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•    In case you’ve been under a rock, you should know that KU (7-5 overall, 4-4 Big 12) will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-5 Big 10) at the 20th Annual Insight Bowl in Tempe, AZ. The New Years Eve affair will kick off at 5 p.m. Central.
•    The game will be televised on the NFL Network. Don’t ask me – I can’t explain it, either.
•    The Jayhawks are playing in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. It's also their fourth post-season trip in the last six seasons.
•    Kansas is 5-6 in post-season bowl games. The Jayhawks won just one out of the first six but have won four out of their last five.
•    With seven wins this season, it marks the first time since 1960-61 that the Jayhawks have won seven or more games in consecutive seasons. It’s also the first time KU has had four straight six-win seasons since 1903-06.
•    19 wins in back-to-back seasons is the most in school history. The old record was 18, set by the 2006 and 2007 teams and the 1904-05 squads.
•    A combined record of 32-17 over the last four seasons ties the KU record for the most wins in a four-year period. The 1896-99 teams were very strong at 32-6.
•    KU has won 22 of their last 29 games dating back to October 2006.
•    KU is 22-7 against noncom foes under coach Mark Mangino. That includes a 15-2 mark against the last 17 non-Big 12 opponents they’ve faced.
•    The Jayhawks’ lone loss to an unranked team this season was to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Prior to that loss, KU had beaten 16 consecutive unranked opponents.
•    Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino’s 44 wins tie him with Jack Mitchell (44 wins in nine seasons) on the all-time KU coaches’ list. Grinnin’ Glen Mason won 47 games in nine seasons at Kansas, and A.R. Kennedy won 52 games in seven seasons.
•    Mangino and Mason are the only two coaches in KU history to win two bowl games.
•    Kansas is 3-1 in games played in the state of Arizona, site of the Insight Bowl. All four of those contests were against the University of Arizona in Tucson. The Jayhawks have not played a game in Arizona since a 35-13 win over the Wildcats in 1966.
•    Kansas is 3-3 against the Gophers in six previous meetings. The teams last played in 1973, a game in which the Jayhawks defense sparked a 34-19 win in Lawrence. RB Delvy Williams scored three touchdowns and Ring of Honor member QB David Jaynes connected with WR Bruce Adams for a TD pass.
•    I've got 153 Scout points for anyone who can tell me – without googling – who quarterbacked the Minnesota team the last time KU played them. The answer is below.
•    The Big 12 Conference is 7-3 all-time in the Insight Bowl. Most recently, Oklahoma State beat Indiana 49-33 last season.
•    KU QB Todd Reesing has thrown a touchdown pass in 17 straight games. He also needs five more pass attempts to break Frank Seurer's career record of 934 and 33 more  
offensive plays to break Seurer's career mark of 1,181.
•    In the last two years, Reesing has thrown for 7,061 yards – 833 yards more than the total of KU's passing leaders from the previous fours seasons combined (6,228).
•    He owns the top two season marks in school history in a number of passing categories, including attempts, completion percentage, yards, yards per game, 300-yard games, 200-yard games, touchdown passes and consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
•    Reesing, who was an all-Big 12 second-team selection in 2007, did not receive an honor this year, despite improving most of his statistical numbers. Special thanks go out to Sam Bradford, Graham Harrell and Colt McCoy.
•    WR Dexton Fields needs four more catches to pass Brandon Rideau for third on the all-time KU receptions list (131). Six more will move him past Willie Vaughn for second  (133). Just 23 receiving yards will put him in 11th eighth place on the KU receiving yards list, past Harrison Hill (1,535) and 87 more would pass Marcus Henry (1,599) for eighth.
•    One more TD catch will tie Fields with Mark Simmons for fourth on the KU TD receiving record list at 16. He has caught a TD pass in three straight games.
•    WR Dezmon Briscoe needs two catches to pass Clark Green (122) for fifth on the KU career receptions roll. A 78-yard game will move him into fifth place on the KU receiving yardage list ahead of Bobby Johnson (1,779) and 107 yards will pass Emmett Edwards (1,808) for fourth.
•    If Briscoe has a 100-yard receiving day, he will take sole possession of the KU record for consecutive 100-yard games. He is tied with five other players, including teammate Kerry Meier, with three.
•    Speaking of Meier, four receptions will put him in seventh place on the KU career receptions list, passing Richard Estell (117). If he makes catches for 68 yards, he will become the fifth KU receiver to catch for over 1,000 yards in a single season. A 100-yard receiving game will give Meier five for the season, tied for second on the single-season list behind Briscoe (who already has six this year). Two other Jayhawks have five.
•    Under-appreciated LB James Holt has had at least one sack in the last five games.
•    LB Joe Mortensen will start his team-high 38th consecutive game in the Insight Bowl.
•    KU's 302.3 passing yards per game is a new school record. Their 431.2 yards of total offense per game is #2 all-time behind last year's 479.8. Finally, Their 32.6 points per game is #3 behind the 2007 team (42.7) and the 1968 squad (34.5).
•    Kansas has 60 plays of 20 yards or more this season (52 passes, eight rushes). Briscoe leads the team with 20 “explosives.” Meier is second with 13. Nine different Jayhawks made the list.
•    The Jayhawks have 23 touchdown drives lasting shorter than two minutes this season. They have also produced 22 touchdown drives of 70-plus yards, including nine of at least 80 yards.
•    Holt leads the team in tackles with 97. If he holds off DB Darrell Stuckey (94), it will means that all three starting KU linebackers will have led the team in tackles for a season. Mike Rivera led the team with 90 as a sophomore in 2006, and Joe Mortensen led in 2007 with 106.
•    Before the Border War, KU had just four kickoff returns of 25 or more yards in their first eleven games and had averaged just 17.4 yards per return. Mangino decided to give Briscoe a shot, and the sophomore responded with four returns of 25-plus yards, including two 40-yarders. On the day, he had 195 yards on seven returns for a 27.85 average.
•    Everyone knows KU played five ranked teams this season, but not everyone knows that KU's schedule included seven teams who are playing in bowl games this season. Those teams are Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, South Florida and Louisiana Tech (of all people).
•    KU will make a school-record 11th TV appearance this season when the Insight Bowl kicks off on the NFL Network, if you count the NFL Network as real TV.
•    Congratulations and Scout points to everyone who knew that Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy was the Gophers' QB in 1973.


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