News and Notes: KU–Ralphie

News and notes while hoping that KU can build on a good half of football and win what is probably their last winnable game of the season.

Kansas (2-6 overall, 0-4 in conference) returns home to host Colorado (3-5, 0-4) Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in the final match-up between the schools as members of the Big 12 Conference.

• The game features the only two teams in the conference, who do not have a league win this year.

• Kansas is just 2-3 at home this season.

• KU has lost four straight home games against Big 12 Conference opponents dating back to last year's 41-36 victory against Iowa State Oct. 10.

• This week's game marks the second straight non-televised game for the Jayhawks. Prior to that, Kansas had been on TV 22 consecutive games.

• KU is 4-1 in its first game in the month of November in the last five years since losing to Colorado in the first game of the month in 2004. Wins came against Nebraska (twice), Iowa State and Kansas State. The lone loss: a 17-10 decision to Kansas State last season.

• KU has lost 11 straight Big 12 games since beating Iowa State Oct. 10, 2009.

• Since starting last season 5-0, KU has lost 13 of their last 15.

• Kansas is playing the first of two consecutive games against teams bailing out on the Big 12. They've got Colorado Saturday and Corn next week.

• Three Jayhawks – WR Erick McGriff, QB Quinn Mecham and CB Greg Brown – made their first career start last Saturday in Ames. DT John Williams made his first season start.

• This year 35 different Jayhawks have started a game, including 15 different players who have made their first career. In the last two weeks, six different players have made their first start of the season.

• Former KU quarterback Todd Reesing started 38 consecutive games at quarterback from 2007 to 2009. Through eight games this season, the Jayhawks have started three different players at that position: Kale Pick, Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham.

• The winning team in the Kansas-Colorado series has scored at least 30 points in six of the last eight meetings in the series.

• Colorado leads the all-time series, 42-24-3, including a narrow 17-15-3 advantage in Lawrence. KU had won three straight against the Buffs before dropping a 34-30 decision at Boulder last season that was the beginning of the end.

• The Jayhawks trailed, 24-3, late in the second quarter before battling back to take a 30-27 lead with 13 minutes to play. Colorado scored a TD at the 8:36 mark to lead, 34-30. The Colorado defense turned up big late, stopping KU drives at the 6- and 19-yard-lines to end the game. Two of Ralphie's touchdowns came after Kansas turned the ball over at their own 1- and 3-yard-lines.

• Redshirt freshman RB Ryan Burton is the only Jayhawk from the Rocky Mountain State.

• WR Johnathan Wilson (109) needs nine receptions to pass Richie Estell for eighth on the KU career receptions list. With 81 receiving yards, he'll pass Kenny Drayton for 17th on the KU career receiving yardage list.

• DE Jake Laptad (18.5) has had a sack in each of the last two games. Two more and he'll tie for second on the KU career sacks list, passing Phil Forte and Brandon Perkins with 20 and tying Ron Warner (20.5).

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

• PK Jacob Branstetter (192) needs seven points to pass Dezmon Briscoe (198) for sixth on the KU career scoring list.

• KU has not recorded an interception in five straight games.

• CB Chris Harris should make his team-high 38th career start.

• Four Jayhawks should make their 21st consecutive starts Saturday: Harris and OL Tanner Hawkinson, Brad Thorson and Sal Capra.

• Happy (celebrity) birthday Saturday to...actress Tara Reid; Christopher Guest movie fixture Parker Posey (42); 70's teen idol Leif Garrett (49); leggy "Entertainment Tonight" co-anchor Mary Hart (59); blues superstar Bonnie Raitt (61); and "60 Minutes" old guy Morley Safer (79).

• Dead celebrity birthdays: TV's Esther Rolle (90); and "Gone with the Wind" authoress Margaret Mitchell (110).


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