Brian Murph of Kansas scored the first points of the game on an 85-yard touchdown return of a punt to give Kansas an early 7–0 lead. Houston's Ben Bell answered in the second quarter with a 32-yard field goal making it 7–3. Kansas quarterback Jason Swanson fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jon Cornish making it 14–3 Kansas. With 57 seconds left in the first half, Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb scored on a 1-yard touchdown run bringing it to 14–10 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Jason Swanson again found Jon Cornish for a 30-yard touchdown pass, increasing Kansas's lead to 21–10. T.J. Lawrence of Houston kicked a 44-yard field goal for Houston to make it 21–13. Jason Swanson later threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Mark Simmons, giving Kansas a 28–13 lead.
In the fourth quarter, defensive end Charlton Keith intercepted a Houston pass and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown, making it 35–13. Jason Swanson's 48-yard touchdown pass to Brian Murph capped the scoring at 42–13 Kansas.