Game 1 - Kansas Football Hosts North Dakota State Saturday At 6 p.m.
Aug. 29, 2010
Tuesday Press Conference Quotes
GAME NO. 1 VS. NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, 6 p.m. (Central)
Memorial Stadium (50,071) – Lawrence, Kan.
Jayhawk Network (32 stations in 27 markets)
Bob Davis, David Lawrence, Nate Bukaty, Bob Newton [producer]
Sirius – ch.127, XM – ch. 232
Fox College Sports Central (Steve Physioc, Yogi Roth, Samantha Steele)
(also available on DirecTV 623)
1-800-34-HAWKS or (785) 864-3141
2010 KU CAPTAINS
#16 CB Chris Harris
#22 RB Angus Quigley
#45 LB Justin Springer
#59 OL Sal Capra
#91 DE Jake Laptad
QUICKLY — Kansas (0-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12) will open its 121st season of college football when it hosts North Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox College Sports.
– Kansas is opening its season at home for the eighth-straight year (6-1 in last seven home openers).
– The Jayhawks have won six straight season openers since falling at home to Northwestern to start the 2003 campaign.
– KU has outscored its opponents by an average of 40.1 to 10.0 in the last six season openers.
– KU has won 20 straight non-conference home games since losing to Northwestern to start the 2003 season.
– KU is 18-3 in its last 21 home games, but lost its last two home games against Oklahoma and Nebraska last year.
– KU is 20-2 in its last 22 games against non-Big 12 opponents, including bowl victories against Houston (2005), Virginia Tech (2007 season) and Minnesota (2008).
– KU is 3-0 all-time in games played on Sept. 4 with victories against Oregon State (1976), Western Carolina (1993) and Tulsa (2004).
– KU has won 20 straight home night games.
KU-NDSU SERIES — Kansas and North Dakota State will be meeting for the first time on the football field. Kansas is 9-0 all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jayhawks are 3-0 vs. Southern Illinois, 2-0 vs. Indiana State and Missouri State and 1-0 vs. Illinois State and South Dakota State. The last time KU played a MVC football team was its 44-24 victory against Missouri State in 2002.
KU-NDSU CONNECTIONS — KU head coach Turner Gill and NDSU head coach Craig Bohl both played college football at Nebraska as Bohl was a defensive back from 1977-79 and Gill was a quarterback from 1980-83… NDSU DB coach Brian Ward spent the last three seasons as the head coach at his alma mater of McPherson (Kan.) College… Kansas backup QB Quinn Mecham and NDSU LB Chad Wilson were teammates at Snow (Utah) Junior College the last two seasons… KU secondary football contact Mike Cummings is from Fargo, N.D.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR AGAINST NORTH DAKOTA STATE:
– CB Chris Harris is expected to make his team-best 30th career start.
– Four players expected to start Saturday who started all 12 games a year ago and have current 12-game consecutive start streaks include CB Chris Harris, and offensive linemen Tanner Hawkinson, Brad Thorson and Sal Capra.
– OL Jeremiah Hatch owns the team’s longest consecutive start streak at 24 games, but he is listed as the backup offensive center heading into game week.
– RB Angus Quigley should get his first rushing attempts since 2008 when he ran 59 times for 309 yards (he was moved to linebacker in 2009).
– PK Jacob Branstetter has made five of his last six field goal attempts, including five straight inside 50 yards (missed a 50-yarder at Texas in the 11th game of 2009).
– QB Kale Pick should attempt his first pass since going one of two for six yards at Texas Tech in the eighth game of 2009.
– WR Johnathan Wilson (81 receptions for 1,074 yards in his career) needs six catches to tie for 19th on the KU career receptions list (87 by Bob Johnson and John Mosier) and 155 yards to tie for 20th on the KU career receiving yards list (1,229 by Clark Green).