Game Notes: KU vs Tulsa

Kansas opens the 2004 football campaign on Saturday when the Jayhawks host Tulsa in the season-opener.

Date: Sept. 4, 2004
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m.
Stadium: Memorial Stadium

Radio: The Jayhawk Network: Bob Davis, Max Falkenstien, and David Lawrence call the action. The network broadcast may be accessed at www.kuathletics.com.

Pre-Game Radio: The Crimson and Blue Line airs 70 minutes before kickoff on most Jayhawk Radio Network stations.

Rock Chalk Sports Talk will rev up for the home opener all week long. Tune in from 3:30-6:30 daily on KLWN 1320.

Television: Replay on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 (10 a.m., Sept. 5).

The Series: Tulsa leads the overall series 5-4 but the Jayhawks have won each of the last three meetings between the two teams. The most recent matchup saw KU defeat the Golden Hurricane 43-33 during the 2002 season in Tulsa, Okla.

Coaches: KU coach Mark Mangino is in his third season at Kansas and holds a career record of 8-17 as the team's head coach. Steve Kragthorpe is in his second season at Tulsa and has an overall record of 8-5.

Scene Setter

Kansas opens the 2004 football campaign on Sept. 4 when the Jayhawks host Tulsa in the season-opener for both teams. The Jayhawks have not won a season-opener during Mark Mangino's tenure at Kansas, but the club has won four of its last five home-openers since the 1999 season.

Both Tulsa and Kansas made tremendous strides last year towards rebuilding their respective football programs. The Golden Hurricane showed an NCAA-best seven-game improvement (from 1-11 in 2002 to 8-5 in 2003) during the 2003 season and finished the year by facing Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks participated in the team's first bowl game (2003 Tangerine Bowl) and posted the program's most wins (6) since the 1995 season.

A Quick Look at the Opponent

Tulsa enters the 2004 season with high expectations after an impressive run last year that saw the Golden Hurricane end the regular-season by reeling off five straight wins. Tulsa's running game appears to be in good shape with the return of junior Uril Parrish and sophomore Brandon Diles. The duo combined for 808 rushing yards and an average of 6.0 yards per attempt last season. Starting quarterback James Kilian, however, is the team's biggest offensive weapon. He earned second-team All-WAC honors as a junior -- in a league that featured three of the nation's top passers -- Boise State's Ryan Dinwiddie, Hawaii's Timmy Chang and Louisiana Tech's Luke McCown. Kilian completed 57 percent of his passes in 2003 for 2,217 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for more than 600 yards and seven scores.


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