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Jayhawks' air show sends Blue Devils on a long flight home

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At least Duke doesn't have any more non-conference opponents like this one this season.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (pictured) said he had his best game of the season as the No. 22 Jayhawks blew past the Blue Devils 44-16 in Lawrence.

Duke (1-2) shocked the crowd of 50,000-plus in the opening seconds, as Thaddeus Lewis found Austin Kelly for a 66-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage and then sprinted in from 21 yards out on the next.

But after that the rest of the day belonged to Kansas (3-0), which was playing its toughest opponent so far this season.

"Todd did a great job," Kansas coach Mark Mangino told The Associated Press. "He threw some balls in tough coverage. (Duke) mixed things up pretty well and gave us a lot of looks, man looks and zone looks. But Todd got in a rhythm and he saw what they were doing."

Duke didn't score another touchdown until the fourth quarter when freshman Sean Renfree - who came in to sub for Lewis for the second straight game - hit Donovan Varner from 11 yards out to make it 37-16.

Lewis was 16 of 27 for 184 yards with two interceptions, one of them a 38-yard scoring return from Maxwell Onyegbule early in the third period to help the Jayhawks to a 27-7 lead. Renfree was 14 of 23 for 115 and a score.

Reesing completed 28 of 41 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, and added 50 yards on the ground.

"Todd Reesing is a heck of a quarterback," Duke safety Matt Daniels told the AP. "He really hurt us a lot with his feet."

Dezmon Briscoe had six catches for 117 yards and a score, while Jayhawk freshman Toben Opurum rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Duke plays N.C. Central for the first time in the Bull City Gridiron Classic on Sept. 26 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

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