(Saturday, August 30th)
Final Score: (14) Kansas 40, Florida International 10
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Todd Reesing completed 37-of-52 passes for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, as 14th-ranked Kansas demolished Florida International, 40-10, in both teams' season opener.
Dezmon Briscoe had all three touchdown receptions as part of a nine-catch, 55- yard day for the Jayhawks (1-0), who are coming off an exceptional 2007 season. Kansas won a school-record 12 games last season, earned a share of the Big 12 North title, landed its first January Bowl game since 1968 -- beating Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl -- and earned a Top 10 ranking in the final poll.
"I thought we did a decent job on offense executing our plays. We threw a lot of passes and were able to get drives going," Reesing said. "I think we could have been a little bit sharper. We made too many mental mistakes and had too many penalties that killed some drives. I made a few poor reads. But overall I felt that we accomplished what we wanted to for the first game."
Angus Quigley was Kansas' leading rusher with six attempts for 47 yards while Jocques Crawford gained 32 yards and scored once on 11 carries. Kerry Meier caught nine passes for 62 yards, while Jonathan Wilson had five receptions for 60 yards. Daymond Patterson also had a punt return for a touchdown.
"We got a win, which is the most important thing, but I think we have room for improvement," Kansas head coach Mark Mangino said. "In the first game you find out a little bit about your team, who's in the right spots and where we have to tweak things, so this will be good tape for us to study tomorrow."
Paul McCall had a rough day under center for the Golden Panthers (0-1), as he completed just 10 of his 28 pass attempts for 73 yards, and was picked off twice.
A'mod Ned ran for 42 yards on 12 attempts, while T.Y. Hilton had a punt return for a score to provide the only touchdown for FIU, which lost its 12th game in the last 13 dating back to the start of last season.
"We played tough and obviously we're never going to compromise," FIU head coach Mario Cristobal said. "We're getting better, especially against a great football team."
Kansas went ahead in the first quarter, as Crawford capped an eight-play, 63- yard drive with a seven-yard rush into the end zone. It came with 5:09 remaining in the stanza, and after FIU punted, Kansas took the ball on its own 44-yard line.
The Jayhawks marched to the Golden Panthers' three-yard line before the first quarter ended, and on the first play of the second, Reesing completed a three- yard strike to Briscoe for a 14-0 lead.
After another FIU punt, Alonso Rojas booted a 47-yard field goal, and on the next punt from the visitors, Patterson took the ball at his own 25 and dashed all the way down field, 75 yards for the score and a 24-0 lead.
FIU at last got on the scoreboard when Hilton had a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown. With 32 seconds remaining in the first half, Reesing capped a 12- play, 65-yard march with a four-yard completion to Briscoe. A failed extra- point attempt kept Kansas at 30 points.
On the ensuing possession, the visitors brought the ball to the Kansas 26 before Dustin Rivest made a 43-yard field goal with three ticks left in the half.
The Jayhawks added onto their 30-10 lead in the third quarter on a Rojas 37- yarder with 9:07 remaining and Reesing's final TD pass to Briscoe, a three- yarder with 4:49 left to cap a seven-play, 19-yard drive.
There was no scoring in the fourth quarter.
Kansas is 16-2 in its last 18 home openers...The Jayhawks have won 10 straight home games, the second-longest streak in school history...Briscoe's three TD catches matches a career-high, and his nine catches set a career-high.
08/31 00:21:11 ET