News and Notes: KU vs. Texas A&M

News and notes while wondering why Texas A&M's cheerleaders dress like 1950's gas station attendants.

· KU (2-8 overall; 0-6 conference) head south to College Station to take on SEC-bound Texas A&M (5-5, 3-4) Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and it's on the tube (Fox Sports Net).

· Second-year KU head coach Turner Gill is 5-17.

· Kansas is facing Texas A&M for the 11th time in its 122 years of college football. The Jayhawks are 2-8 all-time versus the Aggies, including 1-4 in College Station.

· Kansas fell to the Aggies, 45-10, in Lawrence last season.

· KU beat A&M, 19-11, the last time the two played in College Station. That was the Orange Bowl year.

· The Aggies are 6-1 in Big 12 games against Kansas.

· KU's roster includes 38 players from Texas.

· The Aggies' roster does not list any Kansans.

· KU is 9-4 all time in games played on November 19. The Jayhawks last played on that date in 1994, defeating the Slavers, 41-31, in the final game of the season. The victory assured KU of a winning season.

· Kansas senior LB Steven Johnson leads the Big 12 conference in tackles and ranks eighth in the country at 10.9 per game. He has recorded double-figure tackles in seven of 10 games this season.

· Jayhawk WR/KR D.J. Beshears set the KU single-season kickoff return yards record in KU's last outing. He needs 197 kick return yards to set the KU career kickoff return yards record.

· Texas A&M is coached by fourth-year head man Mike Sherman. This is his third stint in College Station, dating to 1989 when he was offensive line coach under longtime head coach R.C. Slocum. He also served as offensive line coach in 1995 and 1996 before jumping to the NFL. After three years as an assistant coach, Sherman was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers prior to the 2000 season. He posted a 56-39 record with the Packers, leading the team to the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. He was encouraged to explore other options, and following the 2005 season, Sherman returned to the Lone Star State as the assistant head coach of the Houston Texans, before earning the head coaching job at Texas A&M in 2008.

· Sherman's Aggie teams have reached bowl games in each of the last two seasons, including the Cotton Bowl last season with a 9-3 regular season record. Sherman is 1-0 in his career against Kansas, leading the Aggies to a win in Lawrence last season.

· Texas A&M is coming off a dramatic four-overtime loss in Manhappiness last week. The Aggies have lost three straight, two in overtime.

· Texas A&M is 3-2 at home this season.

· The Aggies rank 12th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 38.9 points per game, and sixth in total offense with 516.7 yards per game.

· A&M QB Ryan Tannehill has started all 10 games this season, completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,911 yards with 23 TDs and 11 INTs.

· WR Ryan Swope has been Tannehill's favorite target, recording 69 receptions for 932 yards and nine TDs.

· RBs Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael have split carries in the backfield this season, combining for 1,930 yards on the ground (5.7 yards per carry). Gray leads the team with nine rushing touchdowns on the season.

· Defensively, LB Jonathan Stewart leads the team with 77 total tackles and two sacks. Fellow LB Sean Porter has a Big 12-best 8.5 sacks and 12 total tackles for loss.

· As a team, the Aggies have forced 10 turnovers in 10 games this season.

· Despite a heart-breaking 31-30 overtime loss last week, KU RB Darrian Miller had a breakout performance: 147 yards on 24 carries. That's the most rushing yards by a KU true freshman since June Henley tallied 148 yards rushing against Nebraska on Nov. 6, 1993. Miller ranks second on the team in rushing on the season with 543 yards on 125 carries. He has scored four rushing TDs.

· S Bradley McDougald has shown real improvement in the last five games, making a combined 49 tackles, 36 of them solo. He's also collected three TFLs for minus six yards, two forced fumbles, an interception and three pass breakups in those same five games. He has at least 10 tackles in his last three games. KU TE Tim Biere was honored by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) again, being named Honorable Mention Tight End of the Week following the Baylor game. Biere made three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears.

· This day in sports, November 19th edition… London is selected to host the 1908 Olympics (1906)…Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella named MVP on his 30th birthday (1951)… The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Major League Baseball is a sport, not a business (1953)… The Houston Astros sign Nolan Ryan to one of baseball's richest deals ever: four years, $4.5 million (1979)… The Edmonton Oilers beat NJ Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils "a Mickey Mouse organization" (1983)… New York Met Dwight Gooden, 20, becomes the youngest NL Rookie of Year ever selected (1984)… Phillies 3rd baseman and future HOFer Mike Schmidt wins the National League MVP Award (1986)… The U.S. soccer team beats Trinidad, 1-0, to qualify for the 1990 World Cup finals for the first time since 1950 (1989)… a clean and lean Barry Bonds wins the National League MVP as a Pittsburgh Pirate (1990)… Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken wins his second American League MVP Award (1991)… The Baltimore Stallions defeat the Calgary Stampeders, 37-20, to win the 83rd Canadian Football League Grey Cup. Baltimore is the only U.S.-based team to ever win a CFL title (1995)… Constantly-poopy Albert Belle signs a record five-year, $55 million deal with the Chicago White Sox (1996).

· Celebrating celebrity birthdays Saturday… Philadelphia Phillies stud Ryan Howard (32)… Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug and her bad ankle (34)… multiple Oscar-winner Jodie Foster (49)… perennial girl-next-door and plastic surgery victim Meg Ryan (50)… designer Calvin Klein (69)… gazillionaire Ted Turner (73)… retired talk show host Dick Cavett (75)… retired talk show host and divorce court frequent flyer Larry King (78). Top Stories