Gophers Fall to Jayhawks at Insight Bowl
TEMPE, Ariz. Minnesota held an early 14-7 lead and was tied with Kansas 14-14 after one quarter at the Insight Bowl Wednesday. But the Jayhawks' Dezmon Briscoe caught a game-record 14 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Reesing threw for four scores in Kansas’ 42-21 victory.
After Minnesota took its 14-7 lead, Kansas scored 28 unanswered points to grab control of the contest. Reesing completed 27 of 35 passes, hitting on a school-record 14 straight passes in the first half. He threw for 313 yards and improved to 20-6 as a starter, and he was intercepted once.
Kerry Meier caught one touchdown pass and threw another for the Jayhawks (8-5), who have won three straight bowl games for the first time.
Eric Decker caught eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (7-6). Both marks are bowl game records for Minnesota.
Minnesota found itself down by a touchdown after 11 seconds on a sparkling 73-degree afternoon. On the game’s first snap, Reesing rolled away from pressure and found Briscoe down the left sideline for a 60-yard score.
It was the first of two one-play scoring drives for the Jayhawks. The second came in the third quarter, when KU receiver Kerry Meier hit Briscoe for a 32-yard scoring play to give the Jayhawks a 35-14 lead.
The Golden Gophers responded quickly to the early deficit. On their first offensive snap, receiver David Pittman hit Eric Decker for a 75-yard pass to the KU 12, and three plays later Jon Hoese bulled over from a yard out to tie it at 7. It was the first collegiate carry for Hoese, a sophomore. Nine minutes later, he scored again, on a 2-yard run, to give Minnesota a 14-7 lead.
KU tied it at 14 on a 4-yard pass from Reesing to Meier late in the first quarter. Reesing added two more touchdown passesa 6-yarder to Briscoe and a 4-yarder to Johnathan Wilsonto give Kansas a commanding 28-14 halftime lead.
Minnesota cut it to 35-21 on a 6-yard pass from Adam Weber to Decker early in the fourth quarter, but the Gophers’ offense stalled after that. Weber was 19-of-34 for 176 yards and a touchdown.
Jake Sharp scored on a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter to end the scoring.