LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -
threw three touchdown passes to
and No. 14 Kansas, coming off the greatest season in its history, opened with a 40-10 victory Saturday over Florida International
before a record-breaking home crowd.
Reesing, who rewrote the Kansas record book last year during a 12-1 season that vaulted the long-woeful Jayhawks into national
contention, was 37-for-52 for 256 yards. Briscoe, a sophomore and Reesing's third-leading receiver in 2007, had touchdown
catches of 3, 4 and 3 yards against a Sun Belt Conference team the Jayhawks smacked 55-3 a year ago.
Briscoe's third TD, on fourth-and-goal from the 3, was a leaping grab in the corner of the end zone after Reesing appeared
to have overthrown his wide-open target.
The game was played before a school-record crowd of 52,112, breaking the mark of 51,910 which watched the resurgent Jayhawks
beat longtime nemesis Nebraska 76-39 last year. It also broke by 4,000 the Memorial Stadium record for a nonconference game.
Kansas took a commanding lead with a 23-point second quarter that made it 30-10 at the half.
Reesing also threw an interception which
returned 20 yards to the Kansas 27 in the fourth quarter. A year ago, he had only seven interceptions. But a few minutes after
made his second interception for the Jayhawks. His first was returned 30 yards and set up Briscoe's third touchdown.
, 1-11 last season, were playing the highest-ranked team they have seen since becoming a major college program in 2006. They
got their only touchdown in two games against Kansas when T.Y. Hilton took a punt and sped 74 yards into the end zone in the
had a 43-yard field goal for Florida International at the end of the half.
The Jayhawks, who did not commit a turnover until the third game last season, lost a fumble on their first possession. But
sacked Florida International's
for a 5-yard loss on fourth down midway through the first quarter and
, last season's junior college offensive player of the year, scored on a 7-yard run for Kansas.
Briscoe capped a 56-yard scoring drive with his first TD catch on the first play of the second quarter. A few minutes later,
, a freshman, broke loose for a 75-yard punt return, jumping over one would-be tackler near the 20 who had been blocked to
, replacing departed
, kicked a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter for a 17-0 lead and added a 37-yarder in the third as the Jayhawks won
for the 16th time in their last 18 games overall.
McCall was 10-for-28 for 73 yards, with two interceptions.