Kansas Football Supplemental Notes Vs. Colorado

Oct. 9, 2008

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vs. Colorado

Oct. 11, 2008

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

National TV From Lawrence…

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN2. It has been rare for ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 to broadcast out of Lawrence. In fact, last year’s ABC broadcast of the Iowa State game on Nov. 17 was the first since ABC was on hand for the Oklahoma State game in 1998. FSN has had a number of broadcasts from Lawrence over the years, but the last time KU had a home game on ESPN or ESPN2 was the Texas Christian game in 1995 on ESPN.

A Kansas Win Would…

– Be KU’s 20th win in its last 23 games.

– Give KU a 2-0 Big 12 record for the third time in the 13-year history of the conference (1997, 2007).

– Be KU’s 13th straight home victory and 22nd in its last 24 played at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium.

– Be KU’s 18th win in its last 19 games against un-ranked teams.

– Improve KU to 9-1 in its last 10 Big 12 games.

– Improve KU to 12-3 in its last 15 games against Big 12 North opponents.

– Be its third straight against Colorado, the first such streak since 1962-64.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop a 12-game home winning streak.

– Be just its fourth loss in its last 23 games.

– Stop a two-game winning streak against Colorado

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Colorado…


– Kansas has held its opponent to less than 200 yards rushing in 32 consecutive games.


– QB Todd Reesing (435) needs 33 pass completions to pass Franks Seuer (467) for the KU career record.

– Reesing (4) needs one 300-yard passing game to tie the school record he set last year with five 300-yard games.

– Reesing (5,785) needs 104 total offense yards to pass Chip Hilleary (5,888) for second on the KU career total offensive yard chart.

– Reesing (144) needs 29 pass completions to pass David Jaynes (172) for fifth on the KU season completions list.

– WR Dexton Fields (112) needs six receptions to pass Richard Estell (117) for fifth on the KU career receptions list.

– 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.

– Marcus Herford (1,798) needs 88 kickoff return yards to pass Greg Heaggans (1,885) for the KU career kickoff return yardage record.

– WR Kerry Meier has caught at least seven passes in every game this year and at least two in 13 consecutive games dating back to last year.

– Meier has recorded 100 receiving yards in three straight games.

– WR Dezmon Briscoe has caught at least two passes in 11 consecutive games. His last game without a catch was at Colorado last season.

– LB Joe Mortensen has recorded a sack in two straight games.

Did You Know?…

Kansas has won six consecutive day games and is kicking off at 11:30 a.m. local time for the second straight week.

Did You Know?…

Kansas has produced at least five explosives (plays of 20 yards or more) in each of the last four games after getting just one in the season opener against FIU. The Jayhawks have averaged six plays of at least 20 yards or more in the last four games. KU has scored eight touchdowns from outside the red zone this season.

Meier The Go To Guy…

Kerry Meier, whose 8.8 receptions per game are second in the nation, has been the key go-to-guy for Kansas. Here is a look:

Opponent Rec-Yds First Downs Third Down Catches Fourth Down Catches

FIU 9- 62 6 3 0

Louisiana Tech 9- 71 7 2 0

at South Florida 11-120 4 2 0

Sam Houston State 8-136 4 1 1

at Iowa State 7-125 6 1 1

Totals 44-514 27 9 2

– 61 percent (27 of 44) of his receptions have been for first downs.

– 41 percent (11 of 27) of his first-down producing receptions have come on third or fourth down.

– 25 percent (11 of 44) of his receptions have come on third or fourth down (all for first downs).

– Had a 68-yard touchdown reception on a third and 12 against Sam Houston State

– Had a 23-yard touchdown reception on a fourth and seven at Iowa State.

Who Will Be Leading Tackler?…

Through the first five games, Kansas has had seven different players lead the team in tackles (includes ties). Here is a look as only LB James Holt has led the team in more than one game:

FIU – Justin Thornton, Russell Brorsen, Caleb Blakesley, Mike Rivera all had six tackles

Louisiana Tech – Darrell Stuckey had 10 tackles

South Florida – James Holt had 13 tackles

Sam Houston – Chris Harris had nine tackles

Iowa State – James Holt had eight tackles

Did You Know?…

The opponents have started 17 drives at their own 20-yard line or inside their own 20-yard line and have completed those drives with just one score – a field goal by South Florida.

Did You Know?…

Kansas has won five games in the Mark Mangino era when scoring 20 points or less and two of those games came against Colorado (W 20-15 in 2006 and W 19-14 in 2007).

Did You Know?…

KU has scored at least 30 points in 10 of its last 11 home games with the exception being a 29-0 win against Louisiana Tech earlier this year.

Stat Correction…

After reviewing last week’s game at Iowa State, there were two statistical changes. Half sacks have been credited to Russell Brorsen and John Larson on what was just called a tackle for loss. Also a fumble recovery has been credited to Jake Laptad (originally given to Joe Mortensen).

This Day In History (Oct. 11)…

1871 – Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after three days, 300 killed.

1975 – Saturday Night Live premieres with George Carlin as host.

1992 – First three-way presidential debate (Bush-Clinton-Perot).

1992 – Deion Sanders played for Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves on the same day.

Oct. 11 Birthdays

1906 – Earl “Dutch” Clark, Colorado native and NFL and College Football Hall of Famer

1948 – Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates

1961 – Steve Young, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback

1966 – Nancy Strauss, sister of KU football SID Mike Strauss

1969 – Ty Murray, all-around rodeo world champion