KU will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2008 Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Candidates for game balls
• Dezmon Briscoe had 10 first-half receptions on the way to an Insight Bowl-record 14 catches for 201 yards and an Insight-record three touchdowns.
• Todd Reesing set a school record with 14 consecutive completions in the first half and for the game completed 27 of 35 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns.
• Kerry Meier caught a touchdown pass and threw a 32-yard TD pass and became the fifth receiver in KU history to reach 1,000 yards in a season, joining Briscoe.
• James Holt had three sacks, leading a strong effort by all three senior linebackers.
Candidates for gassers
• Justin Thornton for missing the game for disciplinary reasons.
• Kendrick Harper for repeatedly getting burned early in the game. He partially redeemed himself in the second half by making a big play on the Jayhawks’ goal-line stand.