Jayhawks to Host Nebraska

Nov. 2, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Fresh off it’s 13-3 victory in the Border Showdown series against Missouri, the University of Kansas (4-4, 1-4 Big 12) football team hosts Nebraska (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) in the 112th all-time meeting between the Jayhawks and Cornhuskers. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon from KU’s Memorial Stadium. Kansas and Nebraska own the longest uninterrupted series in NCAA I-A history (99 games) as the two teams have faced each other every year since 1906.

“Nebraska is a fine football team,” said KU Head Coach Mark Mangino at his weekly press conference. “Offensively, they’re getting better every week. Their quarterback is improving each week and their tailback is a little underrated. We’re certainly looking forward to playing Nebraska here at home. Our kids are very focused on the task at hand.”

The Jayhawks, who feature the second-best rush defense in the NCAA, enter the contest versus Nebraska looking to post their fifth win of the season in Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks also won five games at home during the 2003 season — Mark Mangino’s second year as head coach of the team. Prior to his arrival at Kansas, the last time KU won at least five home contests was 1999.

The Cornhuskers enter the game against the Jayhawks looking to snap a current two-game slide which includes losses at Missouri (24-41) and at home versus Oklahoma (24-31). Nebraska has lost three of its last four outings after opening the season with a 4-0 mark.

Kansas – Nebraska Series Notes
… The KU-NU series is tied for the third longest in NCAA Division I-A history at 111 games, trailing only Minnesota-Wisconsin (114) and Kansas-Missouri (113)

… The two teams have faced each other 99 consecutive years making it the longest current uninterrupted series in NCAA I-A history

… KU’s 100th all-time football win was an 8-6 victory over NU in 1906

… Four of the last six meetings in the series with the Cornhuskers have been played at night but Saturday’s game will kickoff at noon

… Last year’s meeting on Oct. 11 marked the earliest ever meeting between the two school in the series

… Nebraska running back Cory Ross is the younger brother of former KU wide receiver Roger Ross who starred at Kansas from 2000-01.

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