Kansas Football Supplemental Notes at Oklahoma

Oct. 16, 2008

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At Oklahoma

Oct. 18, 2008

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

A Kansas Win Would…

– Give KU a win against the AP’s fourth-ranked team, marking the highest ranked opponent KU defeated since beating #4 Colorado 40-24 at Boulder in 1995.

– Be KU’s 21st win in its last 24 games.

– Give KU a 3-0 Big 12 record for the second time in the 13-year history of the conference (2007).

– Give KU six straight Big 12 road victories.

– Improve KU to 10-1 in its last 11 Big 12 games.

– Stop a four-game losing streak to Oklahoma.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Be just its fourth loss in its last 24 games.

– Be just its second loss in KU’s last 11 Big 12 games.

– Stop a five-game Big 12 road victory streak.

– Extend a five-game losing streak to Oklahoma.

– Be less good than a win.

Reesing Should Add To KU Career Record Charts…

Kansas junior QB Todd Reesing, in his second year as a starter, could add to his collection of school records (28) on Saturday. Here is a quick look at records within reach this week:

– Reesing (462) needs just six completions to pass Frank Seurer (467) for the KU career completion record.

– Reesing (6,074) needs just 39 yards to pass Frank Seurer (6,112) for the KU career total offense record.

– Reesing (4) needs one 300-yard passing game to tie his school season record of five that he set last year.

Career records already owned by Reesing (in 22 games):

Completion Percentage – 65.1

Passing Yards Per Game – 257.7

Touchdown Passes – 51

300-Yard Passing Games – 9

200-Yard Passing Games – 16

Consecutive 200-Yard Passing Games – 11 (active)

Consecutive Games Throwing a Touchdown Pass – 11 (active)

Total Offense Yards Per Game – 276.0

Touchdowns Responsible For – 58

Herford Could Also Break Two School Marks…

Kickoff return specialist Marcus Herford is within reach of the school records for kickoff returns and kickoff return yardage. Herford has 74 returns and the record is 80 set by Great Heaggans. Herford’s 1,824 yards are just 61 shy of Heaggans’ 1,885 yards.

Kansas Vs. Top Five…

Kansas has posted a 5-46-1 record against teams ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll all-time. KU’s wins were 23-7 vs. #1 Missouri in 1960, 28-10 vs. #5 Texas A&M in 1974, 28-11 vs. #2 Oklahoma in 1984, 40-24 vs. #4 Colorado in 1995 and 24-21 vs. #5 Virginia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl. KU tied #3 Colorado 17-17 in 1977.

Things To Look For Against Oklahoma…


– Kansas has recorded at least 400 yards of total offense in five straight games.

– Kansas has scored at least 30 points in four straight games.

– Kansas has held its opponent to less than 200 yards rushing in 33 consecutive games.


– QB Todd Reesing has thrown for at least 200 yards in 11 consecutive games and thrown at least one touchdown pass in 11 straight games.

– Reesing (171) needs just 17 completions to pass Frank Seuer (187) for third on the KU season completions list.

– Reesing (1,980) needs 274 passing yards for fifth on the KU season passing yardage list.

– WR Dexton Fields (117) needs six career receptions to pass Clark Green (122) for fourth on the KU career receptions list.

– WR Kerry Meier (53) needs six receptions to pass Bob Johnson (58) for third and 11 to pass Dexton Fields’ 2007 total of 63, for second on the KU season receptions list.

– DE Jake Laptad has recorded a sack in three straight games.

– LB Joe Mortensen has started a current team-best 31 consecutive and 31 total games in his career.

Meier The Go To Guy…

Kerry Meier, whose 8.8 receptions per game are third 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

Colorado 9- 94 6 1 0

Totals 53-608 33 10 2

– 62 percent (33 of 53) of his receptions have been for first downs.

– 36 percent (12 of 33) of his first-down producing receptions have come on third or fourth down.

– 23 percent (12 of 53) 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.

Stat Corrections…

After reviewing last week’s game vs. Colorado, there were a couple of statistical changes. The ball was spotted incorrectly on one pass play thus Dezmon Briscoe’s receiving yardage went from 48 to 53 yards and Jake Sharp’s receiving yardage went from 13 to eight yards. In addition, Russell Brorsen’s zero-yard kickoff return was changed to a “no attempt”.

Did You Know?…

Kansas has won seven consecutive day games and is playing a day game for the third straight week.

Did You Know?…

There are five Oklahoma natives that are regular starters for the Jayhawks in DE Russell Brorsen, LB James Holt, CB Chris Harris, PK Jacob Branstetter and LS Kayl Anderson.

Did You Know?…

Kansas has been listed 16th in the Associated Press poll for three straight weeks.

This Day In History (Oct. 18)…

1873 – Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale set rules for college football.

1924 – New York Herald Tribune gives Four Horsemen nickname to Notre Dame backs after Irish beat Army 13-7.

1967 – American League votes to allow Athletics to move from Kansas City to Oakland and expand league to 12 teams in 1976 with Kansas City and Seattle teams.

1968 – Bob Beamon set world record in long jump (29-2) in Mexico City.

1977 – Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive home runs to tie Babe Ruth’s world series record.

1980 – Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots to set an NBA record.

1992 – Toronto becomes first non-United States team to win a World Series game defeating Atlanta 5-4.