Kansas Postgame Notes

Dec. 23, 2005

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Kansas 42, Houston 13

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Kansas’ win over Houston…

…Gave Kansas its seventh win of the season, its most since the 1995 Jayhawks went 10-2.

…Made the Kansas-Houston all-time series 3-0 in favor of the Jayhawks.

…Gave Kansas an all-time bowl record of 4-6.

…Marked Kansas’ third bowl win in its last four bowl appearances.

…Gave KU’s Mark Mangino his 19th career win as a head coach, making his overall record 19-29.

…Made Kansas 536-531-58 all-time.


– Junior Brian Murph returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, marking the longest punt return by a Jayhawk since an 88-yard return by Lee Hawkins against Iowa State in 1971. The return was the first of Murph’s career. It qualified as the fourth-longest punt return in school history and was the longest of the season. It was also the longest in Fort Worth Bowl history and a KU bowl record.

– Kansas scored first for the seventh time this season. KU went 6-1 when scoring first in 2005 with the lone loss coming against Kansas State.

– Senior LB Nick Reid ended his career with his 42nd straight start. He started every game since the seventh game of his freshman year.

– Junior RB Jon Cornish scored on a 13-yard shovel pass from Swanson in the second quarter. It was his first TD reception of his career and his 10th touchdown of the season overall.

– Cornish scored on a shovel pass again in the third quarter on a 30-yard play for his 11th TD of the season which ranks in a tie for ninth all-time at Kansas. It marked the most touchdowns by a KU player in a single season since QB Bill Whittemore had 11 in 2002.

– Cornish’s two touchdowns marked his second multiple touchdown game this season. His 12 points tied the KU bowl record. Cornish also rushed for 101 yards to mark his fourth 100-yard rushing game this season.

– Senior CB Theo Baines intercepted Houston QB Kevin Kolb early in the third quarter and returned the ball 16 yards. The pick was the third of the season for Baines and the fourth of his career.

– Baines picked off another Kolb pass in the fourth quarter, the fifth of his career. His two interceptions set a new KU bowl record. It was the third time this season KU had a player record multiple interceptions in a game.

– Junior DE Rodney Allen recorded his first career sack.

– Senior QB Jason Swanson threw for four touchdowns, which marked a KU bowl record and the most by a Jayhawk since Sept. 11, 2004 (four TD passes by Adam Barmann vs. Toledo).

– Swanson’s last game marked career highs in TD passes (four) and passing yards (307). His 307 passing yards are a KU bowl record.

– Swanson scrambled for a career-long 17-yard run near the end of the first quarter. His previous long was a 14-yard run against Missouri on Oct. 29, 2005.

– Senior RB Clark Green ended his career ranked fourth on the all-time KU receiving list with 122 total career receptions. No running back in KU history recorded more catches than Green.

– Green moved up to 14th (past Gale Sayers) on the KU career total offense list with 2,789 yards (35 pass, 2,754 rush).

– Junior WR Charles Gordon moved into seventh place on the KU career pass receptions list. His six catches brought his career total 106.

– Senior DE Charlton Keith picked off a Kolb pass in the fourth quarter and retuned it 14 yards for a touchdown. The INT was the first of his career, while the touchdown was the second of his career. He also scored on a fumble recovery against Toledo in 2004.

– The Kansas defense held the Cougars to 30 yards rushing to break the KU bowl record. It marked the ninth time this season the Jayhawks held their opponent under 100 yards on the ground. KU finished the year holding its opponents to 83.3 rushing yards per game — a school record.

– Kansas intercepted three passes to break the team bowl record.

– Kansas held Houston to a season-low 13 points.

– Kansas had a season-high 538 yards total offense today.