News and Notes: KU-Okie Lite

News and notes while feeling like there can be value to moral victories and that the program's taken some very positive steps the past three weeks.

· Kansas (3-7 overall, 1-5 Big 12) will host No. 12 Oklahoma State (9-1, 5-1) this Saturday for Senior Day. It will be on the tube: FSN, kick-off at 11 a.m.

· KU is 3-3 at home this season and will be looking to win at least four home games for the sixth consecutive season.

· KU is 1-1 vs. ranked teams this season, beating then-#15 Georgia Tech and losing to #9 Nebraska.

· A win Saturday will be KU's second win over a ranked team this season – something KU hasn't done since defeating # 24 Kansas State and #5 Virginia Tech in 2007. Prior to that, KU also got it done in 1995 (three wins), 1983, 1975 and 1968.

· Barring unforeseen weirdness, Kansas is in the midst of a three-game string against ranked teams. The Jayhawks played #9 Nebraska last week, #12 Oklahoma State this Saturday and then meet current-#15 Missouri the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Arrowhead.

· The only time KU played three straight games against ranked teams in the last 32 years was 1998 when KU played at #8 Nebraska then welcomed #17 Colorado and #4 Kansas State to Memorial Stadium.

· The only time KU closed the season with three ranked opponents was 1973: at Oklahoma, at home vs. Missouri and at a neutral site vs. North Carolina State in the Liberty Bowl.

· Twenty Kansas seniors will be playing their final game at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, including K Jacob Branstetter, OL Sal Capra, TE Bradley Dedeaux, LB Drew Dudley, DB Chris Harris, WR Rod Harris, WR Tertavian Ingram, DE Jake Laptad, LB Dakota Lewis, S Olaitan Oguntodu, RB Angus Quigley, P Alonso Rojas, LB Justin Springer, S Phillip Strozier, OL Brad Thorson and WR Johnathan Wilson.

· KU is 8-6 in Senior Day games since the start of the Big 12 Conference.

· The last time KU played the OSU Cowboys on Senior Day was in 2002, losing 55-20.

· Five Jayhawk seniors are from Oklahoma:  Branstetter, Dedeaux, Harris, Laptad and Lewis.

· Kansas holds a narrow 29-28-3 advantage in the all-time series, but the Cowboys lead 16-15-1 in games played in Lawrence.

· KU won the last meeting between the two schools, 43-28, in Stillwater (2007). That victory stopped a five-game OSU winning streak in the series, which immediately followed a six-game KU winning streak.

· The KU-OSU series has been filled with streaks. Kansas won seven in a row between 1946-52 and 1959-65. The Cowboys went 14-0-3 between 1973 and 1989. Then, from 1990 to '95, KU won ‘em all. Finally, OSU won five straight from 1998-2006.

· The Jayhawks have never beaten OSU in Lawrence since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. KU is 0-3 vs. the Cowboys in Lawrence since beating OSU 24-14 in 1994.

· WR Johnathan Wilson (1,427) needs 73 receiving yards to become the 14th player in KU history to go for 1,500 receiving yards. He also needs four catches to pass Richard Estell (117) for eighth on the KU career receptions list.

· K Jacob Branstetter needs two PATs to pass Dan Eichloff (116) for second on the KU career PATs made list. Scott Webb sits atop the list with 159.

· DE Jake Laptad (20) needs one sack to pass Ron Warner (20.5) for second on the KU career list. If Laptad goes nuts these last two games, he will be chasing all-time leader Algie Atkinson (24).

· Laptad has been involved in a sack in four straight games.

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

· NB Tyler Patmon has intercepted a pass in two straight games and broken up at least two passes in three straight games.

· Break out the cake and Meister Brau! Celebrity birthdays Saturday: Beastie Boy Mike Diamond (45); perfect 10 Bo Derek (54); Southern rocker Duane Allman (64); vice president Joe Biden (68); and folk singer/political comedian Dick Smothers (71).

· Break out the embalming fluid! Dead celebrity birthdays: Hogan's Hero and original Family Feud host Richard Dawson (78); Bobby Kennedy (85); English author and host of public TV's Masterpiece Theatre Alasdair Cooke (102); and Edwin Hubble (as in "telescope," 121).


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