Kansas Football Supplemental Notes vs. Texas A&M

Oct. 25, 2007

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Kansas Supplemental Football Notes vs. Texas A&M

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 an 8-0 record for the first time since 1909.

– Give KU an eight-game winning streak for the first time since the school won 18 straight from 1907-09.

– Give KU a 4-0 conference mark for the first time since 1992.

– Give KU four conference wins for the first time since the 1995 team posted a 5-2 record in the final year of the Big Eight Conference.

– Be KU’s 11th win in its last 12 games dating back to last year.

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

– Give KU three conference road wins in the same season for the first time since 1995 (3-1 on the road in the league that year).

– Give KU four wins in its last five road games after winning just six out of its previous 50 road games.

– Snap a seven-game losing streak to Texas A&M.

– Be its first win in the state of Texas since posting a 34-31 overtime victory at Texas Tech on Oct. 6, 2001.

– Give KU two wins in the same season against the South Division of the Big 12 for the first time in Big 12 history (league started in 1996).

– Give KU eight regular-season wins, its most since posting nine in 1995 (1995 team went 10-2 after bowl victory).

– Give KU an eight-win season (including bowls) for just the 12th time in school history.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop a seven-game winning streak.

– Be its eighth straight against Texas A&M.

– Give KU a 3-1 conference record, still its best four-game league mark since a 3-1 mark in 1995.

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Texas A&M


– QB Todd Reesing (1,805) needs 40 yards for ninth on the KU season passing yardage list, 153 for eighth and 159 for seventh.

– Reesing (20) needs three touchdown passes for seventh on the KU career touchdown passes list (22 by Dylen Smith).

– Reesing (17) needs two touchdown passes for first on the KU season touchdown passes list (18 by Bill Whittemore in 2003).

– PK Scott Webb (251) needs eight points for second on the KU career scoring list (258 by June Henley).

– Webb has made eight consecutive field goal attempts as well as 11 of 12 this year and 16 of his last 17 attempts.

– TE Derek Fine has caught at least two passes in eight straight games
– TB Jake Sharp has rushed for a touchdown in four straight games as well as in six of seven games this year.

– LB Joe Mortensen has recorded double-digit tackle totals in three of the last four games.

– DT James McClinton has started a team-best 27 consecutive games, while OT Cesar Rodriguez has started 22 straight as well as a team-best 36 games in his career.

– LBs Joe Mortensen and Mike Rivera should make their 20th consecutive starts at Texas A&M.


– KU has scored a rushing and passing touchdown in every game this season.

– KU has produced a 50-plus yard play in two straight games as well as in four games this season.

– KU has held three straight opponents to less than 70 rushing yards (Kansas State – 53, Baylor – 48 and Colorado – 66).

– The KU defense has forced at least three turnovers in five straight games.

– The KU defense has not allowed more than one score in a quarter this season (28 consecutive quarters).

Did You Know?…

Kansas is 46-27-2 all-time when playing as a ranked team, including a 2-0 record this season.

Historical KU Performances Vs. Texas A&M…

In the first meeting between Kansas and Texas A&M in 1974 KU had two 100-yard rushers in Robert Miller (142) and Laverne Smith (135)… Norris Banks completed an 80-yard pass to David Verser in the 1977 match up, which is tied for the fifth-longest pass play in KU history… Adam Barmann tossed four touchdown passes against A&M in the 2003 match up, just one shy of the school record of five by Ralph Miller vs. Washburn in 1938… Barmann produced a KU freshman record with 339 yards of total offense in the 2003 contest… Charles Gordon had nine receptions vs. A&M in 2003, which is tied for the fifth most receptions in a game in KU history… Bill Whittemore’s 65 total offensive plays against A&M in 2002 (44 pass and 23 rush) is a school record. Whittemore is the current KU offensive graduate assistant coach.

Jayhawks From Texas…

TB Carmon Boyd-Anderson (Jacksonville)… Rushed for 91 yards in the first four games, but has not played in the last three games.

WR Dezmon Briscoe (Dallas)… True freshman starter has four touchdowns on 15 receptions.

OC Ryan Cantrell (Sugar Land)… Starting offensive starter known for consistent play and smartness.

OT Anthony Collins (Beaumont)… Junior has started 19 games at tackle and is an all-conference candidate.

DT Patrick Dorsey (Houston)… A redshirt candidate.

LB Drew Dudley (College Station)… Has made six tackles while seeing action mainly on special teams.

WR Dexton Fields (Dallas)… Had a streak of 17 consecutive games with at least two catches stopped last week at Colorado.

CB Gary Green (San Antonio)… Son of former Baylor Bear and Kansas City Chief by the same name. Had an interception against Baylor.

OL Jeremiah Hatch (Dallas)… A redshirt candidate.

WR Marcus Herford (DeSoto)… Has excelled as kickoff returner with two touchdowns this year… Has three receptions at wide receiver.

OL Jason Hind (San Antonio)… Junior college transfer has not played.

DT James McClinton (Garland)… One of the conference’s best defensive linemen… Extremely quick and hard-working… Started 27 straight games.

LB Olaitan Oguntodu (Mesquite)… Has seen limited time this season.

DE Maxwell Onyegbule (Arlington)… Has recorded 2.5 sacks as a reserve.

WR Raimond Pendleton (Garland)… Returned a punt for a touchdown in season opener… Had three catches in that game as well.

TB Angus Quigley (Cleburne)… Ran for 47 yards and a touchdown in only action of the season against Baylor.

WR Xavier Rambo (Dallas)… Has not seen action this season.

QB Todd Reesing (Austin)… First-year starter is etching his name all over the KU record books and ranks high in a number of NCAA statistics.

S Patrick Resby (Houston)… Starter at safety has had at least three tackles in each of the last four games.

LB Justin Springer (Los Fresnos)… Has played as a backup as well as on special teams.

CB Aqib Talib (Richardson)… All-America candidate has played well on offense (seven catches, 174 yards, four touchdowns) as well as on defense.

P Kyle Tucker (Katy)… Struggled punting in the wind in the first six games, but had season-best 43.8 average at Colorado last week.

CB Anthony Webb (Dallas)… Has seen limited action as a reserve… Has taken over punt return duties in the last two games.

DE Jeff Wheeler (Houston)… Has made two tackles in each of the last two games after recording a combined three in the first five games.

WR Jonathan Wilson (Houston)… Caught one pass for five yards against Toledo.

LB Arist Wright (Houston)… Played as a backup and on special teams and has made at least one tackle in every game.

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 10th in the country allowing just 178.14 yards per game, while also ranking fourth in the nation in pass efficiency defense this year. KU has 10 different players with interceptions and 13 different players with passes broken up.

Mangino Era (2002-present) Offensive Notable…

– Five of the top 10 passing yardage seasons in school history, including this season’s 276.4, which ranks second all-time (record is 286.0 in 1983).

– Three of the top six scoring seasons in school history, including this year’s school record pace of 45.8 (record is 34.5 in 1968).

– Three of the top 10 total offensive yardage seasons in school history, including this season’s school record pace of 489.7 (record is 421.5 in 2003).

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 month Talib was named to CBSSportsline.com Halfway All-America first-team as well as earning first-team mid-season All-America honors by SI.com and second-team All-America honors by Phil Steele’s Magazine.

Big Crowds…

This season Texas A&M has averaged 80,371 at home games. If the crowd is that large Saturday, it will mark the seventh time in Kansas history the Jayhawks will play in front of a crowd of 80,000 or more. The most attended game in KU history was its 1979 visit to Michigan (100,118), followed by 80,000-plus games at Nebraska in 2006 (85,069), at Oklahoma in 2004 (84,520), at Texas in 2005 (83,696) and 2001 (83,111) and at Notre Dame in 1999 (80,012).