Kansas-Central Michigan Postgame Notes

Sept. 1, 2007

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September 1, 2007 * Memorial Stadium * Lawrence, Kan.

Postgame Notes

Kansas’ win against Central Michigan…

…Gives Kansas its fourth-straight win in season openers.

…Marks KU’s fourth-straight win in home openers.

…Makes Kansas 15-2 in its last 17 home openers.

…Is Kansas’ 11th-straight win against non-conference opponents in Memorial Stadium, dating back to the 2003 season.

…Improves Kansas’ record to 16-5 in non-conference games during the Mark Mangino era.

…Makes head coach Mark Mangino 26-35 in his sixth season at Kansas.

…Makes Kansas 543-537-58 all time.


–Kansas won its season opener for the fourth straight year. The last time KU won four straight season openers was from 1994-97.

–Kansas’ 35 points in the first half were the most KU also scored 35 at Baylor last season (Oct. 21, 2006).

–Kansas’ 52 points were the second most during the Mark Mangino era. KU scored 63 against Toledo on Sept. 11, 2004.

–Central Michigan’s seven points were the lowest for a KU opponent since South Florida scored seven last season. It marked the sixth time under Mark Mangino the Jayhawks have held their opponent to single digit scoring.

–Kansas compiled 538 yards total offense. The Jayhawks recorded 400-plus yards total offense twice last season – 574 at Nebraska and 403 at Iowa State.

–Kansas had six different players score a touchdown.

–KU had two player rush for 100-plus yards – Brandon McAnderson (110) and Jake Sharp (106). The last time two Jayhawks rushed for 100 yards in the same game was in 2005 against Nebraska – Jon Cornish (101) and Clark Green (100).

–The attendance of 46,815 was the largest for a KU home opener since 1994 – 48,100 – against Michigan State. It also marked the 11th time in the last 12 home games the Jayhawks have drawn 40,000-plus in attendance.

–KU held Central Michigan scoreless in the first half. KU held two foes scoreless at the half last season – South Florida (Sept. 23) and Oklahoma State (Oct. 14).

–Kansas’ first quarter touchdown marked the first time in the last six games the Jayhawks have scored first.

–Senior Marcus Henry caught a career-high seven passes for a career-high 103 yards. His previous best was five receptions twice including a personal best 66 yards against South Florida last season (Sept. 23). His 100 yards receiving was the most for Jayhawk since Dexton Fields (108) and Brian Murph (129) turned the trick at Nebraska last year.

–Senior Derek Fine caught a touchdown pass from Todd Reesing in the first quarter. For Fine it was his seventh career TD reception.

–Freshman Dezmon Briscoe’s first career catch was a 16-yard TD reception from Reesing in the first quarter.

–Senior RB Brandon McAnderson carried the ball 16 times for 110 yards. His 16 carries surpassed his previous career high of seven set twice against Iowa State (Nov. 4, 2006) and versus Houston in the Fort Worth Bowl (Dec. 23, 2005). His 110 yards also was a personal best with 41 against Houston being the previous high.

–The last KU player other than Jon Cornish to rush for 100-plus yards was Clark Green who had 100 yards against Nebraska in 2005. Cornish had 10 games of 100-plus in that span.

–Todd Reesing threw for 217 yards in the first half. Last year he threw for 204 yards in three games for KU. His four TDs against CMU also surpass his three thrown last year. Reesing ended the game 20-for-29 for 261 yards with four TDs and no interceptions.

–Sophomore Raimond Pendleton’s 77 yard punt return for a touchdown was the first for KU since having two punt returns for TDs in the season opener against Northwestern State last. The punt return 77 yards tied for the 11th longest in school history.

–Junior Aquib Talib’s 49-yard touchdown catch was the second TD reception of his career. He caught a 42-yard TD pass, also from Reesing, in the last game of the season at Missouri last year.

–Sophomore Jake Sharp rushed for a career-high 15 carries on a career-high 106 yards. His previous high was six carries twice and 39 yards against Northwestern State in last year’s season opener.

–Sharp’s three-yard touchdown run was the first TD of his career.

–Sophomore Kerry Meier threw his 14th career touchdown pass to Raimond Pendleton in the fourth quarter.

–Joe Mortensen recorded two tackles-for-loss and has 11 for his career.

–John Larson had two tackles for loss. Last season Larson recorded three TFLs.

–Scott Webb’s third-quarter field goal was the sixth straight made dating back to last season.

–Senior OL Cesar Rodriguez started a team best 30th game (16th straight). James McClinton started a team-best 21st consecutive game (24th overall).

–Eight Jayhawks made their first career start against Central Michigan – OFFENSE: Adrian Mayes (LG), Chet Hartley (RG), Tertavian Ingram (WR), Todd Reesing (QB); DEFENSE: Caleb Blakesley (DT), John Larson (DE), Patrick Resby (S), Chris Harris (CB).