Nov. 17, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing completed 21 of 26 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns, including two to junior wide receiver Dexton Fields who tied a school record with 11 catches as third-ranked Kansas cruised past Iowa State, 45-7 Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium.
The Jayhawks, ranked No. 3 in the latest BCS standings, improve to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12. The 11 victories mark the most in school history, and clinch at least a share of the Big 12 North title for the Jayhawks. The Cyclones fall to 3-9 overall, and 2-6 in the conference.
Reesing led the Jayhawks to their 11th victory of the season with perhaps his best half throwing the ball. The sophomore completed 19 of his 20 pass attempts in the first half, with the lone incompletion coming on a throw away in the first quarter. Reesing completed his first nine pass attempts, then threw a second down pass out of bounds to avoid a sack, before hitting his next 10 passes.
The second-year quarterback threw four touchdown passes, marking the fourth time this season he has thrown for at least four scores in a game. His first two touchdowns went to Fields.
The tandem hooked up midway through the first quarter on a flare to the near sideline, where Fields made a move around a defender and took it in for the score.
Later in the quarter, Reesing threw his second TD pass of the afternoon, hitting Fields again on a short route that he then turned into a score. It marked the junior's first career multi-touchdown game.
The Jayhawks built a 21-0 lead on Reesing's third touchdown pass of the game. The sophomore signal caller hit senior wide receiver Marcus Henry on a quick crossing pattern across the middle of the field that Henry took 51 yards to paydirt.
Iowa State got on the board with 3:54 remaining in the first half as Alexander Robinson cut the lead to 21-7 on a touchdown run around the left end. The Cyclones were aided by a pair of Jayhawk penalties on the drive.
KU regained a 21-point advantage just before the half with Reesing's fourth touchdown pass, this time a lob to sophomore wide receiver/quarterback Kerry Meier with under two minutes remaining in the half. It marked Reesing's 30th touchdown pass of the season.
Senior kicker Scott Webb extended the lead to 31-7 with a 37-yard field goal.
Kansas collected two more touchdowns in the final quarter of play as Meier got into the act. He found senior tight end Derek Fine as four different KU receivers caught touchdowns. Sophomore running back Angus Quigley capped the scoring for KU with a 13-yard TD run for the final margin of 45-7.
The Jayhawks dominated the offensive stats, gaining 566 total yards to just 234 for Iowa State. KU scored at least 45 points in all seven of its home contests, averaging just over 56.1 points per game at Memorial Stadium.
KU gained 212 yards on the ground with sophomore Jake Sharp leading the way with 83 yards on 15 carries. Nine different Jayhawks caught passes Saturday with Fields' recording 11 grabs for 109 yards. Henry chipped in four catches for 92 yards, while Meier, McAnderson and Fine had three catches a piece.
The Jayhawks will face No. 5 Missouri in the regular season finale next Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The game will be televised nationally on ABC, with kick off scheduled for 7 p.m.