News and Notes: KU-Ramblin' Wreck

The Kansas Jayhawks have a big Week 2 match-up on the horizon with the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech, and Jim Williamson is here with the weekly installment of "News and Notes."

News and notes while praying and praying to the supreme being of my choice that the Jayhawks show dramatic improvement between weeks one and two.

* KU (0-1 overall, 0-0 conference) will take on #16-ranked Georgia Tech (1-0, 0-0) in their second straight home game of the year this Saturday, September 11th, at 11 a.m.

* KU will kick off before noon Saturday. Last season, the Jayhawks teed it up before noon four times, going 3-1.

* Kansas is 20-3 in their last 23 non-conference games.

* The Jayhawks will try to avoid losing their first two games of the season for the first time since 2002 when they dropped road games against Iowa State and UNLV.

* KU is 18-4 in their last 22 home games but is trying to snap a three-game home losing streak.

* The Jayhawks are on an eight-game losing streak, dating back to last season.

* KU is 25-140-2 all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll. They've lost two in a row at home against ranked teams (#25 Oklahoma and #3 Texas) since a 2008 win over 12th-ranked Missouri.

* Georgia Tech will be the first ranked team to visit the friendly confines since UCLA came in back in 2001 with a #14 ranking.

* The Turner Gill era began with a loss last Saturday. Of the 13 Kansas coaches since 1948, including Gill, only two have won their debuts: Don Fambrough in 1971 and Terry Allen in 1997.

* Last week's combined nine points between Kansas and North Dakota State is the lowest total in a KU game since the Jayhawks beat Missouri, 7-2, in 1971.

* Kansas and Georgia Tech will meet for just the second time in school history. The two faced off in the 1948 Orange Bowl with Tech coming out a 20-14 winner. It was KU's first-ever bowl game and the last game for all-Americans Ray Evans and Otto Schnellbacher.

* Georgia Tech rushed for 372 yards last week against South Carolina State. KU allowed just 73 yards rushing to North Dakota State.

* CB Chris Harris is expected to make his team-high 31st start.

* WR Johnathan Wilson needs three more catches to become the 18th Kansas player to catch 90 passes in his career.

* DE Jake Laptad needs half a sack to move into KU's all-time top five in sacks.

* Two more field goals will make K Jacob Branstetter the seventh Jayhawk to kick 25 field goals.

* A win Saturday would be Turner Gill's first as Kansas head coach.

* A loss would be less good than a win.

* Other than Harris, only three other KU players have started at least 13 consecutive games: OL Sal Capra, Brad Thorson and Tanner Hawkinson (13 each).

* Last week, KU started eight of its 12 possessions from inside its own 20-yard-line and started a series on the NDSU end of the field. Conversely, the Bison started inside the 20 just three times and began five of their 11 possessions on Kansas' side of the 50.

* Thirteen freshmen played on Saturday, including three true frosh: S Keeston Terry, PK Ron Doherty and DE Keba Agostinho. Redshirt freshmen who played last week included QB Jordan Webb, S Prinz Kande, WR Christian Matthews, DB Tyler Patmon, RB Deshaun Sands, FB Justin Puthoff, LB Steve Mestan, LS Justin Carnes, OT Riley Spencer and DE Kevin Young.

* The Jayhawks allowed just six points (on two field goals) for the fewest points allowed since last year's season opener (42-3 win vs. Northern Colorado).

* NDSU averaged just 3.1 yards per play. The Bison's' longest play from scrimmage was a 14-yard pass, and their longest rush was 12 yards.

* KU held NDSU to just 168 yards of total offense, the fewest by an opponent since Florida International gained just 139 yards in the 2008 season opener.

* The Jayhawks forced NDSU into eight punts on 11 possessions.

* North Dakota State converted on just two-of-13 third-down situations.

* The Kansas defense allowed only three drives of 20 or more yards with a long of 44 (which resulted in a punt). Windsurf two field goal drives were 20 and 30 yards, thanks to Jayhawk turnovers.

* LB Steven Johnson made a career-high nine tackles in his first career start to match the nine tackles he made all of last season.

* LB Justin Springer's seven tackles were the second most in his career.

* Seven different players were involved in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

* Six different KU players rushed the ball last Saturday, marking the most different ball carriers for the Jayhawks since six ran it against Baylor in 2007. All six that ran against NDSU carried at least three times. Eight different players had pass receptions against the Bison, the most since eight had catches against Colorado in 2008.

* WR Daymond Patterson rushed for 63 yards and had 66 yards on four receptions Saturday. He's the first Jayhawk to record at least 60 rushing and 60 receiving yards in the same game since RB Jake Sharp ran for 181 yards and had 76 receiving yards against Kansas State in 2008. He's the first non-running back to lead KU in rushing in a game since QB Todd Rising had a team-best 84 yards against Colorado in the seventh game of 2007. His 63 rushing yards were the most by a Jayhawk in the last eight games dating back to last season Token Opulent rushed for 98 yards against Iowa State in the fifth game of 2009. Finally, Patterson's 51-yard run was the longest by a Jayhawk since QB Kale Pick recorded a 55-yard run at UTEP in the second game of 2009.

* Celebrity birthdays coming up Saturday: Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (33); Harry Connick, Jr. (43); Moby (45); 1970's hotty Lola Falana (67); Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (67); and standup comedian Tom Dreesen (68). Also celebrating birthdays if they weren't so dead would be the legendary coach "Bear" Bryant (97); poet and novelist D.H. Lawrence (125); and short story writer O. Henry (148).

* If you're so inclined, remember to take a minute Saturday to remember the victims of the 2001 attacks on New York Washington and Pennsylvania.


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