Kansas leads Iowa State, 27-3, at halftime at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Nov. 4, 2006

AMES, Iowa –

Kansas leads Iowa State, 27-3, at halftime at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Early in the first quarter, sophomore linebacker Joe Mortensen recovered a muffed ISU punt return, his second fumble recovery of the season. Kansas quickly converted the turnover into points when freshman quarterback Kerry Meier connected with senior wide receiver Brian Murph on 50-yard touchdown pass that made the score, 6-3 with 9:32 left in the first quarter. The pass was both a career-long pass and touchdown pass for Meier and represented the longest touchdown reception in Murph’s career.

Kansas continued to force turnovers in the first half as sophomore Aqib Talib picked off his fifth pass of the season with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter. On the subsequent drive, on a fourth-down play, freshman quarterback Todd Reesing found junior tight end Derek Fine for a 29-yard touchdown connection to make the score, 13-3.

Fine reached paydirt again when Meier connected with him on a three-yard pass at 5:23 of the second quarter. The scoring grab marked the first two-score game of Fine’s career and made the score 20-3.

After stopping the Cyclones on a fourth-down play inside KU territory late in the second quarter, senior fullback Brandon McAnderson rumbled into the endzone on a four-yard rush to extend Kansas’ lead to 27-3 with 23 seconds remaining in the half. Senior wide receiver Jonathan Lamb made the key play on the drive, hauling in a 40-yard reception, a career-long, to set up the score.