The Jayhawks punted on each of their first two possessions before scoring on a safety when the ball was snapped over Lions punter Cody Samples’ head.
It wouldn’t be long before the Jayhawks would show up on the scoreboard again. Marcus Herford took the ensuing kickoff, burst past the wedge and juked Lions kicker Danny Hrapmann for a 74-yard touchdown.
Kansas found its first offensive score on the second play of the second quarter. On the first play, Todd Reesing rolled to his right and lobbed a 66-yard pass to Marcus Henry, putting the ball at the Lions’ four-yard line.
“(Henry) has really developed into a heck of a player,” said Kansas Coach Mark Mangino. “We always thought that was a possibility. The last couple of years, he has been what we would call a solid player. Now he has taken his game to the next level where he is a factor in the game.”
Brandon McAnderson bashed in on the next play.
The Jayhawks added their second offensive touchdown on the next drive when Reesing threw over the top to Aqib Talib for a 36-yard scoring play. McAnderson sent the Jayhawks in to the half up 29-0 when he hammered in from the two.
“The offense had a bit of an issue to deal with – it was a blitz fest out there, almost every single down,” Mangino said. “It has been a long, long time since I have coached a game where a team blitzed as much as they did. I think that was their key to try and stop us.
“Our kids on offense kept their poise,” Mangino said. “They didn’t panic and they kept their protections right. That was a very good teaching tool for our kids to learn, because of the different looks.”
Kansas continued the scoring in the third quarter when Scott Webb kicked a 33-yard field goal three minutes in. Five minutes later, Dexton Fields scored his first touchdown of the year on a 25-yard pass from Reesing where Fields caught the ball and accelerated along the sideline past multiple defenders, putting Kansas up 39-0.
The Jayhawks earned a defensive score less than two minutes later when Maxwell Onyegbule blitzed up the middle and sacked quarterback Brian Babin. After that score, Kansas pulled many of its starters, but that didn’t mean the scoring was finished.
Jake Sharp tallied the next two touchdowns, one on a 23-yard shovel pass from Kerry Meier, and the other on a three-yard run. True freshman running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson closed out the scoring with a two-yard run off an option pitch.
While the offense started slowly, the defense was stifling throughout – Southeastern Louisiana had 40 yards on 37 plays of total offense after the first half, including 67 yards passing on 15 completions and -27 yards rushing. The Lions finished with just 75 yards of total offense, with the Jayhawks picking up two safeties.
McAnderson paced KU with 60 yards on 11 carries. Reesing was 13 for 23 for 257 yards and two touchdowns through the air, along with another 31 yards on the ground, in just over two and a half quarters of work. Henry had his second consecutive 100-yard game with five catches for 119 yards. Meier ran for 44 yards and passed for 23 in limited duty. He has yet to throw an incompletion this year.
The game marked the first time in Kansas history that the Jayhawks scored more than 50 points in consecutive games, while the seven points allowed through two games is a feat that Kansas hadn’t matched since 1975, when the Jayhawks allowed three total points through opening games with Kansas State and Oklahoma. The Jayhawks also finished with more than 500 yards total offense for the second consecutive game.
“It’s a great start for us, but we know there are 10 more games,” Mangino said. “We have to learn from this. It’s great, all of those things that we can put in game notes and I am proud of our plays for the way they played.
“What we have to keep in mind now is that we need to get ready for the next one, and our kids are focused on that going into the locker room,” Mangino added.
The Jayhawks (2-0) will play Toledo next Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
KU – Team Safety, 6:18 1Q
KU – Marcus Herford 74 kick return (Webb kick), 6:07 1Q
KU – Brandon McAnderson 4 run (Webb kick), 14:35 2Q
KU – Aqib Talib 36 pass from Todd Reesing (pass failed), 8:29 2Q
KU – McAnderson 2 run (Webb kick), 4:07 2Q
KU – Webb 33 FG, 12:07
KU – Dexton Fields 25 pass from Reesing (Webb kick), 7:11 3Q
KU – Safety: Maxwell Onyegbule sacked Brian Babin, 5:28 3Q
KU – Jake Sharp 23 pass from Kerry Meier (Webb kick), 3:51 3Q
KU – Sharp 3 run (Webb kick), 12:41 4Q
KU – Boyd-Anderson 2 run (Webb kick), 5:23 4Q