News and Notes: KU – Corn

News and notes while hoping Nebraska has forgotten about 76-39…

· Kansas (3-6 overall, 1-4 Big 12) heads to Lincoln to play #9-ranked Nebraska (8-1, 4-1) for the final time as Big 12 conference mates. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. and is available on FSN-Pay Per View. No word on how much FSN will pay KU fans to watch.

· KU's win against Colorado last Saturday snapped a 2011 four-game losing streak and an 11-game conference losing streak dating back to October of last year.

· KU has lost seven straight on the road since beating UTEP in September of last season.

· A KU upset would be the first time KU's won consecutive games since they started the '09 season with five straight victories.

· There are some noteworthy numbers from last week's big comeback against Colorado: KU's 35 four-quarter points were the second-most scored in a fourth quarter to win a game in NCAA history (Brigham Young score 36 in a 50-36 win over Washington State in 1990).

· The 28-point deficit was the largest KU has ever overcome to win a game, besting the 26-point comeback at Iowa State in 1992 (trailed 47-21 in the third and won 50-47).

· KU's 35 points in the fourth quarter were its most in a quarter in history. Their previous best was 32 vs. Washington (Mo.) in 1923.

· KU's 52 points were its most in the last 25 games since beating Kansas State 52-21 in 2008.

· Colorado's 45 points were the most KU has allowed in a victory since that '92 Iowa State contest.

· KU's 52 points were more than it had scored in the previous four games combined (40).

· KU scored the game-winning touchdown with :52 left. The last time KU won a game in the final minute was when Todd Reesing hit Kerry Meier on a 26-yard touchdown pass with :27 left to beat Missouri in the final regular season game of 2008.

· Back to the ‘Huskers…The nation's longest uninterrupted series will come to an end Saturday when Kansas and Nebraska meet for the 105th consecutive season. Next year, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (103 consecutive meetings before this year) will become the nation's longest, yah you betcha.

· KU and Nebraska have met 116 times overall for the third-most matchups in NCAA history. Minnesota and Bucky Badger have squared off 119 games, and Kansas/Missouri is just one game behind.

· This is the second week in a row KU will play a team leaving the Big 12, having played newly-minted PAC-10 punching bag Colorado last week and playing Nebraska this week on their way out the door to the Big 10.

· That condescending BS applause Nebraska fans shower on their opponents because they're "such classy fans" may actually have a touch of sincerity to it this week when former Nebraska stud QB and Heisman finalist-turned-Kansas coach Turner Gill runs onto the field.

· Nebraska leads the all-time series with KU, 90-23-3, and holds a 43-15-2 record against the Jayhawks in Lincoln. Strangely enough, 18 of KU's 23 wins over Herbie Husker have been on the road.

· After KU beat Nebraska back-to-back in 1967 and ‘68, Nebraska posted 36 consecutive victories against the Jayhawks. KU claimed a 40-15 victory in 2005 on the way to winning two of the next three against the Cornhuskers.

· WR Johnathan Wilson needs 73 receiving yards to become the 14th player in KU history to record 1,500. Another 114 yards receiving and he'll pass Richard Estell for #8 in the KU all-time receiving yards list. Four more catches will give him 118 in his career, one more than Estell, who sits at eighth on the KU career receptions list.

· DE Jake Laptad needs one-half of a sack to become the fifth player in KU history to record 20 career sacks. He needs one full sack to tie Ron Warner (20.5) for second on the KU career list. Algie Atkinson is the all-time record holder with 24. Laptad has recorded a sack in three straight games.

· RB James Sims (three) needs one more 100-yard rushing game to tie for the second-most 100-yard rushing games by a freshman in KU history. June Henley had four in 1983. Kerwin Bell had six in 1980.

· WR Bradley McDougald has caught at least one pass in 11 straight games and in 20 of 21 career games.

· TE Tim Biere has caught at least one pass in 13 straight games.

· CB Chris Harris should make his team-high 39th career start.

· KU recorded two interceptions against Colorado last Saturday to match its total of two in the first eight games combined.

· The KU defense grabbed three turnovers against Colorado, its most in the last 13 games.

· Ku had just four QB sacks in the first six games this season. In the last three games, they've added five more. Six different players have contributed sacks.

· Sixteen different Jayhawks have tackles for loss.

· KU allowed Colorado just 10 second-half points, the fewest scored against KU in the second half in five Big 12 games.

· Celebrity birthdays this Saturday: LA Laker model citizen Ron Artest (31); actor Gerard Butler (41); Man Show and late night chat show host Jimmy Kimmel (43); 1986 Heisman Trophy winner and 20-year NFL veteran Vinnie Testaverde (47); Mr. Big, actor Chris Noth (56); Whoopi Goldberg (also 56); and movie tough guy  Joe Mantegna (63).

· Dead celebrity birthdays include Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (160) and St. Augustine of Hippo (1,656).


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