at Lawrence, Kan. • Oct. 28 • Noon (MT) • (no TV)
Head Coach: Mark Mangino (5th season)
2006 Record: 3-5, 0-4
In most of its games, including four of its five losses, Kansas has not had trouble putting points on the board. They're averaging 28.9 points per game. The Jayhawks have been a perfect 11 of 11 on scoring inside the red zone the past three games.
Senior tailback Jon Cornish has a good combination of size and speed, and leads the conference with 961 rushing yards. Head coach Mark Mangino credits much of Cornish's success to the play of Kansas' offensive line and tight ends. The 6-foot, 205 pound tailback will be even more the focus of KU's rushing attack since quarterback Kerry Meier is out for Saturday.
Senior quarterback Adam Barmann will play Saturday in place of redshirt-freshman Meier, Mangino said earlier this week. Meier has been in and out of the lineup with a shoulder injury. He re-injured the shoulder in last week's loss to Baylor.
Meier is the better runner of the two, Barmann the better passer. KU is 1-2 in games Barmann started so far this season.
Player to Watch: Junior receiver Marcus Henry (6-4, 200) has become a favorite target in the Kansas passing game. He's caught at least two passes in seven games and has 21 overall.
For some insight into how the Kansas defense has struggled this season, just note that the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor the past three weeks has been given to a player for their effort against the Jayhawks. Actually, the youthful KU defense has contained its opponents for three quarters, then opened the flood gates in several games.
Kansas is young at linebacker, starting two sophomores and a redshirt-freshman. But they've got experience on the back end, including a couple of players named to some pre-season all-conference lists, strong safety Jerome Kemp and corner Aqib Talib.
Player to Watch: Talib leads the conference in passes broken up with 12.
Brian Murph is averaging a whopping 19.5 yards per return on eight punt returns, and has taken one to the end zone.
Kansas 2006 Statistical Leaders
PASSING: Adam Barmann 71-132-837 3 TD, 4 INT
RUSHING: Jon Cornish 170-961/5.7 5 TD
RECEIVING: Brian Murph 32/11.7 2 TD
TACKLES: Mike Rivera 59
SACKS: Three tied with 3
INT: Aqib Talib 2
PUNTING: Kyle Tucker 42/40.0
PR: Brian Murph 8/19.5 1
KOR: Marcus Herford 21/26.4
Prediction: Kansas has lost each of its five games this season in rather dramatic fashion. Make it six.
Colorado 27, Kansas 24