Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Colorado

Oct. 17, 2009

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– Kansas erased a 21-point deficit (24-3) before coming up short. The comeback would have tied the second-biggest comeback win in school history. Previous biggest comebacks were 26 at Iowa State in 1992 (trailed 47-21 before winning 50-47) and 21 vs. Colorado in 1950 (trailed 21-0 before winning 27-21).

– Six Jayhawks made their first appearance on the defensive side of the ball this season in DT John Williams, S Lubbock Smith, LB Angus Quigley, CB D.J. Beshears, DE Quinton Woods and WR Bradley McDougald, who also played offense tonight. He played defense on third down in the fourth quarter.

– LB Drew Dudley recorded a career high in tackles (previous best was 10 vs. Southern Mississippi).

S – Darrell Stuckey recorded at least 10 tackles for the third time in the last four games. He also recorded his first interception of the season and eighth of his career. That tied him for 10th on the KU career interception list with Richard Bertuzzi and current Jayhawk Justin Thornton.

– WR Kerry Meier recorded at least 10 receptions and 100 yards for the third straight game. He has had at least 10 catches in five of the last eight games and six times in his career and at least 100 yards in six of the last eight games and nine times in his career.

– WR Dezmon Briscoe went over the 100 receiving yard mark for the third straight game and sixth time in his last eight contests.

– QB Todd Reesing recorded his first career reception (14 yards) on a pass from Kerry Meier.

– RB Toben Opurum recorded his team-high eighth rushing touchdown of the year (ninth overall) in the third quarter. He has scored a rushing touchdown in every game this season.

– P Alonso Rojas attempted and completed the first pass of his career on a fake punt in the third quarter.

– PK Jacob Branstetter recorded a career-long 37-yard field goal in the first quarter and then bettered that with a 43-yarder in the third quarter. He then added a 42-yarder in the third quarter for the three longest field goals of his career. His previous long was 34 yards vs. Missouri in the last regular season game last year.

From First Half

– Redshirt freshmen DT John Williams and S Lubbock Smith both made their first career starts. They became the 13th and 14th Jayhawks to make their first career start this year, as well as the fifth and sixth freshmen.

– True freshman CB D.J. Beshears made his first appearance in a KU uniform this season. He became the 11th freshman to play for KU this year and fourth true freshman.

– DE Jake Laptad recorded a sack in a game for the fifth time in six contests this year. He entered the game with 4.5 sacks this year and 14.5 in his career.

– Kansas’ three points in the first quarter were its fewest in a quarter in the last 16 periods (three in first quarter at UTEP). Meanwhile KU held an opponent scoreless in a quarter for the ninth time this season.

– Colorado then scored 24 points in the second quarter, the most allowed in a period by KU since Texas scored 24 in the second quarter en route to a 66-14 win in 2005. The Longhorns scored 28 in the first quarter that day as well.

– KU’s late second quarter touchdown extended KU’s streak of scoring in a quarter to 19 straight periods.

– When Colorado scored a touchdown off a Kansas fumble early in the second quarter it marked just the second time a KU opponent has scored off a KU turnover this season (USM scored a touchdown earlier this season). CU did it again late in the second quarter off an interception.

– Before today KU had fallen behind five times this season and responded with a game-tying or go-ahead touchdown on the next drive four times. KU fell behind 10-3 in the second quarter today and had to punt on its next possession. CU then scored to mark the first time the Jayhawks trailed by more than one score this year.

– WR Kerry Meier recorded his team-high sixth touchdown reception this season (all in the last four games). He moved into a tie for four fourth on the KU career receiving touchdowns list with 16. He has now caught at least eight passes in four straight games.