Game No. 9 - Jayhawks Travel To Kansas State For 11:30 a.m. Kickoff
Nov. 2, 2009
Press Conference Quotes
GAME NO. 9 AT KANSAS STATE
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, 11:30 p.m. (Central)
Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)
Radio: Jayhawk Network
(Bob Davis, David Lawrence, Nate Bukaty, Bob Newton [producer])
(Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer Lewis Johnson)
QUICKLY — Kansas (5-3, 1-3 Big 12) travels 83 miles west for the 107th edition of the Sunflower Showdown at Kansas State (5-4, 3-2 Big 12). The game is set for 11:30 a.m. and will be televised on Versus.
– KU has lost three straight games this year and has not lost four consecutive games since losing four in a row in the middle of 2006.
– KU is 28-10 since that four-game losing streak.
– KU is 6-5 on the road in the last three seasons, including a win at Kansas State in 2007.
– KU is 19-18 against Big 12 North opponents in the Mark Mangino era, including a 9-3 mark in the last three years.
– KU is finishing up a stretch of three of four games on the road.
– KU is 2-0 on Versus this season defeating Duke and Iowa State.
– KU is 3-0 in pre-noon starts this season.
– KU is looking for its sixth win of the season, which would give the Jayhawks at least six victories for the fifth consecutive season, a streak which has only been accomplished twice in school history (1895-99 and 1902-06).
– KU has won its first game in the month of November four straight seasons with victories against Nebraska twice, Iowa State and Kansas State.
KU-KSU SERIES — Kansas leads the all-time series 65-36-5 as this week will be the 107th meeting all-time between the two schools. The Jayhawks have three straight and four of the last five in the series. Prior to the recent KU streak, the Wildcats had won 11 consecutive games in the series.
KU-KSU LAST YEAR — Behind a career-high 181 rushing yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns by Jake Sharp, KU defeated Kansas State 52-21 on Nov. 1 at Lawrence, Kan. The 31-point margin was the largest for KU since it beat KSU 38-7 in 1985 and was the third straight win for KU in the series. Sharp also caught five passes for 76 yards en route to 257 all-purpose yards. KU forced K-State into five turnovers, including two interceptions by then senior DE Russell Brorsen. KU ran up 468 yards of total offense to K-State’s 355. KU built up a 31-0 halftime lead en route to the victory.
KU-KSU LAST TIME AT MANHATTAN — WR Dexton Fields pulled in the game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown pass with 6:27 left as KU upset then No. 24 Kansas State at Manhattan on Oct. 6, 2007. The victory was KU’s first against a ranked team on the road since 1995 and stopped an eight-game losing streak at Manhattan. KU had started the season 4-0 and found itself trailing for the first time on the young season when the Wildcats scored in the first quarter. KU scored to tie it at seven before KSU went ahead again 14-7. The Jayhawks tied it at 14 at halftime and then went ahead midway through the third on a 28-yard pass from Todd Reesing to Dezmon Briscoe. KSU pulled back ahead after a field goal and a touchdown to lead 24-21 with 7:32 left in the game. Fields caught a 30-yard pass and Scott Webb kicked a field goal with 2:21 left for the final scoring. CB Aqib Talib intercepted a pass on KSU’s final possession to seal the game. KU had 437 total yards to KSU’s 363. The Jayhawks intercepted three passes, as in addition to Talib’s pick, DE John Larson had an interception and CB Kendrick Harper picked one off in his first game as a Jayhawk.
KU-KSU SERIES NOTABLE — KU Head Coach Mark Mangino was an assistant coach at Kansas State from 1991-98… KU’s 52 points last year were its second most in the series (won 55-0 in 1947)… KU has scored at least 30 points in each of its last five wins in the series (average of 36.6 points in the wins), while scoring no more than 16 in any of the previous 12 losses (average of 8.3 points per loss)… Current KU Head Coach Mark Mangino was an assistant at KSU from 1991-98 and owns an 11-4 record in the series, including a 4-3 mark at Kansas… KU’s 106 meetings with Kansas State make it the third-most played series in school history (117 vs. Missouri and 115 vs. Nebraska)… The 98 consecutive meetings makes it the nation’s fourth-longest uninterrupted series behind Kansas vs. Nebraska, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin and Clemson vs. South Carolina (KU’s 97 meetings with Oklahoma rank as the fifth-longest series).
JAYHAWK STARTERS FROM KANSAS — A number of Jayhawk starters are from the state of Kansas, including S Darrell Stuckey (Kansas City, Kan.), NB Ryan Murphy (Lawrence), OT Tanner Hawkinson (McPherson), LB Huldon Tharp (Mulvane), DT Caleb Blakesley (Ottawa), WR Kerry Meier (Pittsburg), and RB Jake Sharp (Salina). In all, Kansas has 24 players from the state on the team.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR AGAINST KANSAS STATE:
– RB Jake Sharp (2,143) needs 103 rushing yards to pass Jon Cornish (2,245) for ninth place and 106 rushing yards to pass L.T. Levine for eighth place on the KU career rushing yardage list.
– WR Kerry Meier (1,990) needs just 10 receiving yards to become the fourth Jayhawk in school history to record 2,000 career receiving yards.
– Meier (16) needs one more touchdown catch to tie for second on the KU career touchdown receptions list.
– WR Dezmon Briscoe and WR Kerry Meier both have 189 career receptions to tie for the KU career receptions record.
– Briscoe (3,240) needs just 16 all-purpose yards to pass former Jayhawk All-American Ray Evans (3,259) for seventh on the KU all-purpose yardage list.
– Briscoe (2,744) needs 79 receiving yards to pass former Kansas State standout Jordy Nelson (2,822) for 10th on the Big 12 career receiving yardage list.
– Briscoe has caught at least seven passes in four straight games, at least four in 11 straight and at least two in 26 consecutive games.
– DE Jake Laptad (16.5) needs just one sack to move into fifth on the KU career sacks list (Nate Dwyer and Dana Stubblefield both had 17).
– QB Todd Reesing (9,963) needs just 37 yards to become the fifth player in Big 12 history to throw for 10,000 yards in a career.
– CB Chris Harris has broken up a pass in five consecutive games.