Game No. 12 - Kansas Football To Meet Missouri Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 22, 2010
GAME NO. 12 VS. NO. 15 MISSOURI
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, 11:30 a.m. (Central)
Arrowhead Stadium (76,416)
Kansas City, Mo.
Radio: Jayhawk Network
(Bob Davis, David Lawrence, Nate Bukaty, Bob Newton [producer])
www.kuathletics.com (All Access)
Sirius – ch. 154
(Steve Physioc, Dave Lapham, Jim Knox)
Live Stats: www.kuathletics.com
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QUICKLY — Kansas (3-8 overall, 1-6 Big 12) will head to Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium for the annual Border Showdown with No. 15 Missouri (9-2, 5-2) Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. and the game will be televised on FSN.
– The KU-MU series is the second-most played series in the NCAA as the 118 previous meetings trail only the 120 between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
– The teams have played for 91 consecutive seasons beginning in 1919.
– KU is playing at a neutral site for the first time this season and is 4-4 in neutral-site game since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
– KU has won its final game of the season four of the last six years (includes three bowl victories).
– KU is playing its third straight game against a ranked team, marking just the second time KU played three ranked teams in successive games in the last 32 years (played three straight in October of 1998).
– KU is closing its season with three straight ranked teams for the first time since 1973.
– 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 in 1995 (three wins), 1983, 1975 and 1968.
– KU is kicking off before noon for the fourth time this season.
– KU’s game is being televised by FSN for the sixth time this year.
20 SENIORS PLAYING FINAL GAME — Twenty Kansas seniors will be playing their final game in Kansas uniforms 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.
RECENT ARROWHEAD HISTORY — The last three games in this series – all at Arrowhead Stadium – have been extremely close with each decided by one score. The last time a game between the two schools was decided by one score before 2007 was 2001 (MU won 38-34). The last time KU and MU played three straight games decided by one score was 1961-63. The last time KU and MU played four straight close games was actually a five-game stretch between 1955-59 where they were decided by one score.
2007 – KU was ranked No. 2 and Missouri No. 4 by the Associated Press as Missouri defeated the previously undefeated Jayhawks 36-28 and forced a tie for the Big 12 North title. MU played in the Big 12 Championship game, while Kansas was selected to play in the Orange Bowl for its first BCS Bowl – defeated Virginia Tech.
2008 – With the snow falling, unranked Kansas defeated No. 12 Missouri 40-37 when Todd Reesing hit Kerry Meier on a 26-yard touchdown pass on a fourth and seven play with 27 seconds remaining to go ahead 40-37. MU attempted a 54-yard field goal on the game’s final play, but it was blocked by Phillip Strozier.
2009 – A back and forth game featured five scores in the final quarter, including a game-winning 27-yard field goal by Grant Ressel of Missouri as the clock expired in the Tigers’ 41-39 victory.
KU-MU SERIES — Kansas and Missouri will meet for the 119th time and the Jayhawks have played the Tigers more than any opponent in school history (Nebraska is next at 117 games). KU leads the series 55-54-9, including a 13-8-3 advantage in games played in Kansas City. Since the series moved to K.C. in 2007, all three games have been decided by one score (MU won 36-28 in 2007, KU won 40-37 in 2008 and MU won 41-39 last year).
KU-MU LAST TIME — Despite a record-breaking day for senior QB Todd Reesing, Kansas fell to Missouri 41-39 in the final seconds of the annual Border Showdown game. In his final game, Reesing threw for a school-record 498 yards and tied his own school mark with 37 completions (he was 37 of 55 with four touchdowns and one interception). The game was decided when MU kicker Grant Ressel hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired. The game was back and forth. KU was up 21-10 before MU cut the margin to 21-19. After KU led 28-19, Missouri scored three times to lead 36-28 just into the fourth quarter. The Jayhawks responded with a 74-yard pass to Dezmon Briscoe and a two-point conversion to tie the game with 12:01 left. KU added a Jacob Branstetter field goal and led 39-36 with 5:10 left, but gave up a safety at 2:45 and the game-winning field goal as the clock ran out. The game featured 1,100 yards of total offense and 80 points to become the highest-scoring game in the series since KU defeated Missouri 53-29 in 1991. Briscoe finished the day with 14 catches for 242 yards receiving. Four Jayhawks had double-figure tackles, including Darrell Stuckey (15), Arist Wright (11), Justin Thornton (10) and Phillip Strozier (10).
KU-MU CONNECTIONS — A number of Kansas and Missouri players attended the same high school:
Ryan (Denton, Texas) – DJ Beshears (KU) and Bud Sasser (MU)
Jefferson City (Mo.) – Richard Johnson (KU) and Terrell Resonno and Travis Ruth (MU)
Washington (Mo.). – Nathan Kalish (KU) and Kerwin Stricker (MU)
Blue Valley West (Overland Park, Kan.) – Pat Lewandowski (KU) and Andrew Gachkar (MU)
James Bowie (Arlington, Texas) – Dexter Linton and Christian Matthews (KU) and Kip Edwards (MU)
Coppell (Texas) – Willie O’Quinn (KU) and Jared Parham (MU)
Olathe North (Kan.) – Kevin Young (KU) and Lucas Vincent (MU)
THINGS TO LOOK FOR AGAINST MISSOURI:
– D.J. Beshears (868) needs just 21 kickoff return yards to break the school record of 888 set by Marcus Herford in 2007. His 33 returns already bested Herford’s 31 from 2007.
– NB Tyler Patmon has recorded at least two PBUs in four consecutive games (had three vs. Colorado).
– WR Johnathan Wilson (1,450) needs 50 receiving yards to become the 14th player in KU history to record 1,500 receiving yards.
– Wilson (118) needs two receptions to become the eighth Jayhawk with 120 career receptions and five to pass Clark Green (122) for seventh on the KU career receptions list.
– DB Chris Harris (284) needs 11 tackles to tie Darrell Stuckey (295) for second on the KU career tackles list by a defensive back.
– Harris has recorded double-figure tackles in three straight games (and four of the last five).
– Harris should make his team-high 42nd career start.
– 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).
– QB Jordan Webb (1,150) needs 66 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).
– Four Jayhawks should make their 24th consecutive starts in DB 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).
– Give KU a win in its final game of the year for the fifth time in the last seven years.
– Stop a nine-game losing streak in games away from Memorial Stadium (last win was at UTEP last year).
– Improve KU to 5-3 vs. Missouri in the last eight seasons.
A KU loss would…
– Be KU’s 16th loss in its last 19 games after winning five straight to open 2009.
– Drop KU to 1-4 against Missouri in the last five years.
– Be less good than a win.