Sunday, November 5, 2006

KU football notebook


After playing games in 10 straight weeks, the Jayhawks finally get some time off with no game on the schedule this week.

"Ten weeks in a row is quite a grind," coach Mark Mangino said.

Kansas next plays Nov. 18 against Kansas State.

¢ Kansas broke a seven-game losing streak on the road, which dates back to a win at Missouri on the final day of the 2004 season. Under Mangino, Kansas is 2-17 on the road in Big 12 Conference play.

¢ KU's 31-point victory was the largest it ever has had against a Big 12 opponent on the road. It was the largest against a conference opponent since defeating Baylor at home, 45-10, in 1999.

¢ Aqib Talib's second-quarter interception gives him five this season, including three in the last two weeks. Afterward, Talib celebrated by pretending to shoot a jump shot - the same celebration members of the NFL's New York Giants do after making a defensive play.

¢ Running back Jon Cornish had 17 carries for 79 yards, increasing his season total to 1,120 yards. He's now ninth on KU's single-season list.

¢ Cornish had a rare fumble in the second quarter near the Kansas goal line. It's the second fumble he's credited with having committed, though the first was a botched handoff between Kerry Meier and Cornish in overtime at Toledo.

¢ Iowa State linebacker Alvin Bowen was credited with 18 tackles against the Jayhawks, increasing his season total to 134. That's best in NCAA Division I-A.

¢ For the 23rd straight game, an individual was unable to rush for 100 yards against Kansas. The last time it happened was Nov. 13, 2004, when Cedric Benson (161) and Vince Young (114) did it for Texas. Josh Johnson led ISU with 31 yards rushing on 11 carries.

¢ Freshman Jake Sharp had an increased role against the Cyclones, being the designated kick returner and also lining up as a receiver. He caught two passes for nine yards, both wide-receiver screens. As a running back during garbage time, he had four carries for 15 yards.

¢ One of Iowa State's only effective weapons on offense was receiver Milan Moses, who had nine catches for 109 yards.

¢ Ottawa product Caleb Blakesley was credited with a forced fumble and a sack.

¢ Freshman wide receiver Raimond Pendleton made his college debut in the fourth quarter.

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2006 Football KU vs. Iowa State post game comments

¢ Lawrence High product Ian Handshy played linebacker in the fourth quarter and was credited with two tackles.

¢ Mike Rivera and James McClinton led KU with six tackles apiece. Rivera leads the Jayhawks with 71 tackles this season.

¢ Mangino is 3-2 against Iowa State as KU's head coach. The only other Big 12 team Mangino has a winning record against is Missouri (3-1).

¢ Iowa State standout receiver Todd Blythe did not play and was on the sidelines in sweats. It's the second game in a row he has missed because of a viral illness.

¢ Nebraska's 34-20 victory over Missouri on Saturday officially eliminated Kansas from contention for the Big 12 North title.

¢ Ryan Christal was head referee in charge of the seven-man officiating crew.

¢ Attendance was announced as 40,272, the lowest turnout at Jack Trice Stadium this season.


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