News and Notes: KU vs. Texas Tech

News and notes while thanking KU's lucky stars that Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has brought Tech's passing game to a grinding halt, averaging just 338 yar… or maybe not.

· Kansas (2-1 overall; 0-0 Big 12) jumps into Big 12 conference play Saturday when they host Texas Tech (3-0; 0-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. If that's too early to roll off the futon, Bill Land and Dave Lapham will be working the game on Fox Sports Net.

· Among the many homecoming activities this weekend, the K-Club will honor football manager Todd "Leaper" Williams for 40 years of service to Kansas athletics. Attaboy, Leap!

· The 1961 Kansas team that went 7-3 and played in the Bluebonnet Bowl will be honored at halftime. Depending on how things go, a couple of them may be suiting up after the intermission.

· Kansas is 1-11 against Texas Tech, all-time, and 0-6 in Lawrence.

· Texas Tech beat Nevada, 35-34, in their last game.

· The Red Raiders have a very potent offense. In other news, water is wet and puppies are cute. Seriously, Tech averages 523.3 yards of offense per game.

· Seth Doege leads the TTU passing attack. He's completed 89-of-115 passes on the season, good for 949 yards and 11 TDs. That's a 77% completion rate, people.

· Against New Mexico, Doege went 40-of-44, an NCAA single-game record for a quarterback with at least 40 completions. That's 90.9%. Damn.

· Darrin Moore is the leading TTU receiver with 21 receptions for 339 yards, including four TDs.

· Eric Stephens leads the Red Raider run game 61 carries for 344 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and five TDs.

· On the other side of the ball, D.J. Johnson is the Red Raiders' leading tackler with 23 through three games. Blake Dees ranks second on the team with 15 tackles including 3.0 TFLs.

· There are 38 Texas natives on the KU roster.

· There are no Kansans on the TTU roster.

· Although I assume we'd all rather just forget about the Georgia Tech ugliness… freshman WR Marquis Jackson and redshirt freshmen WR Andrew Turzilli and TE Jimmay Mundine recorded their first career catches.

· Turzilli's 10-yard touchdown catch from Quinn Mecham with 2:24 left in the game was his first TD catch and KU's only score in the second half.

· The Jayhawks went 7-for-10 on third down in the first half against Georgia Tech after going 13-for-18 on third down against Northern Illinois. The Jayhawks finished 9-of-17 for the game on third down.

· Freshman RB Darrian Miller scored KU's first two touchdowns of the game, marking his first game with multiple scores.

· Junior WR D.J. Beshears recorded a 43-yard catch late in the first half, marking his longest career reception.

· Senior TE Tim Biere recorded a 28-yard reception late in the first half, which marked his longest of the season. It was his longest since a 32-yard catch against Texas A&M last year.

· The Jayhawks were limited to a season-low 151 rushing yards and 362 yards overall.

· Junior S Bradley McDougald recorded his first career sack.

· KU sophomore QB Jordan Webb has been extremely efficient in running the Jayhawk offense through the first three games of the 2011 season. Webb ranks second in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in passing efficiency.

· Webb is 39-of-59 passing (66.1%) on the season, good for 575 yards and six TDs. Just as important, Webb has yet to throw an interception, giving him a rating of 181.5.

· Webb has been especially good in third-and-long situations this season: 4-for-5 passing for 89 yards and two TDs on third down plays of 10 or more yards. All four of his completions have gone for 15-plus yards.

· Kansas will be without the services of starters senior WR Daymond Patterson and junior DT John Williams, who have suffered season-ending injuries. Patterson was injured late against McNeese State and will apply for a medical redshirt. Williams tore his ACL and will return to the KU lineup next season.

· Kansas is one of two teams in the nation that has played three games without recording an interception or throwing one. Utah State is the other.

· Only five other teams haven't recorded an interception.

· Only four others haven't thrown one.

· Kansas junior WR/KR D.J. Beshears leads the Big 12 and ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 183.7 all-purpose yards per game.

· Jayhawk senior LB Steven Johnson is averaging 10.3 tackles per game this season. That puts him at second in the Big 12 and 18th in the NCAA in tackles.

· Kansas has scored 15 touchdowns on the season, with nine different players getting in on the action. Sophomore RB James Sims and freshman RB Darrian Miller lead the way with three scores on the ground, while junior WR D.J. Beshears and freshman WR JaCorey Shepherd have each made two TD grabs.

· The Jayhawks are sixth in the NCAA in third-down conversion at 57.45 percent, converting on 27-of-47 third downs.

· Two of the three teams KU has played this season also rank in the top six nationally: Georgia Tech (first) and Northern Illinois, third.

· The bad news is, Texas Tech, ranks second in the NCAA in third-down efficiency.

· October 1st in sports history… the first World Series begins, pitting the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans (1903)… the Chicago Staleys play their first game under their new name – the Bears – and win, 6-0 (1924)… In game 3 of the World Series, with a two-strike count against him, Babe Ruth calls his shot against the Chicago Cubs (1932)… The New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7, despite not converting a single first down (Green Bay had just five) (1933)… The St. Louis Browns win their only American League pennant (1944)… Heavyweight champion Joe Louis is discharged from the Army (1945)… The Dodgers and the White Sox begin the first world series since 1948 without a New York team (1959)… Roger Maris breaks The Bambino's single-season home run record by taking Tracy Stallard deep for #61 (1961)… The American League season ends without a single player having played in every game for the first time since 1910 (1963)… Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila (1975)… Futbol legend Pele retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games (1977)… The Yankees lose the final game of the season to Cleveland, 9-2, forcing a one-game AL East playoff with the Red Sox, after which Bucky Dent would become forever known as Bucky F***ing Dent in Boston (1978)… Tony Gwynn leads the National League with an all-time low .313 average (1988)… Ed "Too Tall" Jones records his 1,000th career tackle for the Dallas Cowboys (1989)… The Colorado Rockies become the first baseball franchise to make postseason play before their seventh year of existence (1995)… The Carolina Hurricanes play their first game (1997, vs. Tampa Bay Lightning).

· Celebrating birthdays on Saturday… steroid-abuser Mark McGwire (48); part-time comedic actor, fulltime crazy guy Randy Quaid (61); legendary baseball hitter Rod Carew (66); film legend Julie Andrews (76); and former US President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter (87)

· Celebrating birthdays six feet under…cigar-chomping A-Team bad-@ss George Peppard (83); "Happy Days" dad Tom Bosley (84); and Grouchy Old Man Walter Matthau (91).


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