News and Notes: KU – K-State

News and notes while wondering which team will bounce back stronger from getting absolutely drilled in their last outing. Watch out for "Oh, @#&%, Here We Go Again" Syndrome if either team gets up by 10 or more.

Kansas (2-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) will host Kansas State (4-1, 1-1) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in a game televised nationally on FSN.

• KU is appearing on FSN for the third time in six games this season and is making its 22nd straight appearance under the TV lights.

• KU has won three of the last four and four of the last six against KSU, including three straight at home.

• The Jayhawks really need this win: they've lost eight straight Big 12 games dating back to a 41-36 win against Iowa State October 10, 2009.

• KU has not won or lost consecutive games this season (lost last game at Baylor).

• Kansas is 2-1 at home this season and has won two in a row at Memorial Stadium.

• The Jayhawks are looking to avoid an 0-2 start in Big 12 play. The last time KU was 0-2 in conference play was 2006.

• Thursday's game will mark the 100th consecutive meeting between KU and KSU – the fourth-longest uninterrupted series in the nation behind Kansas-Nebraska (104), Minnesota-Wisconsin (103) and Clemson-South Carolina (101). The Jayhawks and Wildcats have met every year beginning in 1911. The streak would be longer if not for 1910. They two schools played each other eight straight years from 1902-1909 before not playing in ‘10.

• Despite not winning for a very long time in the 80's and 90's, KU still holds a dominating lead in the series: 65-37-5, including 37-15-2 in games played at Lawrence).

• The last time KU had a 200-yard rusher was against Kansas State. Who was it? 125 bonus Scout points if you know.

• Last year, the Kansas State game was really where the wheels started to fall off for the Jayhawks. QB Todd Reesing threw for 241 yards but committed three turnovers in a 17-10 loss that was about as much fun as watching paint dry. KSU produced 332 yards, including 266 rushing (most of those by stud RB Daniel Thomas) and just 66 passing yards. Kansas had success throwing but couldn't run: 241 passing and only 60 rushing.

• Last time the two squared off in Lawrence – November 2, 2008 -- KU slapped around the hapless Wildcats, 52-21, getting failed coaching and sociological experiment Ron Prince fired. RB Jake Sharp ran for a career-high 181 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns while adding five receptions and 76 more yards to his total. KU led at halftime, 31-0. The Jayhawks rolled up 469 yards of total offense.

• WR Johnathan Wilson (100) needs five receptions to pass Marcus Henry for 12th on the KU career receptions list.

• K Jacob Branstetter (24) needs one field goal to become the seventh Jayhawk in history with 25 career field goals.

• QB Jordan Webb (796) needs two passing yards to pass Frank Seurer for the third-best passing season by a KU freshman in school history. Mario "Just Put That On Her Credit Card" Kinsey holds the school mark with 1,215 yards in 2001. Webb has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all four of his career starts.

• P Alonso Rojas has recorded at least one 50-yard punt in five consecutive games.

• LB Steven Johnson and SS Olaitan Oguntodu have both recorded at least five tackles in every game this year.

• A KU win would keep their current streak of alternating wins and losses this season going. It would also be KU's fifth in the last seven meetings against the Wildcats and stop their 12-game conference losing streak.

• KU loss would be the second straight loss to KSU since winning three straight against the Wildcats.

• KU's D.J. Beshears enters the week ranked fourth in the NCAA in kickoff return average at 33.36 per return.

• I've got good news and bad news: the good news is, KU's current 141.8 rushing yards per game is the highest average in three years. The bad news is, Kansas is throwing for 189.8 yards a game, their lowest since 2001.

• Celebrity birthdays Thursday: leggy blonde hotty Stacy Keibler (31); Usher (32); Thomas Dolby (52); actor/magician Harry Anderson (62); Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues (64); Ralph Lauren (71); and James Bond actor Roger Moore (83).

• Celebrating birthdays on some alternate plane of existence: e.e. cummings (116) and 34th president of the U.S., proud Kansan and guy who pretty much saved the world General Dwight D. Eisenhower (120).

• The last time Kansas had a 200-yard rusher was in the 2007 K-State match-up when you betcha Jon Cornish carried 25 times for 201 yards, eh?


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