Kansas Football Supplemental Notes vs. Iowa State

Oct. 2, 2008

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

A Kansas Win Would…

– Be KU’s fifth straight road victory in Big 12 Conference play, as well as its sixth in its last seven league road contests.

– Be KU’s fifth victory in its last six road games overall.

– Be KU’s fourth straight win after a bye week.

– Be KU’s 19th win its last 22 games overall.

– Give KU a 1-0 record in Big 12 Conference play for the second straight year, but just the second time in the last five years and third in the last 11 seasons.

– Be its fourth straight vs. Iowa State.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop a three-game winning streak vs. Iowa State.

– Be its second straight road loss after winning four straight on the road before this year.

– Give KU an 0-1 Big 12 record for the ninth time in the last 11 years.

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Iowa State…


– Kansas has held its opponent to less than 200 yards rushing in 31 consecutive games.


– QB Todd Reesing has thrown for at least 350 yards in three straight games.

– Reesing (5,095) needs 38 passing yards to pass David Jaynes (5,132) for third and 288 to pass Kelly Donohoe (5,382) for second on the KU career passing yardage list. Frank Seuer is the record holder with 6,410 yards.

– Reesing (nine) can tie David Jaynes (10) for the school record for consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass as his last game without a TD toss was against Texas A&M last season.

– Reesing (5,446) needs 443 total offense yards to pass Chip Hilleary (5,888) for second on the KU career total offense yardage list.

– WR Dexton Fields has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games he has played in.

– Fields (110) needs eight receptions to pass Richard Estell (117) for fifth on the KU career receptions list.

– Fields (1,301) needs 127 receiving yards to pass Denny Drayton (1,427) for 14th on the KU career receiving yardage chart.

– Both Dezmon Briscoe (12) and Dexton Fields (12) need one touchdown reception to tie Marcus Henry (13) for fifth on the KU career touchdown receptions list.

– WR Kerry Meier (2) needs a 100-yard receiving game to tie four players for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games at KU.

– Marcus Herford (1,736) needs 150 kickoff return yards to pass Greg Heaggans (1,885) for the school career record.

– S Justin Thornton (6) needs one interception to tie Charles Gordon (7) for third on the KU career interceptions list.

Did You Know?…

Kansas is 14-3 in its last 17 games as a ranked team.

Did You Know?…

Mark Mangino’s first game as the head coach at Kansas was at Iowa State on Aug. 31, 2002. ISU posted a 45-3 win. He is 4-1 against the Cyclones since then.


Kansas quarterbacks Todd Reesing and Kerry Meier have had good success against Iowa State in their previous two meetings. Here is a look:

Year Kerry Meier Todd Reesing Notes

2006 17-22-0, 199 yards, two TD 3- 5-1, 35 yards, one TD Reesing’s second game played

2007 9- 9-0, 101 yards, one TD 21-26-0, 253 yards, four TD Meier was three for 41 and a TD as a WR

Totals 26-31-0, 300 yards, three TD 24-31-1, 288 yards, five TD 50 of 62 passing, 588 yards and eight TD

(Note: Meier started in 2006, Reesing in 2007)

KU Road Success…

Kansas has won four of its last five road games dating back to the start of the 2007 season. In the previous 10 years, the Jayhawks were a combined 7-45 on the road.

KU Notable…

KU was 5-0 in day games last season and will be playing its first day game of the year on Saturday… KU has limited the opponent to less than 100 yards rushing twice this season and eight times in its last 11 games dating back to last year… The opponent has scored on 10 offensive possessions this year and seven of those drives have taken less than two minutes… KU has won 13 straight games against un-ranked opponents as well as 16 of its last 17 games against teams not listed in the national polls.

Rivera Named Semifinalist For National Award…

Kansas football senior Mike Rivera was named as one of 57 Football Bowl Subdivision semifinalists for the 2008 Draddy Trophy it was announced by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The trophy is awarded based on academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

Tough Schedule…

Five Kansas opponents this season are listed in the top 10 of this week’s Associated Press poll, including #1 Oklahoma, #4 Missouri, #5 Texas, #7 Texas Tech and #10 South Florida. Kansas played five ranked teams during the 1972, 1973, 1995, and 1998 seasons. However, the most ranked teams the Jayhawks have played in a season has been six in both 1977 and 1978.

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.

Oct. 4 A Good Day For KU…

Kansas is 13-4 all-time in games played on this date, including a 20-17 win against Oklahoma in 1997. The Jayhawks also played Iowa State on this date in 1947, beating the Cyclones 27-7.

This Day In History (Oct. 4)…

1904 – First day of New York City Subway (350,000 ride 9.1 mile tracks).

1970 – Jan Stenerud of Kansas City Chiefs kicked a 55-yard field goal vs. Denver.

1972 – Ted Williams manages his final game as his Texas Rangers lose to Kansas City Royals, 4-0

1984 – U.S. government closes down due to budget problems.

1987 – First “Scrub Sunday” of NFL football replacement players.

1989 – Will Clark hits first National League Championship Series Grand Slam in 12 years.

1996 – Bradley Strauss celebrates second birthday as father Mike interviews for Utah State SID job.

2006 – Dow closes above 11,800 for the first time.