News and Notes: Kansas vs. Kansas St.

News and notes while thinking that this Saturday's game is not the no-brainer everyone thought it was a month ago.

  • This Saturday’s meeting between the Kansas Jayhawks (5-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big 12) and the Kansas State Wildcats is the 106th between the two. The game will kick-off at 11:30 a.m. and will be broadcast on FSN. This will be KU’s eighth straight TV appearance.
  • Despite losing two in a row, KU has still won 21 of their last 25 overall, 22 of their last 25 at home and six of their last seven in conference.
  • KU has beaten KSU three out of the last four. Prior to that, the last time the Jayhawks beat the Cats was during the Eisenhower Administration. Or maybe it just felt like it.
  • Last Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of Texas Tech bumped KU from the polls for the first time in 19 weeks.
  • KU’s 315 yards of total offense was their lowest total in 27 games. QB Todd Reesing was held to under 200 yards passing for the first time in 13 games. RB Jake Sharp ran for 80 yards on 13 carries while WR Dezmon Briscoe caught eight passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. WR Kerry Meier had six catches for 70 yards.
  • On the other side of the ball, LBs Mike Rivera and James Holt each had 13 tackles. S Darrell Stuckey had 10.
  • The KU-KSU is the 15th most-played rivalry game in the country and the fourth longest uninterrupted series in the nation.
  • KU head coach Mark Mangino has been involved in 14 Kansas-Kansas State games and has been on the winning sideline 10 times.
  • Most years, a shot of Kansas State has been good for whatever ails the Jayhawks. There are 22 KU rushers who have had 100 yard games against Kansas State, including three (Jon Cornish, Tony Sands and Kerwin Bell) 200-plus yard efforts. Seven Jayhawk receivers have had 100-plus yard days against the Grapes, including Bob Johnson’s 10-catch, 208-yard day in 1983. In 1950, KU rolled up 615 yards of total offense against KSU, and in 1992, the Wildcats rolled up -56 yards total offense against a KU defense which included KU’s greatest D-line ever: Dana Stubblefield, Chris Maumalanga, Gilbert Brown and Kyle Moore. KSU QB Carl Straw is still undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The WR duo of Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe is becoming one of the most prolific in KU football history. Both have more than 50 catches and over 700 receiving yards, something that’s only happened once before at KU. In 2007, Marcus Henry caught 54 passes for 1,104 yards and Dexton Fields caught 63 passes for 824 yards.
  • Meier needs just eight more catches to break the KU single season record held by Richard Estell (70).
  • Despite a rough day last Saturday, KU’s offense is averaging 442.6 yards per game, second-best in school history behind last year’s 479.8. Their 312.8 passing yards per game is on pace to break last year’s school record of 291.0.
  • Also from the “Despite Have a Rough Day” Department, KU’s defense is only giving up 113.2 rushing yards per game. If they keep that pace up, four of the five top rushing defenses in school history would have played in the last four seasons.
  • KU is giving up 271.4 passing yards per game – a not-so-nice school record.

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