Kansas Football Supplemental Notes vs. Texas Tech

Oct. 22, 2008

Complete Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader



Vs. Texas Tech

Oct. 25, 2008

These are mid-week notes to supplement the weekly press release that is sent out on Sunday.

A Kansas Win Would…

– Be KU’s 14th consecutive home victory.

– Be its first vs. a ranked team this season (0-2 before Saturday).

– Make KU bowl eligible for the fourth straight season and fifth time in the last six years.

– Improve KU to 18-3 in its last 21 games and 21-4 in its last 25 games.

– Be its seventh straight Big 12 home victory.

– Be just KU’s second win in 11 games against Texas Tech

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Give KU back-to-back losses for the first time since the middle of 2006 when the Jayhawks dropped four straight.

– Stop a 13-game home winning streak.

– Stop a seven-game home winning streak against Big 12 opponents.

– Drop KU to 1-10 all-time against Texas Tech.

– Extend a five-game losing streak to Oklahoma.

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Texas Tech…

– QB Todd Reesing (6,012) needs 399 passing yards to become the KU career leader (Frank Seurer had 6,410).

– Reesing has thrown for 200 yards in 12 consecutive games.

– Reesing has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 12 consecutive games.

– Reesing (195) needs 33 completions to pass Mike Norseth (227) for second on the KU season completions list. Reesing holds the school record with 276 last year.

– Reesing (17) needs two touchdown passes to pass Bill Whittemore (18) for second on the KU season touchdown passes list. He holds the school mark with 33 last year.

– Reesing (7) needs to throw a touchdown pass against Texas Tech for sole possession of the KU record for consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass (currently tied with his seven-game mark set last year).

– WR Dezmon Briscoe (15) needs two touchdown receptions to tie Willie Vaughn and Bruce Adams for the KU career touchdown receptions record.

– Briscoe (eight) needs two touchdown receptions to tie Marcus Henry (10 last year) for the KU season record for touchdown receptions.

– WR Kerry Meier (57) needs seven receptions to pass Dexton Fields (63 last year) for second on the KU season receptions list.

– RB Jake Sharp has rushed for 100 yards in two straight games and the last time a Jayhawk ran for 100 yards in three straight games was last year when Brandon McAnderson accomplished that feat against Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oklahoma State in successive weeks.

– P Alonso Rojas has had at least one 50-yard punt in three straight games.

– S Darrell Stuckey and LB Joe Mortensen have each made at least four tackles in every game this year.

– LB Joe Mortensen has started a team-best 32 consecutive games, while DE Russell Brorsen has started 28 straight, S Darrell Stuckey 24 and LB James Holt 21. The top offensive consecutive start streak is shared by offensive linemen Ryan Cantrell, Adrian Mayes and Chet Hartley and QB Todd Reesing at 20 games. All four lineup right next to each other.

Did You Know?…

Texas Tech is the first ranked team to play at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium since #25 Iowa State played here on Nov. 26, 2005. Kansas posted a 24-21 overtime victory in that game.

100, 100 And 300…

Kansas has had several different players step up with big number offensive games through seven games this season. Here is a look at the 100-yard rushing, 100-yard receiving and 300-yard passing games by Jayhawks this season:

Rushing (2) – Jake Sharp (2)

Receiving (9) – Dezmon Briscoe (3), Kerry Meier (3), Daymond Patterson (1), Jake Sharp (1), Johnathan Wilson (1)

Passing (5) – Todd Reesing (5)

NOTE: In 13 games last season, KU’s explosive offense produced eight 100-yard rushing games (by two players), eight 100-yard receiving games (by two players) and five 300-yard passing games (by one player).

Two With 600…

Just past the midway point of the season Kansas already has two receivers with at least 600 receiving yards as Dezmon Briscoe has 705 and Kerry Meier 632 through seven games. In addition, Johnathan Wilson has 342 receiving yards. Here is a look at previous seasons KU has had at least two 600-yard receivers in the same year:

2007 – Marcus Henry (1,014) and Dexton Fields (824)

2003 – Charles Gordon (769), Mark Simmons (769), and Brandon Rideau (677)

NOTE: Kansas is one of only two schools in the pass happy Big 12 to have two different players with at least three 100-yard receiving games this season (Missouri is the other).

NCAA’s Top Receiving Yardage Games In 2008…

1. 12-269, Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 18

2. 9-236, Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State vs. Houston, Sept. 6

3. 6-233, Brennan Marion, Tulsa vs. UTEP, Oct. 18

Meier The Go To Guy…

Kerry Meier, whose 8.1 receptions per game are fifth in the nation, has been the key go-to-guy for Kansas. Here is a look:

Opponent Rec-Yds First Downs Third Down Catches Fourth Down Catches

FIU 9- 62 6 3 0

Louisiana Tech 9- 71 7 2 0

at South Florida 11-120 4 2 0

Sam Houston State 8-136 4 1 1

at Iowa State 7-125 6 1 1

Colorado 9- 94 6 1 0

at Oklahoma 4- 24 1 0 0

Totals 57-632 34 10 2

– 60 percent (34 of 57) of his receptions have been for first downs.

– 35 percent (12 of 34) of his first-down producing receptions have come on third or fourth down.

– 21 percent (12 of 57) of his receptions have come on third or fourth down (all for first downs).

– Had a 68-yard touchdown reception on a third and 12 against Sam Houston State

– Had a 23-yard touchdown reception on a fourth and seven at Iowa State.

Taking Time Or Scoring Quick…

This season the Kansas offense has shown the ability to score quickly or use the clock. Here are a couple of quick notes:

– KU has 11 scoring drives take more than four minutes with another 15 taking less than two minutes (KU has scored on 38 possessions this season).

– KU’s last seven scoring drives have all taken less than two minutes (six touchdowns and one field goal).

– Seven of KU’s 14 scoring drives in three Big 12 games have covered at least 70 yards. Of those seven drives, four were in less than two minutes.

Over After Three…

In all seven Kansas games this season, the team that has led after three quarters has gone on to win the game. In the Mark Mangino era, KU is 36-5 when leading after three periods and 4-30 when trailing after 45 minutes.

Kansas Notable…

Fourteen different Jayhawks have been in on sacks this season with Jake Laptad (five) and Joe Mortensen (two), the only players with multiple sack totals… In both losses this season the KU defense did not record an interception or force a turnover. The Jayhawks had nine combined interceptions, as well as 11 total turnovers in the five wins.