News and notes: KU-Southern Miss

News and notes while hoping that the Kansas Jayhawks team that beat Georgia Tech last Saturday is the one that gets on the bus to Hattiesburg.

· After beating the #15-ranked Yellowjackets, KU (1-1 overall, 0-0 Big 12) will play a Friday night ESPN game against Southern Mississippi (1-1, 0-0 Conference USA). The telecast will start at 7 p.m. with kickoff soon afterward.

· KU is making their first-ever trip to Mississippi for a football game and is playing a team from Mississippi for just the second time. KU lost to Mississippi State, 10-0 in the 1981 Hall of Fame Bowl).

· KU has played football in 38 different states.

· KU is playing a non-Saturday non-con game for the third time in five years. KU lost in double-OT at Toledo in 2006 and lost 37-34 on a field goal on the game's final play at South Florida in 2008.

· This is KU's first roadie of the 2010 season. KU has lost four straight in the road since beating UTEP last year (lost to Colorado, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Texas).

· KU is playing on ESPN for the first time since hosting Texas Tech on the World's Sports Leader in 2008.

· KU is 21-3 in their last 24 non-conference games.

· First-year KU head coach Turner Gill is off to a 1-1 start. Believe it or not, only two KU head coaches have ever started 2-0: Don Fambrough in 1971 and Gameball, who actually started 3-0, in 1997). Just three other coaches in school history started off 1-1.

· Last Saturday, redshirt freshman Jordan Webb threw three TD passes to lead the Jayhawks to a 28-25 upset over #15 Georgia Tech. Webb completed 18-of-29 passes to seven different receivers. True freshman RB James Sims became the first RB in Kansas history to rush for 100 yards in his freshman debut: 101 yards on 17 carries.

· The win snapped an eight-game KU losing streak and was KU's first win over a ranked opponent since beating #23 Missouri in 2003.

· The victory was KU's first over a top-15 team in Memorial Stadium since 1984.

· KU and Southern Miss will square off Friday night for the second time ever and for the second season in a row. The Jayhawks held on to beat the Eagles last year, 35-28. WR Kerry Meier caught 10 passes for 141 yards and two TDs. QB Todd Reesing threw for 331 yards, and current Jayhawk Toben Opurum rushed for 109 yards on 28 carries.

· Kansas holds an 18-9 record over current Conference USA members.

· Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora is the only NCAA head football coach named after a hat.

· WR Jonathan Wilson needs one more reception to become the 18th Jayhawk to have 90 career catches.

· K Jacob Branstetter (166) needs three points to pass Tuxedo Tony Sands for ninth place on the all-time KU scoring list and nine to pass Jake Sharp. With two more field goals, Branstetter will tie Jeff McCord for sixth on the KU field goals made list (25). Finally, three more PATs will make Branstetter the fifth KU player to record 100 career extra points.

· DE Jake Laptad (16.5) needs one more sack to move into fifth place on the KU career sack list.

· KU will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since opening last season 5-0.

· A KU win would make it five in a row against Conference USA and stop a four-game losing skid. It would also improve KU to 22-3 over their last 25 non-con games.

· A loss would drop KU to 1-2 for the first time since 2002.

· KU is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games played after beating a ranked team, including winning three straight. The Jayhawks defeated Minnesota after beating #12 Missouri in 2008; defeated Baylor and beating #24 Kansas State in 2007; and defeated Houston after beating #25 Iowa State in 2005.

· In the first two games of the 2010 season, 15 freshmen have gotten playing time, including four true frosh: RB James Sims; DB Keeston Terry (or Terry Keeston, if you watched the game last Saturday on the tube); DE Keba Agostino; and K Ron Doherty.

· LBs Justin Spring, Steven Johnson and Drew Dudley recorded 34 tackles between them last Saturday. They lead the team in tackles through two games. Springer's 11 tackles per game is 20th in the country; Johnson's 10 per game is 35th.

· It's been offense by committee so far for Kansas. Seven different players have rushed the ball this season, and nine have caught passes.

· KU's 141 rushing yards against the Ramblin' Wreck are the most for the Jayhawks since they gained 151 against Duke last year.

· KU's 28 points is the most scored since they squeaked by Iowa State last year, 34-26. KU scored a touchdown in each quarter Saturday – something they accomplished just four times last season.

· KU has one more non-Saturday game this season. They'll play Kansas State on Thursday, October 14th. The last time KU had two non-Saturday games was 1994 when the Jayhawks beat Houston and lost to Kansas State, both on Thursday nights.

· Four current KU players – all starters in the first two games, by the way – already have their undergrad degrees: OG Sal Capra (finance), S Olaitan Oguntodu (marketing and finance), RB Angus Quigley (African and African-American Studies) and OT Brad Thorsen (business).

· Celebrity birthdays this Saturday…Xzibit (36)…Jada Pinkett Smith (39)…Lance Armstrong (39)…New edition and Bell Biv Devoe singer Ricky Bell (43)…James Gandolfini (49)…Kansas lead singer Kerry Livgren (61)…supporting star of every Christopher Guest flick ever, Fred Willard (71)…and actor and part-time murder defendant Robert Blake (77).

· Also celebrating birthdays if they weren't stiff as a carp… bassist Dee Dee Ramone (58)…Swedish actress and all-time fabulous babe Greta Garbo (105).

· Worth noting: On September 18th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27. Top Stories