Kansas Football To Host Colorado On Saturday At 11:30 a.m.
QUICKLY — #16 Associated Press/#15 Coaches Polls Kansas (4-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) will host Colorado (3-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12) on Saturday, Oct. 11 in an 11:30 a.m. kickoff which will be televised on ESPN2… KU is 2-3 all-time on ESPN2, including a 37-34 loss at South Florida this year… KU has won eight of its last nine Big 12 games… KU has won 19 of its last 22 games overall… KU has won 12 consecutive home games, as well as 21 of its last 23 played at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium… KU is 15-3 in its last 18 games as a ranked team… KU has won 17 of its last 18 games against un-ranked teams with the lone loss at Missouri in 2006… Kansas is beginning a stretch with three of its next four games at home (the lone road game is at current No. 1 Oklahoma on Oct. 18).
LAST TIME OUT — Behind 186 all-purpose yards from Jake Sharp and an impressive second-half passing performance from Todd Reesing, Kansas turned a 20-point halftime deficit into a 35-33 win against Iowa State in its Big 12 opener at Jack Trice Stadium. The come from behind victory tied the third biggest comeback in school history behind only a 26-point deficit at Iowa State in 1992 and a 21-point deficit vs. Colorado in 1950. A sea of 47,847 Cyclone fans were riding high as Iowa State jumped out to a fast 14-0 lead in the first quarter. By halftime KU was down 20-0 and had mustered just 93 yards and only five first downs. KU went three and out on each of its first three possessions. Everything changed in the second half when Kansas scored touchdowns on five of its six drives, before sitting on the ball to end the game. Reesing was 10-of-12 for 260 yards and three TDs in the second half to finish the game 18-of-26 for 319 yards. Meier hauled in seven catches for 125 yards and two scores. He now has 26 catches for 381 yards and three TDs over the last three games and tied the school record with his third-straight game with more than 100 yards receiving. Linebackers James Holt and Joe Mortensen each had eight tackles to lead the KU defense, while four different players broke up passes including Jake Laptad, who batted down a crucial pass at the line in the final minute. Laptad and Mortensen each posted one sack.
UP NEXT — Kansas will travel to Oklahoma to meet the top-ranked Sooners on Saturday, Oct. 18. KU has faced the nation’s number one team 14 times and six times it was Oklahoma in that spot. KU’s only win vs. number one was a 23-7 win vs. Missouri in 1960. Oklahoma is playing Texas in Dallas this Saturday.
DID YOU KNOW? — Kansas owns the nation’s fourth-longest active home field winning streak at 12 straight. Oklahoma leads the nation with 20 straight home wins, followed by Boise State (16) and BYU (15).
DID YOU KNOW? — Kansas is looking to start conference play 2-0 for the second straight year and just the third time since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996 as the Jayhawks opened 2-0 in 1997 as well.
THE KU-CU SERIES — Colorado leads the all-time series by a 41-23-3 count, including a 17-14-3 advantage in games played in Lawrence. Kansas has won the last two meetings after CU posted five straight victories from 2001-05. The Jayhawks will be looking to win three straight against CU for just the second time in the series which dates back to 1903. KU beat the Buffs three consecutive times from 1962-64. Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, the teams have split the previous six meetings in Lawrence.
KU-CU LAST YEAR — Behind the leadership of quarterback Todd Reesing, then 15th-ranked Kansas held off Colorado 19-14 at Folsom Field on Oct. 20, 2007. Kansas built up a 19-7 lead after scoring on a 15-play, 94-yard drive with 10:23 left in the game. Colorado scored a touchdown to pull within 19-14 at the 3:42 mark. After Colorado forced KU to punt, the Buffaloes took over at their own 42-yard line with 2:16 remaining in the game. Kansas stopped the Buffs on four plays (CU lost eight yards on the possession) and the Jayhawks won their seventh straight game of the year. Reesing completed 20 of 29 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown while also rushing seven times for 84 yards. KU’s defense registered seven tackles for loss, including three sacks, and came up with three turnovers.
KU-CU LAST TIME IN LAWRENCE — Then freshman QB Todd Reesing came off the bench in the second half to throw two touchdown passes and run for another to rally KU from a 9-0 deficit to a 20-15 win against Colorado on Oct. 28, 2006, the ninth game of the year. The game was Reesing’s first collegiate action. Reesing ran for 90 yards in the game, while Jon Cornish gained 80 and went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season en route to the first 1,000-yard season by a Jayhawk in 10 years.
KU-CU NOTABLE — Kansas has two players from the state of Colorado in LB Chris Heinz, a redshirt freshman from Littleton (Highlands Ranch HS) and OL Ian Wolfe, a sophomore from Fort Collins (Fort Collins HS)… Colorado has one player from the state of Kansas in DE Drew Hudgins… KU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner coached in the state of Colorado as the OL coach at Air Force from 2000-02… KU OL coach John Reagan coached the offensive line at Air Force from 2003-04… KU football SID Mike Strauss worked in the CU SID office as a student… CU AD Mike Bohn is a Kansas graduate and lettered in football and baseball for the Jayhawks in the early 80s.
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