Game No. 11 - Kansas Heads To No. 2 Texas For 7 p.m. Game On ABC

Nov. 16, 2009

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Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, 7 p.m. (Central)

DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119)

Austin, Texas

Radio: Jayhawk Network

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

TV: ABC (Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham)

QUICKLY — Kansas (5-5 overall, 1-5 Big 12) will try to snap a five-game losing streak when it heads to Austin, Texas to meet No. 2 Texas (10-0, 6-0) on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The game will be a split national feed on ABC along with the Oregon at Arizona game.

– The 7 p.m. start is the latest for KU this season as the Jayhawks have started before noon four times, at 2:30 p.m. three times, 6 p.m. twice and 6:30 p.m. once this season.

– KU is making its fourth of five ABC regular season appearances, including its third week in a row.

– KU has lost five straight for the first time since dropping the final seven games of the 2002 campaign.

– KU is 6-6 on the road in the last three seasons, including a 1-3 mark this year.

– KU is 10-27 on the road in the Mark Mangino era.

– KU is playing its third game in the state of Texas this year as the Jayhawks won at UTEP and lost at Texas Tech earlier this year.

– KU is 0-1 vs. ranked teams this season as the Jayhawks lost 35-13 to then No. 25 Oklahoma.

– KU is 5-13 vs. ranked opponents in the Mark Mangino era. Prior to Mangino’s arrival KU had won five games against ranked teams in its last 60 tries.

– KU is looking for its sixth win of the year, which would give the Jayhawks at least six victories for the fifth consecutive season, a streak which has only been accomplished twice in school history (1895-99 and 1902-06).

REESING RETURNS TO AUSTIN — KU QB Todd Reesing, who grew up in Austin and attended Lake Travis HS, where he was the State 4A Player of the Year as a junior and the Central Texas Player of the Year as a senior, returns to his hometown. Here are a few notes on KU’s record-setting quarterback.

– Has quarterbacked KU to a 25-11 record as a three-year starter.

– KU’s 25 wins are tied for second-most in a three-year period behind 26 set from 2006-08.

– Guided KU to bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history, including a BCS Bowl.

– Holds nearly every Kansas career passing record and the top three season marks in most every category.

– Honors this season include Campbell Trophy Finalist, Unitas Award candidate (one of 10), O’Brien Award semifinalist for the third straight year, Academic All-District.

– Is one of five players in Big 12 history to throw for 10,000 yards in a career.

– Ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA in completions, total offense and passing yards this season.

– Among active players he ranks fourth in the NCAA in career passing yards per game, fourth in total offensive yards per game, fifth in completions per game, sixth in touchdown passes, and sixth in touchdowns responsible for.

DID YOU KNOW? — KU’s 335 yards and 17 points were both the second most against Nebraska this season. The Huskers entered the game ranked 11th in the nation in total defense (274.0) and second in scoring defense (10.2) before the Jayhawks beat those averages by 61 yards and seven points.

KU-UT SERIES — Texas leads the all-time series by a 7-2 count, with each of the last seven meetings coming after the formation of the Big 12 Conference. KU won the first two meetings (12-0 in 1901 and 19-18 in 1908), but the teams did not play again until the first year of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Texas has won all seven matchups in that time, including all three games in Austin. In fact, the Longhorns have won the last two games in Austin by a combined 125-14, posting a 59-0 win in 2001 and a 66-14 victory in 2005. Last year Texas posted a 35-7 win in Lawrence.

KU-UT LAST YEAR — Despite nine receptions for 115 yards by Jayhawk WR Dezmon Briscoe, the fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns defeated Kansas 35-7 on a brisk day at Memorial Stadium on KU’s senior day. Briscoe became the fourth player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season, while QB Todd Reesing completed 25 of 50 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown. Texas made the score 21-0 on the opening drive of the second half. On the next possession Kansas cut the score to 21-7 on a nine-play drive which covered 67 yards. Reesing hit senior WR Dexton Fields on a seven-yard strike for the touchdown. Texas then scored 14 unanswered points before the end of the third quarter en route to the victory. On the day KU had 305 total yards, but Texas produced 421. Reesing threw for 258 yards, while UT QB Colt McCoy threw for 255 while connecting on 24 of 34 attempts.

KU-UT LAST TIME IN AUSTIN — Texas jumped out early and often en route to a 66-14 win against Kansas on Nov. 12, 2005. The Longhorns led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and 52-0 by halftime. KU managed 14 points in the third quarter, while UT added 14 points in the second half. Texas ran up 617 yards of total offense, including 336 rushing yards, while KU managed just 267 yards. UT QB Vince Young passed for 281 yards and ran for 57 more. KU was led by Jason Swanson, who threw for 148 yards. Clark Green ran for 69 yards, while Jon Cornish added 57 for KU.

KU-UT NOTABLE — KU boasts 35 players on its roster from the state of Texas, including starting QB Todd Reesing, who is from Austin and attended Lake Travis High School… Current KU starters from the state of Texas include OC Jeremiah Hatch (Dallas/Carter), WR Johnathan Wilson (Houston/Klein Forest), WR Dezmon Briscoe (Dallas/Cedar Hill), QB Todd Reesing (Austin/Lake Travis), DE Jeff Wheeler (Houston/Clear Lake), LB Arist Wright (Houston/Alief Taylor), and FS Lubbock Smith (Dallas/Carter).


– WR Kerry Meier (2,209) needs 58 receiving yards to pass Willie Vaughn (2,266) for second on the KU career receiving yardage list. Dezmon Briscoe is first at 2,897.

– Meier (83) needs 10 receptions for second on the KU season receptions list (holds record with 97 last year).

– Meier has caught at least two passes in 31 consecutive games and at least one pass in 32 straight contests.

– WR Dezmon Briscoe (2,897) needs 111 receiving yards to pass Carlos Francis of Texas Tech (3,007) for seventh on the Big 12 Conference career receiving yardage list.

– Briscoe has caught at least four passes in 13 consecutive games and at least two in 28 straight.

– Briscoe (994) needs just 21 receiving yards for fifth, 52 for fourth and 116 for third on the KU season receiving yardage lists.

– Briscoe has caught at least one touchdown pass in three straight games and in six of nine games this year.

– QB Todd Reesing (2,862) needs 133 passing yards for third on the KU season passing yardage list.

DID YOU KNOW? — KU has scored in double-figures in 12 straight games since being held to seven vs. Texas in a 35-7 loss last season. That seven-point game for the Jayhawks was the only non-double-figure scoring game for Kansas in its last 42 games.

KU VS. RANKED TEAMS — Kansas will be meeting Associated Press No. 3 Texas Saturday. The game will mark the highest-ranked opponent the Jayhawks have played since playing at No. 2 Texas in 2005 (Texas won 66-14). KU is 5-46-1 all-time vs. teams ranked in the top five of the AP poll, with its most recent victory against a top-five team coming in the 2008 Orange Bowl (defeated No. 5 Virginia Tech 24-21). The last time KU defeated a team ranked as high as Texas was its 28-11 victory against No. 2 Oklahoma in 1984. KU also posted a 23-7 win at then No. 1 Missouri in 1960 for its only victories against teams ranked in the top three of the AP poll all-time.

DID YOU KNOW? — KU has played 14 top-five AP teams since the inception of the Big 12, including Texas three times in that span (UT was No. 5 in 2001, No. 2 in 2005 and No. 4 in 2008). The Jayhawks have won just one game against a top-five team in that span beating No. 5 Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl.