Football Supplemental Notes Vs. Nebraska

Nov. 6, 2008

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At Nebraska

Nov. 8, 2008

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

A Kansas Win Would…

– Give KU at least seven wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1960 (7-2-1) and 1961 (7-3-1). KU was 12-1 a year ago.

– Give KU back-to-back wins against Nebraska for the first time since 1967-68.

– Give KU three wins in the last four years against NU, the best four-game stretch against the Huskers since winning five straight from 1957-61.

– Stop a 19-game losing streak in Lincoln since the last victory there in 1968 (won 23-13).

– Improve KU to 19-4 in its last 23 games and 22-5 in its last 27 games.

– Improve KU to 2-2 on the road.

– Be KU’s 17th consecutive win against an un-ranked team.

– Give head coach Mark Mangino a 44-39 record at KU, tying him for third on the KU coaches victory list with Jack Mitchell, who was 44-42-5 from 1958-66.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Be the 20th straight loss for KU in Lincoln.

– Give KU a loss for the third time in its last four games.

– Be just KU’s fifth loss in its last 23 games and sixth loss in its last 27 games.

– Stop a 16-game winning streak against un-ranked teams.

– Be less good than a win.

Things To Look For Against Nebraska…

– QB Todd Reesing (6,328) needs 83 passing yards to pass Frank Seurer (6,410) for the KU career passing yardage record.

– Reesing (225) needs just three completions to pass Mike Norseth (227) for second on the KU season completions list. Reesing set the school record last year with 276.

– WR Kerry Meier (66) needs five receptions to pass Richard Estell (70 in 1985) for the single-season receptions record.

– Meier has caught at least two passes in 17 straight games.

– WR Dexton Fields (119) needs four receptions to pass Clark Green (122) for fourth on the KU career receptions list.

– WR Dezmon Briscoe (97) needs three receptions and WR Kerry Meier (93) needs seven catches for 100 in their careers. Eleven Jayhawks have recorded at least 100 receptions in their careers.

– Briscoe (17) needs one touchdown reception for sole possession of the KU career touchdown receptions record (currently shares with Willie Vaughn and Bruce Adams).

– Briscoe (10) needs one touchdown reception for sole possession of the KU season touchdown receptions record (currently shares with Marcus Henry).

– Briscoe has caught at least one touchdown pass in four straight games.

– Briscoe has caught at least two passes in 15 consecutive games.

– KR Marcus Herford (78) needs two kickoff returns to pass Greg Heaggans (80) for the KU career kickoff return record.

Offensive And Defensive Starter…

True freshman Daymond Patterson started two games at wide receiver earlier this year and then started at cornerback against Kansas State last Saturday, where he is expected to start again this week. Patterson is believed to be one of just three players in the country to have started on both sides of the ball this year, as well as the only freshman. Patterson, who also returns punts, is joined by Darius Butler of Connecticut (regular starter at CB, one start at WR) and Virgina Tech’s Victor “Macho” Harris, who has seven starts at CB, two at WR and is the Hokies’ number one punt returner and number two kickoff returner.

KU Notable…

– RB Jake Sharp is one of two players in the Big 12 averaging 100 rushing yards in conference play as he has averaged 112.2 yards in five league games to join Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State, who has averaged 120.4 yards per game.

– Sharp’s 155.2 all-purpose yard average in Big 12 games ranks third in the conference, but are the most by anyone who does not also return punts or kickoffs, as all of his yardage is from the line of scrimmage (561 rushing yards and 215 receiving yards).

– LB James Holt’s 11 tackles for loss this year make him one of just two linebackers in the Big 12 with double-digit tackles for loss this year (Sean Weatherspoon of Missouri has 13) as well as one of six players in the league to accomplish that feat.

– Kansas has 12 interceptions this season to rank second in the Big 12 (Texas Tech has picked off 15). Eight different Jayhawks have pickoffs, led by Darrell Stuckey’s three.

– KU’s game against Nebraska marks the only time this season the Jayhawks will face a team with a first-year head coach.

– Five different Jayhawks have recorded a 100-yard receiving game this year. In fact, the Jayhawks have had nine 100-yard receiving games this season, including three by Dezmon Briscoe and three by Kerry Meier. Jake Sharp, Johnathan Wilson, and now starting cornerback Daymond Patterson, had the other three with one each.

– PK Jacob Branstetter has been credited with four tackles on kickoffs this year, including three against Kansas State last week (the other was at Iowa State).

Conference Wins…

In the last two seasons, Kansas has won a combined 10 conference games (10-3 with three league games remaining this year). One more victory by the Jayhawks would give KU 11 league wins in a two-year span, matching the number of league wins the Jayhawks had in the previous five seasons combined (11-29 from 2002-06).

Defensive Starters…

Last year Kansas had nine players on defense start all 13 games. Two different players started at both the strong safety (Patrick Resby and Justin Thornton) and right cornerback (Chris Harris and Kendrick Harper) positions a year ago. This season only four defensive players have started all nine games in DE Russell Brorsen, LB James Holt, LB Joe Mortensen and SS Darrell Stuckey. In all, 19 different players have started a game on that side of the ball this year.

Kansas School Records Vs. Nebraska In 2007…

Here is a look at some Kansas school records set against Nebraska last year:


Rushing Touchdowns in a Game – 4 (tied), Brandon McAnderson

Points in a Game – 24 (tied), Brandon McAnderson

Touchdowns in a Game – 4 (tied), Brandon McAnderson)

Touchdown Passes in a Game – 6, Todd Reesing (broke record of five set by Ralph Miller vs. Washburn in 1938)

Touchdowns Responsible For in a Game – 6, Todd Reesing (six pass, 0 rush)

PATs Attempted in a Game – 11, Scott Webb

PATs Made in a Game – 10, Scott Webb

Kickoff Returns in a Game – 6 (tied), Marcus Herford

Kickoff Return Yards in a Game – 203, Marcus Herford


First Downs in a Game – 34 (tied)

Points in a Conference Game – 76

Combined Points in a Game – 115

Home Single-Game Attendance – 51,910 (since broken)

Did You Know?…

Todd Reesing’s 30 completions against Nebraska last season tied for the second most in a game in KU history. He has surpassed that mark three times this season with a school record 37 completions against Florida International, 34 at South Florida and 32 vs. Louisiana Tech.

This Date In History…

While Kansas is 6-8-2 in games played on Nov. 8 all-time, three of the victories have come against Nebraska as the Jayhawks beat the Huskers 18-4 in 1896, 13-7 in 1947 and 29-7 in 1958.