Kansas Football To Close Out Non-Conference Action Hosting Florida International On Saturday
Sept. 16, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
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QUICKLY — Kansas (3-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12) will play its fourth straight home game as the Jayhawks host Florida International (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m… KU has opened the year 3-0 for the second time in the last three years (3-0 in 2005) and will be looking to start 4-0 for the first time since 1995… KU has won 13 straight home games against non-conference opponents… KU is 14-2 at home against non-Big 12 foes in the Mark Mangino era.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DAY — All members of the KU Alumni Association can receive a $25 ticket when they present their membership card at any Memorial Stadium ticket window (Regular price tickets: $35). For information about ordering online, KU Alumni can visit http://www.kualumni.org/football/
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 pickup their complimentary ticket at the southeast ticket booth.
UNITED WAY — As part of the KU United Way Fund Drive, fans are encouraged to donate to the United Way campaign as they enter Memorial Stadium. KU United Way Fund Drive representatives will be located at the entrance gates.
PASS, PUNT AND KICK — One lucky fan will be selected from the crowd to participate in the always exciting Pass, Punt, & Kick halftime contest for a chance to win $10,000.
LAST TIME OUT — Todd Reesing threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns, while Brandon McAnderson rushed for two scores and the Kansas defense allowed just 251 yards as the Jayhawks improved to 3-0 on the season with a 45-13 victory against Toledo on Saturday. The Jayhawks scored the game’s first 17 points before Toledo scored just the second touchdown allowed by KU this year late in the second quarter. KU then scored 28 straight points before the Rockets found the endzone again with :05 left in the game after KU fumbled on its own 13-yard line. Reesing’s 313 yards were the 16th most in school history and the most by a Jayhawk since Adam Barmann threw for 405 vs. Nebraska last year. Marcus Henry was on the receiving end of seven of those completions for 133 yards and one score. Henry tied a school record with his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game. In all, four different KU players caught touchdown passes to go along with McAnderson’s two rushing scores. KU put up 557 yards of total offense for the 13th-best offensive day in school history. The KU defense also came up with its first interceptions of the year as Aqib Talib, Darrell Stuckey and defensive end John Larson all had pickoffs in the game. James McClinton led KU in tackles with nine, including one for loss.
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 14-2 home record in the last three seasons and are 23-12 in Memorial Stadium in the Mark Mangino era, including a 3-0 mark this season.
UP NEXT — Kansas will have a bye week before playing eight straight weeks against Big 12 opponents. KU will play its first road game of the season, taking a short bus ride to Manhattan to face Kansas State on Oct. 6.
DID YOU KNOW? — Kansas will not play a game out of the state this year until visiting Colorado on Oct. 20. KU will have had five home games and a road game at Kansas State before getting on a plane for the first time this season.
THE SERIES — Kansas and Florida International will be meeting for the first time in history. The Golden Panthers are the third opponent KU will have met for the first time this season as KU had never played Central Michigan or Southeastern Louisiana before this year. Kansas is 6-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference with a 3-0 mark against North Texas and 1-0 slates against Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Monroe. This meeting with FIU will mark the third straight year KU will meet a Sun Belt Conference member as KU defeated Florida Atlantic 30-19 in 2005 and Louisiana-Monroe 21-19 last season. Mark Mangino is 2-0 against current members of the Sun Belt as the head coach at KU.
KU-FIU CONNECTIONS — Kansas has one player on its roster from the state of Florida in wide receiver Tertavian Ingram, who is from Jefferson High School in Tampa… Ingram, a redshirt freshman, started the first two games, but has not recorded any statistics in three games… KU wide receivers coach Tim Beck played collegiately at Central Florida as a quarterback, wide receiver and punter, from 1984-85… KU linebackers coach Steve Tovar and FIU offensive coordinator James Coley, were both members of the Miami Dolphins staff in 2006 (Tovar as a defensive assistant and Coley as offensive quality control)… FIU offensive line coach Greg Laffere was born in Basehor, Kan.