20th Annual Cactus Bowl

Kansas 42, Minnesota 21

20th annual cactus 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 Cactus 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 a Cactus 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.