News and Notes: KU-Baylor

Looking forward to the Jayhawks' conference opener while worrying that if Bears QB Robert Griffin is going to look like his old pre-knee injury self just once this season, it'll happen this Saturday.

· Kansas (2-2 overall, 0-0 Big 12) takes to the road to open Big 12 play, traveling to Waco to take on Baylor (3-1, 0-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday. If you can't travel to Waco – and unless someone had a gun to your head, why would you? -- it'll be on the tube (FSN).

·  KU is 42-56-4 in conference openers all-time.

·  KU is 6-8 in Big 12 Conference openers.

·  KU has won their last three conference openers with wins at Kansas State in 2007, at Iowa State in 2008 and in the friendly confines vs. Iowa State last year.

·  This Saturday will mark the 10th time in the Big 12 Conference's 15 years that the Jayhawks will open league play on the road. KU is 3-6 in the other nine road conference openers.

·  Saturday will be the first time Kansas opens Big 12 play against a South division team since 2005. That season, KU lost to the Texas Tech Fighting Pirates.

·  KU is 0-6 in its last six Big 12 road games since winning at Iowa State in 2008.  Prior to the current streak, KU had won five straight away conference games.

·  KU is 0-1 on the road this season and was 1-4 last year.

·  Saturday's game will be a homecoming for 38 Texas natives on the KU roster, including starters S Lubbock Smith (Dallas), WR Daymond Patterson (Mesquite), WR/RB D.J. Beshears (Denton), RB James Sims (Irving), NB Tyler Patmon (Cedar Park), S Olaitan Oguntodu (Mesquite), LB Justin Springer (Los Fresnos), LB Drew Dudley (College Station), OG Trevor Marrongelli (Austin), OC Jeremiah Hatch (Dallas), WR Johnathan Wilson (Houston), and DT Patrick Dorsey (Houston).

·  Kansas is one game under .500 all-time against the Bears (5-4). Six of those meetings have occurred since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. The series is tied, 3-3, since the Big 12 came about. The last time the Bears and ‘Hawks squared off, KU posted a 58-10 rain-soaked, lightning-delayed victory in Lawrence in 2007.

·  The home team has won this matchup in each of the last seven meetings.  KU is 0-4 in Waco losing in 1989, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

·  KU head coach Turner Gill is 0-1 all-time coaching against Baylor, losing 34-21 to the Bears in Buffalo in 2007. Why Baylor had to agree to a game at Buffalo, I have no clue.

· Last time these two teams met, QB Todd Reesing threw two touchdown passes and RB Jake Sharp rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries as 20th-ranked Kansas improved to 6-0 with a 58-10 rout of Baylor in Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2007. Jayhawk WR Marcus Herford returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.

·  The last time the two played in Koreshville, KU built a 35-17 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game but found a way to blow it, despite a then career-high 196 yards rushing from everyone's favorite Canadian import, Jon Cornish. Baylor scored a TD with 9:22 left and again at the 4:42 mark. The game winner came on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Bell to Dominique Ziegler with just over a minute left to make the final score 36-35, Bears. Kansas QB Kerry Meier threw for 62 yards and rushed for 62 more for the Jayhawks. Baylor's Bell threw for 394 yards as the Bears racked up 460 yards to KU's 383.

·  Two Jayhawks have recorded at least five tackles in every game this year. You get 75 Scout bonus points if you know who they are. The answer is below.

·  WR Johnathan Wilson (96) needs four catches to become the 14th player in KU history to record 100 career receptions. He also needs just six more receiving yards to pass the greatest football player in the history of the known universe, Charles Gordon (1,252), for 18th on the KU career receiving yardage list.

·  K Jacob Branstetter (175) needs just four points to pass Jeff McCord (179) for seventh on the KU career scoring list. He also needs just one more field goal to become the seventh player in KU history to make 25 in his career. His 25th would also tie him with McCord for sixth place on the KU career FG list.

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

·  LB Justin Springer (97) needs just three more tackles to reach 100 in his career.

· P Alonso Rojas has at least one 50-yard punt in all four games this season.

· Two Jayhawks have recorded at least five tackles in every game this year: LB Steven Johnson and S Olaitan Oguntodu.

·  A KU win would get KU off to a 1-0 start in conference for the fourth straight season, stop a seven-game Big 12 losing streak and stop a five-game road game losing streak.

·  A loss would stink out loud.

·  Celebrity birthdays Saturday: Slipknot guitarist guitarist James Root (39); pop singer and mall rat Tiffany (39); TV host Kelly Ripa (40); Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh (43); ex-Police front man Sting (59); photographer Annie Leibovitz (61); and singer/songwriter Don McLean (65).

·  Celebrities who would be celebrating birthdays if they weren't so dead: Little Rascal George "Spanky" MacFarland (82); comedy straight man Bud Abbott (115); comedian Groucho Marx (120), Indian sage and leader Mahatma Gandhi (141); and King Richard III of England, the last of the Plantagenet dynasty (525).

·  The two Jayhawks with at least five tackles in all four games this season are S Olaitan Oguntodu and LB Steven Johnson.


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