KU (2-0 in conference play) racked up over 400 yards total offense for the sixth straight game. QB Todd Reesing threw for 186 yards, breaking a five-game streak of 200-plus yard passing games, and KU rushers accounted for 236 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Jayhawks held Baylor QB Blake Szymanski to 154 yards passing – about half his average – and Baylor’s inept run game to just 48 yards.
The late game start may have accounted in part KU’s sluggish offensive start. The Jayhawks got on the board with 8:24 left in the first quarter with a 27-yard Scott Webb field goal that was set up when Baylor return man Joe Bennett fumbled a KU punt that was recovered by Jayhawk TE Derek Fine at the Bears’ 41.
Baylor answered on their next possession with a Caleb Allen field goal, but on the ensuing kickoff, KU’s Marcus Herford took the kick back 88-yards to retake the lead, 10-3. No sooner had Webb’s PAT sailed through the uprights than lightning flashed to the south and east of Memorial Stadium and both teams were ordered into the locker room by the officials. The game wouldn’t resume for 30 minutes.
Mangino said he’d never experienced a game that was delayed so long, let alone delayed twice for significant amounts of time. “Some guys asked, ‘What should we do?’ I said, ‘Do nothin’.’ The kids, some of them went to sleep, some of them listened to their iPods, other guys sat around and talked, some read the game day program. We just told them to relax,” he said.
“They were really focused. I thought they handled the delays very well. We went with the flow. The kid stayed focused for a really long time. They’re tired.”
Once back on the field, Kansas kept Baylor in the rearview mirror the rest of the afternoon. The Jayhawks looked much sharper on offense in the second quarter, scoring 21 points on a 10-yard Todd Reesing TD pass to Demon Briscoe; a four-yard TD run by Jake Sharp; and a 15-yard Brandon McAnderson TD run. They took a 31-3 lead into the locker room
Kansas resumed scoring halfway through the third quarter when Reesing threw a quick hit to Marcus Henry. Henry, who dropped three passes on the day including the play before, caught the ball and split the defense right down the middle of the field for a 54-yard touchdown that expanded the Jayhawk lead to 38-3.
Five minutes later, after Webb converted a field goal from 34 yards to make it 41-3, Baylor scored their only touchdown of the day when Baylor track star David Gettis ran the KU kick back 97 yards to make it 41-10.
Scott Webb added his third field goal – this one of the 35-yard variety – to make it 44-10 with 13:03 left in the game.
Even KU’s second offensive unit got in on the act. Kerry Meier, who also saw action at receiver and punter, engineered a 12-play, 43-yard TD march that was highlighted by RB Angus Quigley’s first carries as a Jayhawk. Meier dove in from two yards out to score.
Kansas got one more chance with the ball with 1:40 left, courtesy of a Gary Green interception and return to the Baylor 24. Quigley took advantage, rushing three times on consecutive downs, capping it with a 22-yard TD run during which he stiff-armed a Bear defender so hard, my neck hurts.
For the defense, it was an interception party. Three Baylor QBs threw four interceptions which were gladly snapped up by KU’s Chris Harris, Justin Thornton, Sadiq Muhammed and Green. Baylor also fumbled twice, turning the ball over once.
LBs Joe Mortensen and Mike Rivera led Kansas with eight tackles each. CB and freshman phenom Harris added six tackles to his first interception as a Jayhawk. Freshman DE Jake Laptad got KU’s lone sack.
“Our defense, period, was fantastic,” Mangino said. “We knew they were going to throw the ball a lot. We didn’t get a lot of sacks but we pushed the pocket back, took away some sight lines from them. Our linebackers and secondary just smothered them on the coverage. I’m really pleased with our defensive effort.”
Kansas takes its act on the road to Boulder, CO, next Saturday to take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Kickoff time will likely be announced Sunday, pending decisions on which Big XII games will be televised.
Other game notes…
- Speaking of line judges, officiating at that position Saturday was Freeman Johns. Even he couldn’t have helped Baylor pull out a win.
- Since losing to Baylor last season, Kansas is 9-1.
- KU is 10-5 all-time in games following their debut in the AP poll.
- This is the first time KU has had six wins in three consecutive seasons since 1960-62.
- KU has won seven in a row at home dating to last season. KU is 16-2 at home since the start of the 2005 season.
- The Jayhawks’ 58 points were the most ever scored in a conference game.
- Kansas entered the day leading the Big 12, third nationally, in total defense yielding 247.9 yards per game and leading the Big 12, third nationally, in scoring defense at 9.4 points per game. Baylor had 10 points on 202 yards of total offense.
- K Scott Webb moved past Bruce Kallmeyer (1980-83) into third on the Kansas career scoring list with 244 points. Webb has made a field goal in eight consecutive games and 11 of the last 12.
- QB Todd Reesing has 16 touchdown passes this season which move him into second on the KU single-season list, two shy of first by Bill Whittemore (18) in 2003.
- TE Derek Fine moved into 20th on the school's all-time career receptions list (76).
- OL Cesar Rodriguez started a team-best 35th game. DT James McClinton started a team-best 26th consecutive game.
1st qtr: KU Scott Webb 27 yd. FG, 7 plays-31 yards-time of possession 2:30.
1st qtr: Baylor Caleb Allen 25 yd. FG, 11-50-3:37.
1st qtr: KU Marcus Herford 88 yd. kick return (Webb PAT).
2nd qtr: KU Dezmon Briscoe 10 yd. pass from Todd Reesing (Webb PAT), 9-81-3:54.
2nd qtr: KU Jake Sharp 4 yd. run (Webb PAT), 4-20-1:07.
2nd qtr: KU Brandon McAnderson 15 yd. run (Webb PAT), 3-17-0:36.
3rd qtr: KU Marcus Henry 54 yd. pass from Todd Reesing (Webb PAT), 6-80-2:11.
3rd qtr: KU Scott Webb 34 yd. FG, 7-25-2:04.
3rd qtr: Baylor David Gettis 97 yd. kick return (Allen PAT).
4th qtr: KU Scott Webb 35 yd. FG, 10-54-3:40.
4th qtr: KU Kerry Meier 2 yd run (Webb PAT), 12-43-5:17.
4th qtr: KU Angus Quigley 22 yd run (Webb PAT), 3-24-1:32.