October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe (89) stretches before the NFL International Series game against the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 24-18. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Football: A Look at the 2008 Insight Bowl


2008 was the last time the Kansas Jayhawks made it to a bowl game. Kansas was to face Minnesota in the Insight Bowl. The game now is the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl beginning last season.

Both teams entered the game with a 7-5 record. Mark Mangino was still the Jayhawks coach. The team enjoyed marginal success throughout the season, defeating Kansas State, 52-21 and 11th-ranked Missouri in the season finale, 40-37 paving the way for a bowl invite.

Kansas kicked off the scoring with a long touchdown pass from quarterback Todd Reesing to wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe. The pass was 60 yards in length, coming just 11 seconds into the game. Minnesota answered with a Jon Hoese two-yard  touchdown capping a four-play 87-yard drive which took only 1:11 off the clock. Minnesota took the lead later on in the first quarter after Hoese scored again. Kansas answered before the quarter ended as former quarterback Kerry Meier mThe ade a four-yard touchdown reception.

The Jayhawks began to open things up in the second quarter as Reesing made two more touchdown passes on long, time consuming drives. Briscoe, grabbed the first touchdown reception, and Jonathan Wilson the second. Kansas held a 28-14 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Briscoe and Meier teamed up for a touchdown on a trick play. Meier’s pass was 32 yards in length, pushing the Jayhawks up 35-14. Minnesota managed to score again, before Kansas finished the scoring on a Jake Sharp touchdown run.

Briscoe was named the game MVP after making 14 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns, Meier added 10 receptions for 113 yards. Reeseing completed 27-35 passes with one interception and four touchdowns. Kansas in total amassed 446 yards and Minnesota totaled 331 yards.

 

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