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Sunday, November 6, 2005

Notebook

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¢ A Memorial Stadium-record 51,750 fans attended the game, more than 1,000 over capacity. Nebraska sections striped the bleachers, but many Husker fans started leaving when KU went up 33-15.

¢ Kansas surrendered its third safety in four games Saturday when Jason Swanson was sacked in the end zone in the first quarter. Kansas also allowed safeties against Kansas State and Colorado.

¢ KU hasn't had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in a game since 1980. Jon Cornish had 101 yards rushing, Clark Green had 100 yards rushing, and Mark Simmons had 100 yards receiving.

¢ The right side of the line, which has undergone change recently, had freshman Ryan Cantrell starting at guard and senior Matt Thompson starting at tackle.

¢ A representative from the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., was in attendance Saturday. KU played in that bowl in 2003, when it was called the Tangerine Bowl.

¢ Mangino said he received several letters this week from fans pleading for the Jayhawks to snap the 36-game losing streak to the Huskers, and saying they'd "do anything" to see the streak come to an end.

"They couldn't deal with it anymore, as one fellow told me," Mangino said. "I don't know what that means."

¢ Big 12 Conference officials reviewed the last play of the third quarter to determine whether Clark Green touched his knee to the ground in the backfield before scampering left for a two-yard gain. The original ruling stood.

¢ Creepy stat of the day: Darren Rus' blocked-punt return for a touchdown was 20 yards long. His only other touchdown while at KU was a 20-yard blocked-punt return, against Northwestern in 2003. Even creepier: Ronnie Amadi blocked both of the punts.

¢ Charles Gordon passed Texas A&M;'s Dante Hall on the Big 12 Conference's career punt-return yardage list. Gordon has 971 for his career.

¢ Cornish's 72-yard touchdown run was the longest for a KU player since Bill Whittemore had a 74-yard scamper against Tulsa in 2002.

¢ KU fans booed the Jayhawks' decision to play conservatively near the end of the first half. Kansas was about 23 yards from field-goal range, but Mangino instead elected to run out the clock and get to the locker room. KU was up 17-9 at the time.

"When I walked off the field, I thought, 'Maybe we should've taken a shot at the end zone,'" Mangino said. "But then, what if they pick it off and run it back? Our defense is too good to have to take chances like that."

¢ Kansas is perfect at Memorial Stadium with a 5-0 record.

¢ With a 5-4 record, KU needs to win one of its remaining two regular-season games to become bowl-eligible. KU has a road game with Texas on Saturday and wraps up the season Nov. 26 at home against Iowa State.

¢ Temperature was 60 degrees at kickoff under partly sunny skies, with the wind blowing from the north at 7 mph.

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