Game Notes: Kansas vs. Toledo

Fresh off its 21-3 season-opening victory over Tulsa, Kansas hosts Toledo in just the second-ever meeting between the two schools.

Date: Sept. 11, 2004
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m.
Stadium: Memorial Stadium

Toledo, which is picked to win the MAC West Division by several preseason football magazines, lost at Minnesota 63-21 in its first game of the year. Last season, coach Tom Amstutz led the Rockets to an 8-4 overall record and wins over No. 9 Pittsburgh and No. 21 Northern Illinois.

The Rockets are led by junior quarterback Bruce Gradkowski who finished second in the nation last year by completing better than 72 percent of his pass attempts. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native posted a school-record 29 touchdown passes in 2003 and threw just seven interceptions. Against Minnesota on Sept. 4, Gradkowski completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. Running back Quinton Broussard led the Rockets with seven carries and 40 yards against the Golden Gophers.

After blocking two punts against the University of Tulsa, Kansas wide receiver Brandon Rideau was named the SBC Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

Rideau, a wide receiver who also excels on special teams, blocked a pair of punts in the win over Tulsa as the Jayhawks allowed the fewest points in their season-opener since a 24-0 shutout over UAB in 1997. He also recovered and returned one of the punts 19 yards to give Kansas key field position while catching three passes for 27 yards from his wide receiver post.

Toledo Game Promotions

Several events surround the game, including the Phog.net/Jayhawk Illustrated tailgaiting tent for premium subscribers.

Fans can also visit the Hy-Vee Fun Zone, which features inflatable games and a new food court area where fans can sample a variety of foods from different vendors. The Hy-Vee Fun Zone is located on the southeast side of the stadium.

Armed Forces Appreciation Day - Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may purchase tickets for themselves and their families for only $10. Saturday's highlights include a pre-game flyover by the Air Force and an on-field presentation of a giant American flag.

Band Day - The KU Marching Jayhawks and area marching bands will be on Jayhawk Boulevard for a parade through campus beginning at 1:30 p.m. All bands in attendance will perform during halftime of the football game.

Family Weekend - Students are encouraged to bring their parents to campus to share the experience of Jayhawk football and to participate in other activities.

Spirit Day - Youth spirit groups will learn cheers, chants, routines and stunting from KU's cheer and dance teams.

For more information, please visit www.kuathletics.com.


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