Game No. 5 - Kansas Hosts Iowa State Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 5, 2009
Press Conference Quotes and Video
No. 16/No. 15 KANSAS JAYHAWKS
(4-0, 0-0 Big 12) (AP: 16, Coaches: 15, Harris: 16)
GAME NO. 5 VS. IOWA STATE
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, 11:30 a.m. (Central)
Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium (50,071)
Radio: Jayhawk Network
(Bob Davis, David Lawrence, Nate Bukaty, Bob Newton [producer])
(Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer,
Live Stats: www.kuathletics.com
QUICKLY — After a bye week, No. 16 AP/No. 15 Coaches Kansas (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) hosts Iowa State (3-2, 0-1 Big 12) in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 Conference lid-lifter on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The game will be televised nationally on Versus. It is homecoming in Lawrence.
– KU is playing its fourth home game in its first five contests. After this week the Jayhawks will then play four of their next six on the road before playing Missouri at a neutral site.
– KU has posted a 26-4 home record in the last five seasons.
* KU has won nine straight home games vs. Big 12 North opponents since losing to Colorado in 2004.
– KU is 14-4 in its last 18 games against Big 12 North opponents.
– KU is opening Big 12 play at home for the first time in the last five years and just the third time in the last 11 seasons. In fact, KU will start league play at home for just the fifth time in 14 years in the Big 12 Conference.
– KU is 41-49-5 all-time in homecoming games, including 4-3 in the Mark Mangino era. KU lost last year’s homecoming game to Texas Tech. KU is 7-6 against Iowa State in homecoming games, including four straight victories.
– KU is looking to post a 5-0 record for the fourth time (11-0 in 2007, 7-0 in 1995, 7-0 in 1968) since 1921.
– KU is 27-7 in its last 34 games dating back to late in 2006.
– KU has won four straight games, which have come after a bye week.
– KU is kicking off before noon for the third straight game. Last year the Jayhawks started six of their 13 games before noon.
BIG 12 CONFERENCE OPENER — Kansas will be looking to start a Big 12 season with a victory for the third straight year as KU won 30-24 at Kansas State to start the 2007 conference campaign and won 35-33 at Iowa State in last year’s first Big 12 game.
BIG 12 NORTH VS. BIG 12 NORTH — Since the start of 2007 Kansas owns an 8-2 record against other members of the Big 12 North Division. That is second to Missouri’s 9-1 mark (KU is the only Big 12 North team to defeat the Tigers in the last two years). Nebraska is third at 6-4 (Missouri and Nebraska play on Thursday). Colorado is 3-7, while Kansas State is 3-8 and Iowa State is 2-9.
DID YOU KNOW? — KU is one of 13 remaining unbeaten teams in the country with a 4-0 record. Eight schools are 5-0, while KU is one of five listed at 4-0.
DID YOU KNOW? — Kansas owns a six-game winning streak, which is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the nation behind a 14-game mark by Florida, a nine-game streak by Iowa and an eight-game streak by Texas. KU is tied with South Florida, LSU, and TCU.
KU-ISU SERIES — Kansas leads the all-time series 48-34-6, including a 26-15-3 mark in Lawrence. Kansas has won four straight in the series, as well as five of the last six. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference KU leads 8-5. The teams have met every year starting with the 1930 campaign.
KU-ISU LAST YEAR — Kansas matched the third-biggest comeback in school history as after trailing 20-0 at halftime, the Jayhawks rallied for a 35-33 victory at Ames on Oct. 4. RB Jake Sharp provided 186 all-purpose yards and became the first KU RB to record 100 receiving yards in a game with three catches for 107 yards and one touchdwon. He added 79 rushing yards and a score on 19 carries. QB Todd Reesing threw for 319 yards on 18 of 26 passing, while WR Kerry Meier had seven catches for 125 yards. At halftime KU had just 93 yards. In the second half KU scored on five of six possessions and finished with 436 total yards. DE Jake Laptad batted down a pass in the final minute to help preserve the victory.
KU-ISU LAST TIME AT LAWRENCE — Kansas QB Todd Reesing connected on 19 of his first 20 pass attempts as the lone incompletion was a throw away to avoid a sack, to lead the Jayhawks to a 45-7 victory against Iowa State. WR Kerry Meier’s 18-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Reesing finished the day 21 of 26 for 253 yards while Meier caught and threw a touchdown pass in the game.
KU-ISU CONNECTIONS — Kansas has one player from the state of Iowa in TE Ted McNulty (Iowa City/West HS)… KU co-DC/LB Coach Bill Miller coached in the state at Drake in 1981-82… KU AD Lew Perkins played basketball at the University of Iowa.
JAYHAWKS VS. IOWA STATE — Here is a look at how selected Jayhawks have done against Iowa State:
– QB Todd Reesing has played three times against Iowa State and is a combined 42 of 57 for 607 yards and eight touchdowns… He was three of five for 35 yards and one touchdown as a freshman, 21 of 26 for 353 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and 18 of 26 for 319 yards and three touchdowns last year.
– WR Kerry Meier threw for 199 yards against Iowa State as the KU quarterback in 2006 (his second-best total)… His 125 receiving yards against the Cyclones last year is the third-best of his career.
– WR Dezmon Briscoe had two receptions for 17 yards as a freshman and two for 22 yards last season.
– WR Jake Sharp had a career-best 107 receiving yards at Iowa State last year en route to 186 yards from scrimmage.
– CB Chris Harris had 11 tackles, the third best total of his career vs. Iowa State in 2007.
– DT Richard Johnson had a career-high five tackles at Iowa State in 2008.
– DE Jeff Wheeler set a career-high with three tackles vs. Iowa State in 2006, which he matched this year at UTEP.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR AGAINST IOWA STATE
– WR Dezmon Briscoe (2,234) needs 33 receiving yards to pass Willie Vaughn (2,266) to become the KU career receiving yardage record holder.
– Briscoe (153) needs three catches to pass Mark Simmons (155) to become the KU career receptions record holder.
– Briscoe has caught at least four passes in seven consecutive games and at least two in 22 straight.
– WR Kerry Meier (1,659) needs 121 receiving yards to pass Bob Johnson (1,779) for sixth on the KU career receiving yardage list.
– WR Kerry Meier (151) needs five receptions to pass Mark Simmons (155) to become the KU career receptions record holder.
– Meier (seven) needs one 100-yard receiving game to tie Willie Vaughn (eight) for the second most 100-yard receiving games in KU history (Dezmon Briscoe leads with nine).
– Meier has caught at least four passes in seven straight games, at least two in 25 straight and at least one in 27 in a row.
– QB Todd Reesing (8,715) needs 85 passing yards to move ahead of Brad Smith of Missouri for sixth on the Big 12 career passing yardage list.
– Reesing (1,108) needs 18 pass attempts to pass Joel Klatt of Colorado (1,125) for eighth and 44 to pass Josh Freeman of Kansas State for seventh on the Big 12 career pass attempts list.
– Reesing has thrown a touchdown pass in an NCAA active-player best 22 consecutive games.
– DE Jake Laptad has recorded a sack in all four games this year, as well as in five of his last six games.