Jayhawks, Wildcats tied at halftime

MANHATTAN, Kan. | The first half ended a whole lot better than it started for Kansas’s Aqib Talib.

Talib was on the receiving end of a Todd Reesing 5-yard touchdown pass with 11.2 seconds remaining in the first half Saturday, helping KU pull even with No. 24 Kansas State 14-14 entering the break at Bill Snyder family Stadium.

The Wildcats had jumped in front when senior wide receiver Jordy Nelson beat Talib in their first much-anticipated match-up for a 68-yard touchdown reception with 8:48 remaining in the first quarter.

The Jayhawks pulled even in the second quarter on running back Jake Sharp’s 20-yard TD run at the 9:11 mark. On the drive KU, marched into K-State territory for the first time in the game.

The Wildcats’ response? They drove 80 yards in 11 plays, capped when reserve running back Leon Patton scored on a 7-yard run with 3:52 to go before halftime.

KU was driving to pull even, but Reesing got picked off for the second time (the first time occurred on the Jayhawks’ first snap from scrimmage) after he had taken KU to K-State’s 44. Byron Garvin recorded the pick for the Wildcats.

But K-State signal caller Josh Freeman was intercepted on the next series by KU defensive end Russell Broersen. That set up the game-tying score.