Kansas Runs Over Duke, 44-16

Duke moved 87 yards on just two plays to stun a near sell-out crowd in Lawrence (Kan.) by taking a 7-0 lead over the No. 22 Jayhawks. From there, however, it was all downhill for the Blue Devils as Kansas' offense roared back to a 44-16 victory.

Todd Reesing completed 28 of his 41 pass attempts for 338 yards and three touchdown passes while running for another 51 yards to lead Kansas to its 25th home victory in the last 29 chances. After watching the Blue Devils celebrate their unlikely early lead, the Jayhawk offense would quick respond under three minutes later when the senior quarterback orchestrated a 7 play, 60 yard drive to even the game at seven.

For their part, the Duke defense would contain the Jayhawks for the first 10 minutes of the second quarter before Reesing found running back Jake Sharp for a seven yard pass to extend the lead to 13-7. Duke had a chance to steal points back after blocking the extra point, but defensive back Chris Rwabukamba was run down by the Kansas holder at the Kansas 34 yard line.

The momentum generated by the blocked kick couldn't be sustained by senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and his offensive unit which went three and out in less than a minute of game time, leaving the Jayhakws just over four minutes to work with. Once again Reesing made the Duke defense pay by driving the team 75 yards in nine plays while using only 2:47 of the remaining 4:03 to leave the score 20-7 at the break.

The game would be put away on Lewis' third pass attempt of the third quarter, as DT Maxwell Onyegbule stepped into the passing lane to record the interception before racing 48 yards for his first career interception return, and a 27-7 advantage.

The Duke offense would find some stability under redshirt freshman Sean Renfree who completed 14-of-23 for 115 yards and a touchdown to Donovan Varner late in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 37-16.

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