More news and notes while waiting thinking about just how big this game is for both the Jayhawks and the Buffalos…
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The
last time KU had a home football game on ESPN or ESPN2 was the Texas
Christian game in 1995 on ESPN.
A win would make KU 20-3 over their last 23 games. It would also make
KU 2-0 in the Big 12 for just the third time in the 13-year history of
the conference (1997, 2007). A victory would also extend the
Jayhawks’ home winning streak to13. They’ve gone
22-2 in the last 24 contests in Marvin Grove.
Colorado is unranked, and KU has won 18 of their last 19 against
A win would make KU 12-3 in its last 15 games against the Big 12 North.
A win over Colorado would make it three straight against the Golden
Buffalos. The last time KU won three in a row against CU was 1962-64.
As always, a loss would suck.
The Jayhawks have held their last 32 opponents to less than 200 yards
QB Todd Reesing needs 33 pass completions to pass Franks Seurer for the
KU career record (467). Bonus Scout points for anyone who remembers
where Seurer was from.
Reesing needs one 300-yard passing game to tie his own school record he
set last year for 300 yard passing games in a season (five). He also
needs 104 yards of total offense to pass Chip Hilleary (5,888) for
second on the all-time KU total offensive yard chart.
Reesing needs 29 pass completions to pass David Jaynes (172) for fifth
on the KU season completions list.
WR Dexton Fields needs six receptions to pass Richie Estell (117) for
fifth on the KU career receptions list.
A TD reception for both Dezmon Briscoe and Dexton Fields will tie them
with Marcus Henry for fifth on the KU career touchdown receptions list
WR Kerry Meier has emerged as KU’s go-to guy. Meier averages
8.8 receptions per game – second in the nation –
and has caught at least seven passes in every game this year. He has
also recorded 100 receiving yards in three straight games. Sixty-one
percent (27 of 44) of his receptions have been for first downs; 41
percent (11 of 27) of his first-down producing receptions have come on
third or fourth down; and 25 percent (11 of 44) of his receptions have
come on third or fourth down (all for first downs).
WR Dezmon Briscoe has caught at least two passes in 11 consecutive
games. His last game without a catch was in Boulder last year.
LB Joe Mortensen has recorded a sack in two straight games. He has also
eaten a baby.
Kansas has won six consecutive day games.
Kansas has produced at least five explosives (plays of 20 yards or
more) in each of the last four games after getting just one in the
season opener against FIU. The Jayhawks have averaged six
plays of at least 20 yards or more in the last four games. KU
has scored eight touchdowns from outside the red zone this season.
Through the first five games, Kansas has had seven different players
lead the team in tackles (includes ties). The only Jayhawk to lead the
team in tackles more than once is LB James Holt.
Kansas opponents have started 17 drives at or inside their own 20-yard
line and only one has resulted in a score: a field goal by South
Kansas has won five games in the Mark Mangino era when scoring 20
points or less and two of those have come against Colorado (20-15 in
2006 and 19-14 in 2007).
KU has scored at least 30 points in 10 of its last 11 home games with
the exception being a 29-0 win against Louisiana Tech earlier this year.
October 11th has been a big day throughout history. The Great Chicago
Fire was finally extinguished (1871) after three days and 300 deaths.
Saturday Night Live premiered with a totally obliterated George Carlin
as host (1975). The first three-way presidential debate took place
between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and H. Ross Perot (1992). Deion Sanders played for Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves on the same
Happy October 11th birthday to Daryl Hall of ‘80s pop group
Hall and Oates (60); Hall of Fame QB Steve Young (47); funny and
deceptively hot actress Joan Cusack (46); PGA wanna-be
Michelle Wie (19); and Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange (41).
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