News and Notes: KU vs. Georgia Tech

News and notes while thinking it was fun seeing the Jayhawks out a game in the final minute, thanks to great leadership from an underrated, undersized quarterback.

Kansas (2-0 overall; 0-0 in conference) will travel to Atlanta Saturday to take on Georgia Tech (2-0; 0-0) in the Jayhawks' first roadie of the 2011 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

• KU is enjoying back-to-back wins for the first time under second-year head coach Turner Gill.

• Tech is coached by two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Paul Johnson.

• The Yellowjackets have appeared in a bowl game each of the last three seasons.

• Over the last three seasons, only Virginia Tech has won more ACC games than Georgia Tech.

• Tech has a potent running game, averaging 339.5 yards through their first two games.

• Thirteen different players have recorded a rush on the season with Synjyn Days leading the way with 73.0 yards per game.

• Tech doesn't throw much, but when they do, it's usually for a chunk of yardage. QB Tevin Washington leads the passing game, having completed 13-of-21 passes for 473 yards and five TDs. WR Stephen Hill leads the Georgia Tech receiving corps with seven catches for 307 yards and three TDs.

• Georgia Tech is putting up 56.0 points per game, while holding its opponents to just 21.0.

• The Yellow Jackets have fumbled eight times but lost only three.

• KU's offense produced 534 yards last Saturday against Northern Illinois. That's the highest total since racking up 547 yards against Missouri in the final game of the 2009 season.

• RB James Sims ground out 110 yards rushing and two TDs on 26 carries, marking his second-straight game with at least 100 yards. The last Jayhawk to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games was Jake Sharp, who did so in the first two games of the 2009 season.

• QB Jordan Webb had a career-high 281 yards passing, the most passing yards by a Jayhawk since Todd Reesing threw for 498 yards against Missouri in 2009.

• QB-turned-WR Kale Pick caught his first career touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Webb.

• DE Keba Agostinho made a career high six tackles against the Huskies, including three in the first quarter.

• LB Tunde Bakare recorded a team-best and season-high nine tackles, all in the first half as he left the game with an injury.

• K Alex Mueller connected in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard field goal – his first successful field goal this year.

• Eight different Kansas players have scored KU's 12 touchdowns this season. RB James Sims leads the way with three rushing TDs while WR D.J. Beshears and WR JaCorey Shepherd have each caught two TD passes.

• Jayhawk WR DJ Beshears earned weekly honors from both the Big 12 and the Paul Hornung Award Monday. Beshears was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week and was one of six national honorees on the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll.

• Beshears recorded 285 all-purpose yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with nine seconds left as Kansas outlasted Northern Illinois, 45-42, Saturday. He set career highs in kick return yardage (197), receptions (seven), receiving yards (70) and TD receptions (two). His 51-yard kickoff return set up KU's final scoring drive.

• Beshears scored KU's first touchdown of the game – a 15-yard pass from Jordan Webb in the first quarter – and also had an 18-yard run on KU's decisive drive. He leads the Big 12 with 382 all-purpose yards, which includes a conference-best 283 yards in kick returns.

• KU's thinnest unit just got thinner: DT John Williams suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the first half Saturday. Surgery is scheduled for the near future and he is expected to return to the team next season.

• KU has recorded 10 plays of 20-or-more yards already this season. Of those, four have resulted in touchdowns. The Jayhawks only managed 31 plays of more than 20 yards during the entire 2010 season with just five going for TDs.

• Once again, Sims leads the way with seven plays of 20-plus. WR JaCorey Shepherd owns the team's longest play of the season: a 56-yard TD catch.

• Kansas is averaging 277 rushing yards per game through two games. That puts them first in the Big 12 and 10th in the nation after two weeks of hot, hot offense-on-defense action.

• KU is 5-0 when James Sims runs for at least 100 yards.

• Sims has help: RBs Darrian Miller (60.0 YPG) and Tony Pierson (55.0 YPG) are each contributing to the Jayhawks' RB Brandon Bourbon has also been productive for KU, gaining 56 yards on just 10 carries.

• Of the eight true freshmen who have made their KU debut in the first two weeks, four have scored points: K Alex Mueller; WR JaCorey Shepherd; RB Tony Pierson; and RB Darrian Miller. Of Kansas' 87 points, 39 have been scored by true freshmen.

• KU's punt unit showed up again Saturday: P Ron Doherty hit a 56-yarder in his only boot of the day. The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 and rank fourth nationally in net punting, averaging 46.33 yards per punt.

• September 17 in sports history: The American Professional Football Association – a precursor to the NFL – was founded in Canton, Ohio (1920)... The Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giants, 13-3, in the first-ever NFL game played in Washington, DC (1937) ... heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano knocks out Ezzard Charles in eight rounds (1954)... The Minnesota Vikings win in their debut. beating the Chicago Bears, 37-13 (1961)... Mickey Mantle picks up hits 1999, 2000 and 2001(1964)... The New Orleans Saints lose their first NFL game, 27-13, to the Los Angeles Rams (1967)... Gaylord Perry no-hits the St. Louis Cardinals, 1-0 (1968)... Reggie Jackson celebrates the 17th anniversary of his first Major League homer by hitting #500 off KC Royal Buddy Black (1984)... Steroid-abuser and cheater Barry Bonds joined Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron in MLB's 700-homer group (2004).

• Celebrating birthdays Saturday: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (36); and TV host, Mistress of the Dark and animal rights activist Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson (60)... also celebrating if they weren't six feet under: comedic actor John Ritter (63); author and counter-culture hero Ken Kesey (76); actor Roddy McDowall (83); and country music legend Hank Williams (88).


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