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NCAA Game Summary - Kansas at Kansas State



(Saturday, October 6th)

Final Score: Kansas 30, (24) Kansas State 24

Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Dexton Fields' 30-yard touchdown catch gave Kansas the lead in a wild final 15 minutes, as the Jayhawks finally downed No. 24 Kansas State in Manhattan, 30-24.

The Jayhawks (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) finally beat a worthy opponent after downing Central Michigan, SE Louisiana, Toledo and Florida International to start the season. The victory in the 105th Sunflower Showdown gave Kansas its first five-game winning streak since 1995 and its first win in Manhattan since 1989, a losing streak spanning eight games.

Todd Reesing completed 22-of-35 passes for 267 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions, while Fields caught six passes for 78 yards. The running game was a tag-team effort, as Brandon McAnderson rushed 13 times for 81 yards and Jake Sharp carried the ball 17 times for 77 yards and a score.

Josh Freeman threw for 305 yards on 31-of-48 passing with one touchdown but had three costly interceptions. Jordy Nelson hauled in 10 passes for 137 yards and a score for the Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), who were coming off a stunning victory over Texas in Austin.

The fireworks ensued throughout the fourth quarter in Manhattan.

With Kansas backed up against its own goal line with a slim 21-17 lead, Reesing's swing pass into the flat bounced off Fields' facemask, straight up into the hands of Chris Carney at the Jayhawks 16-yard line.

The Wildcats then dipped into their bag of tricks to take the lead. After converting a 3rd-and-1 with a quarterback sneak, Freeman lined up in the shotgun and handed the ball off to Leon Patton, who ran to the right and lofted a perfect pass to wide open Deon Murphy for a five-yard score.

Looking for its first five-game winning streak since 1995, Kansas didn't go quietly into the night.

The four-play, 62-yard march included two big plays to Fields, the second a 30-yard touchdown connection that handed the Jayhawks a 27-24 lead with 6:27 on the clock.

Scott Webb's 24-yard chip shot capped the scoring with 2:21 on the clock.

Kansas State used the big play to strike first. Freeman lofted a pass down the right sideline into the outstretched arms of Nelson, who caught the pass on the dead run and outran the defense the rest of the way for a 68-yard score and a 7-0 game.

The Jayhawks marched 86 yards on 10 plays to square the contest early in the second quarter. Reesing's 17-yard connection with Derek Fine moved the ball near midfield to the 47-yard line, and Marcus Henry hauled in 12-yard pass to move the chains on third down several plays later. Sharp capped the drive with a pair of hard runs, the first a 14-yard burst and the second a 20-yard touchdown run that included several broken tackles near the line of scrimmage.

The touchdown was Kansas' first in Manhattan since 1999.

The Wildcats responded with an 80-yard drive to regain the lead. Freeman completed four straight passes, the last a 15-yard connection with Nelson to the Jayhawks 43-yard line.

Freeman later completed a pass to Murphy for 17 yards, and Patton capped the march with a seven-yard touchdown run with 3:52 remaining.

The two offenses exchanged interceptions before the Jayhawks went into hurry- up mode to tie the game once again. Reesing was accurate throughout the stretch, completing all five passes capped by a five-yard strike to a wide open Aqib Talib in the left corner of the end zone for a 14-14 game.

After several punts in the third, Kansas struck with a methodical 80-yard drive to seize the advantage. The big play was the final one, a 28-yard flanker screen to Dezmon Briscoe, who slipped through the middle of the field untouched on his way to the end zone.

Kansas State responded with a 13-play, 61-yard drive that resulted in Brooks Rossman's 32-yard field goal.

Game Notes

Last Saturday's victory over Texas propelled the Wildcats into the national rankings for the first time since 2004...Coming into the contest, Kansas was averaging 53.5 points per game while giving up 5.8 points on average...The Wildcats finished with 363 total yards to 437 for the Jayhawks.

10/06 17:01:46 ET

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