News and Notes: The Border War

News and notes while thinking about all that KU fans have to be thankful for – like the end of the 2011 football season.

· Kansas (2-9 overall, 0-8 Big 12) will cap off the season at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday against the Missouri Tigers (6-5, 4-4). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30.

· Kansas is facing Missouri for the 120th time in 122 years of college football. The Jayhawks are 55-55-9 all-time versus the Tigers, including a 1-3 mark in games played at Arrowhead.

· KU lost to MU last season, 35-7, and has lost four of their last five against the Tigers.

· Kansas fields eight players from Missouri.

· KU is 7-3 all time in games played on November 26. The Jayhawks last played on November 26 vs. Iowa State in 2005, defeating the Cyclones, 24-21, in overtime in Lawrence. That win made KU bowl-eligible in Mark Mangino's second season.

· Kansas senior LB Steven Johnson leads the Big 12 in tackles and sits 13th in the country with 10.4 tackles per game.

· Jayhawk WR/KR D.J. Beshears set the KU single-season kickoff return yards record in KU's game at Iowa State. He needs 147 kick return yards to set the KU career kickoff return yards record.

· Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel – well, the jokes almost write themselves.

· Pinkel is 83-54 in his 11th season in Columbia. In his 11 seasons in Columbia, Pinkel has led the Tigers to six bowl appearances, including three seasons of 10 wins or more. Over the last five seasons, Missouri is 46-19 and has been bowl-eligible each year.

· Pinkel is 6-4 against Kansas in his career, including wins in each of the last two meetings at Arrowhead Stadium. No word on whether he'll have a glass of wine or seven if the Tigers win.

· Missouri leads the conference and rank 11th in the country in rushing offense with 242.18 rushing yards per game. MU's leading rusher, TB Henry Josey, rushed for 1,168 yards on 145 carries in the first 10 games of the season but blew a knee in the team's win over Texas.

· QB James Franklin has rushed for 794 yards and thrown for 2,553 yards, which ranks him 14th in the country with 3,347 yards of total offense.

· Franklin's two favorite receiving targets have been WR T.J. Moe (51 catches, 629 yards) and TE Michael Egnew (46 catches, 467 yards).

· On defense, the Tigers rank third in the Big 12, allowing just 24.7 points per game. MU has held three of its opponents without a touchdown this season.

· LBs Andrew Wilson (85 tackles, 7.0 TFL) and Luke Lambert (69 tackles, 10.5 TFL) are the team's leading tacklers.

· CB E.J. Gaines leads MU with two interceptions. DE Jacquies Smith has a team high five sacks.

· Kansas WR Christian Matthews was about the only offensive highlight of last week's ugliness in College Station, finding ways to make plays against Texas A&M from multiple positions. He lined up at wide receiver to start the game but saw snaps out of the ‘Jayhawk' formation as well. Matthews recorded career highs in receiving yards (39), catches (four) and rushing yards (18). His four catches also gave him five-straight games with at least one reception.

· LB Darius Willis matched a career high with 10 tackles Saturday at Texas A&M. Despite a slow start, Willis ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 78 total tackles, including 47 solo stops. He also ranks 14th in the league with 8.0 TFLs.

· S Bradley McDougald has made 54 tackles, including 41 solo stops, over KU's last six games.

· November 26th in sports history…first baseball game played in enclosed field, San Francisco (1868)… University of Toronto defeats Hamilton Tigers, 16-7, to win the second Canadian Football League Grey Cup (1910)… amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro (1941)… After winning the Olympic gold medal in single sculls, Soviet Vyacheslav Ivanov jumps for joy. His medal comes off, falls in the water and sinks (1956)… Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club takes the name Twins (1960)… Major League Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball (1961)… Cincinnati Reds 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins National League Rookie of Year (1963)… L.A. Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Lefebvre is voted National League Rookie of Year (1965)… The International Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years (1979)… Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as National League MVP (1980)… Howard Cosell calls his last fight after being disgusted by Larry Holmes-Tex Cobb mismatch (1982)… After 518 goals & 14 years with the Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur retires (1984)… Dolphins QB Dan Marino sets NFL record with 343rd touchdown pass (1995)… Major League Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4 (1996)… the Washington Capitals play their final game at USAir Arena, retiring Rod Langway's #5 (1997)… the Concorde makes its last ever flight over Bristol, England (2003).

· Celebrating birthdays Saturday: slim pickin's this week… NASCAR's Dale Jarrett (55)… New York Giant legend and NFL HOFer Harry Carson (58)… Tina Turner (72)… and golden-throated crooner Robert Goulet (78).

· Of special note to Kansas fans: on November 26th, 1939, Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball and first basketball coach at Kansas, passed away after a major brain hemorrhage. He is buried in the Free Masons section of Memorial Park Cemetery in east Lawrence. Sometime when you're in Lawrence, make the pilgrimage.


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