(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: Kansas 52, Kansas State 21
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Jake Sharp recorded a career-high 181 yards rushing as he led the Kansas Jayhawks to a convincing 52-21 win over the Kansas State Wildcats in Big 12 Conference play at Memorial Coliseum.
Sharp also tied a school record with his four touchdown runs for the Jayhawks (6-3, 3-2 Big 12) as they snapped a two-game slide. Quarterback Todd Reesing took a back seat to the rushing attack as he finished the day 14-of-23 for 162 yards and a touchdown in the triumph.
The Wildcats (4-5, 1-4) were paced by Lamark Brown who found the end zone three times on 21 carries. While Brown was finishing up with a team-high 68 yards on the ground, signal-caller Josh Freeman converted 22-of-37 for 207 yards, but was picked off three times without a touchdown in the team's third consecutive loss.
Kansas began the contest on a 31-0 run and never looked back. The home team started with a touchdown runs of four, 20 and 47 yards by Sharp in the first 12 minutes alone. In the second quarter kicker Jacob Branstetter knocked through a 33-yard field goal and late in the frame Reesing reached the end zone himself on a 15-yard run to the right corner.
Brown's four-yard TD run for Kansas State to open the second half finally put the Wildcats on the board.
However, Kansas added another 14 points in the third when Reesing connected with Dezmon Briscoe on a three-yard scoring play and then had Sharp do all the work on a two-yard run to make the score 45-7.
Brown had touchdown runs of 11 and one yard in the fourth frame, but in between KU's Angus Quigley posted a seven-yard touchdown run, which left Kansas with the overwhelming win.
Kansas State ran seven more offensive plays than the Jayhawks, yet finished with just 355 yards, compared to 469 yards for a KU squad that forced five turnovers on the afternoon.
11/01 17:37:35 ET