Game No. 11 - Kansas Hosts No. 12 Oklahoma State On Jayhawks Senior Day

Nov. 15, 2010

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QUICKLY — Kansas (3-7 overall, 1-5 Big 12) will host No. 12 Oklahoma State (9-1, 5-1) in the final home game of the season. FSN will broadcast the game, which kicks off at 11 a.m. The Jayhawks will recognize their senior class before the game.

– KU is 3-3 at home this season and will be looking to win at least four home games for the sixth consecutive season.

– KU is 1-1 vs. ranked teams this season having defeated then No. 15 Georgia Tech and lost to No. 9 Nebraska last week.

– KU is looking to post at least two wins vs. ranked teams in the same season for the first time since 2007 (defeated No. 24 Kansas State and No. 5 Virginia Tech). KU also accomplished the feat 1995 (three wins), 1983, 1975 and 1968.

– KU is playing in the morning for the third of four times this season.

– KU is playing on FSN for the fifth of six times this year.

THREE IN A ROW WITH RANKED TEAMS? — Kansas is in the middle of what could be three straight games against ranked teams as the Jayhawks played then No. 9 Nebraska last Saturday, face No. 12 Oklahoma State this week and then meet current No. 15 Missouri on Nov. 27. The only time KU played three straight games against ranked teams in the last 32 years was October, 1998 when KU played at No. 8 Nebraska (L 0-41), hosted No. 17 Colorado (W 33-17) and hosted No. 4 Kansas State (L 6-54). The only time KU closed the season with three ranked opponents was 1973 at No. 3 Oklahoma (L 20-48), vs. No. 19 Missouri (W 14-13) and vs. North Carolina State in the Liberty Bowl (L 18-31).

SENIOR DAY — Twenty Kansas seniors will be playing their final game at Memorial Stadium Saturday. The group includes: PK Jacob Branstetter, OL Sal Capra, TE Bradley Dedeaux, LB Drew Dudley, DB Chris Harris, WR Rod Harris, WR Tertavian Ingram, DE Jake Laptad, LB Dakota Lewis, S Olaitan Oguntodu, WR Reece Petty, RB Angus Quigley, P Alonso Rojas, CB Calvin Rubles, OL Alex Smith, LB Justin Springer, S Phillip Strozier, OL Brad Thorson, WR Johnathan Wilson and DE Quintin Woods.

DID YOU KNOW? — KU is 8-6 in Senior Day games since the inception of the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma State ruined the seniors’ final home game in 2002 as the Cowboys defeated Kansas 55-20 in 2002.

DID YOU KNOW? — Five of the Kansas seniors are from the state of Oklahoma: PK Jacob Branstetter (Lawton/MacArthur), TE Bradley Dedeaux (Midwest City), DB Chris Harris (Bixby), DE Jake Laptad (Tulsa/Jenks), and LB Dakota Lewis (Sulphur). Branstetter has been a three-year starter as a placekicker, Harris, a four-year starter in the secondary and Laptad, a three-year starter on the defensive line.

KU-OSU SERIES — Kansas holds a narrow 29-28-3 advantage in the all-time series, but the Cowboys lead 16-15-1 in games played in Lawrence. Kansas won the last meeting – 43-28 at Stillwater in 2007. That victory stopped a five-game OSU winning streak in the series, which immediately followed a six-game KU winning streak. The series has been filled with streaks. Here is a look:

1946-52 – Kansas won seven straight

1959-65 – Kansas won seven straight

1973-89 – Oklahoma State went 14-0-3

1990-95 – Kansas won six straight

1998-2006 – Oklahoma State won five straight.

DID YOU KNOW? — Kansas has not defeated Oklahoma State in Lawrence since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. KU is 0-3 vs. the Cowboys in Lawrence since beating OSU 24-14 in 1994. Meanwhile the Jayhawks are 1-2 vs. OSU in Stillwater in that time.

KU-OSU LAST TIME — Lawton, Okla. native Marcus Henry had eight catches for a career-high 199 yards and caught all three of Todd Reesing’s touchdown passes as No. 5 Kansas posted a 43-28 victory at Stillwater in game 10 of 2007. Leading 20-14 at intermission, Kansas scored on its first two possessions of the second half to gain a 33-14 advantage. OSU scored a pair of touchdowns to close the gap to 33-28 just into the fourth quarter before Henry caught a four-yard pass and another Oklahoma product – Scott Webb – booted a 22-yard field goal for the final scoring of the night. KU rolled up 529 yards, while OSU amassed 471. Reesing finished the night 28 of 41 for 318 yards, while Brandon McAnderson rushed 25 times for 132 yards.

KU-OSU CONNECTIONS — KU has 10 players from the state of Oklahoma including PK Jacob Branstetter (Lawton), CB Anthony Davis (Tulsa/East Central), TE Bradley Dedeaux (Midwest City), DB Chris Harris (Bixby), OL Gavin Howard (Owasso), DE Jake Laptad (Tulsa/Jenks), LB Dakota Lewis (Sulphur), RB Rell Lewis (Muskogee), OL Michael Martinovich (Tulsa/Cascia Hall Prep), and DT John Williams (Tulsa/Washington)… KU OC/QB coach Chuck Long was born in Norman, Okla. and was an assistant at OU from 1999-2005… Long’s son Zach, is a sophomore QB at Norman High School… DL coach Buddy Wyatt coached the DL at OSU in 1996… KU co-OC/WR coach Darrell Wyatt was an assistant at OSU in 2001 and an assistant at OU from 2002-05… KU Director of Sports Medicine, Murphy Grant was the basketball trainer and an assistant strength coach at OSU… KU director of strength and conditioning John Williams was an assistant at OSU in 1999-2000… KU football media relations director Mike Strauss worked at Oklahoma State from 1988-96… OSU DC Bill Young was the DC at Kansas from 2002-07…


– 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 (20) needs one sack to pass Ron Warner (20.5) for second on the KU career list (Algie Atkinson is the all-time record holder with 24).

– Laptad has been involved in a sack in four 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).

– CB Chris Harris should make his team-high 40th career start.

– Harris (273) needs 10 tackles to tie for third on the KU career tackles list for defensive backs.

– NB Tyler Patmon has intercepted one pass in two straight games and broken up at least two passes in three straight games.

– Four Jayhawks should make their 23rd consecutive starts in CB Chris Harris and OL Tanner Hawkinson, Brad Thorson and Sal Capra.

A KU win would…

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

– Be its first over a team ranked as high as No. 12 since KU defeated No. 5 Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl. The last time KU defeated a team ranked this high at home was a win vs. No. 2 Oklahoma in 1984.

A KU loss would…

– Be KU’s 15th loss in its last 18 games after winning five straight to open 2009.

– Be less good than a win.