Sunday, October 1, 2006

Kansas football notebook


Kansas started Adam Barmann at quarterback for the second straight week, while Kerry Meier wore a baseball cap and sent in signals from the sideline. Meier has been battling an unspecified injury, leading to week-long speculation on who would start. Meier did throw the ball around in warmups, something he didn't do against South Florida last week.

KU coach Mark Mangino said Meier wasn't available Saturday and added that Barmann staying in the game after a dreadful first half was proof.

"If he was available," Mangino said of Meier, "he would've been playing."

¢ Linebacker James Holt returned to action Saturday after missing the first four games with a foot injury. Holt, a sophomore, played on punt and kickoff teams and sparingly on defense.

¢ Suiting up but not playing Saturday was red-shirt freshman Darrell Stuckey, who has been sidelined all season because of an ankle injury. Saturday's game was the first time he has dressed out.

¢ Sophomore Russell Brorsen started at defensive end in place of Rodney Allen and played both plays of the opening series. Allen returned for the second series, but split time with Brorsen throughout the game.

¢ Linebacker Brandon Duncan did not accompany the team on the trip. Mangino confirmed earlier in the week that Duncan was battling an undisclosed injury.

¢ Jake Sharp lined up to return kicks in the second half, replacing Marcus Herford. He had just one return for 14 yards.

¢ Saturday's game was the second overtime game of the season for the Jayhawks. They played two overtimes in a 37-31 loss at Toledo on Sept. 15.

¢ The referee initially announced that Kansas wanted to play offense to start the first overtime - exactly what you don't want to do in college football. It apparently was a mixup, and the official corrected his announcement, and KU started on defense. Still, Nebraska's defense took the field along with KU's before the Huskers got it corrected.

¢ Jon Cornish had his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season, carrying the ball 31 times for 145 yards. Cornish's plays were a little more limited to the end, and Barmann said it was due to cramping.

¢ Sadiq Muhammed, who missed last week because of an undisclosed injury, returned Saturday and started at free safety.

¢ Kyle Tucker drilled a second-quarter punt 60 yards, a season high. Its impact was negated, though, when Terrence Nunn returned it 29 yards.

¢ Barmann passed for 405 yards on the night, despite having no yards and two interceptions in the first quarter.

¢ Kansas plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony for the Anderson Family Football Complex on Friday, though the time still is undetermined. The groundbreaking won't actually signify the beginning of construction - that's not scheduled until the end of the season. The complex is expected to be completed in 2008.

¢ Shawnee Mission West linebacker Blake Lawrence, the brother of KU freshman quarterback Tyler Lawrence, was expected to attend Saturday's game as a Nebraska recruit. Lawrence, one of the top prep players in Kansas, is expected to choose between the Jayhawks and the Huskers soon.

¢ Kansas chose to review whether Nate Swift caught a 21-yard pass in the first overtime or if he bobbled it before going out of bounds. The play stood as called, and Kansas was charged a timeout.

¢ Greg Burks was head referee in charge of the seven-man officiating crew.

¢ Attendance was announced as 85,069. It was just short of the Memorial Stadium record of 85,111 fans, set earlier this year. Nebraska added 6,500 seats in the north end zone during the offseason.

It's also the second-largest crowd Kansas has played in front of. A 1979 game at Michigan drew 100,118 fans.

¢ Temperature was 79 degrees at kickoff under clear skies, with winds blowing out of the northwest at 12 mph.


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