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Sunday, November 16, 2003

Notebook

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  • Third-string OSU tailback Vernand Morency rushed for a career-high 269 yards and scored three touchdowns. It was the ninth-best rushing day in school history. ...
  • Further proof the time-of-possession statistic means nothing: Kansas had the ball for 38 minutes and Oklahoma State for just 21 minutes. KU ran 89 plays to the Cowboys' 58, but O-State averaged 8.3 yards per play, Kansas 4.4. ...
  • Because the KU defense was on the field for just 58 plays, the individual tackling numbers were low. Cornerback Tony Stubbs was the team leader with just seven. Safety Jonathan Lamb and linebacker Banks Floodman were credited with six apiece. ...
  • Two-way standout Charles Gordon had the unusual distinction of leading the Jayhawks in pass receptions (nine) and sacks (one). ...
  • Red-shirt freshman nickel back Kenneth Thompson's interception at the OSU 15 early in the third quarter was a career first. Stubbs also had an interception late. ...
  • The final score could have been worse. Late in the first quarter, Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Fields, but an illegal block wiped out the scoring play . ...
  • Senior Remuise Johnson opened at left cornerback after surrendering the job to freshman John Randle last week at Nebraska. Meanwhile, Randle made his debut as a kickoff returner, replacing Greg Heaggans. Randle played some on defense, too. ...
  • Randle didn't return a single kickoff, however. OSU's Cole Farden put eight of his nine kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Farden, also the Cowboys' punter, punted just twice. ...











  • Co-captain Travis Watkins, who missed the first 10 games with a broken foot bone, made his season debut at defensive tackle, starting in place of Cory Kipp. Watkins was credited with three tackles. ...
  • For the third straight game, injured quarterback Bill Whittemore didn't suit. Still, Kansas brought five quarterbacks to Stillwater -- Adam Barmann, Brian Luke, John Nielsen, Joe Hogan and Kevin Long. Barmann, Luke and Nielsen played. ...
  • John Laurie of Overland Park was the referee in charge of the Big 12 officiating crew. Laurie is principal of Blue Valley West High. ...
  • Kickoff temperature was 52 degrees under cloudy skies with a negligible 5 mph wind out of the northwest.

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