#3 Kansas Hosts Iowa State Saturday In Home Finale
Nov. 12, 2007
#3 Kansas (10-0 overall, 6-0 Big 12) will make its final home appearance of the season hosting Iowa State (3-8, 2-5) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Central in a game which will be televised on ABC… ABC/ESPN is making its first visit to Lawrence since ABC televised the Oklahoma State game here in 1998… KU is making its sixth national television appearance of the year, the most since appearing six times during the 1998 season… KU has won 13 of its last 14 games and its current 10-game win streak is tied with Hawai’i for the longest active streak in the country… KU is also on its longest win streak since winning 18 from 1907-09… KU is 10-0 for just the second time in school history (other time was 1899 team which finished the year 10-0)… KU has never won 11 games in a season (10 four times)… KU is 6-0 at home this season and has won nine straight in Lawrence as well as 17 of its last 19 in Memorial Stadium… KU’s national ranking is its highest since being listed third for three weeks by the Associated Press in 1968 I
IN THE POLLS —
Kansas enters the week ranked third in the Bowl Championship Series poll and fourth in the AP, USA Today and Harris Interactive polls. This matches KU’s highest ranking in history – third for three weeks in the AP poll in 1968. (KU’s weekly ranking this season can be found on page 27 of this release, while KU’s all-time AP rankings can be found on page eight).
SENIOR DAY —
Saturday’s game against Iowa State will mark the final home contest for 13 Kansas seniors (starters marked with an *), including DL Marcus Anderson, OL Ramses Arceo, *TE Derek Fine, WR Jeff Foster, *WR Marcus Henry, TE Marc Jones, *RB Brandon McAnderson, *DT James McClinton, S Sadiq Muhammed, *OT Cesar Rodriguez, S Brian Seymour, *P Kyle Tucker, *PK Scott Webb.
LAST TIME OUT —
WR Marcus Henry had eight catches for a career-high 199 yards and caught all three of Todd Reesing’s touchdown passes as the fifth-ranked Kansas football team defeated Oklahoma State 43-28 on Saturday. Leading 20-14 at intermission, Kansas scored on its first two possessions of the second half. After a defensive stop, Reesing connected with Henry on an 82-yard touchdown. Henry made the catch near midfield and out raced everyone to pay dirt to put the Jayhawks up 27-14. Brandon McAnderson scored on the Jayhawks’ ensuing offensive possession for his second touchdown of the night, scampering in from 12 yards out. A failed two-point conversion attempt left Kansas up 33-14. After surrendering a pair of touchdowns to the Cowboys to close the gap to 33-28, the Jayhawks responded with Henry’s third touchdown catch of the night. Reesing, who threw for 308 yards on the day, scrambled to his right and found the Lawton, Okla. native streaking across the back of the end zone. Running back Brandon McAnderson went over 100 yards on the ground for the third straight week, gaining 132 yards on 25 carries. On defense, Kansas forced four turnovers, including junior Aqib Talib’s fourth interception of the season, in the closing minutes to all but end the game.
NATION’S UNDEFEATED TEAMS —
Only two teams in the Football Bowl Series (FBS) remain undefeated heading into this week. School W/L BCS Rank This Week Kansas 10-0 4th IOWA STATE Hawai’i 9-0 16th at Nevada
DID YOU KNOW? —
Kansas is the only school in the country to rank in the top 20 nationally in both rushing and passing offense. KU is 18th in rushing and 19th in passing.
DID YOU KNOW? —
Kansas is one of just three schools to rank in the top 15 in the nation in both total offense and total defense. KU ranks 10th in offense and 12th in defense, while Boise State is 11th in offense and ninth in defense and West Virginia is 14th in offense and fourth in defense.
THE SERIES —
Kansas leads the all-time series by a 46-34-6 count, including a 25-15-3 advantage in games played in Lawrence… KU has won two straight, three of the last four and 11 of the last 16 since a 34-34 tie in 1990… These teams have met every year beginning with the 1932 season… The first meeting came in 1898… KU’s 46 wins in the series are its third most against any opponent (63 wins vs. Kansas State and 54 vs. Missouri)… The last six meetings have been feast or famine for the Kansas offense as the Jayhawks have averaged 33.6 points in three wins and 5.6 points in three losses.
KU-ISU LAST YEAR —
Kansas converted four Iowa State turnovers into 20 points as the Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones 41-10 in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 4, 2006. ISU kicked a field goal less than three minutes into the game before KU ran off 41 consecutive points. KU ran up 403 yards of offense, while limiting Iowa State to 213, including just 33 on the ground. Jon Cornish ran for 89 yards and Brandon McAnderson had two touchdown runs to lead the ISU ground attack, while Kerry Meier completed 17 of 22 passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jonathan Lamb had five catches for 76 yards, while Derek Fine had four receptions for 37 yards and two scores. Todd Reesing saw action in the game, completing three of five passes for 35 yards and one touchdown and one interception. James McClinton and Mike Rivera each had six tackles, while Aqib Talib had an interception defensively.
KU-ISU LAST TIME IN LAWRENCE —
Scott Webb kicked a 34-yard field goal in the first overtime to give KU a 24-21 win against Iowa State on Nov. 26, 2005. The win gave KU a 6-5 record and helped get the Jayhawks into the Fort Worth Bowl the next month. KU tied the game with 1:05 remaining in regulation when Brian Luke hit Dexton Fields on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The catch was Fields’ first career touchdown reception. Trailing 14-6 entering the fourth quarter, KU tied the game at 14 on a Luke one-yard run and a two-point conversion. ISU pulled back ahead 21-14 with 8:41 left before KU scored in the final minute. ISU missed a 41-yard field goal in its overtime possession before Webb drilled the 34-yarder. On the day, Jason Swanson threw for 172 yards, while Luke passed for 82 more for KU. Brian Murph and Mark Simmons had six and five catches respectively for KU, while Jon Cornish ran for 70 yards and Clark Green added 32 more. Defensively, Nick Reid made 12 tackles while Banks Floodman was credited with 11 stops. KU produced 377 yards of offense to 313 by Iowa State.
KU-ISU CONNECTIONS —
Kansas lists two players from the state of Iowa in WR Jeff Foster (Cedar Rapids/Jefferson HS/Northern Iowa) and TE Ted McNulty (Iowa City/West HS)… KU defensive coordinator Bill Young coached defensive tackles at Iowa State from 1979-80… ISU has one player from the state of Kansas in OL Joe Blaes (Cherryvale/Coffeyville CC)… ISU secondary coach Shawn Raney was the defensive coordinator at Butler (Kan.) CC from 1999-2003… ISU wide receivers coach Jay Rodgers was the passing game coordinator at Dodge City (Kan.) CC in 2003.