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Final

(16) Kansas 35

(4-1, 1-0 Big 12)

Iowa State 33

(2-3, 0-1 Big 12)

12:30 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

1 2 3 4 T
#16KU 0 0 21 1435
ISU 14 6 0 1333

Top Performers

Passing: T. Reesing (KU) - 319 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Sharp (KU) - 19 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Meier (KU) - 7 REC, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Kansas rallies from 20 back to avoid upset by Iowa State

Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- Kansas coach Mark Mangino pulled his Jayhawks together at halftime and gave it to them straight. He figured they were bound to start playing better, because they couldn't play any worse.

"'We've played very poorly," Mangino said he told his team, which trailed 20-0 at the break. "'But we can win this game, and we will win this game, if you keep your poise, you stay calm."

Kansas Comebacks

Kansas, which trailed by 20 at halftime on Saturday, knows how to comeback against Iowa State. Three of their five largest come-from-behind victories have been against the Cyclones.

Largest Comeback Victories
Kansas History
Year Opponent Deficit
1992 at Iowa State 26
1950 Colorado 21
2008 at Iowa State 20
1951 Loyola 20
1953 Iowa State 19

The Jayhawks did just that, answering an awful first half with one of the biggest comebacks in school history.

Todd Reesing threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns and No. 16 Kansas stormed back from a 20-point hole before hanging on to beat Iowa State 35-33 on Saturday.

Kerry Meier caught seven passes for 125 yards and two TDs for the Jayhawks (4-1, 1-0 Big 12), who tied the third-biggest comeback in school history by outscoring the Cyclones 35-13 in the second half.

Iowa State (2-3, 0-1) made the Jayhawks work to the very last minute.

The Cyclones followed a late touchdown by recovering an onside kick with 1:13 left and took over at their own 41. But the Jayhawks defense clamped down, forcing Iowa State's Austen Arnaud to throw four straight incompletions.

Arnaud set career highs with 268 yards passing and three touchdowns, and Iowa State blew a golden opportunity for its first win over a ranked team since 2005.

Fast Facts

• The Jayhawks were held to just 93 total yards in the first half but exploded for 343 second-half yards.

• Kansas QB Todd Reesing, who had just 59 passing yards in the first half, finished with 319 -- his fourth straight game topping the 300-yard mark.

• Kansas has won five of six vs. Iowa State.

-- ESPN research

The Jayhawks' comeback was their biggest since 1992, when they rallied from 26 down to beat the Cyclones 50-47.

"Everybody talks about playing for 60 minutes and we haven't done that yet," Iowa State second-year coach Gene Chizik said. "That's really disappointing to me."

Kansas flexed its big-play muscle in the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on three straight possessions to move ahead 21-20.

Reesing found a wide-open Jake Sharp in the flat, and the tailback went 67 yards for the Jayhawks' first TD. Sharp got the next drive started by taking a shovel pass 42 yards, and Angus Quigley followed Reesing's third-down scramble with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.

Kansas then gambled on fourth-and-6 at the Iowa State 23. Reesing dashed outside the pocket and hit Meier in stride for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:46 left in the third quarter.

Sharp, who had been replaced by Quigley as the starting tailback, ran for 79 yards and had 107 yards receiving. He had nine total yards at halftime.

"Jake stepped up and had a huge half, and everybody stepped up offensively and defensively," Meier said. "We felt we needed to establish ourselves, because in the first half we didn't do a whole lot. It was big coming out and getting started early."

Kansas appeared to deliver a crushing blow early in the fourth when defensive lineman Maxwell Onyegbule picked off Arnaud and returned it to the Iowa State 6. Sharp, who also caught a touchdown pass, scored from 2 yards out to make it 28-20 with 9:23 left.

But Arnaud found R.J. Sumrall for a 22-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes later, and after Arnaud's conversion pass fell incomplete, Kansas still led 28-26.

The Jayhawks went 80 yards in eight plays and went ahead 35-26 on a 21-yard TD pass from Reesing to Meier with 3:39 left. Iowa State responded for the second time, with Arnaud hitting Marquis Hamilton for a 2-yard TD with 1:15 left.

"This is a tough loss for us because we played so in the first half. We came out flat and fought back," Iowa State offensive lineman Ben Lamaak said. "We got the onside kick but we couldn't do anything with it."

The Jayhawks hadn't allowed any points in the first quarter through four games, but it took just 11 minutes for the Cyclones to jump ahead 14-0 on Alexander Robinson's 16-yard touchdown run and Hamilton's 8-yard TD catch in the first quarter.

Iowa State recovered a fumble on the Jayhawks 42, and Grant Mahoney's 31-yard field goal gave the Cyclones a 17-0 lead with 12:25 left in the half. Reesing then tried his luck deep, but freshman Leonard Johnson jumped the route for an interception at the 50.

Mahoney added a 43-yarder into a stiff wind to make it 20-0 midway through the second.

The Jayhawks entered halftime facing its biggest deficit of the season. But Mangino's words proved prophetic, because the Jayhawks were a different team in the second half.

"It was atrocious. It wasn't all our fault. They played very well," Reesing said. "We came in the second half and really started clicking on all cylinders and showed what we can do when we're all on the same page."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KU
ISU
1st Downs1920
Total Yards436365
Passing319268
Rushing11797
Penalties3-264-25
3rd Down Conversions5-114-15
4th Down Conversions2-21-2
Turnovers42
Possession27:1132:49

Passing Leaders

KansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reesing18/2631912.331
Iowa StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Arnaud27/452686.031

Rushing Leaders

KansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sharp19794.2111
Reesing11201.809
Iowa StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson10515.1116
Arnaud17442.6018

Receiving Leaders

KansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Meier712517.9224
Sharp310735.7167
Iowa StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sumrall1010610.6122
Darks68414.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKUISU
TD10:45Alexander Robinson 16 Yd Run (Grant Mahoney Kick) 07
TD03:56Marquis Hamilton 8 Yd Pass From Austen Arnaud (Grant Mahoney Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERKUISU
FG12:25Grant Mahoney 31 Yd 017
FG08:53Grant Mahoney 43 Yd 020
THIRD QUARTERKUISU
TD12:20Jake Sharp 67 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 720
TD08:14Angus Quigley 1 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 1420
TD01:46Kerry Meier 23 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 2120
FOURTH QUARTERKUISU
TD09:23Jake Sharp 2 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 2820
TD07:33R.J. Sumrall 22 Yd Pass From Austen Arnaud (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2826
TD03:39Kerry Meier 21 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 3526
TD01:15Marquis Hamilton 2 Yd Pass From Austen Arnaud (Grant Mahoney Kick) 3533