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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Notebook

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¢ Texas quarterback Vince Young passed for 281 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, playing just the first half and one series in the second.

Young and Nick Reid provided an interesting subplot to the game because of their trash-talking and other ties to last year's game, won, 27-23, by Texas.

Reid said Young wasn't so bad this time.

"He was a better sport this year," Reid said, "that's for sure."

¢ Jerome Kemp and Brandon Perkins left the game because of injuries on the same play during the second quarter. Perkins ran off under his own power, while Kemp's injury looked more serious, since he barely could put any weight on his left leg. Sadiq Muhammed came in for Kemp, who was seen standing on the sideline in the second half.

¢ KU's run defense came into the contest ranked first in NCAA Division I-A, allowing just 64 yards per game. Texas, though, rolled for 336 yards rushing - a number that surely will knock the Jayhawks off the top of the list.

¢ To illustrate the constant big playmaking by Texas, KU's top three tacklers Saturday all roam the secondary. Aqib Talib had nine stops, Muhammed had eight, and Rodney Fowler finished with six. Reid recorded five stops and has 90 tackles on the year.

¢ Texas had 20 more first downs than Kansas and converted 50 percent of its third downs, compared to 14 percent for KU. Texas also won time of possession, controlling the football for 34:26 compared to 25:34 for KU.

¢ In KU's last two games at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns have outscored the Jayhawks, 125-14.

¢ Kyle Tucker had 11 punts covering 469 yards. It was the most boots by a KU punter since Chris Tyrell in 2001.

¢ Kevin Kane intercepted a pass for the second straight game, snagging a pass deflected by Paul Como. Kane returned the pick 18 yards into KU territory, and the Jayhawks scored two plays later. It was UT's only turnover of the day.

¢ Lawrence High product Brandon McAnderson's third-quarter touchdown came on a 15-yard run in the third. It was the second touchdown of his career and tied for the longest run of his career.

¢ Charlton Keith made a nice play on the first play of the game, batting down a Young pass. The pass deflected so high that it essentially was a jump ball between Keith and Young, but neither came down with it.

¢ After Greg Heaggans' first-quarter muff of UT's first kickoff, KU coaches opted for Kenneth Thompson and Gary Green to return kicks the rest of the day.

¢ Charles Gordon had a 22-yard reception wiped out when a replay official's review overturned the call. On-field officials originally ruled that Gordon had a foot in bounds, but replays showed otherwise.

¢ Eight different Jayhawks caught a pass, including six for 47 yards by Gordon, four for 30 yards by Marcus Herford and two for 45 yards by Jeff Foster.

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