News and Notes: KU–Texas A&M

News and notes while hoping the extra prep time for Texas A&M works out better than the last time the Jayhawks had a couple extra days to get ready for an opponent.

• KU (2-4 overall, 0-2 Big 12) will host the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday evening in the 97th annual Homecoming game at the University. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. If you can't make it to Memorial Stadium, it'll be on the tube (FSN).

Kansas is 2-2 at home this season but has lost their last two in the friendly confines.?KU has lost 11 of their last 13 dating back to last season after starting off 2009 with five straight wins.

• The Jayhawks have lost their last nine conference games dating back to last year.

• Since beating aTm back in the 2007 season, KU has lost seven straight to Big 12 South opponents.

• KU is 42-49-5 in their previous 96 Homecoming games. When it comes to Homecoming, KU has won five of their last seven and 15 of their last 20 contests when alumni come back to campus.

• The last time A&M visited Lawrence, they spoiled Homecoming 2006 with a 21-18 win.

Texas A&M leads the series with the Jayhawks, 7-2, with a 3-1 advantage in Lawrence.

• Other than the 19-11 win in 2007, KU's only other win was a 28-10 victory in 1974 when the two met for the first time. There are 200 Scout bonus points if you know what KU sports legend died about two weeks prior to Kansas' big upset win over the Aggies. Keep reading for the answer.

• Of KU's top nine reception leaders, three were on the defensive side of the ball last season: Daymond Patterson, D.J. Beshears and Angus Quigley. One of the nine is a true freshman (James Sims) and two are redshirt freshmen (Chris Omigie and Erick McGriff).

• In the 2007 win, RB Brandon McAnderson (The Pride of South Lawrence) led the Jayhawks by rushing for two touchdowns and a career-high 183 yards. The Kansas defense played an outstanding game at the home of the 12th Man, College Station's Kyle Field.

• QB Jordan Webb (1,024) needs 192 passing yards to set the KU season freshman passing yardage record held by Mario Kinsey, who threw for 1,215 yards in 2001.

• P Alonso Rojas has at least one 50-yard punt and has landed at least one punt inside the 20-yard line in all six games this season.

• S Olaitan Oguntodu has a streak of recording at least five tackles in every game this season. He's the only Jayhawk with at least five tackles in every game.

• KU has not recorded a sack in two straight games nor have they picked off a pass in the last three. For the season, KU is -7 in the turnover column (11 giveaways, four take-aways).

• CB Chris Harris is expected to make his team-high 36th career start.

• Four Jayhawks have made 18 consecutive starts: Harris and O-linemen Tanner Hawkinson, Brad Thorson and Sal Capra.

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

• The Jayhawks have turned the ball over seven times in the last two games. They've also lost their last two games by a combined score of 114-14. Coincidence? I think not.

• The Baylor and Kansas State routs are the first time Kansas has allowed 50 points in consecutive games since the 2001 season.

• Kansas has averaged better field position than their opponent in one game this season: Georgia Tech. KU has started just five drives on their opponents' end of the field and have scored three TDs. Opponents have started 14 possessions in plus territory, scoring four TDs and four FGs.

• KU's 11 turnovers have led to seven opponent scores: four TDs and three FGs.

• D.J. Beshears is 13th in the NCAA with a 29.94 kickoff return average.

• WR Daymond Patterson has caught at least four passes in every game this year.

• WR Johnathan Wilson had eight catches against Kansas State.

• WR Erick McGriff made his debut as a Jayhawk with three catches against Kansas State last week.

• The KU legend who passed away two weeks prior to KU's first meeting with the Texas A&M Aggies was Phog Allen.

• Gameday celebrity birthdays: neurosurgeon and CNN health correspondent Sanjay Gupta (41); former MLB pitcher Al Leiter (45); CNN reporter and professional crybaby Nancy Grace (51); song parodist Weird Al Yankovic (51); really good actor/singer Dwight Yoakam (54); and soccer legend Pele (70).

• Gameday dead celebrity birthdays: author Michael Crichton (68); Tonight Show host Johnny Carson (85); and least-famous Marx Brother Gummo (117). Top Stories