News and Notes: KU–New Mexico State

News and notes while thinking the Jayhawks should be on an up-tick this week, if they hold true to form.

· Kansas (1-2 overall, 0-0 Big 12) returns home to finish the non-con part of their schedule, hosting New Mexico State (0-2, 0-0 WAC). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m., and it will be on the tube (Fox College Sports Central).

· Kansas is 21-4 in its last 25 non-conference games.

· KU is 19-4 in its last 23 home games, including a victory against then No. 15 Georgia Tech Sept. 11.

· Good news, bad news: the good news is KU is 1-0 against ranked teams this season. Bad news is Kansas is 0-2 against unranked teams this season. New Mexico State is about as unranked as they come.

· KU is looking to avoid a losing non-conference record this season. The last time KU was worse than .500 in the non-con was 1993 when they went 1-3.

· Kansas is starting freshmen at both quarterback and running back. QB Jordan Webb leads the team in passing (376 yards) while James Sims leads in rushing (175). Only twice in history has KU had freshmen lead in both categories in the same year: 1945 (QB George Gear aired it out for 223 yards and RB Dick Bertuzzi went nuts for 360) and 1980 (QB Frank Seurer threw for 797 and RB Kerwin Bell ran for 1,114).

· The Jayhawks have met the Lobos on the gridiron twice prior to Saturday. NMWU won the first match-up, 42-29, in 1988. Kansas responded with a 54-14 victory in 1991.

· Kansas is 5-2 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference: 1-0 vs. Hawaii and Utah State; 2-1 against Louisiana Tech; and 1-1 record against New Mexico State. KU's most recent game against the WAC was a 29-0 shutout of La Tech in 2008.

· KU lost to Southern Miss last Friday night, 31-16. KU scored two TDs, both after trailing 21-3 at halftime.

· RB DeShaun Sands scored his first collegiate TD on an eight-yard scamper.

· The Jayhawks' second TD was set-up by a 53-yard kick return by WR DJ Beshears. On the next play, QB Jordan Webb hit WR Johnathan Wilson for a 41-yard TD pass.

· RB James Sims had his second solid game, rushing for 74 yards on 20 carries. Sands had 34 on eight with a touchdown.

· LB Drew Dudley led the team with eight tackles, including one for a loss.

· CB Chris Harris is expected to make his team-high 33rd straight start Saturday. Next in line: O-linemen Tanner Hawkinson, Sal Capra and Brad Thorson with 15.

· Wilson needs just 10 more receiving yards to become the 20th player in school history with 1,200 career receiving yards. He also needs four catches to tie Kenny Drayton And Quintin Smith for 15th on the career receptions list with 97. One more catch after that ties him for 14th with Houston Texan Derek Fine.

· K Jacob Branstetter needs five more points to pass Jake Sharp (174) for eighth on the Jayhawk career scoring list. Two more PATs and Branstetter becomes the fifth player at KU to kick 100 career extra points.

· One more sack will give DE Jake Laptad 17.5 for his career, good enough for fifth place on the Kansas career sack list.

· KU's six touchdowns this season have been scored by six different players: Sims, Sands, Wilson, WR Daymond Patterson, WR Bradley McDougald and TE Tim Biere.

· Kansas has just one turnover in the last two games, the lowest total in back-to-back contests since games two and three of the 2008 season (zero TOs against Louisiana Tech, one against South Florida).

· KU's three penalties Friday night were the fewest whistled against the Jayhawks since a win over Iowa State last season when they also committed three.

· KU's time of possession – 33:18 – against Southern Miss was their highest total since holding onto the pig for 36:21 last year against… you guessed it: Southern Miss.

· KU has outscored their opponents 27-21 in the second half this season. Opponents have outscored Kansas in the first half, 41-20.

· After allowing five plays of 20-plus yards against Georgia Tech, the KU defense held Southern Miss to just one: a 49-yard run.

· Ten Jayhawk defenders have tackles for a loss this season.

· Celebrity birthdays on Saturday: former KU hoopster Drew Gooden (29); Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (41); actress Nia Vardalos (48); "Hercules" TV beefcake Kevin Sorbo (52); and British Invader Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers (68).

· Dead celebrity birthdays on Saturday: Phil Hartman (woulda been 62); celebrity hanger-on deluxe Linda McCartney (69); Muppets creator Jim Henson (74); and author F. Scott Fitzgerald (114).


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