News and Notes: KU vs. Baylor

News and notes while dusting off my eye patch and working on my pirate speak.

· The Jayhawks (2-7 overall, 0-for-2011 conference) will take Kivisto Field for the final time this season Saturday against the Baylor Bears (5-3, 2-3) on Senior Day. They'll tee it up at 1 p.m. No TV this time.

· Kansas and Baylor will face off for the 11th time. KU is 4-6 all-time against the Bears but 4-1 in Lawrence.

· Saturday will mark the eighth time the two have played since the inception of the Big 12. Baylor leads, 4-3, in Big 12 games against the Jayhawks.

· Kansas fell to the Bears, 55-7, in Waco last season.

· Kansas' roster fields 38 players from Texas.

· Baylor does not suit up a single Kansan.

· KU is 7-9 all-time in games played on November 12. The Jayhawks last played on November 12 versus Texas in 2005, falling to the #2-ranked Longhorns, 66-14, in Austin.

· Baylor travels to Lawrence after defeating Missouri, 42-39, at home last Saturday. Baylor is undefeated at home but winless on the road this season.

· Baylor leads the nation in passing efficiency (189.55), ranks second in first downs (29.00) and total offense (577.13), ninth in scoring offense (41.50), fifth in passing offense (362.50), 22nd in rushing offense (203.71) and 34th in punt returns (10.45).

· Heisman Trophy hopeful QB Robert Griffin III has completed 73.9 percent of his passes (202-of-273), which ranks third nationally. He has thrown only four interceptions in his last 334 pass attempts. Griffin ranks second nationally in total offense (395.88 per game).

· Baylor is the only FBS school averaging 300+ yards passing and 200+ yards rushing.

· Kansas is 120th out of 120 NCAA FBS teams in total defense, giving up over 541 yards per game.

· Baylor's Kendall Wright ranks fifth nationally in both receptions (9.12) and receiving yards per game (121.38).

· S Mike Hicks leads the Bears on defense with 63 tackles and two interceptions. LB Elliot Coffey has 59 tackles, while NB Ahmad Dixon has 54 for the BU defense.

· In the last six meetings between Kansas and Baylor, the home team is 6-0.

· In the previous 10 meetings, the visitor has been victorious just once. Baylor defeated KU, 27-14, in 1988.

· The much-maligned Kansas defense put in what was almost certainly their best wire-to-wire effort of the season in Saturday's loss at Iowa State. The D forced four fumbles, collected seven tackles-for-loss and held the Cyclones to just 13 points, the fewest points allowed in a conference game under Turner Gill.

· No one has shown more improvement than S Bradley McDougald. In the last four games (Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas and Iowa State), McDougald has made 39 tackles, including 29 solo and three TFLs to go along with a forced fumble, an interception and a pass breakup.

· KU LB Steven Johnson continues to play his heart out. He leads the Big 12 in tackles and ranks #8 in the nation. He's recorded double-figure tackles in six of nine games this season.

· Jayhawk WR/KR D.J. Beshears needs just 12 kick return yards to break his own single-season kickoff return yards record (922 yards, set last season).

· Another 243 kick return yards and he'll break the KU career kickoff return yards record set by Marcus Herford (2075).

· November 12th in sports history… Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500 from the Allegheny football club, becoming the first professional football player (1892)… In the wake of the 1919 Black Sox scandal, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis is elected as first baseball commissioner… Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto, but the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Leafs, 2-1 (1931)… Chicago White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP (1959)… L.A. Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record (1966)… The Cleveland Cavaliers pick up their first win in franchise history, beating Portland 105-103 (1970)… NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd National League Cy Young Award (1975)… Tony Franklin kicks 59-yard field goal for the Philadelphia Eagles (1979)… The New Jersey Devils lose their first overtime game to Calgary, 4-3 (1983)… Roger Clemens unanimously wins the American League Cy Young Award (1986)… NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is reinstated for 8th time following a major league baseball drug policy violation (1992)… Miami Dolphin Dan Marino breaks Fran Tarkenton's NFL all-time passing yardage mark of 47,003 (1995).

· Senior Day celebrity birthdays… Anne Hathaway (29)… Ryan Gosling (31)… orthopedic specialist and part-time skater Tonya Harding (41)… drug addict Sammy Sosa (43)… boxer Michael Moorer, first southpaw to win the heavyweight title (44)… Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci (50)… comedic actress Megan Mullally (53)… and rocker Neil Young and sportscaster Al Michaels (66).

· Dead people celebrating birthdays… devastatingly beautiful actress and princess Grace Kelly (82)… comedic actor and Mel Brooks movie fixture Liam Dunn (95). Dunn was the little guy who gets kneed in the misters by med school professor Dr. Frankenstein in "Young Frankenstein" and Reverend Johnson, Rock Ridge's spiritual leader, in "Blazing Saddles." Yeah, that guy.

· I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and express my admiration and respect for the 15 seniors who will take the Memorial Stadium field for the last time Saturday. I doubt that their careers have worked out quite the way they planned, but they gave blood, sweat and tears for KU. At the end of the day, they can say something very few of us can: "I played Big 12 football." Congratulations, guys, and good luck!


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