20th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Kansas 42, Minnesota 21

20th annual buffalo wild wings bowl
December 31, 2008

Attendance: 49,103

Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium

Offensive Player of the Game: Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas

Defensive Player of the Game: James Holt, Kansas

Sportsmanship Award: Jack Simmons, Minnesota

Head Coaches: Mark Mangino, Kansas - Tim Brewster, Minnesota

Weather: Clear, 73 degrees

Television: NFL Network

Payout Per Team: $1,350,000

It didn’t take Kansas long to make sure the scoreboard operator was working.

On the game’s first snap, Todd Reesing threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Briscoe as the Jayhawks rolled to a decisive 42-21 win over Minnesota in the 20th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Briscoe finished with a Bowl record 14 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns to earn offensive player of the game honors. Kerry Meier had 10 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass.

After the quick touchdown by Kansas, the Gophers responded with two of their own on short touchdown runs by Jon Hoese to take a 14-7 lead. But the Jayhawks reeled off 28 unanswered points to take command of the game.

Reesing completed 27 of 35 passes, hitting on a school-record 14 straight passes in the first half, and finished with 313 yards and four touchdowns.

The Jayhawks were making their first back-to-back bowl appearance after appearing in the Orange Bowl the previous year and won three straight bowl games for the first time in school history.

Minnesota, which began the season 7-1, cut the lead to 35-21 on a 6-yard pass from Adam Weber to Eric Decker early in the fourth quarter, but the Gophers’ offense stalled after that.

Decker finished with eight receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown and Weber was 19 of 34 for 176 yards passing. Hoese scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter on his first collegiate carry and scored again nine minutes later from two yards out.

James Holt of Kansas set an Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl record with three sacks and tied the Bowl record with four tackles for loss to earn defensive player of the game honors.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Kansas
14
14
7
7
42
Minnesota
14
0
0
7
21

Yardstick

KU
MN
26
First Downs
20
29-101
Rushes-Yards
38-80
345
Passing Yards
251
28-36-1
Passes
20-35-0
39
Return Yards
200
4-47.5
Punts
5-41.0
0-0
Fumbles-Lost
1-1
4-33
Penalties-Yards
7-41

How They Scored

KU
MN
7
0
Dezmon Briscoe 60-yard pass from Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter kick)
7
7
Jon Hoese 1-yard run (Joel Monroe kick)
7
14
Jon Hoese 2-yard run (Joel Monroe kick)
14
14
Kerry Meier 4-yard pass from Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter kick)
21
14
Dezmon Briscoe 6-yard pass from Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter kick)
28
14
Johnathan Wilson 4-yard pass from Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter kick)
35
14
Dezmon Briscoe 32-yard pass from Kerry Meier (Jacob Branstetter kick)
35
21
Eric Decker 6-yard pass from Adam Weber (Joel Monroe kick)
42
21
Jake Sharp 2-yard run (Jacob Branstetter kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
KU
Jake Sharpe 16-64, Todd Reesing 12-38.
MN
Adam Weber 12-31, DeLeon Eskridge 14-26, Shady Salamon 6-7, Troy Stoudemire 1-6, Jon Hoese 4-5, Eric Decker 1-5.
Passing
KU
Todd Reesing 27-35-1-313, Kerry Meier 1-1-0-32.
MN
Adam Weber 19-34-0-176, David Pittman 1-1-0-75.
Receiving
KU
Dezmon Briscoe 14-201, Kerry Meier 10-113, Johnathan Wilson 2-17, Tim Biere 1-9, Dexton Fields 1-5.
MN
Eric Decker 8-149, Jack Simmons 4-31, Brandon Green 2-38, Da’Jon McKnight 2-16, David Pittman 2-13, Shad Salamon 1-4, DeLeon Eskridge 1-0.