GAME PREVIEW: at Texas
LAWRENCE, Kan. — After their first bye week of the season, the Kansas Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) return to action on Saturday as they travel to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 15/15 Texas Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m., airing on Longhorn Network.
The game marks the seventh of the season for the Jayhawks and their third game on the road. Kansas has dropped its last three games, while both teams are coming off a loss to No. 5/5 Oklahoma.
Texas owns the all-time series record against Kansas with a 15-3 record, including an 8-0 record in Austin. Kansas claimed its last win in the series in 2016, when the Jayhawks took down the Longhorns in Lawrence, 24-17, in 2OT.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Longhorns, head coach Les Miles met with the media.
Kansas Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) at No. 15/15 Texas Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 Big 12)
Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Watch: Longhorn Network (Lowell Galindo (PxP), Ahmad Brooks (A), Kris Budden (SL)).
Listen: Jayhawk Radio Network
Senior quarterback Carter Stanley has etched his way into several Kansas career passing lists, ranking in the top-10 all-time in career passing yards, career pass completions, career pass attempts and career passing touchdowns. Against Oklahoma, Stanley threw for his third three touchdown performance of the season, and fifth of his career, to tie for fifth all-time in KU career touchdown passes (25). Stanley also moved up the ranks in career passing yards (9th, 3,546), career pass completions (8th, 330) and career pass attempts (10th, 545) this season.
Les Miles announced during KU’s bye week that Brent Dearmon will assume the role of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks with the Jayhawks after joining the staff in January after a one-year head coaching stint at his alma mater, Bethel University. In his one season as head coach at Bethel University, Dearmon guided the Wildcats to their best season in school history. BU posted a 10-0 regular-season mark and a No. 3 ranking, while averaging 540.3 yards and a nation’s-best 55.0 points per game, the highest scoring offense not just in NAIA, but in all of college football.
Redshirt freshman Jamahl Horne is known for his breakthrough speed, which has propelled the kick returner to six returns of 20 or more yards this season. Horne’s 303 return yards ranks 12th in the NCAA this season, where he averages 21.6 yards per return. Horne’s longest return of 40 yards came at TCU, while he has also broken off returns of 37, 28, 25 (2x) and 20 yards.
Kansas senior Mike Lee is known for his ability to put a hit on the ball carrier. Throughout his career, Lee ranks second among active FBS players in solo tackles per game, averaging 5.34. Lee has helped the Jayhawks defensively over the past four seasons, starting in 32 career games, while making 203 career solo tackles and 247 combined tackles. Lee has recorded 26 solo tackles, which ranks third amongst Jayhawks this season.
Leading Passer: Carter Stanley (102/157, 1,175 yds, 12 TD, 4 INT)
Leading Rusher: Pooka Williams Jr. (90 att, 445 yds, 1 TD)
Leading Receiver: Andrew Parchment (32 rec, 422 yds, 4 TD)
Leading Tackler: Bryce Torneden (43 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Azur Kamara (3.5 sacks)
Leading Interception: Three players (1 interception)
Leading Passer: Sam Ehlinger (146/211, 1,658 yds, 17 TD, 2 INT)
Leading Rusher: Roschon Johnson (63 att, 363 yds, 2 TD)
Leading Receiver: Devin Duvernay (53 rec, 517 yds, 4 TD)
Leading Tackler: Joseph Ossai (37 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Two players (2.0 sacks)
Leading Interceptions: Two players (2 interceptions)
Overall: Texas leads, 15-3
In Austin: Texas leads, 8-0
Current Streak: Texas won 2
Longest KU Win Streak: 2
Last 10: 1-9
Under Les Miles: 0-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 23, 2018 (L, 17-24)
First Meeting: Nov. 23, 1901 (W, 12-0)
Most Kansas points: 31 (Nov. 15, 1997)
Most Texas points: 66 (Nov. 12, 2005)