Kansas Football Set To Host Southeastern Louisiana On Sept. 8

Sept. 2, 2007

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QUICKLY — Kansas (1-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12) will play its second of four straight home games as the Jayhawks host Southeastern Louisiana (0-1, 0-0 Southland) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m… KU will be looking to start the season 2-0 for the fourth straight year… The last time before 2004 the Jayhawks were 2-0 was 1997… KU has won 11 straight home games against non-conference opponents, including last week’s 52-7 win against defending MAC champion Central Michigan… KU is 12-2 at home against non-Big 12 foes in the Mark Mangino era.

HEROES APPRECIATION NIGHT — All heroes (Military, VFW, Firefighters, Police, and Teachers) can receive $5 tickets with a valid ID at any Memorial Stadium ticket window. Family members can purchase additional tickets for just $25 (a $10 savings).

BAND DAY — In conjunction with the KU School of Music, more than 30 area marching bands will be in attendance and perform at halftime.

JUNIOR JAYHAWKS — All Junior Jayhawks will be admitted free with their Jr. Jayhawks membership card. Family members can purchase additional tickets for just $25. Jr. Jayhawks must pick up their complimentary ticket at the Southeast ticket booth.

LAST TIME OUT — The Kansas offense was firing on all cylinders in its season-opening game as the Jayhawks dominated Central Michigan 52-7 before a crowd of 46,815 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The win gave the Jayhawks a season-opening victory for the fourth-straight year.
A pair of Jayhawk running backs notched 100-yard games for the first time since 2005 as senior Brandon McAnderson and sophomore Jake Sharp each eclipsed the century mark for the first time in their Kansas careers. McAnderson finished the game with 110 yards on 16 carries, all of which came in the first half. Sharp handled the load in the second half and finished the game with 106 yards on 15 rushes.
Central Michigan avoided the shut out with a seven-yard pass from Dan LeFevour to Kito Poblah to close out the third quarter of play.
Kansas piled up 538 yards of total offense on the evening, with six different players scoring touchdowns. Todd Reesing finished the game completing 20 of his 29 pass attempts, good for 261 yards and four TDs.
Henry led the Jayhawk receiving corps with seven receptions for 103, both career highs. Derek Fine hauled in five passes for 30 yards, while junior Dexton Fields had four catches for 49 yards.
The Jayhawk defense held Central Michigan to 294 yards of total offense and just seven points with junior linebacker James Holt and freshman cornerback Chris Harris leading the way with nine tackles a piece. Junior linebacker Joe Mortensen added eight tackles, including one sack for minus-10 yards.

FOUR STRAIGHT AT HOME — Kansas is opening its season with four straight home games for the first time since the 1986 team opened the year with five consecutive home contests (that team started the year 3-2). The Jayhawks have posted a 12-2 home record in the last three seasons and are 21-12 in Memorial Stadium in the Mark Mangino era.

UP NEXT — Kansas will host its third of four straight home games when Toledo comes to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Toledo opened the year with a 52-24 loss at home against Purdue on Sept. 1 and will play at Central Michigan this Saturday. Toledo defeated Kansas 37-31 in double overtime at Toledo last year.

DID YOU KNOW? — KU’s 45-point victory margin in the season opener against Central Michigan was its largest since posting a 49-point victory against Toledo (63-14) in the second game of 2004.

THE SERIES — Kansas and Southeastern Louisiana will be meeting for the first time. The game marks the second straight week the Jayhawks have met an opponent for the first time as KU had never played Central Michigan before last week. Last year KU played a Southland Conference opponent for the first time as KU defeated Northwestern (La.) State 49-18 in the 2006 season opener. KU is 4-1 all-time against schools from the state of Louisiana going 1-0 vs. Tulane, 1-0 vs. Louisiana Monroe, 1-0 vs. Northwestern (La.) State, and 1-1 vs. Louisiana Tech. KU Mark Mangino is 3-0 against schools from the Bayou state with victories against Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State.