Football to Host Texas on Senior Day at Memorial Stadium

Nov. 9, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) football team will play its final home game of the 2004 season when the Jayhawks host No. 6 Texas (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) on Nov. 13. Kickoff against the Longhorns is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. from KU’s Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks are 3-2 at home this season and are outscoring the opposition by an average of 11 points per game on their home turf.

The game represents the final home contest for 19 seniors including WR Brandon Rideau, WR Gary Heaggans, DL Travis Watkins, SS Tony Stubbs, OL Tony Coker, PK Johnny Beck, OL Joe Vaughn, DE David McMillan, DE Greg Tyree, TE Brandon Watkins, LB Clark McCracken, TE Lyonel Anderson, DB Shelton Simmons, FB Austine Nwabuisi, QB John Nielsen, P Chris Tyrrell, OL Nick McCaslin, WR Chris Steppig and WR Scott Bajza.

“Texas is an outstanding team,” said KU head coach Mark Mangino. “They are playing at a very high level right now. You have to be impressed with the comeback against Oklahoma State. This is a good challenge for us. It is the senior’s last game at Memorial Stadium so we are going to get ready and get after them.”

Texas enters the game against Kansas after pulling off a 56-35 come-from-behind victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State. OSU stormed to a 35-14 halftime lead but the Longhorns scored 42 unanswered points to pull out the win.


— Cornerback Charles Gordon leads the nation with six interceptions this year. No other Jayhawk has had more picks in a season for the `Hawks since 1951.

— The KU defense ranks third in the Big 12 allowing the opposition to convert on 32.3 percent of its third down chances. Opponents have converted 43-of-133 third down tries.

— The KU defense ranks third in the Big 12 by allowing 112.0 rushing yards per game. KU has held three different opponents to less than 65 total rush yards. Only Oklahoma (90.4 ypg) and Nebraska (94.2 ypg) have been better at stopping the run.

— KU linebacker Nick Reid ranks second in the Big 12 with 9.9 tackles per game. He is just one of two Big 12 players who average more than nine tackles per contest. He is also sixth in the conference with an average of 1.11 tackles for loss per contest.

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