More News and Notes: Kansas - Bugeaters

More news and notes while eagerly awaiting a phone call from Kim Franchione, telling me that she and Dennis are still very happy at Alabama and there's no way he'll even interview at Kansas State.

  • A win Saturday would give KU seven wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1960 (7-2-1) and 1961 (7-3-1).
  • A victory would give KU consecutive wins against Nebraska for the first time since 1967-68 and would be the best four-year stretch against the Huskers (3-1) since winning five straight from 1957-61.
  • If KU has more points that Nebraska at the end of the game, it would stop a 19-game losing streak in Lincoln dating back to the Johnson Administration. Seriously.
  • KU’s road record would improve to .500 (2-2) with a win. It would also be KU’s 17th consecutive win against an un-ranked team.
  • With a win, head coach Mark Mangino would tie Jack Mitchell for third on the KU coaches victory list with 44. Mitchell went 44-42-5 from 1958-66.
  • QB Todd Reesing needs just 83 passing yards to pass Frank Seurer for the KU career passing yardage record (6,410).
  • WR Kerry Meier needs five receptions to pass Richard Estell (70 in 1985) for the single-season receptions record. Meier has caught at least two passes in 17 straight games.
  • WR Dexton Fields needs four receptions to pass Clark Green for fourth on the KU career receptions list (122).
  • WR Dezmon Briscoe needs three receptions and WR Kerry Meier needs seven catches for 100 in their careers.  Just eleven Jayhawks have recorded at least 100 receptions in their careers.
  • Briscoe needs one touchdown reception for sole possession of the KU career touchdown receptions record. He’s caught 17 and is tied with Willie Vaughn and Bruce Adams.
  • Briscoe needs one touchdown reception for sole possession of the KU season touchdown receptions record that he shares with Marcus Henry (10). Briscoe has caught at least one touchdown pass in four straight games and has caught at least two passes in 15 consecutive games.
  • True freshman Daymond Patterson is one of just three players in the country to have started on both offense and defense this season and is the only freshman to do so. The other two are UConn’s Darius Butler (regular starter at CB, one start at WR) and Virginia Tech’s Macho Harris (seven starts at CB, two at WR).
  • RB Jake Sharp is one of two players in the Big 12 averaging 100 rushing yards in conference play as he has averaged 112.2 yards in five league games to join Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State, who has averaged 120.4 yards per game. Sharp’s 155.2 all-purpose yard average in Big 12 games ranks third in the conference, but are the most by anyone who does not also return punts or kickoffs, as his entire yardage is from the line of scrimmage (561 rushing yards and 215 receiving yards).
  • LB James Holt’s 11 tackles for loss this year make him one of just two linebackers in the Big 12 with double-digit tackles for loss this year (MU’s Sean Weatherspoon has 13). He is one of just six players in the league to accomplish that feat.
  • KU ranks second in the conference in interceptions this season with 12 (Texas Tech has 15).  Eight different Jayhawks have pickoffs, led by Darrell Stuckey’s three. No word yet on whether they’ve sent K-State QB Josh Freeman a thank you card.
  • KU’s game against Nebraska marks the only time this season the Jayhawks will face a team with a first-year head coach.
  • In the last two seasons, Kansas has won a combined 10 conference games (10-3 with three league games remaining this year).  One more victory by the Jayhawks would give KU 11 league wins in a two-year span, matching the number of league wins the Jayhawks had in the previous five seasons combined (11-29 from 2002-06).
  • Last year Kansas had nine players on defense start all 13 games.  This season only four defensive players have started all nine games (DE Russell Brorsen, LB James Holt, LB Joe Mortensen and SS Darrell Stuckey).  In all, 19 different players have started a game on defense this season.
  • Last year, KU players set a Volkswagen full of records in their 76-39 drubbing of the Bugeaters, including TDs and rushing TDs in a game (Brandon McAnderson, 4, tied); points in a game (Brandon McAnderson, 24, tied); TD passes in a game (Reesing, 6, breaking a 69-year-old record); TDs responsible for in a game (Reesing, 6); PATs attempted in a game (Scott Webb, 11); PATs made in a game (Scott Webb, 10); kickoff returns in a game (Marcus Herford, 6) and kickoff return yards in a game (Marcus Herford, 203).
  • The team also racked up some records, including most first downs in a game (34, tied); points in a conference game (76); combined points by both teams in a game (115); and home game single-game attendance (51,910, since broken).
  • The Jayhawks are 6-8-2 in games played on November 8th all-time. Three of those wins have come against Nebraska (18-4 in 1896, 13-7 in 1947 and 29-7 in 1958).

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