Game No. 7 - Kansas Hosts Texas A&M In Annual Homecoming Game
Oct. 18, 2010
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KANSAS FOOTBALL GAME NOTES
GAME NO. 7 VS. TEXAS A&M
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, 6 p.m. (Central)
Memorial Stadium (50,271), Lawrence, Kan.
Radio: Jayhawk Network
(Bob Davis, David Lawrence, Nate Bukaty, Bob Newton [producer])
www.kuathletics.com (All Access)
Sirius – ch. 126
TV: FSN (Joel Meyers, Joel Klatt, Emily Jones)
Live Stats: www.kuathletics.com
or (785) 864-3141
QUICKLY — Kansas (2-4 overall, 0-2 Big 12) will host Texas A&M (3-3, 0-2) in its 97th Homecoming game, Saturday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on FSN. This marks KU’s fourth appearance on FSN this year and third in a row. The Jayhawks are also making their 23rd straight television appearance.
– Saturday’s game is part of a stretch which has KU playing three of four games at home.
– KU is 2-2 at home this season.
– KU has lost two straight games, as well as 11 of its last 13 games since opening the 2009 season with five straight victories.
– KU has lost nine consecutive Big 12 games since beating Iowa State Oct. 10, 2009.
– KU has lost seven straight games to Big 12 South opponents since beating Texas A&M in 2007.
HOMECOMING IN LAWRENCE — Saturday’s game will mark the 97th homecoming game at Kansas and the Jayhawks are 42-49-5 when the alumns return to campus. KU has won five of its last seven, nine of its last 13 and 15 of its last 20 homecoming games, including a 41-36 victory against Iowa State last season. Texas A&M was KU’s homecoming opponent the last time the Aggies played in Lawrence in 2006. A&M ruined that weekend with a 21-18 victory against Kansas.
HOMECOMING SINCE BIG 12 STARTED — Here is a look at KU homecoming games since the formation of the Big 12 Conference:
1996 – L 7-20 vs. Colorado… Colorado was ranked No. 9.
1997 – W 34-24 vs. Iowa State… Only KU win in final six games of the year.
1998 – W 33-17 vs. Colorado… Upset No. 17 Colorado to stop a three-game losing streak.
1999 – W 21-0 vs. Missouri… Shutout for KU after allowing a combined 84 points in previous two games.
2000 – W 23-15 vs. Colorado… Improved to 4-3 on season before losing last four games.
2001 – L 10-38 vs. Oklahoma… Sooners were ranked No. 3 in the nation.
2002 – L 29-53 vs. Colorado… One of three times Mark Mangino’s first KU team gave up 50-plus points.
2003 – W 28-21 vs. Baylor… Banks Floodman recorded first career interception to seal the victory.
2004 – W 31-28 vs. Kansas State… KU victory stopped 11-game KSU winning streak in the series.
2005 – W 13-3 vs. Missouri… KU had lost four straight games before defeating MU en route to bowl season.
2006 – L 18-21 vs. Texas A&M… KU led 18-7 early in the fourth quarter before losing.
2007 – W 76-39 vs. Nebraska… KU’s 76 points were third in school history and most ever allowed by NU.
2008 – L 21-63 vs. Texas Tech… Tech was ranked eighth and KU listed 19th in AP polls.
2009 – W 41-36 vs. Iowa State… Fifth straight win of year for KU, but final victory, as KU lost seven straight.
KU-A&M SERIES — Texas A&M leads the all-time series by a 7-2 count, including a 3-1 advantage in games played in Lawrence. Kansas won the last meeting, 19-11, in College Station in 2007. The Jayhawks’ only other victory in the series was the first meeting, a 28-10 win in Lawrence in 1974.
KU-A&M LAST TIME — No. 12 Kansas posted a 19-11 victory at College Station in the eighth game of the 2007 season as Brandon McAnderson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two scores on 21 carries and the Jayhawk defense came up big. McAnderson had four rushes of more than 20 yards as the Jayhawks ran for 227 yards and passed for another 180 in the road win. KU limited Texas A&M to 127 yards and no points through three quarters before the Aggies rallied and had a chance on their final possessions. However, four straight incompletions by A&M, including a toss into the end zone on the game’s final play, gave KU the win. Todd Reesing was 21 of 33 passing for 180 yards and no interceptions. James Holt and Mike Rivera each had 10 tackles, while Aqib Talib added six stops and four passes broken up.
KU-A&M LAST TIME IN LAWRENCE — Jon Cornish rushed for 123 yards and Scott Webb hit three field goals, but it was not enough for Kansas to pull out a Homecoming win against Texas A&M as the Jayhawks lost 21-18 Oct. 7, 2006. Javorskie Lane’s second touchdown run of the day with 34 seconds remaining lifted the Aggies to the come-from-behind victory at Memorial Stadium. KU led 10-0 after the first quarter and led 18-7 late in the third quarter before A&M scored the game’s final 14 points. KU produced just 288 yards of total offense, while A&M put up 386 yards of offense.
KU-A&M CONNECTIONS — Kansas has 38 players on its roster from the state of Texas, including College Station native LB Drew Dudley… KU HC Turner Gill was an offensive assistant for Green Bay in 2005 when A&M HC Mike Sherman was the Packers’ HC… KU OL coach J.B. Grimes coached the OL at Texas A&M from 1998-2002… KU DC Carl Torbush was the DC at Texas A&M from 2003-05 and Sherman was the Aggies’ OL coach in 2005… KU DL coach Buddy Wyatt coached the DL at Texas A&M from 2008-09.
CURRENT JAYHAWKS VS. TEXAS A&M — Here is a look at current Jayhawks who played the last time KU met Texas A&M in 2007: WR Johnathan Wilson had one catch for 11 yards… LB Dakota Lewis had one tackle… LB Justin Springer had one tackle… S Phillip Strozier had one PBU… CB Chris Harris, LB Drew Dudley and DE Jake Laptad all played in the game, but did not record any statistics.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR AGAINST TEXAS A&M:
– QB Jordan Webb (1,024) needs 192 passing yards to set the KU season freshman passing yardage record held by Mario Kinsey, who threw for 1,215 yards in 2001.
– P Alonso Rojas has at least one 50-yard punt and landed at least one punt inside the 20-yard line in all six games this season.
– S Olaitan Oguntodu has a streak of recording at least five tackles in every game this season (is only Jayhawk with at least five tackles in every game).
– KU has not recorded a sack in two straight games.
– KU has not recorded an interception in three straight games.
– CB Chris Harris should make his team-high 36th career start.
– Four Jayhawks have made 18 consecutive starts in CB Chris Harris and OL Tanner Hawkinson, Brad Thorson and Sal Capra.
– PK Jacob Branstetter (24) needs one field goal to become the seventh Jayhawk in history with 25 career field goals.