Jayhawks Route Golden Panthers 55-3

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing accounted for 415 yards of total offense and two scores, while junior corner back Aqib Talib highlighted the night with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as Kansas cruised to a 55-3 victory over Florida International Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 1995 season, while FIU dropped to 0-4.

Reesing and fellow sophomore quarterback Kerry Meier led the team to 615 yards of total offense, KU's largest offensive output since posting 641 yards against Jacksonville State in 2003. Reesing was responsible for 415 yards of offense himself, throwing for 368 yards on 28-of-37 passing, while rushing for 47 yards on eight carries.

Senior fullback Brandon McAnderson gained 105 yards on 13 carries and two scores, while senior tight end Derek Fine had a career-high seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. For McAnderson it was his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season.

However, KU's most impressive score of the evening came early in the fourth quarter when Talib picked off a Wayne Younger pass in the Kansas end zone and followed a convoy of blockers up the field for the longest interception return in Jayhawk history. The score was Talib's first defensive touchdown of the season and fourth overall.

KU's special teams got the team on the board in the opening minutes as Raymond Brown blocked a punt in the Florida International end zone and freshman Dakota Lewis recovered it to put the Jayhawks in front 7-0. It marked the third touchdown scored by the Kansas special teams this season.

After the teams traded field goals midway through the first half, KU took a 17-3 lead in the second quarter on a nine-yard scramble by Reesing. On second-and-goal from the FIU nine, Reesing took a snap out of a shotgun formation and ran up the middle to give the Jayhawks a 14-point advantage with 8:33 remaining in the half.

Senior kicker Scott Webb added a 37-yard field goal late in the first half to extend the lead to 20-3. Webb connected on a pair of field goals Saturday evening.

Kansas took a commanding lead early in the third quarter when Reesing found Fine with a 19-yard touchdown strike. Less than two minutes later, sophomore runningback Jake Sharp found the end zone on a one-yard run around the far end as KU stretched its lead to 34-3.

The win marked the third time this season that KU has cracked the 50-point plateau. Prior to this season, the Jayhawks had scored 50 points in a game just one other time since 1999.

The Jayhawks will take on Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State Oct. 6 in Manhattan, Kan. Kickoff time will be announced Monday following the Big 12's television selections.


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