD reception is his 10th of the year and ties Marcus Henry for the KU season touchdown receptions record (set last year).
– Briscoe caught three balls for 40 yards, giving him at least two catches in 15 straight games.
– Junior WR Kerry Meier also made three catches for 40 yards.
– KU’s 31 points scored in the first half are the most in an opening half since it tallied 38 against Nebraska last year.
– The Jayhawks’ defense recovered two fumbles and intercepted three passes marking the first time KU has forced five turnovers since the Nebraska game last season.
– During the last three meetings with the Wildcats, KU has forced 14 turnovers, including six against K-State during the 2006 meeting.
– Junior TB Angus Quigley scored a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, his first touchdown since the Iowa State game.
– Junior S Darrell Stuckey made an interception at the end of the first half, marking his third of the year and fifth of his career.