Kansas Football Travels To Nebraska To Meet Huskers

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Nov. 3, 2008

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Nov. 3, 2008

Jayhawks Travel To Nebraska For Final True Road Game

QUICKLY — Kansas (6-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12) will head to Lincoln, Neb. to face Nebraska (5-4, 2-3) on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m… The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis (details will be made available later in the week)… Kansas played eight straight games on network or cable television before this week… The Kansas-Nebraska series is the nation’s longest uninterrupted series as the teams will meet for the 103rd consecutive year… KU has won 18 of its last 22 and 21 of its last 26 games… KU is 1-2 on the road this season after going 4-0 in road games a year ago… KU has won 16 consecutive games against un-ranked teams.

BOWL ELIGIBLE — With a 6-3 record Kansas has become bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive year, marking the first time the Jayhawks have won at least six games in four straight seasons since actually winning six straight five times from 1902-06. The Jayhawks were 7-5 and played in the Fort Worth Bowl in 2005, 6-6 and did not play in a bowl game in 2006, and 12-1 and played in the FedEx Orange Bowl in 2007. A bowl trip in 2008 would give the Jayhawks bowl games in consecutive years for the first time in school history.

TWO YEARS IN A ROW — For the second season in a row, Kansas enters the Nebraska game with a better overall record than the Huskers as the Jayhawks are 6-3, while Nebraska is 5-4. Last year KU entered the game with an 8-0 mark, while Nebraska was 4-5. Prior to last year, the last time the Jayhawks entered a meeting with Nebraska with a better record was 1974 when KU was 4-1 and Nebraska 3-2. The teams had identical records in 1981 (both 5-2) and 2006 (both 3-1).

UP NEXT — Kansas will return to Lawrence to host its final home game of the season when the Jayhawks face fifth-ranked Texas. The Longhorns host Baylor this Saturday. The game will be the final home contest for 18 Kansas seniors, including DE Richard Alspaugh, S Tang Bacheyie, DE Russell Brorsen, WR Micah Brown, WR Raymond Brown, OC Ryan Cantrell, OT Matt Darton, WR Dexton Fields, WR Gary Green, CB Kendrick Harper, OG Chet Hartley, WR Marcus Herford, LB James Holt, DE John Larson, OG Adrian Mayes, LB Joe Mortensen, S Patrick Resby, and LB Mike Rivera.

DID YOU KNOW? — Kansas has posted five six-plus win seasons in the seven-year Mark Mangino era. Prior to Mangino’s arrival, Kansas had five six-win seasons in the previous 20 years with none in the six years prior to Mangino’s arrival ahead of the 2002 season.

DID YOU KNOW? — According to research by the Houston media relations office, Kansas’ 13-7 record in its last 20 Big 12 games is tied for the 19th-best 20-game conference mark in the NCAA and is second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma’s 15-5 league record.

THE KU-NU SERIES — Nebraska leads the all-time series by an 88-23-3 count, including a 42-15-2 advantage in games played in Lincoln. The Jayhawks have won two of the last three meetings with the loss, a 39-32 overtime decision at Lincoln in 2006. Prior to KU’s win in 2005, Nebraska had won 36 consecutive games from 1969-2004.

THE NATION’S LONGEST UNINTERRUPTED SERIES – Kansas and Nebraska will be meeting for the 103rd consecutive season, making the series the nation’s longest uninterrupted. Minnesota and Wisconsin have played 101 consecutive times heading into 2008, while Clemson and South Carolina have met 99 straight years before this season. KU’s series with Kansas State (now 99 straight) and with Oklahoma (96 straight between 1903-97) round out the top five.

NATION’S THIRD-MOST PLAYED SERIES — The Kansas-Nebraska series is the third-most played series in the country as the teams will be meeting for the 115th time since the first game in 1892. Only Minnesota-Wisconsin (117 meetings) and Kansas-Missouri (116 meetings) have met more times than these two programs.

KU-NU LAST TIME — Todd Reesing threw a school-record six touchdown passes and had 354 yards through the air while Brandon McAnderson ran for 119 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns as eighth-ranked Kansas beat Nebraska 76-39 in Lawrence on Nov. 3, 2007. After a three and out on their opening drive, the Jayhawks scored on 10 of their next 11 possessions (exception was a one-play kneel down to end the first half). KU’s 76 points were the third-most in school history, as well as the most allowed by Nebraska in its history. The Jayhawks produced a school-record tying 34 first downs and ran 90 plays on the night en route to 572 yards of total offense. Reesing set school records for touchdown passes in a game (six) and in a single-season (23). Four of his scoring passes in the first half went to four different players. KU forced four straight Nebraska turnovers in the second half en route to getting five turnovers on the day.

KU-NU LAST TIME IN LINCOLN — QB Adam Barmann threw for 405 yards while RB Jon Cornish gained 145 yards on the ground, but it was not enough as a furious Jayhawk rally fell short as #21 Nebraska escaped with a 39-32 overtime victory at Lincoln on Sept. 30, 2006. Trailing 24-7 late in the first half, the Jayhawks scored 19 consecutive points to grab a 25-24 lead. The Jayhawks tied the game at 32 with 46 seconds remaining in regulation as Barmann connected with Brian Murph from the Nebraska 26. NU scored on the first possession of overtime, while KU could not match the Husker’s touchdown. Both teams ran up more than 500 yards of total offense (Kansas – 574 and Nebraska – 511). Two Jayhawk receivers had 100-yard receiving games as Murph finished with 129 on eight catches and Dexton Fields had 108 on eight receptions.

KU-NU CONNECTIONS — Kansas has two players on its roster from the state of Nebraska in WR Micah Brown (Kearney) and TE Tim Biere (Omaha/Westside HS)… NU’s defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was a restricted earnings coach at Kansas State in 1991 when KU head coach Mark Mangino was an assistant with the Wildcats. Pelini also coached at Blue Valley (Kan.) HS and Winnetonka (Kan.) HS… KU RB coach Tim Beck as an assistant coach at Kansas from 2005-07. He also coached at Kansas State from 1991-92 when Mangino was there… NU LB coach Mike Ekeler is a Kansas State graduate and coached at Manhattan (Kan.) HS… NU WR coach Ted Gilmore was a WR coach at Wyoming when KU CB coach Je’Ney Jackson was a defensive back for the Cowboys. Gilmore was the TE coach at Kansas in 1999… NU DE coach John Papuchis was a defensive GA at Kansas from 2001-03… Nebraska players from the state of Kansas include LB Joseph Camarata (Overland Park), FB Kyler Reed (Shawnee/St. Thomas Aquinas), and IB Kenny Wilson (Liberal).

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