News and Notes: KU vs. OU

News and notes while being reminded that if you screw around long enough with an opponent, they'll eventually start to believe they can play.

  • Saturday's game between #24 AP/#21 Coaches Kansas (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) and #25 AP Oklahoma (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) will be televised. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. This is just the second time since 1998 that ABC has televised a game from Memorial Stadium (vs., Iowa State, 2007).
  • KU is 27-4 at home in the last five seasons.
  • KU is 28-8 in its last 36 overall.
  • Saturday's game is the only home game in a four-game stretch for Kansas, which lost at Colorado last week and will go to Texas Tech and Kansas State the next two weeks.
  • KU is 17-5 playing as a ranked team in the Mark Mangino era.
  • KU won its last game vs. a ranked team, defeating No. 12 Missouri on last season at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
  • KU will be hosting a ranked team in Lawrence for the eighth time in the Mark Mangino era.  KU is 2-5 in the seven times a ranked opponent played in Memorial Stadium, with wins against No. 23 Missouri in 2003 and No. 25 Iowa State in 2005.
  • While KU is 19-18 against Big 12 North teams under The Big Pasta, KU is 4-17 against the South. The Jayhawks went 0-3 vs. the South last year after going 3-0 in 2007).
  • KU is looking for its sixth win of the season, which would give the Jayhawks at least six victories for the fifth consecutive season, a streak which has only been accomplished twice in school history (1895-99 and 1902-06).
  • Saturday's game features two ranked teams, an occurrence which has been rare for Kansas football.  In fact, since No. 11 KU defeated No. 25 UCLA in the 1995 Aloha Bowl, both teams have been ranked in a Kansas football game just five times (2007,  #2 Kansas vs. #4 Missouri, 28-36; 2007, #8 Kansas vs. #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21; 2008, #13 Kansas at #19 South Florida, 34-37; 2008, #16 Kansas at #4 Oklahoma, 31-45; 2008, #19 Kansas vs. #8 Texas Tech, 21-63.
  • Kansas has won five of its 17 games against ranked teams in the Mark Mangino era.  That compares to five wins in Kansas' previous 60 games against ranked teams prior to his arrival.
  • QB Todd Reesing and WRs Dez Briscoe and Kerry Meier continue to light it up. Briscoe is leading the nation in receiving yards per game (134.20), WR Kerry Meier is second in receptions (9.00) and QB Todd Reesing is third in passing yards (330.00), completions (27.17) and total offense (340.17). In all, Jayhawks are in the top 10 nationally in eight different individual statistical categories.
  • Oklahoma leads the all-time series 67-27-6, including a 30-14-3 advantage in games played at Lawrence. The Sooners have won five straight in the series after KU won three straight from 1995-97 (Whither John Blake?). Oklahoma is making its first trip to Lawrence since 2001 as the teams played in Norman in 2004 and 2008 and in Kansas City in 2005.
  • KU and OU played against each other from 1903-97 (96 straight seasons) which ranks as the nation's fifth-longest uninterrupted series. The streak was stopped due to the expansion of the Big 8 into the Big 12. This year's meeting is the 101st in the series.
  • #16 Kansas lost 45-31 at No. 4 Oklahoma last year, despite Dezmon Briscoe's then-school record 12 passes for what still is a school best 269 yards, including two touchdowns. The 269 yards were the most in a game in the NCAA last year. Reesing was 24 of 41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns, and RB Jake Sharp ran 12 times for 103 yards and a touchdown.  KU put up 491 yards of offense, but the Sooners ran up 674, including 468 passing from Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.  KU trailed just 31-24 early in the third quarter before Oklahoma scored two touchdowns to lead 45-24 with 12:02 left.
  • To give you an idea of how long it's been since Oklahoma has played in Lawrence, Johnny Beck opened up the scoring with a first quarter field goal. Oklahoma answered with a 38-0 run before KU scored on a 77-yard pass from Mario "Pepperoni and Extra Cheese" Kinsey to Roger Ross with five minutes left.  The Sooners won 38-10 behind 151 passing yards and 117 rushing yards from yet another Heisman winner, Jason White.  Kansas gained just 223 yards, while Oklahoma accumulated 403.  KU LB Leo Etienne recorded 18 tackles in the loss.
  • KU will be trying to win consecutive games against a ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 4 Colorado and No. 15 Oklahoma in 1995 (KU defeated No. 12 Missouri last year in its last game against a ranked opponent).
  • KU has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games dating back to last year.
  • KU has produced at least 400 yards of total offense in eight games in a row.
  • KU has scored points in 21 consecutive quarters (and in 23 of 24 this season).
  • QB Todd Reesing has thrown multiple touchdowns in four straight games.
  • Reesing has thrown for 400 yards in two straight games.
  • WR Kerry Meier has recorded at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in three straight games.
  • Meier has at least one touchdown catch in four straight games.
  • Meier (1,904) needs 96 yards to become the fourth KU player to record 2,000 career receiving yards.
  • Meier has caught at least four passes in nine straight games and at least two in 27 consecutive.
  • WR Dezmon Briscoe has caught at least four passes in nine straight games and at least two in 24 consecutive contests.
  • Briscoe has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in eight of the last nine games.
  • DE Jake Laptad has been in on a sack in five of six games this year and in six of the last eight contests.
  • S Darrell Stuckey has recorded double-digit tackle totals in two straight games.
  • There are a ton of OU-KU connections to note. KU head coach Mark Mangino was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2001, serving as the offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. KU TE coach Brandon Blaney was a GA at Oklahoma in 1999 and 2000. KU Director of Strength and Conditioning Chris Dawson was a LB at Oklahoma from 1992-94 and was a GA at OU in 1995 and an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1996-2000. KU On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator Rajeeb Hossain is a Norman HS graduate. KU offensive graduate assistant Tommy Mangino played high school football at Norman HS before moving to Lawrence for his junior and senior seasons.
  • Celebrating celebrity birthdays on game day: so-called celebrity Tila Tequila (28); actor Kevin Kline (62); Oscar award winner F. Murray Abraham (70); The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson (79, if he hadn't been in a plane crash with Buddy Holly in 1959); Yelberton Abraham Tittle, better known as 17-time all-pro quarterback Y.A. Tittle (83).

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