Kansas at Kansas State Supplemental Football Notes

Oct. 3, 2007

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at Kansas State

Oct. 6, 2007

These are mid-week notes meant to supplement the weekly press release that is sent out on Sunday prior to a Kansas football game.

A Kansas Win Would…

– Give KU a five-game winning streak for the longest such streak since winning seven straight in 1995

– Give the Jayhawks a 5-0 start for the first time since 1995 and just the second time in the last 39 seasons.

– Give KU a 1-0 conference start for the first time since 2003.

– Be KU’s first against a ranked team since beating #25 Iowa State 24-21 in 2005 (0-1 vs. ranked teams since then).

– Be KU’s eighth win in its last nine games dating back to last year.

– Give KU three wins in the last four meetings with Kansas State

– Give KU consecutive wins against Kansas State for the first time since winning three straight from 1988-90.

– Stop an eight-game losing streak at Manhattan as last win at KSU was in 1989.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop a four-game winning streak.

– Give KU a 0-1 conference start for the fourth straight year.

– Be KU’s second-straight road loss dating back to last year’s season finale loss at Missouri.

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Kansas State


– WR Dexton Fields (eight) and TE Derek Fine (eight) each need one touchdown reception to move into a tie for ninth place on the KU career touchdown reception list.

– WR Dexton Fields has caught at least two passes in 15 consecutive games.

– RB Brandon McAnderson has rushed for two touchdowns in three straight games.

– RB Brandon McAnderson has recorded at least one 20-yard rush in three straight games.

– CB/WR Aqib Talib has caught at least one pass in five straight games.

– CB/WR Aqib Talib has scored a touchdown in five straight games (four receptions and one interception return).

– CB/WR Aqib Talib has recorded interceptions in each of the last two games and he had a three-game streak last year (in fact he has recorded six interceptions in the last eight games dating back to last season.

– CB/WR Aqib Talib (10) needs just one interception to tie Milt Garner (11) for third on the KU career interceptions list and two to tie Hal Cleavinger (12) for second.

– PK Scott Webb has made a field goal in six consecutive games (10 of 11 in that time span). He was four of four against Kansas State last season.

– PK Scott Webb (222) needs just one more point to tie for fourth on the KU career points list (Joe Garcia had 223) and 11 to tie for third (Bruce Kallmeyer had 233).

– Marcus Herford (1,021) needs just 56 kickoff return yards to tie for second in KU career return yards (Maurice Douglas had 1,077)

– LB Joe Mortensen had a career-high 13 tackles in last game against Florida International and will be looking to become the first KU player with back-to-back double-figure tackle games since DB Jerome Kemp had 11 tackles in consecutive games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in the middle of last season.

– LB Mike Rivera has increased his number of tackles in every game this season (had four in first game, five in second, six in third and nine in fourth).

– Backup LB Maxwell Onyegbule has been in on a sack in three straight games (two solo and one assist).

– QB Todd Reesing (four) needs one more 200-yard passing game to tie for fifth on the KU season list for most 200-yard passing games in a season.

– QB Todd Reesing (11) needs just one more touchdown pass to tie the KU sophomore record for TD passes in a year (Adam Barmann had 12 in 2004.

– DT James McClinton has started a team-best 24 consecutive games, while OT Cesar Rodriguez has started 19 straight as well as a team-best 33 games in his career.


– KU has produced 500 yards of total offense in four straight games.

– KU has rushed for 200 yards in four straight games.

– KU has scored 40-plus points in four straight games.

– KU has not allowed a point in the third quarter through four games this year.

– KU has turned the ball over three times in each of the last two games.

Reesing Looking For 200 Again…

Sophomore QB Todd Reesing has thrown for 200-plus yards in each of the first four games and only one Jayhawk has ever thrown for 200-plus yards in more consecutive games. Mike Norseth holds the school mark with six straight 200-yard games (1984-85).

Reesing Resting In The Fourth…

QB Todd Reesing has put up some very good numbers in his first four collegiate starts, averaging 299.8 passing yards per game, while throwing 11 touchdown passes and just one interception on 125 attempts. What makes these numbers even better is the fact that Reesing has not played a down in the fourth quarter through four games.

It Is Early, But…

Kansas is on a school-record pace for passing yards per game, averaging 326.3. The school mark is 286.0 per game, which was set in 1983. In fact, KU has averaged more than 200 passing yards per game just five times in school history with two of those seasons coming in the Mark Mangino era (255.9 in 2003 and 220.5 in 2004). Kansas is also on a school record pace for total offense yards per game (552.8) and points per game (53.5) with the current school records being 421.5 total offense yards in 2003 and 35.8 points set in 1968.

Pass Defense…

A year after finishing dead last in the nation in pass defense (119th), giving up 269.1 yards through the air, KU is ranked third in the country allowing just 124.00 yards per game.

30 Against KSU

Kansas has found reaching the end zone difficult against Kansas State in many games over recent years, scoring less than 10 points in eight of the last 14 meetings. However, the Jayhawks have also scored 30-plus points three times in the last 15 meetings and have won each of those games, including two of the last three games played in the series

Close KU-KSU Games Not Common

In the previous 104 meetings between Kansas and Kansas State only 38 of the games have been decided by one score (36.5 percent). In recent years there has been only one game in the last 12 contests (KU defeated KSU 31-28 in 2004) that was within a touchdown. The last stretch which featured close games was from 1987-1994 when six of those eight contests were decided by one score. Since then the average scoring margin has been 32.1 points per game in the last 12 meetings. The last three games have been decided by an average of 10.3 points per game.

Historical KU Performances Vs. Kansas State

John Riggins had an 83-yard run against KSU in 1968, which ranks as the fifth longest run in school history as well as the longest non-scoring run in school history… Bob Johnson became the first Jayhawk to ever catch at least 10 passes in a game when he pulled in 10 against KSU in 1983… Johnson’s 208 receiving yards in that same game were a school record and still stand as the second best total in school history… Current PK Scott Webb booted four field goals against KSU last season, one shy of the school record for most field goals in a game (Bruce Kallmeyer vs. Wichita State in 1983 and vs. Nebraska in 1981)… Dan Eichloff kicked a then school-record 58 yard field goal vs. KSU in 1990 (now third longest in school history)… Willie Pless recorded 22 tackles against KSU in 1984 (school record is 25)… KU limited KSU to minus 56 yards rushing in 1992 for the fewest rushing yards allowed in school history… KSU’s 35 total yards in 1961 were the second fewest allowed by KU in school history (17 to Denver in 1947)… Sixty years ago in 1947 Kansas defeated Kansas State 55-0 for its biggest victory margin in a conference game in school history.

Kansas Notable…

KU has scored six times on defense and special teams this year with a punt return, kickoff return, blocked punt, and interception for touchdowns to go along with two safeties… KU is the only Big 12 school to produce two different players with two 100-yard rushing games (McAnderson and Sharp) and have a 300-yard passer (Reesing) as well… While Kansas has received votes in the AP poll for the last five weeks, the last time the Jayhawks were ranked in the top 25 was Sept. 28, 1996 when KU was listed 20th before losing 45-42 to Utah… Head coach Mark Mangino is looking for his 30th win at Kansas (29-35 record) and would join A.R. Kennedy (52 wins in seven seasons), J.V. Sikes (35 in six), Jack Mitchell (44 in nine), Don Fambrough (36 in eight) and Glen Mason (47 in nine) as 30-win coaches in KU history.

Did You Know?

Including Saturday’s game against Kansas State, the Jayhawks’ last three Big 12 Conference games have been against their main rivals as KU closed 2006 with games against Kansas State and Missouri and are meeting the Wildcats in the first league game this year.