Kansas Bests Kansas State, 30-24

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dexton Fields hauled in the game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown for the University of Kansas, as the Jayhawks survived a wild football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Kansas State, 30-24.

In its Big 12 Conference opener, Kansas remained undefeated at 5-0 and moved to 1-0 in the league play. Kansas State dropped its second game of the season and fell to 3-2, 1-1 in the conference.

Fields’ 30-yard touchdown reception with 6:27 remaining put the Jayhawks up 27-24 just over a minute after Kansas State had taken a 24-21 lead. Fields made the reception around the Wildcats’ 20-yard line and outraced the defenders to the end zone.

Moments earlier Kansas State had taken a 24-21 lead when they capitalized off of sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing’s third interception of the game. His pass had caromed sky high off Fields’ shoulder pads giving the Wildcats a short field.

Kansas got off to a shaky start in their first road game as sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage. Reesing settled down, finishing with 267 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Senior Brandon McAnderson rushed for 81 yards on 12 carries for an average of 6.8 yards per carry. Jake Sharp added 77 more yards as the Jayhawks ran for 170 yards as a team.

Fields and freshman Dezmon Briscoe each had touchdown receptions in the second half for Kansas. Fields finished with six catches for 78 yards and Briscoe ended the day with four receptions for 67 yards.

In a game of lead changes, the Wildcats struck first when Josh Freeman connected with Jordy Nelson for a 68-yard touchdown reception just over six minutes into the first quarter.

The Jayhawks went three-and-out on their ensuing possession and Kansas State drove to the Kansas 26-yard line, before attempting a Brooks Rossman 43-yard field goal that jumped off the left upright.

After a pair of punts from each team, Kansas took over at its own 14 and proceeded to push their way 86 yards to the end zone. The 10-play drive lasted 4:13 and was capped off by a 20-yard Jake Sharp touchdown run. Sharp, with his head down, ran into a pack of players near the line of scrimmage, only to emerge on his feet and in the clear, sprinting down the left sideline for the equalizer.

Kansas State immediately responded as Leon Patton ran into the end zone from seven yards out with 3:52 left in the second quarter to break a 7-7 tie.

The Jayhawks responded when junior Aqib Talib received a Todd Reesing pass in the left front corner of the end zone for his fourth touchdown reception of the year. The game-tying score for Kansas came with just 11 seconds remaining in the first half.

Kansas took a 21-14 lead when Briscoe received a Reesing pass and sprinted 28-yards for the touchdown with 6:59 left in the third quarter.

Kansas State added a field goal to cut the lead to 21-17 before capitalizing on the deflected interception off of Fields.

Following a Kendrick Harper interception, KU senior Scott Webb tacked on Kansas’ final three points with a 24-yard field with 2:21 left in the regulation. Talib sealed the game with an interception on Kansas State’s final possession.

Kansas returns home to face Baylor on Oct. 13, at 11:30 a.m. The game will be a part of K-Day Weekend and former KU great and NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins will be added to the KU Ring of Honor at halftime.


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