Kansas Football Supplemental Notes vs. Oklahoma State

Nov. 8, 2007

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at Oklahoma State

Nov. 10, 2007

These are mid-week notes to supplement the weekly press release that is sent out on Sunday prior to a Kansas football game.


Saturday’s game will be broadcast to 63 percent of the country on ABC… KU is appearing on national television for the fifth straight game and each of KU’s last two regular season games will be nationally televised as well (vs. Iowa State on ABC next week and vs. Missouri on ABC or FSN on Nov. 24).

This Week…

KU head coach Mark Mangino was named to a pair of national coach of the year watch lists as he was tabbed to the Bear Bryant and George Munger lists… CB Aqib Talib was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s top defensive back. That award is based in Oklahoma City… KU starting defensive ends Russell Brorsen (3.96 in chemistry) and John Larson (3.69 in economics) were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 Football Team on Thursday… I left one player off the Kansas players from Oklahoma list as I missed TE Bradley Dedeuaux, who is from Midwest City, Okla. That gives KU 14 players from the state of Oklahoma, including starters DE Russell Brorsen (Stillwater), TE Derek Fine (Sallisaw), WR Marcus Henry (Lawton), LB James Holt (Alta) and PK Scott Webb (Tulsa)… KU was featured on the front of the sports page of USA Today on Wednesday, while Talib was the subject of a feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated.

A Kansas Win Would…

– Give KU a 10-0 record for the first time since 1899 (1899 team finished the year 10-0).

– Keep KU on track for its fifth undefeated season in school history (1891, 1899, 1908 and 1923).

– Give KU a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history (10-0 in 1899, 10-1 in 1905 and 10-2 in 1995).

– Give KU 10 consecutive wins, its longest winning streak since winning 18 straight from 1907-09.

– Give KU six conference wins for the first time since posting a 6-1 mark in 1968.

– Give KU four road wins in the same season for the first time since going 4-1 away from home in 1975.

– Give KU four straight road wins for the first time in the same season since 1968 (4-0 on the road in 1968).

– Give KU wins in four of its last five road games dating back to last year.

– Be KU’s 13th win in its last 14 games.

– Stop a five-game losing streak against Oklahoma State (last win was at Stillwater in 1995).

– Improve KU to 4-14 against teams from the Big 12 South in the Mark Mangino era, including a three-game sweep this year.

– Give Mark Mangino a 35-35 record in his sixth year at KU.

A Kansas Loss Would…

– Stop a nine-game winning streak.

– Stop a three-game road winning streak.

– Be its sixth straight against Oklahoma State.

– Be less good than a win.

Did You Know?…

Former Kansas All-American and current KU fund-raiser John Hadl is presenting the Jayhawks’ starting lineups on ABC Saturday. Hadl recorded a school record punt in the state of Oklahoma when he booted a 94-yarder at Oklahoma in 1959. The two-time All-American and three-time all-conference selection, held the school record for longest interception return (98 yards vs. TCU in 1959) before Aqib Talib had a 100-yard return for a score against Florida International this season.

Things To Look For Against Oklahoma State…


– QB Todd Reesing has not thrown an interception in four straight games and has attempted 139 passes without a pickoff going back into the Kansas State game.

– Reesing (180) needs just seven completions to tie Frank Seuer (187) for second place on the KU season completions list (Mike Norseth is first with 227).

– Reesing (2,543) needs just 97 passing yards to move into 10th place on the KU career passing yardage list.

– Reesing (six) needs just one 200-yard passing game to tie for third on the KU 200-yard passing games in a season list (Frank Seuer and David Jaynes each had seven and Bill Whittemore and Mike Norseth each had eight).

– Reesing (26) needs three touchdown passes to tie Bill Whittemore (29) for third on the KU career touchdown passes list.

– Reesing (24) needs four more touchdowns responsible for to tie Bill Whittemore (28) for first on the KU season touchdowns responsible for list (passes and rushes).

– RB Brandon McAnderson (20) needs one rushing touchdown to move into fifth on the KU career rushing touchdowns list as well as two to tie for fourth and three to tie for third.

– McAnderson (13) needs one rushing touchdown to tie for second on the KU season rushing touchdowns list.

– WR Marcus Henry (four) needs one 100-yard receiving game to tie the school season record of five by Bob Johnson.

– WR Dezmon Briscoe (seven) needs one touchdown pass to tie the school season record held by Quintin Smith and Bruce Adams.

– PK Scott Webb (88) needs 10 points to tie Bruce Kallmeyer for second on the KU season points list.

– Webb (50) needs just three PAT attempts to tie Bill Bell for the school season record.

– Marcus Herford (700) needs 57 kickoff return yards to tie his school season record of 757 yards set last year.

– CB Aqib Talib (11) needs one interception to tie for second on the KU career interceptions list.

– WR Dexton Fields has caught at least two passes in 19 of the last 20 games.

– TE Derek Fine has caught at least two passes in 10 straight games.

– DT James McClinton has started 29 consecutive games, while OT Cesar Rodriguez has started 24 straight and LBs Joe Mortensen and Mike Rivera have each started 21 in a row.

– WR Marcus Henry and CB Aqib Talib should each make their 20th consecutive starts.

– RB Brandon McAnderson has rushed for at least two touchdowns in five games this year.

– RB Jake Sharp has rushed for at least one touchdown in seven games.

– LB James Holt has had at least five tackles in every game this year. He is the only KU player with that streak.

– S Darrell Stuckey has had at least five tackles in five straight games.


– The opponent has not scored off a KU turnover in the last four games (of course KU has only had two turnovers in that time).

– KU has held the opponent to less than 80 rushing yards in five straight games.

– KU has allowed just three rushing touchdowns all season.

– KU has allowed just one run of longer than 25 yards this season (38 yards by Toledo).

– KU has recorded at least two interceptions on defense in six of the last seven games.

– KU has rushed for at least 200 yards in seven of nine games.

– KU has produced at least 400 yards of total offense in eight of nine games.

– KU has had three or fewer penalties in six of nine games this year.

Historical KU Performances Vs. Oklahoma State…

Gale Sayers ran for 283 yards against OSU in 1962 for the third most in KU history… Sayers had a 96-yard touchdown run in that game for the third longest rush in KU history… The last Jayhawk to run for 100 yards against Oklahoma state was Clark Green (160) in 2002… Frank Seuer connected with Bob Johnson on an 80-yard pass against OSU in 1982 to tie for the fifth longest pass play in KU history… Charles Gordon had nine receptions against OSU in 2003 and Rob Licursi had nine in 1990 to tie for the fifth most in school history… Gordon’s nine receptions are still a single-game record for a KU freshman… Dan Eicholoff kicked four field goals against OSU in 1992, one shy of the school record… Mike Hubach’s 53-yard field goal against Oklahoma State in 1979 was the second 50-yard field goal made in KU history (he hit a 52-yarder against Missouri in 1977)… Bob Marshall had a 90-yard punt return against OSU in 1956 for the second longest return in school history… Willie Pless had a school-record tying 25 tackles against OSU in 1984 (shared by three players)… Three Jayhawks have recorded three interceptions in a game and twice that has come against OSU as John Konek had three in 1951 and Duane Morris picked off three in 1957… KU’s 499 rushing yards against OSU in 1962 rank fourth all-time at KU.

National Quarterback Comparisons…

In his first year as a starter, and thus not getting any preseason recognition (he wasn’t named the starting quarterback until August 18 after a battle with Kerry Meier), Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing has quietly put up great numbers while leading the Jayhawks to a 9-0 record and a ranking of fourth in this week’s BCS poll. Here is a look at how he compares statistically to some of the nation’s quarterbacks, who get mentioned as Heisman Trophy candidates:

Candidates Passing Yards

Chase Daniel, Missouri 2,954

Matt Ryan, Boston College 2,841

Colt Brennan, Hawaii 2,820

Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky 2,431

Todd Reesing, Kansas 2,339

Dennis Dixon, Oregon 2,074

Tim Tebow, Florida 2,228

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 1,965

Pat White, West Virginia 1,070

Candidates Touchdown Passes

Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky 28

Colt Brennan, Hawaii 26

Todd Reesing, Kansas 23

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 23

Chase Daniel, Missouri 23

Matt Ryan, Boston College 21

Tim Tebow, Florida 21

Dennis Dixon, Oregon 20

Pat White, West Virginia 9

Candidates Interceptions

Pat White, West Virginia 2

Dennis Dixon, Oregon 3

Todd Reesing, Kansas 4

Tim Tebow, Florida 4

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 7

Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky 8

Chase Daniel, Missouri 9

Colt Brennan, Hawaii 11

Matt Ryan, Boston College 11

Candidates TD:INT Ratio

Dennis Dixon, Oregon 6.6:1

Todd Reesing, Kansas 5.7:1

Tim Tebow, Florida 5.2:1

Pat White, West Virginia 4.5:1

Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky 3.5:1

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 3.3:1

Chase Daniel, Missouri 2.6:1

Colt Brennan, Hawaii 2.3:1

Matt Ryan, Boston College 1.9:1

Candidates Completion Percentage

Pat White, West Virginia 70.0

Chase Daniel, Missouri 68.6

Colt Brennan, Hawaii 68.6

Dennis Dixon, Oregon 67.9

Tim Tebow, Florida 67.7

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 65.8

Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky 63.8

Todd Reesing, Kansas 61.2

Matt Ryan, Boston College 59.4

Candidates W-L Record

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 10-0

Todd Reesing, Kansas 9-0

Colt Brennan, Hawaii 8-0

Dennis Dixon, Oregon 8-1

Matt Ryan, Boston College 8-1

Chase Daniel, Missouri 8-1

Pat White, West Virginia 7-1

Tim Tebow, Florida 6-3

Andre’ Woodson, Kentucky 6-3