Game No. 10 - Kansas Travels To No. 9 Nebraska Saturday

Nov. 8, 2010

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GAME NO. 10 AT NO. 9 NEBRASKA

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, 6 p.m. (Central)

Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium (81,091), Lincoln, Neb.

Radio: Jayhawk Network

(Bob Davis, David Lawrence, Nate Bukaty, Bob Newton [producer])

www.kuathletics.com (All Access)

Sirius – ch. 113

TV: FSN Pay Per View

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QUICKLY — Kansas (3-6 overall, 1-4 Big 12) heads to Lincoln, Neb. to face No. 9 Associated Press Nebraska (8-1, 4-1) for the final time as Big 12 members. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. and is available on FSN-Pay Per View.

– KU’s win against Colorado last Saturday snapped an 11-game Big 12 losing streak and a four-game losing streak from this season.

– KU has lost seven straight road games dating back to its last win – 34-7 at UTEP in September of 2009.

– KU will look to win consecutive games for the first time since opening 2009 with five straight wins.

COLORADO COMEBACK — Last week’s come-from-behind win against Colorado last Saturday was fairly notable. Trailing 45-17 eight seconds into the fourth quarter, the Jayhawks rallied for a 52-45 victory:

– KU’s 35 four-quarter points were the second-most scored in a fourth quarter to win a game in NCAA history (36 by BYU in a 50-36 win vs. Washington State in 1990).

– The 28-point deficit was the largest KU has overcome to win, besting the 26-point comeback KU had at Iowa State in 1992 (trailed 47-21 in the third and won 50-47).

– KU’s 35 points in the fourth quarter were its most in a quarter in history (previous was 32 vs. Washington (Mo.) in 1923).

– KU’s 52 points were its most in the last 25 games since beating Kansas State 52-21 in 2008.

– Colorado’s 45 points were the most KU has allowed in a victory since defeating Iowa State 50-47 in 1992.

– KU’s 52 points were more than it had scored in the previous four games combined (40).

– KU scored the game-winning touchdown with :52 left. The last time KU won a game in the final minute was when Todd Reesing hit Kerry Meier on a 26-yard touchdown pass with :27 left to beat Missouri in the final regular season game of 2008.

STOPPING AT 105 — The nation’s longest uninterrupted series will come to an end when Kansas and Nebraska meet for the 105th consecutive season Saturday. The series started in 1906 and has been played every year since, but will end in 2011 when Nebraska departs for the Big 10 Conference. That means the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin series (103 consecutive meetings before this year) will become the nation’s longest. Kansas has been involved in two other of the nation’s longest uninterrupted series in the fourth-longest (100 consecutive with Kansas State) and the fifth-longest (96 with Oklahoma, which ended in 1997).

KU-NU ONE OF MOST PLAYED — KU and Nebraska have met 116 times overall for the third-most matchups in NCAA history trailing only Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (119 games) and Kansas vs. Missouri (118 games).

BACK-TO-BACK WITH DEPARTING MEMBERS — Kansas is playing consecutive games against the two teams leaving the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks defeated Colorado, which is headed to the PAC-10, last week and will meet future Big 10 member Nebraska this Saturday.

KU-NU SERIES — In the nation’s third-most played rivalry and longest uninterrupted series, Nebraska leads 90-23-3 all-time, including a 43-15-2 advantage in games played in Lincoln. KU has won more times in Lincoln (15) than it has in Lawrence (eight) in this series. After KU won back-to-back games in 1967 and 1968, Nebraska posted 36 consecutive victories against the Jayhawks. KU claimed a 40-15 victory in 2005 en route to winning two out of three. NU won an overtime contest in 2006 before KU posted a 76-39 victory in 2007. Since then NU has won both meetings – 45-35 in 2008 and 31-17 last year.

KU-NU LAST TIME — After a low-scoring three quarters, a fourth-quarter scoring flurry led to a 31-17 Nebraska victory against Kansas on KU’s senior day last season. Nebraska led 16-10 three minutes into the fourth quarter before KU QB Todd Reesing found Dezmon Briscoe on a 21-yard touchdown pass to give the Jayhawks a 17-16 lead with 7:34 left in the game. However, NU’s Roy Helu had two touchdown runs to give Nebraska the victory. KU registered 335 yards, but Nebraska had 410. Todd Reesing was 19 of 41 for 236 yards passing, while Kerry Meier had 10 catches for 127 yards and Dezmon Briscoe four for 77. Toben Opurum ran 15 times for 43 yards, while Reesing added 42 yards on the ground. Huldon Tharp (13), Darrell Stuckey (11) and Chris Harris (10) led KU in tackles.

KU-NU LAST TIME IN LINCOLN — Tied at seven at the end of the first quarter, tied at 14 at halftime and with NU holding a narrow 24-21 lead after three quarters, Nebraska outscored Kansas 21-14 in the fourth quarter to post a 45-35 victory on a cold, windy day in Lincoln, Nov. 8, 2008. KU had 422 yards of offense, to Nebraska’s 495. Todd Reesing was 15 of 30 for 304 yards with Dezmon Briscoe catching six of those passes for 176 yards. Jake Sharp ran 22 times for 90 yards and Darrell Stuckey had 15 tackles.

KU-NU CONNECTIONS — KU HC Turner Gill was a QB at Nebraska from 1980-83, earning All-Big Eight honors three times, finishing his career with a 28-2 record as a starter, leading NU to three straight Orange Bowls, was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1983 and was named the Big Eight Conference All-Decade QB. Gill was an assistant coach at Nebraska in 1990, 1992-2004… KU TE coach Aaron Stamn was a GA at Nebraska in 2004-05… KU DL coach Buddy Wyatt was a DL coach at Nebraska in 2007… KU has two players on its roster from the state of Nebraska in starting TE Tim Biere (Omaha/Westside HS) and backup DE Tyrone Sellers (McCook)… NU TE Kyler Reed is from Shawnee, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas)… NU DC Carl Pelini was a high school coach at Blue Valley and Winnetonka HS in the Kansas City area… KU RB coach Tim Beck was an assistant at Kansas in 2007… NU WR coach Ted Gilmore was born in Wichita and was an assistant at Kansas in 1999… NU LB coach Mike Ekeler was an assistant coach at Manhattan HS… NU DE coach John Papuchis was a graduate assistant at Kansas from 2001-03.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR AGAINST NEBRASKA:

– WR Johnathan Wilson (1,427) needs 73 receiving yards to become the 14th player in KU history to record 1,500 receiving yards.

– Wilson (114) needs four receptions to pass Richard Estell (117) for eighth on the KU career receptions list.

– PK Jacob Branstetter (115) needs two PATs to pass Dan Eichloff (116) for second on the KU career PATs made list (Scott Webb is first at 159).

– DE Jake Laptad (19.5) needs one-half of sack to become the fifth player in KU history to record 20 career sacks. He needs one full sack to tie Ron Warner (20.5) for second on the KU career list (Algie Atkinson is the all-time record holder with 24).

– Laptad has recorded a sack in three straight games.

– QB Jordan Webb (1,114) needs 102 passing yards to set the KU season freshman passing yardage record held by Mario Kinsey, who threw for 1,215 yards in 2001.

– RB James Sims (three) needs one 100-yard rushing game to tie for the second-most 100-yard rushing games by a freshman in KU history (Kerwin Bell had six in 1980 and June Henley had four in 1983).

– WR Bradley McDougald has caught at least one pass in 11 straight games and in 20 of 21 career games.

– TE Tim Biere has caught at least one pass in 13 straight games.

– CB Chris Harris should make his team-high 39th career start.

– Four Jayhawks should make their 22nd consecutive starts in CB Chris Harris and OL Tanner Hawkinson, Brad Thorson and Sal Capra.

A KU win would…

– Be KU’s third in six years against Nebraska.

– Be its second vs. a ranked team this year (defeated then No. 15 Georgia Tech).

– Give KU consecutive victories for the first time since winning the first 15 games of 2009.

A KU loss would…

– Be KU’s 14th loss in its last 17 games after winning five straight to open 2009.

– Be less good than a win.