News and notes: Kansas - Rice

News and notes while wrapping up a week of basking in the glory of KU's longest winning streak in nearly a year.


News and Notes

Kansas (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference) will look to pick up their second straight win under first-year head coach Charlie Weis when the Jayhawks host Rice (0-1, 0-0) Saturday at the intersection of Fambrough and Fambrough. The game can be viewed on Fox Sports Net.
The Jayhawks and the Owls will be meeting for just the second time in program history. The last time was in the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl, which KU won, 33-7. That was also KU's first-ever bowl win.
The Jayhawks enter Saturday's contest on the tails of a 31-17 win over South Dakota State. Rice is looking to get off the schneid for the first time this season losing to UCLA, 49-24.
David Bailiff is in his sixth season as the Owls' head coach. In his first five seasons, Bailiff got Rice their first bowl win in over 50 years and has produced a pair of All-Americans.
In 2008, the Owls overcame a boatload of obstacles, including Hurricane Ike, and won 10 games for the first time since 1949 and won a bowl game for the first time since a memorable win over Alabama in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. For his efforts, Bailiff was honored by his conference peers as the 2008 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
Rice's Cameron Nwosu was all over the field for the Owl defense in the loss to UCLA. He set an NCAA record with three PAT blocks in the game. He also had nine tackles and an interception.
QB Taylor McHargue rushed 22 times for 95 yards and completed 17-of-28 passes for 172 yards and two TDs. Sam McGuffie caught eight passes for 63 yards and a TD.
Rice returns 41 letter-winners, including 11 starters, from last season's 4-8 team.
Three of Rice's four graduate assistants are KU alums: Ryan Cantrell, A.J. Steward and Adrian Mayes.
Former Mark Mangino assistant John Reagan returns to Memorial Stadium as Rice's o-coordinator and runningbacks coach.
Leftovers from last week... WR Kale Pick's 43-yard reception from QB Dayne Crist was the longest of his career, surpassing a 36-yard catch against Northern Illinois last season. It was Crist's longest pass completion since an 80-yarder against Western Michigan in 2010 while at Notre Dame.
Sophomore Tony Pierson's 47-yard touchdown rush in the third quarter matched his career best rush versus McNeese State last year. It was the first multi-TD game of his career.
Junior Taylor Cox had 121 rushing yards. The last time a KU player rushed for at least 100 yards in a debut was James Sims with 101 against Georgia Tech during the 2010 season.
Last Saturday was the first time two Jayhawks had 100 or more yards rushing in a game since Brandon McAnderson (110) and Jake Sharp (106) did it against Central Michigan in 2007.
LB/DE/FB Toben Opurum was the lead blocker on Pierson's three-yard touchdown run. It was Opurum's first time on the offensive side of the ball since the 2009 Texas game.
TE Mike Ragone caught his first career touchdown from Crist in the third quarter. For Crist, it was his 17th career TD pass and first since the Notre Dame-Navy game in 2010.
DB Bradley McDougald's interceptions last Saturday were the fifth and sixth of his career. McDougald has recorded interceptions in consecutive games, dating back to last season's finale against Mizzou. The last KU player to record interceptions in consecutive games was Justin Thornton during the 2007 season (against Baylor and at Colorado).
McDougald's two interceptions marked the first time a Jayhawk had two picks in the same game since Darrell Stuckey had two against Missouri in 2008.
Kansas' four INTs against South Dakota State marked the first time KU made four picks since the 2007 Nebraska game.
WR Chris Omigie's blocked punt last Saturday was KU's first since Nick Sizemore did it at Oklahoma State last season.
WR Josh Ford also recorded a blocked punt, making it the first time the Jayhawks blocked multiple punts in a game since the 2004 Oklahoma game in Norman.
Kansas DB Bradley McDougald got some love from the College Football Performance Awards for his outstanding game against South Dakota State. McDougald had two interceptions and made six tackles, five solo, and a tackle for loss.
Fifteen players made their debut in Crimson and Blue Saturday, eight on offense and seven on defense.
Eight Jayhawks picked up their first career start in the South Dakota State win: QB Dayne Crist; RG Aslam Sterling; RT Gavin Howard; TE Trent Smiley; TE Mike Ragone; NT Jordan Tavai; DE Josh Williams; and LB Ben Heeney.
KU's special teams showed considerable improvement over last season in this season's opener, especially the punt team. Kansas junior punter Ron Doherty had a good day, punting six times for 45.8 per, including a new career-long of 63.
KU's punt team only allowed two punt returns and just one yard by the Jackrabbits.
QB Dayne Crist is one of just five signal callers who are starting at quarterback for a school where there are no returning players with starts at that position. Crist, who started 10 games at Notre Dame, is the only player on the KU roster with any starting experience at the QB position. San Diego State, SMU, Tulsa and Wisconsin are the other four schools.
Kansas has seven players on its 2012 roster who already have their undergraduate degree. Brandon Hawks, Trevor Marrongelli and Daymond Patterson walked down The Hill either last spring or summer. Dayne Crist, Anthony McDonald and Mike Ragone hold degrees from Notre Dame, and Josh Williams is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Celebrating birthdays Saturday... singer Pink (32)... hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa (24)... basketball player and coach-choker Latrell Sprewell (41)... NBA star and coach Mo Cheeks (55)... Detroit Lion legend and all-time NFL great Lem Barney (66)... and television legend Sid Caesar (89).
Dead people celebrating birthdays in their own quiet ways... bumbling Inspector Clouseau actor Peter Sellers (87)... country music legend Patsy Cline (90)... KC and Negro Leagues baseball legend Buck O'Neill (105).
On September 8 in sports history... the Pittsburgh Pirates strand an NL-record 18 runners in an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Red Legs (1905)... Babe Ruth strokes his 26thhomer of the season, breaking Buck Freeman's single-season home run record (1919)... the Brooklyn Dodgers clinch the National League pennant, the earliest clinching in baseball history (1955)... Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with his 13th 20-win season (1963)... Hank Aaron sets the record for most homers hit in one league (709)... Ivan Lendl beats John McEnroe to win the 105th US Open TennisChampionship (1985)... cheater Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 4,191st base hit (1985)... KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,500th base hit (1989).


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