Kansas Football Supplemental Notes vs. Sam Houston State

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Sept. 18, 2008

These are mid-week notes to supplement the weekly press release that is sent out on Sunday.

Roster Changes…

There have been a couple of jersey number changes since the printing of the media guide. Here is a look at the new numbers:

PK Jacob Branstetter is now #14 (not 16)

WR Daymond Patterson is now #28 (not 83)

DT Justin Pessetto is now #55 (not 61)

DE Duane Zlatnik is now #98 (not 55)

Also Eligible…

Offensive center Brad Thorson, a transfer from Wisconsin, has seen action on special teams this season. The 6-3, 290-pound sophomore is #76.

A Kansas Win Would…

– Give KU 12 straight home wins. The school record is 15 consecutive from 1908-10.

– Make KU 21-2 in its last 23 home games.

– Give KU 17 straight home field wins against non-conference opponents.

– Improve KU to 18-3 in its last 21 games.

– Make Mark Mangino the fourth coach in Kansas history to win 40 games at the school.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop an 11-game home winning streak.

– Stop a 17-game home field winning streak against non-conference opponents.

– Be its first to a current FCS team since 1940 (when there were no separate divisions).

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Sam Houston State…


– Kansas has held its opponent to less than 200 yards rushing in 30 consecutive games.

– Kansas has scored at least 30 points in 18 of 28 non-conference games in the Mark Mangino era.


– QB Todd Reesing (605) needs 32 passing attempts to pass Chip Hilleary (636) for fifth and 43 attempts to pass Mike Norseth for fourth on the KU career passing attempts list.

– Reesing (388) needs two pass completions to pass David Jaynes (389) for third and five to pass Kelly Donohoe (392) for second on the KU career pass completions list.

– Reesing (4,702) needs 431 passing yards to pass David Jaynes (5,132) for third on the KU career passing yardage list.

– Reesing (13) needs one 200-yard passing game for sole possession of most career 200-yard passing games (currently tied with Bill Whittemore).

– Reesing (731) needs 44 total offensive plays to break into the top 10 at KU (Bobby Douglass had 774 for 10th).

– Reesing (5,039) needs 96 total offensive yards to pass Bill Whittemore (5,134) for fourth and 189 yards to pass Kelly Donohoe (5,228) for third on the KU career total offensive yards list.

– Marcus Herford (1,710) needs 176 kickoff return yards to pass Greg Heaggans (1,885) for first on the KU career kickoff return yardage list.

Home Winning Streaks…

Entering this week only five schools have posted double-digit home field winning streaks. Here is a look at those schools:

1. Oklahoma 19

2. Wisconsin 16

3. Boise State 15

4. BYU 14

5. Kansas 11

Scoring In The 11-Game Streak…

As mentioned above, Kansas has won 11 consecutive home games. In that time the Jayhawks have averaged 47.4 points per game, while limiting the opponents to an average of 11.3 points per contest. Kansas has scored at least 40 points in eight of the games, going over the 50-point mark five times, the 60-point mark twice and the 70-point mark once. Defensively KU has held the opponent scoreless twice, allowed single-digit points five times and less than 15 points nine times.

Miscellaneous NCAA Rankings…

In addition to the mainstream statistical rankings (found on page five of the weekly game notes), Kansas ranks among the top 15 in the country in several miscellaneous categories:

– 5th in third down percentage (56.0 percent)

– 10th in time of possession (33:46)

– T-14th in fumbles lost (1)

Jayhawk Fans Flocking To Kivisto…

On Wednesday it was announced that the Sam Houston State game was soldout. Already this season, Kansas fans have been a part of the two largest non-conference home attendance marks in school history. The 52,112 who attended the season opener against FIU, were also part of the school’s single-game home attendance record. That mark was more than the previous best of 51,910 vs. Nebraska last season. In KU’s last home game, 48,621 saw the Jayhawks defeat Louisiana Tech for the second-most to see a game against a non-conference opponent in Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium history.

Top Five Overall Home Game Attendance

1. 52,112 vs. FIU, 2008

2. 51,910 vs. Nebraska, 2007

3. 51,821 vs. Kansas State, 2006

4. 51,750 vs. Nebraska, 2005

5. 51,574 vs. Kansas State, 1973

Top Five Non-Conference Home Game Attendance

1. 52,112 vs. FIU, 2008

2. 48,621 vs. Louisiana Tech, 2008

3. 48,112 vs. Toledo 2007

4. 48,100 vs. Michigan State, 1994

5. 46,815 vs. Central Michigan, 2007

KU Notable…

KU has kept the opponent off the scoreboard in the first quarter in each of the first three games this season… QB Todd Reesing’s 412 passing yards vs. Louisiana Tech in KU’s last home game is the seventh-best passing yardage day in the country this year… QB/WR Kerry Meier has caught at least two passes in 11 consecutive games… WR Dezmon Briscoe has caught at least two passes in nine consecutive games… KU is 4-4-1 in games played on Sept. 20 all-time, including a 0-0 tie against TCU in Kansas City, Mo. in 1947.

This Day In History (Sept. 20)…

1968 – Mickey Mantle hit his final career home run (#536).

1973 – Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

1980 – George Brett went 0 for four dropping his batting average below .400 for the rest of the season.

1987 – Walter Payton scored NFL record 107th rushing touchdown.

1992 – Brett Farve began his most consecutive starts streak for a quarterback in the NFL.

1998 – Cal Ripken took the day off after playing a record 2,632 consecutive games.