• The 6-4 Jayhawks (3-3 Big 12) will host #4 AP/#5 Coaches Texas (9-1, 5-1) in the last home game of the 2008 season. FSN will show it, and it kicks off at 11:30 a.m.
• Saturday will mark the fourth
game Kansas has played a ranked team this season. It’ll be
the third against a top 10-ranked opponent. Welcome to life in the Big
• 18 KU seniors will take the
turf for the last time this Saturday. I hope a great crowd
turns out to send off DE Richard Alspaugh, S Tang Bacheyie, DE Russell Brorsen, WR Micah Brown, WR Raymond Brown, C Ryan Cantrell, OT Matt Darton, WR Dexton Fields, WR Gary Green, CB Kendrick Harper, OG Chet Hartley, WR Marcus Herford, LB James Holt, DE John Larson, OG Adrian Mayes, LB Joe Mortensen, S Patrick Resby and LB Mike Rivera.
• This group of seniors has been
a huge part of some of KU football’s biggest moments. They
are a combined 31-16 with two games left, a record second only to the
1896-99 class (32-6). They picked up six wins in four
straight seasons for the first time since 1903-1906. These Jayhawks
posted two undefeated seasons at home (2005 and 2007) and a 23-3 home
mark overall. They played in Kansas’ first January bowl since
1969. Finally, they were part of a school-record 19 straight weeks in
the AP poll.
• Big Jay and Bevo will be
squaring off for just the ninth time, with Texas holding a 6-2
advantage, 3-2 in Lawrence. Texas has won six in a row against the
• Dollar signs. That’s
• No current Jayhawks played in
the game the last time Texas came to Lawrence.
• 28 Jayhawks hail from Texas,
including starters WR Dezmon Briscoe, C Ryan Cantrell, WR Dexton
Fields, OT Jeremiah Hatch, CB Daymond Patterson, QB Todd Reesing and WR
• QB Todd Reesing is
KU’s all-time career passing leader. His 28-yard TD pass to
WR Kerry Meier broke Frank Seurer’s old mark. He has set 32
school passing records in just 26 games. For his career, he ranks in
the NCAA top 20 in 10different categories, including total offense per
game (6th, 274.5 yards), passing yards per game (7th, 255.1) and
passing efficiency (10th, 149.79).
• After a slow start, Jake Sharp
has quietly put together a really good year with 737 yards rushing and
251 receiving yards. He’s the first Jayhawk RB since Clark Green to rush for 700 yards and catch for 250 more (968 and 464 in
• WR Dez Briscoe now holds the
KU single-season record for TD passes (11) as well as the career mark.
Did I mention Briscoe’s a sophomore? His 269 yards receiving
against Oklahoma is the best single-game receiving performance in the
country this season.
• WR Kerry Meier has 69 catches
this season – just one shy of Richard Estell’s
school record (1985). Forty-four of those catches have been for first
downs, and 14 of them came on third or fourth down.
• LB James Holt is finishing his
career on a roll. He leads the nation in fumbles forced with .6 per
game (six fumbles in 10 games). He’s recorded 10 tackles in
four games this season and made nine last week at Nebraska.
• Kansas is 10th in the nation
in third down efficiency, converting on 49.6 percent.
• The Jayhawks are averaging
299.5 yards passing per game – on pace to break the school
record of 291.0, set just last season.
• KU’s defense has
forced eight turnovers in the last two games. They had eight in the
previous six games combined. They’ve also collected eight
sacks in the last three games combined.
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