News and notes about Kansas' battle with Central Michigan at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kansas is 28-9 in its last 37 games against non-Big 12 foes, including bowl victories against Houston (2005), Virginia Tech (2007) and Minnesota (2008).
LAST TIME OUT
KU won the only game in the series versus CMU, a 52-7 blowout in Lawrence on Sept. 1, 2007. Brandon McAnderson and Jake Sharp both eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the first time in their careers. Kansas racked up 538 yards of total offense with six players scoring touchdowns. Todd Reesing completed 20 of 29 passes for 261 yards and four TDs. Marcus Henry, meanwhile, led KU receivers with seven catches for 103 yards, both career highs.
LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TODAY IN KU HISTORY
KU is 5-4-1 all time in games played on Sept. 20. Kansas has won two straight games on this date with victories over Jacksonville State in 2003 and Sam Houston State in 2008.
De’Andre Mann leads all KU rushers (No. 2 in Big 12) through two games with 186 yards (93.0 ypg.), while tops in the league in rushing yards per carry at 6.89. Montell Cozart has handled passing duties, completing 23 of 51 passes for three touchdowns and 285 yards with two interceptions. Tony Pierson, meanwhile, paces all receivers with six catches for 112 yards and one touchdown (56.0 ypg) while linebacker Ben Heeney is off to a stellar start with 26 tackles (13.0 per game), which leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally.
KU A WINNER VERSUS THE MAC
Kansas, which has faced seven current members of the Mid-American Conference, is 8-6 all time versus the MAC.
HARWELL SHINES VS. CENTRAL Michigan
Senior receiver Nick Harwell, who played his first three seasons in the MAC for Miami (Ohio), competed against Central Michigan as a freshman in 2010 and junior in 2012. He had eight receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown in 2010, while catching 11 passes for 215 yards and one TD in 2012. His 215 yards marked the third-highest receiving total in Miami history.
KU coach Charlie Weis was asked Tuesday if Harwell was excited to play against the Chippewas.
“Right now I don't care what Harwell is excited about,” Weis said. “What I care about with Harwell is that he's the leader of our offense and he gets all over them so that today we have a good practice. He's had big numbers against this team in the past. He's had good days, but that's the past. I'm only worrying about today's practice leading into Saturday's game.”
Senior punter Trevor Pardula is coming off a big game against Duke last Saturday, when he averaged 51.8 yards on eight punts, including two boots of 70-plus yards (70 and 72). His 49.6 yard average this season leads the Big 12 and ranks second nationally. Pardula has recorded six punts of 50-plus yards, while dropping six of his punts inside the 20-yard line.
KU ranks second in the Big 12 and 16th in the NCAA in net punting.