#19 Kansas Football Game Notes Vs. #8 Texas Tech
Oct. 20, 2008
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QUICKLY — #19 Associated Press/18 Coaches Polls Kansas (5-2 overall, 2-1 Big 12) will host #8/#6 Texas Tech (7-0 overall, 3-0 Big 12) in a game that will be televised on ESPN at 11 a.m… KU has won 13 consecutive home games for the fourth longest current home winning streak in the country… KU is playing its third ranked team of the season in #8 Texas Tech and still has current ranked teams Texas (#1) and Missouri (#16) remaining on the schedule… KU has won 17 of its last 20 games and 20 of its last 24 contests… KU has won nine of its last 11 Big 12 games… KU has won six straight Big 12 home games… KU is making its third appearance of the season on an ESPN network this season as the Jayhawks played two games on ESPN2 earlier this season.
ANOTHER PRE-NOON START — Kansas will be playing its third pre-noon game of the year and third in the last four weeks as the Jayhawks kicked off at 11:30 a.m. at Iowa State on Oct. 4 and at 11:30 a.m. against Colorado on Oct. 11. KU’s game last week at Oklahoma started at 2:30 p.m.
HOMECOMING ON THE HILL — Kansas will be playing its 95th homecoming game this Saturday. The Jayhawks are 41-48-5 all-time in homecoming games, but have won four of their last five, including last year’s 76-39 victory against Nebraska. This is the first time Texas Tech is a KU homecoming opponent.
KU MARKETING ACTIVITIES — Here is a look at KU marketing activities for this week’s game:
Few Tickets Remain: Tickets still remain for the Texas Tech game. Tickets are $55 each. This is the last opportunity for fans to buy KU football tickets to the 2008 home season as the Kansas State (Nov. 1) and Texas (Nov. 15) games are sold out. Homecoming Game: The Texas Tech game is the annual homecoming game for the Jayhawks. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for tailgating on the hill, the homecoming parade down Jayhawk Boulevard, and other homecoming activities throughout the day. In addition, the homecoming E.X.C.E.L court will be presented at halftime. Giveaway: Fans will receive a 2008 commemorative Kansas football flag courtesy of Jack AT&T (while supplies last). Pregame: The KU Air Force ROTC will conduct a fly over of Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium during pregame ceremonies.
LAST TIME OUT — Despite a record-breaking performance by wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, the No. 16 Kansas football team was defeated by the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 45-31 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Briscoe caught 12 Todd Reesing passes for 269 yards, both school records, and two touchdowns to lead the Jayhawks in a losing effort. Reesing finished the game 24 of 41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns passing. It was the fifth 300-yard game of the season for the junior from Austin, Texas, tying his own school single-season record that he set last year. Junior running back Jake Sharp was also impressive in defeat, carrying the ball 12 times for 103 yards and a touchdown. It marked the second consecutive game that the Salina, Kan., product eclipsed the 100-yard barrier. Kansas trailed just 24-17 at halftime, and was still within seven at 31-24 after junior running back Jake Sharp waltzed in for a 17-yard touchdown run with 11:21 to play in the third quarter. The first half for the Jayhawks was highlighted by a 69-yard Reesing to Briscoe touchdown connection which cut the Sooner lead to 21-17 with 2:35 to go in the half. Oklahoma added a field goal before the break, and Kansas was behind just 24-17 with the second half to play.
UP NEXT — Kansas will play back-to-back home games for just the second time this year, hosting Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 1. KU opened the year with consecutive home games against FIU and Louisiana Tech. Kansas State hosts Oklahoma this Saturday before coming to Lawrence for the 106th meeting between the two Kansas schools.
THE KU-TT SERIES — Texas Tech leads the all-time series by a 9-1 count, including a 5-0 advantage in games played in Lawrence. KU’s only win in the series was a 34-31 overtime victory in 2001. The teams have met six times since the formation of the Big 12 Conference with the Red Raiders winning the last meeting 30-17 at Lubbock in 2005. Prior to Big 12 play, KU and Texas Tech played four times from 1965-70. All six meetings since the Big 12 began have been decided by 13 points or fewer.
KU-TT LAST TIME — Texas Tech was ranked 13th when the Red Raiders defeated Kansas 30-17 in Lubbock, Texas on Oct. 1, 2005 in the last meeting between the two schools. Texas Tech took a 20-0 halftime lead en route to the victory. Tech recorded 380 total yards, while Kansas had 271. KU’s Jon Cornish rushed for 111 yards on just 17 carries to lead the Jayhawk offense. Nick Reid led the KU defense with nine tackles. Current Jayhawks with stats in the game included WR Marcus Herford (two rushes for four yards and one incomplete pass attempt), LB Mike Rivera (one tackle), LB James Holt (one tackle) and DE John Larson (one tackle).
KU-TT LAST TIME IN LAWRENCE — Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson scored on a 70-yard run with 2:37 left in the game to give Texas Tech a 31-30 victory vs. Kansas in Lawrence on Sept. 25, 2004. That run capped a comeback for the Red Raiders who trailed Kansas 30-5 with :48 left in the second quarter. KU led 30-5 after a pair of John Randle touchdowns (one rush and one reception) and two scoring plays from Charles Gordon, who threw for a touchdown and caught a pass for another score). However, KU would not score in the second half as Tech rallied for the win. Nick Reid had 12 tackles for the Jayhawks.
TEXANS ON KU ROSTER – The state of Texas is the number one producer of current Kansas players with 28 Jayhawks hailing from the lone star state. The state of Kansas has produced 27 current Jayhawks, while there are 12 Oklahomans on the KU roster. KU starters from Texas include WR Dezmon Briscoe (Dallas), OC Ryan Cantrell (Sugar Land), WR Dexton Fields (Dallas), OT Jeremiah Hatch (Dallas), QB Todd Reesing (Austin), and WR Johnathan Wilson (Houston).
KU-TT NOTABLE — KU head coach Mark Mangino and Tech head coach Mike Leach were offensive assistant coaches together at Oklahoma in 1999… KU RB and special teams coach Louie Matsakis was a special teams intern at Texas Tech from 2000-02… He also coached at Texas State-San Marcos… KU WR coach David Beaty, who is from Garland, Texas, was a high school coach in the state at Naaman Forest, Garland, North Dallas and MacArthur before coaching wide receivers at Rice… Tech RB coach Seth Littrell was a graduate assistant at Kansas in 2004. He was a running back at Oklahoma when Mangino was an offensive assistant coach there.
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