Kansas Football Supplemental Notes vs. Colorado

Oct. 17, 2007

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at Colorado

Oct. 20, 2007

These are mid-week notes to supplement the weekly press release that is sent out on Sunday prior to a Kansas football game.

A Kansas Win Would…

– Give KU a seven-game winning streak for the longest such streak since winning seven straight in 1995.

– Give the Jayhawks a 7-0 start for the first time since 1995 (started 7-0) and just the second time in the last 39 seasons (1968).

– Give KU a 3-0 conference start for the first time since 1995.

– Be KU’s 10th win in its last 11 games dating back to last year.

– Give KU back-to-back road victories in the same season for the first time since winning at Colorado and at Oklahoma in 1995.

– Give KU two road wins in the same season for the first time since 1996 (3-3 on the road that year).

– Give KU consecutive victories against Colorado for the first time since 1980 and 1981.

– Give KU seven regular season wins, its most since posting nine in 1995 (1995 team went 10-2 after bowl victory and 2005 team was 7-6 after a bowl win).

– Give KU three conference wins, matching its most since winning five league games in 1995 (KU has won three conference games five times since 1995).

– Improve KU to 6-21 on the road in the Mark Mangino era.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop a six-game winning streak.

– Be its sixth in the last seven games against Colorado.

– Give KU a 2-1 conference start, still its best two-game league mark since a 2-1 start in 2003.

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Colorado


– QB Todd Reesing (six) needs to throw one touchdown pass against Colorado for sole possession of the school record for most consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass (currently shares mark of six with Kerry Meier, 2006, Bill Whittemore, 2002 and Bobby Douglass, 1968).

– Reesing (16) needs two touchdown passes to tie season school record of 18 held by current KU offensive graduate assistant coach Bill Whittemore, 2003).

– Reesing (1,652) needs just 79 passing yards for the school’s sophomore passing yardage record (Chip Hilleary, 1,730 in 1990).

– Reesing (1,856) needs just two yards to move into the top 15 on KU’s career passing yardage list despite having played in only nine games.

– Reesing (1,652) needs 79 yards to move into the top 10 on KU’s season passing yardage list (193 for ninth).

– TE Derek Fine (76) needs three receptions to move into 18th on the KU career receptions list.

– Fine (76) needs three receptions to move into second on the KU career receptions list for a tight end (John Baker, 78).

– Fine has caught at least two passes in seven straight games.

– WR Dexton Fields has caught at least two passes in 17 consecutive games.

– WR Dezmon Briscoe (4) needs one touchdown catch to move into 10th on the school season touchdown reception list (5 by nine players).

– CB/WR Aqib Talib (4) needs one touchdown catch to move into 10th on the school season touchdown reception list (5 by nine players).

– Talib has recorded an interception in three games this year, eight of his last 10 and nine of his last 12 games.

– Talib has scored a touchdown (five receptions and one interception return) in six of the last seven games (exception was last week against Baylor).

– Talib (11) needs one interception to tie for second on the KU career interceptions list (Hal Cleavinger, 12).

– PK Scott Webb (38) needs two made field goals to tie two others for third on the KU career field goals made list (40).

– Webb has made a field goal in eight consecutive games (14 of 15 in that time span).

– DT James McClinton has started a team-best 26 consecutive games, while OT Cesar Rodriguez has started 21 straight as well as a team-best 35 games in his career.

Did You Know?

Kansas is the lone undefeated team in the conference for the first time since 1968 when the Jayhawks opened that year 7-0.


– KU has produced 400 yards of total offense in all six games this year.

– KU has scored 30 plus points in six straight games, its longest such streak in school history.

– KU has turned the ball over either zero times (three games) or three times (three games) this year.

– After not getting an interception in the first two games of the year, KU has come up with 12 in the last four games.

– KU has scored at least twice in 20 of 24 quarters this year.

First Time Out Of The State…

After playing four straight home games, having a bye, a road game at nearby Kansas State, and another home game, Kansas is finally leaving the Sunflower state for a game. The last time KU did not leave the state until this late of date was 1986 when the Jayhawks opened the year with five straight home games and then played at Kansas State before traveling to Oklahoma State for a game on Oct. 25. KU’s first road game at Kansas State on Oct. 6 this year tied for the second-latest in the year a school played away from home this season (Rutgers did not have an away game until Oct. 13).

Ahead, Behind And Tied…

Kansas did not trail in any of its first four games of the season, so when Kansas State scored a touchdown at the 8:48 mark of the first quarter two weeks ago, it marked the first time the Jayhawks played behind in a game in 2007. KU trailed for nearly 15 minutes as it scored the tying-touchdown at the 9:11 mark of the second quarter. Then after falling behind for the second time this season when KSU scored at the 3:52 mark of the second quarter, KU trailed for just 3:41 before tying the game at 14 at the 0:11 mark of the second period. Here is a breakdown of minutes KU has been ahead, tied and trailed this season:

KU has been ahead – 287 minutes, 39 seconds

KU has been tied – 53 minutes, 44 seconds

KU has trailed – 18 minutes, 37 seconds (all vs. Kansas State)

Pass Defense…

A year after finishing dead last in the nation in pass defense (119th), giving up 269.1 yards through the air, KU is ranked seventh in the country allowing just 160 yards per game, while also ranking second in the nation in pass efficiency defense this year. Last week against Baylor, KU allowed just 154 passing yards after the Bears entered the game averaging 306 through the air per contest.

Historical KU Performances Vs. Colorado…

In 1998 David Winbush rushed for 268 yards against Colorado for the fourth-most yards in a single-game by a Jayhawk… Walter Mack had a 90-yard run against CU in 1980 for the fourth-longest rushing play in school history… Current KU graduate assistant coach Bill Whittemore threw for 422 yards against Colorado in 2002 for the second-most yards in a game in KU history (record is 480 by Mike Norseth vs. Vanderbilt)… Frank Seurer threw for 394 yards against Colorado in 1983 to rank sixth on the school chart… The longest pass play in KU history came against Colorado in 1987 when Kelly Donohoe hit Willie Vaughn on a 98-yard pass… Willie Vaughn set a single-game school record (since tied by two others) with 11 receptions against Colorado in 1986… Bob Johnson’s 203 receiving yards against Colorado in 1983 are the third-most in school history… Johnny Beck kicked a 59-yard field goal against Colorado in 2001 for the second-longest in school history (record is 61 by Dan Eichloff vs. Ball State in 1992)… June Henley had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Colorado in 1993 to tie for the second longest in school history… Steve Towle set a school record (tied by two other since) with 25 tackles against the Buffaloes in 1974… Curtis Moore had 22 tackles in the 1988 Colorado game to rank fourth on the school single-game tackle list.

Seven Wins?…

With six wins, Kansas is looking to get its seventh win this season, a rare feat in Kansas history. Kansas has recorded at least seven wins just once since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996 (7-5 in 2005). Prior to that KU’s most recent seven-plus win seasons were 10-2 in 1995, 8-4 in 1992, 8-4 in 1981, 7-5 in 1975, 7-4-1 in 1973, 9-2 in 1968, 7-3-1 in 1961, and 7-2-1 in 1960. KU has produced 24 seven-plus win seasons in its history.

Did You Know?

Aqib Talib, a regular starter at cornerback this year for Kansas, started not only at cornerback against Kansas State, but was an offensive starter in that same game as well, lining up at wide receiver on KU’s first offensive play. A pass intended for him was intercepted on the opening play. This week Talib was named to CBSSportsline.com Halfway All-America first-team. The previous week Talib earned first-team mid-season All-America honors by SI.com and second-team All-America honors by Phil Steele’s Magazine.

Did You Know?…

Seven different players have scored KU’s last seven touchdowns

2007 Kansas Accomplishments…

– Defeated a ranked team (#24 Kansas State) for first time since beating #25 Iowa State in 2005.

– Beat a ranked team on the road (#24 Kansas State) for the first time since winning at #15 Oklahoma in 1995.

– Earned a national ranking for first time since 1996 (ranked #20 on Sept. 28 that year before losing to Utah).

– Opened a year 6-0 for first time since starting 7-0 in 1995.

– Won six straight games for first time since 1995 (seven straight).

– Beat in-state rival Kansas State three of last four years (have beaten other big rival Missouri three out of last four meetings, but have not played this year). Also defeated KSU in consecutive years for the first time since winning three straight from 1988-90.

– Snapped an eight-game losing streak at Kansas State (had not won at Manhattan since 1989 before this year).

– Produced at least six wins in three straight years for the first time since 1960-61-62.

– Recorded back-to-back 50-point games for the first time in history after opening the year with a 52-7 win against Central Michigan and a 62-0 victory against Southeastern Louisiana.

– Scored 30 or more points in six straight games for the first time in history.

– Started the year with two straight turnover-free games for the first consecutive games without a turnover since 2003.

– Scored 52 points in season opener vs. Central Michigan for most points in a season opener since 1912.

– Scored most points in a conference game in school history with 58 vs. Baylor.

– Shutout Southeastern Louisiana for first shutout since beating Southern Illinois 42-0 in 2000.

– Held consecutive opponents to less than 10 points for the first time since 1975 as KU beat Central Michigan 52-7 and Southeastern Louisiana 62-0).

– Limited opponents to just 23 combined points in four straight games (first four games) for the fewest allowed in a four-game span since 1961 (held four opponents to a combined 23 points as well).

– Opened Big 12 play with a victory for the first time since 2003.

– Expect to be in a bowl game for third time in the Mark Mangino era and no Kansas coach has taken KU to more than two bowls.

– On pace to establish school record in attendance for third straight season as KU has averaged 44,906 through five home games and the next home game against Nebraska is already soldout (last game is vs. Iowa State). KU set mark in 2005 with 43,675 and then bested that mark last year with an average of 44,137.

– On pace to have five of the top 10 passing yardage seasons in school history come in the Mangino era, as KU is currently averaging a school-record pace of 297.0 yards per game.

– On pace to have four of the top 10 rushing defense yardage seasons in school history come in the Mangino era as KU is currently averaging a school record of 80.0 yards allowed rushing per game (three of current top five seasons have come in the Mangino era).

– Become the only remaining undefeated conference team since the 1968 Kansas team started that season 7-0 (i.e. the last time KU was the only undefeated team in the conference at any point in a season).

2007 Individual Honors

Award Watch Lists

DT James McClinton

Lombardi (best defensive lineman)

LB Mike Rivera

Butkus (best linebacker)

CB Aqib Talib

Bronko Nagurski (best defender)

Jim Thorpe (best defensive back)

Walter Camp (player of the year)

(one of just eight defensive players on list)

In-Season Honors

Ret. Marcus Herford

Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week (Southeastern Louisiana)

Phil Steele All-Big 12 kick returner (second team)

RB Brandon McAnderson

Phil Steele Mid-season All-Big 12 (third team)

DT James McClinton

Phil Steele Mid-season All-Big 12 (third team)

Joe Mortensen

Phil Steele Mid-season All-Big 12 (first team)

QB Todd Reesing

CollegeSportsReport.com Division I Performer of the Week

(Central Michigan)

LB Mike Rivera

Phil Steele Mid-season All-Big 12 (third team)

CB Aqib Talib

CBSSportsline Halfway All-America (first team)

SI.com Mid-season All-America (first team)

Phil Steele Mid-season All-America (second team)

Phil Steele All-Big 12 (first team)

Scott Webb

Phil Steele Mid-Season All-Big 12 (first team)