News and Notes: Kansas-Corn

News and notes while wondering why it's taking so long for the Kansas State athletic department to produce the commemorative DVD of last week's game.

  • Your Kansas Jayhawks (5-4 overall, 1-4 Big 12) will try to stop the bleeding Saturday against Nebraska (6-3, 3-2). The game will be regionally televised on ABC. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday is senior day, and the following Jayhawks will take the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time: LS Kayl Anderson; DT Caleb Blakesley; WR Kerry Meier; DE Max Onyegbule; WR Raimond Pendleton; OL Jose Rodriguez; LB Angus Quigley; QB Todd Reesing; LB Jake Schermer; RB Jake Sharp; DE Dustin Spears; S Darrell Stuckey; S Justin Thornton; DE Jeff Wheeler; and LB Arist Wright.
  • This senior class is 31-16 with three games remaining; 21-5 at home; and has been to consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history.
  • In Big 12 games this season, Todd Reesing leads the conference in passing yards per game (297) and total offense per game (298).
  • KU coach Mark Mangino needs two more victories to tie A.R. Kennedy for most wins in school history (52). If it seems like I've been writing that since the first of October, it's because I have.
  • Nebraska leads the all-time series, 89-23-3, including 46-8-1 in Lawrence. The Jayhawks, however, have won the last two home games, 76-39 and 40-15.
  • KU-NU is being played for the 104th consecutive season, making it the longest uninterrupted series in the nation. Minnesota-Wisconsin is just one season behind, dere you betcha.
  • The Kansas-Nebraska series is also the third most-played in the country (115 games), behind Wisconsin-Minnesota (118) and Kansas-Missouri (117).
  • WR Kerry Meier needs 80 receiving yards to pass Mark Simmons (2,161) for third on the KU career receiving list. One more TD catch will tie him with Bruce Adams and and Willie Vaughn for second on the all-time KU list (17). Dez Briscoe leads all KU receivers with 28 and three games left to play.
  • Speaking of Briscoe, he needs three yards receiving to pass Jordy Nelson for 10th on the all-time Big 12 receiving list (2,822).
  • Meier (196 catches) and Briscoe (197) should both break the 200-catch barrier soon.
  • Despite another loss, it's noteworthy that Reesing became just the 5th Big 12 QB to throw for 10,000 in his career. HE is also one of just two players in the conference averaging over 300 yards total offense – Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson is the other – and his 21 TDs responsible for are second in the Big 12.
  • Briscoe's five 100-yard receiving games ties him for the conference lead with Dana Alexander (Slaver) and Jordan Shipley (Texas).
  • Meier and Briscoe rank first and second in the Big 12 in catches per game in league play only (9.2 and 8.6, respectively).
  • In five wins, KU rushed for 189 yards per game. In four losses, they're rushing for 51.
  • In five wins, KU passed for 330 yards per game. In four losses, they're passing for 270.
  • Doing the math, KU accounted for 510 yards total offense in their five wins and 321 in their four losses.
  • On the other side of the ball, in five wins, KU's defense held opponents to 91 yards rushing. In four losses, they've surrendered 150.
  • On the upside, the pass defense has improved dramatically: from 259 yards given up in KU's five wins to 186 per game in the four losses, they've allowed 186.
  • In five wins, the Jayhawks turned the ball over five times, compared to 12 giveaways in their four losses. Those 12 turnovers has resulted in nine opponents' touchdowns. Opponents have started 10 series on Kansas' side of the 50 in the last four games and have scored touchdowns on seven of those occasions.
  • Last Saturday in Manhattan, KU had three series of 10 plays or more. They resulted in a missed field goal, an interception and a made field goal.
  • KU has failed to score 30 points in three straight games for the first time since 2005.
  • The Jayhawks defense held Kansas State to 3-of-11 on 3rd down conversions. The Wildcats were held to 332 yards of total offense, KU's 4th-best defensive performance of the season. KSU's 266 yards rushing, however, was a little bit over KU's average going into the game (99). That's the highest rushing total for an opponent since Texas ran all over the Jayhawks for 336 yards in 2005.
  • Celebrating birthdays Saturday... Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker (34); Condeleezza Rice (55); definitely-not-Blink-182 drummer Yanni (55); Prince Charles of Wales (61); and actor MacLean Stevenson (80), had his plane out of Seoul not been shot down and crashed in the Sea of Japan.

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