Kansas Travels To Oklahoma For Saturday Evening Game
Oct. 16, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas (1-5 overall, 0-3 Big 12) looks to pick up its first conference victory of the 2012 season when it travels to Oklahoma (4-1, 2-1 Big 12), under first year head coach Charlie Weis, on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. The Jayhawks will look to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Sooners when the two teams face off in Memorial Stadium with a live broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
What To Watch For …
– Kansas trails Oklahoma, 69-27-6, in the all-time series between the two schools. OU has won seven-straight in the series, including a 47-17 win over KU in Lawrence in 2011.
– Kansas’ last win over the Sooners came in 1997 with a 20-17 win in Lawrence.
– KU trails the all-time series vs. OU in Norman 36-13-3–with its last win coming in the form of a 52-24 win in 1996.
– Kansas ranks sixth in the NCAA in fewest yards penalized per game at 30.83. The Jayhawks are sixth nationally in fewest penalties per outing at 4.00 per game.
– Kansas has had a 100-yard rusher in four of six games this season. Three different players have accomplished the feat, with James Sims (Kansas State and Oklahoma State) and Tony Pierson (South Dakota State and Rice) having done it in more than one game.
– KU is 6-8-2 all time in games played on Oct. 20. KU first played a game on Oct. 20 in 1892 with a 14-0 win over Baker. KU has faced OU four times on Oct. 20, with the Sooners winning all four games. The Jayhawks most recently played on Oct. 20 in 2007, taking a 19-14 win at Colorado.
– Saturday’s game versus OU will mark KU’s sixth-straight national broadcast as the game will air on FSN.
– The Jayhawks boast an all-time record of 573-574-58 (.499 winning percentage).
Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis
Charlie Weis(Notre Dame, 1978) is in his first season at the Kansas helm, after being named the University’s 37th head football coach on Dec. 9, 2011. Weis, who is 1-5 in his first season at the helm of the program, arrived at Kansas after spending the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Prior to that he spent the 2010 season in the same position for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he helped guide the team to a playoff appearance and mentor three Chiefs players to Pro Bowl Honors. Weis came to KC after spending five seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame. During his five seasons in South Bend, Weis compiled a 35-27 mark, leading the Irish to back-to-back BCS Bowl Games in 2005 and 2006. Weis has coached 16 years in the NFL and owns four Super Bowl rings, three as the offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots (2001, 2003, 2004) and one as a defensive/special teams assistant with the New York Giants (1990).
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 143-35 in his 14th season. He led OU to the 2000 national championship. The Sooners have played for three more and captured eight Big 12 South crowns and seven Big 12 titles. Oklahoma has spent 25 weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll and a nation-leading 20 weeks atop the BCS standings. OU has set three NCAA records under Stoops and set or tied 112 school records. Last season, Oklahoma registered its 10th 10-win season under Stoops. In 2010 Oklahoma won its seventh Big 12 title, all of which have come under the current head coach. Stoops didn’t arrive at OU until the Big 12 was three years old, but already he has coached the program to more than twice as many championships as any other school in the league. Stoops has led the Sooners to a school-record 13 consecutive bowl games, including eight of the BCS variety. Stoops was a four-year starter at Iowa. He began his coaching career in 1983 as a volunteer in the Hawkeye program under Hayden Fry, working through the ranks until he became co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State (1991-95). He left KSU for Florida and a three-year stint as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. Stoops helped coach the Gators to a national championship in 1996. He was hired at Oklahoma prior to the 1999 season.
Oklahoma Scouting Report
Oklahoma is 4-1 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 play after knocking off Texas, 63-21, in the annual Red River rivalry game in Dallas it its last outing. The Sooners are led on offense by senior QB Landry Jones. Jones has connected on 114-of-184 passes on the season, good for nine touchdowns compared to just three interceptions. Jones is averaging 270.4 yards per game through the air. Damien Williams leads the Sooner rushing attack with 101.6 yards per game on the ground. Williams has rushed 66 times for 508 yards and six TDs. Back up quarterback Blake Bell is also dominant in the Oklahoma running game as he has seven scores on the ground on 28 carries. Kenny Stills is the leading receiver for OU with 32 catches for 382 yards and three scores. Justin Brown has 20 receptions for 227 yards and two TDs. Brown also handles the punt return duties for OU and has 196 return yards on 12 attempts. Tony Jefferson leads the Sooner defense with 37 tackles, including 25 solo stops from his safety position. Jefferson has 2.0 TFLs for a loss of three yards and one interception on the season. Javon Harris has 30 tackles and two interceptions, while Aaron Colvin also has two interceptions and has tallied 20 tackles. Tress Way handles the punting duties for the Sooners, avergaing 42.5 yards per punt. Michael Hunnicutt mans the field goal kicking and has made 7-of-8 field goals, with a long of 42 yards.
Kansas has three Oklahoma natives on its roster: Gavin Howard (Owasso), Jake Love (Tonkawa) and John Williams (Tulsa). Oklahoma fields seven Sunflower state natives on its roster in Blake Bell (Wichita), Jaydan Bird (Wichita), Geneo Grissom (Hutchinson), Marshall Musil (La Crosse), Patrick O’Hara (Topeka) and Jordan Phillips (Towanda). Kansas sophomore WR Justin McCaytransferred to the Jayhawk program after spending his first year and a half of college as an Oklahoma Sooner. McCay is sitting out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior in 2013.
Sims A Workhorse For Jayhawk Offense
KU junior HB James Simshas hit the ground running after missing the first three games of the 2012 season due to a suspension. Sims has rushed for an average of 114.7 yards per game in the three games since he returned to action. If he was permitted in the NCAA and Big 12 rankings (must have participated in 75% of team’s games to be included), Sims would rank 15th nationally and second among Big 12 players. Sims had a career-best rushing performance in KU’s last outing as he turned 27 carries into 138 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Kansas Defense Improving
The Kansas defense had one of its top performances of the season in its last outing, holding the nation’s top offense, in Oklahoma State, to nearly 300 yards below its season average. The Cowboy offense was averaging 659.0 yards per game, but managed just 371 yards against the Kansas defense. KU held OSU to 20 points, snapping its 22-game streak of scoring 30 or more points in a game. OSU RB Joseph Randle entered the game leading the Big 12 with 133.5 rushing yards per game, but the Jayhawk defense held Randle to just 80 rushing yards–a season low.
Linebacker Love Has Breakout Game
Jayhawk redshirt freshman LB Jake Lovehad a breakout performance in Saturday’s game vs. Oklahoma State. The Tonkawa, Okla., native picked up his first career start and turned in an outstanding performance. Love was credited with 12 tackles, including six solo stops. He had 3.0 TFLs for a loss of 11 yards and had a quarterback hurry. Love has 16 tackles on the season, having played primarily on special teams prior to the OSU game. For his efforts, Love was honored by the College Football Performance Awards as an honorable mention linebacker of the week.
Trio Of Runners Shine For KU Offense
Kansas is one of four schools in the NCAA that has had three different running backs eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark in a game this season. Jayhawk HBs Tony Pierson and James Sims have two 100-yard games, while fellow HB Taylor Coxhas one 100-yard rushing game to his credit this season. California, Tulsa and Middle Tennessee are the other three schools to have three running backs hit the century mark.
The Jayhawks will host Texas at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27 for their annual Homecoming game. The game will mark the fourth time this season and the third-straight week KU will be featured on Fox Sports Net. Texas leads the all-time series with KU, 9-2.