News, notes and quotes on Kansas’ matchup versus No. 14 Oklahoma Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium on Homecoming weekend.
The Jayhawks (0-7, 0-4 Big 12) are still aiming for their first win this season after last week’s 58-10 loss at Oklahoma State, while OU (6-1, 3-1) looks to keep the momentum going after crushing Texas Tech, 63-27, last Saturday at home.
The Sooners’ only loss came against Texas, 24-17, on Oct. 10 in Dallas. OU responded in grand fashion by blasting Kansas State, 55-0, at Manhattan the following week.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Kansas, 72-27-6. OU has won the last 10 games dating back to 2000, while having a commanding 33-14-3 advantage in games played in Lawrence. In those last 10 meetings, the Sooners have averaged 38.9 points per game to KU’s 13.3. During the game last season on Nov. 22, 2014, No. 23 Oklahoma won easy, 44-7.
The Jayhawks last beat he Sooners in 1997, a 20-17 victory in Lawrence.
The teams have played each other twice on Halloween, both in Lawrence. In 1914, KU and OU tied, 16-16, while in 1987, Oklahoma blasted Kansas, 71-10.
Saturday’s battle marks the 106th meeting, the second-most games KU has played against a Big 12 foe. Kansas has played K-State 112 times.
SPECIAL HOMECOMING WEEKEND
KU coach David Beaty wants to win every game, but knows this OU contest has extra significance and motivation with Homecoming weekend and all the KU lettermen and alumni returning to Lawrence.
“It absolutely does,” Beaty said. “You talk to your team about staying focused and your job is to win the game for Homecoming. We're going to stay focused and our goal is to go win the football game for our fans, and for our exes and all the people that love KU. So our focus is making sure we take care of our job. We're the entertainment for them that week, and we have to give them what they need, which is to go win the game.
“We don't do much different other than make them aware that, ‘Hey, listen, people are counting on us just like they are every week. But this is Homecoming, man. It's a big deal for our fans. Listen, make it about more than you.’”
FIERCE COMPETITION BRINGS DIFFERENT LINEUPS
Beaty instills fierce competition at each practice with players battling for positions daily. That’s resulted, in large, part with KU sending out a different starting lineup in each of the seven games this season. Kansas has started 18 different players on defense and 25 different players on offense. Overall, 30 athletes have started a game for KU for the first time in 2015.
TRE’ CAN PLAY
Senior wide receiver Tre’ Parmalee has had a career season, leading KU in every receiving category. He’s caught 26 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 73.5 yards per game and 17.0 yards per catch. At OSU last Saturday, Parmalee had a career-high 115 receiving yards on six receptions. He was the first KU receiver to eclipse 100 yards since 2014 when Jimmay Mundine (137) and Nigel King (128) recorded a 100-plus yard game against TCU.
Wide receivers coach Klint Kubiak predicted Parmalee would have a banner year in preseason.
“I expect everything he’s got,” Kubiak said. “He’s a leader of our group. He’s extremely mature. He knows what he wants and he’s working hard to get it. As far as he goes, that’s how far our (receiving) group will go. He’s our leader, he sets the tone. He will have a productive season, if it’s an explosive season that will be up to his teammates helping him but he’s definitely going to help us.”
LOCAL PRODUCT MAKES GOOD
Sophomore linebacker Joe Dineen, a former star at Free State High School in Lawrence, has come on strong lately. He’s posted double-digit tackles his last two games (10 versus Texas Tech and 11 at Oklahoma State). Dineen ranks fourth on the team with 38 stops, and has started four of seven games, including the last two.