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Top 10 Kansas Football Performances of 2008: #9

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Checking in at #9 in our Top 10 Performances of 2008 Countdown we have our first duo.  We head to a longstanding area of demise for Kansas fans and perhaps what was the best chance to break a streak that’s been around since the 1960’s.


In case you haven’t figured it out I’m referring to Lincoln Nebraska and the sea of red.  Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks headed into Nebraska fresh off a big win over instate rival Kansas State.  The ship appeared to be headed in the right direction following that victory and Kansas fans and players had high hopes for their first win in Lincoln in years.


An up and down offensive battle ensued and two Jayhawks led the charge for Kansas through the air.


Jump into the post for a performance and game recap…

On a cold a blustery day in Lincoln Todd Reesing and Dezmon Briscoe would take the field and lead a Kansas offense that sputtered on the ground but performed through the air in what would ultimately be another loss at the hands of the Huskers.


The Huskers scored first but would be answered on Kansas' first drive following a miraculous play by Reesing.  While rolling out of the pocket to his right Reesing took a viscious hit from a Nebraska defender only to stumble back maintain his balance and find one Kerry Meier for the Jayhawks first score.  Kansas fans everywhere will remember this play for years as it truly showed Reesings ability to keep every play alive no matter the circumstances. 

On the next drive the Reesing to Briscoe combination got it’s start with a 53 yard connection resulting in the Jayhawks second score and a 14-7 lead late in the 2nd quarter.  Unfortunately the Huskers would match and the Hawks would go into halftime locked even at 14 with the Corn.

Reesing and Briscoe would connect 5 more times on the day with Briscoe wrapping up his afternoon in Lincoln with an impressive 6 catches for 176 yards. 

Unfortunately the Huskers would wrap up the second half with a 31-21 advantage and claim another victory over the Hawks in Lincoln with a final score of 45-35.  Not to be deterred Todd Reesing did turn in one of his more memorable performances going 15/30 through the air, racking up 304 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and 1 more touchdown on the ground.  While it wasn’t his best game Reesing showed a lot of grit and fight in this one.  Unfortunately the whole team wasn’t on the same page and Reesing found himself behind the eightball for most of this one.  For now the streak lives to be broken another day.

Nonetheless the loss to the Huskers in Lincoln did provide us with the #9 performance of 2008 with the Todd Reesing and Dezmon Briscoe combination leading the charge for a team on the ropes.