Kansas Football Heads To Boulder Saturday

Oct. 15, 2007

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QUICKLY — #15 Kansas (6-0 overall, 2-0 Big 12) will hit the road for the second time this season, heading to Colorado (4-3, 2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a 4:45 p.m. Central time kickoff that will be televised by ESPN… Kansas is looking to match its best start since opening the 1995 season 7-0… KU’s current six-game win streak is also its longest since 1995… KU has won nine of its last 10 games… KU has won two of its last three road games dating back to last year and is 1-0 on the road this season after winning at then 24th-ranked Kansas State on Oct. 6… KU is in a stretch with three of four games coming on the road… The Colorado game is the first of two straight road games (at Texas A&M next week), marking the first consecutive road games for KU since playing at Texas Tech and Kansas State the first two weeks of October in 2005.

KU ON ESPN — Kansas will be making its eighth appearance all-time on ESPN and owns a 3-4 mark in games on the channel (KU is also 1-2 in games on ESPN2). Kansas’ last appearance on ESPN was the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl when the Jayhawks defeated Houston 42-13. The last time KU had a regular season game broadcast on ESPN was its 38-17 win at Oklahoma in 1995. KU was ranked seventh in the nation and Oklahoma 15th in that game. Here is a look at KU’s all-time ESPN appearances:

Date Opponent Score Bowl

Sept. 24, 1992 CALIFORNIA L 23-27

Nov. 7, 1992 at Nebraska L 7-49

Oct. 6, 1994 KANSAS STATE L 13-21

Sept. 14, 1995 TEXAS CHRISTIAN W 38-20

Oct. 21, 1995 at Oklahoma W 38-17

Dec. 22, 2003 vs. North Carolina State L 26-56 Tangerine Bowl

Dec. 23, 2005 vs. Houston W 42-13 Fort Worth Bowl

NATION’S UNDEFEATED TEAMS — Only six teams in the Football Bowl Series (FBS) remain undefeated heading into this week:

School W/L AP Rank This Week

Ohio State 7-0 1st MICHIGAN STATE

Boston College 7-0 3rd at Virginia Tech

Hawai’i 7-0 17th Bye

Kansas 6-0 15th at Colorado

Arizona State 6-0 12th Bye

South Florida 6-0 2nd at Rutgers (Thursday)

LAST TIME OUT — Quarterback Todd Reesing threw two touchdown passes while Jake Sharp gained 110 yards on 18 carries as 20th-ranked Kansas improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1995 with a 58-10 rout of Baylor Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The teams faced a one hour and 38 minute delay due to lightning prior to the game. After a Marcus Herford kickoff return for a score with 4:08 in the first quarter, the teams faced another 30-minute delay due to more lightning. The game finally ended at 5:03 p.m., more than five hours after its scheduled kickoff time of 11:37 a.m. The Jayhawks took advantage of great field position during the game as the Jayhawks’ average starting position was its own 46-yard line. Baylor turned the ball over five times, leading to four Kansas scores, while the Jayhawks did not have a turnover for the third time this season. Kansas had seven different players score its seven touchdowns. In all, KU had six different rushers, eight different players with receptions, 13 different players wirth at least two tackles, 24 total tacklers, and four players with interceptions. KU produced 447 total yards, while holding Baylor to just 202 yards after the Bears entered the game averaging 393 yards per game. After the teams exchanged field goals to start the game, Marcus Herford returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score, his second kickoff return for a touchdown this year, and ignited a stretch of 35 straight points by the Jayhawks. KU came up with four interceptions, its most since picking off four against Louisiana Tech in the third game of 2005.

THE SERIES — Colorado leads the all-time series by a 41-22-3 count, including a 23-8 margin in games played in Boulder. Last year KU posted a 20-15 win at Lawrence to stop a five-game Colorado winning streak in the series. KU has lost five straight at Boulder since posting a 40-24 win in 1995. Kansas will be looking for consecutive wins against the Buffaloes for the first time since 1980-81. KU head coach Mark Mangino is 1-4 vs. Colorado since taking over at Kansas. The Jayhawks are 11-15 against Big 12 North rivals in the Mangino era, posting a 3-2 mark against this side of the conference in both 2005 and 2006.

KU-CU LAST YEAR — Quarterback Todd Reesing made his collegiate debut, coming off the bench to lead Kansas to a come-from-behind 20-15 victory against Colorado in Lawrence on Oct. 23, 2006. Colorado built up a 9-0 first half lead behind three field goals before Reesing sandwiched his own touchdown run in between two scoring passes to put KU up 20-9 with 7:57 remaining in the game. Reesing hit Jon Cornish on a 22-yard scoring toss with 4:35 left in the third quarter and five minutes later ran three yards for another score. He then found Derek Fine on a five-yard touchdown toss to complete the scoring with eight minutes left in the game. On the day, Reesing was seven of 11 for 106 yards, while also running seven times for 90 more yards. Kansas finished the day with 341 yards to Colorado’s 316 and had just two turnovers to CU’s four miscues. Aqib Talib recorded two interceptions in the game, while Jerome Kemp had 11 tackles. Current Jayhawks Joe Mortensen and Russell Brorsen, had nine and seven stops, respectively.

KU-CU LAST TIME AT BOULDER — Colorado turned a close game in the first half into a blowout in the second half as after leading 16-13 at the break, Colorado scored 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters to post a 44-13 win on Oct. 22, 2005. CU was aided by four Kansas turnovers as the Jayhawks owned advantages in yards (354 to 304), time of possession (34:00 to 26:00), and first downs (22 to 14) and had fewer punts (five to seven) and penalties (five to 10) than Colorado.

KU-CU CONNECTIONS — Kansas lists two players on its roster from the state of Colorado in OL Ian Wolfe (Forth Collins/Fort Collins HS) and walk-on LB Chris Heinz (Littleton/Highlands Ranch HS)… KU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner coached in the state of Colorado, as he was the offensive line coach at Air Force from 2000-02… KU football SID Mike Strauss is a CU graduate and worked in the CU media relations office as a student assistant for current CU SID Dave Plati… Colorado listed one player on its preseason roster from the state of Kansas in DE Drew Hudgins (Spring Hill, Kan.).