Kansas Postgame Notes vs. UTEP
Sept. 12, 2009
– With the win KU: Started a season 2-0 for the seventh consecutive season… Won its fourth straight game dating back to last year… Stopped a three-game non-conference road losing streak… Improved to 18-2 in its last 20 non-conference games… Improved to 25-7 in its last 32 games overall…
– KU Head Coach Mark Mangino tied for second among KU coaches for career victories with his 47th win (47-41 overall). He is tied with Glen Mason (47-54-1) and behind A.R. Kennedy (52-9-4).
– KU’s 27-point victory was its largest road victory margin since winning by 31 points (41-10) at Iowa State in 2006.
– KU held UTEP to the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Jayhawks since limiting Southeastern Louisiana had minus 31 in 2007.
– New starters from last week included RB Toben Opurum (first career start for the freshman as KU started two running backs) and WR Dezmon Briscoe on offense and DT Caleb Blakesley and S Phillip Strozier on defense. Chris Harris started at cornerback this week after starting at nickel back in the first game.
– KU scored on its opening possession for the fourth straight game dating back to last year.
– KU recorded three sacks in the first quarter to extend its streak of recording at least three sacks in a game to four straight dating back to last year. The first-quarter sacks were by Max Onyegbule, Jeff Wheeler and Patrick Dorsey.
– Jake Sharp’s 30-yard run from the KU six-yard line in the first quarter, was the second-longest rush of his career (47 vs. Kansas State last season).
– Sharp moved into 10th place on the KU career rushing list as he entered the game with 1,933 yards and moved past Kerwin Bell (1,970).
– Sharp tied for fifth place on the KU career rushing touchdowns list after entering the game with 20 scores on the ground.
– Sharp moved into third place on the KU career receptions by a running back list after entering the game with 54 career grabs.
– Sharp had a career high in receptions (previous was six at Colorado in 2007).
– Sharp scored a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same game for the fourth time in his career.
– Sharp recorded the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career, including his second in two games this season (had 123 in opener against Northern Colorado).
– Sharp has rushed for 15 touchdowns in the last 11 games.
– KU junior Justin Thornton recorded his eighth career interception in the second quarter after a deflection by Daymond Patterson.
– For just the third time in his short career PK Jacob Branstetter made multiple field goals in a game (three of three vs. Louisiana Tech and two of two at South Florida, both last season).
– WR Dezmon Briscoe recorded his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game dating back to last year and in fact had 121 yards by halftime. It marked his eighth career 100-yard receiving game which tied Willie Vaughn for the most in KU history.
– Briscoe moved into third place on the KU career receiving yardage list as he entered the game with 1,903 yards and Richard Estell had 1,997.
– Briscoe has now caught at least two passes in 20 consecutive games.
– QB Todd Reesing moved into ninth place on the Big 12 career total offense list as he entered the game with 8,392 yards and Josh Freeman of Kansas State had 8,421 in his career.
– DE Maxwell Onyegbule had a career-high tackle total (had five vs. Texas last year). His first five tackles were for loss, including two sacks.