Sunday, November 4, 2007

Kansas football notebook


6Sports recap: KU vs. NU

The Kansas Jayhawks took their record to 9-0 after a big win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 6news reporter DJ Whetter recaps KU's record setting day.

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2007 KU-Nebraska Football

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What impressed you most in KU's 76-39 win over Nebraska

  • KU's offense putting up 76 points 57% 1303 votes
  • Todd Reesing throwing 6 TD passes 13% 298 votes
  • The defense forcing turnovers on four straight drives 5% 114 votes
  • The overall atmosphere 24% 552 votes

2267 total votes.

¢ Kansas is 9-0 for the first time since 1908. If KU wins next week at Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks will be 10-0 for the first time since 1899.

¢ With Missouri's victory over Colorado, the Big 12 North championship is a two-team race. Kansas State and Colorado can only tie Kansas in the standings, and the Jayhawks have the tiebreaker having won both head-to-head games. Nebraska and Iowa State, meanwhile, both have five conference losses and cannot catch Kansas.

¢ The Jayhawks' 76 points was the third-highest scoring output in program history. They scored 86 in a 1947 victory over South Dakota State and 83 in a 1923 victory over Washington (Mo.) University.

Saturday's output was the most KU ever has scored in a conference game. The record was just a month old, though - KU's 58-10 victory over Baylor broke a 60-year-old record before it was one-upped against Nebraska.

¢ Kansas led 48-24 at halftime Saturday. A week ago at Texas A&M;, the Jayhawks and Aggies were tied 0-0 at the half.

¢ Todd Reesing's six touchdown passes give him 23 this year, a single-season KU record. The previous record-holder was Bill Whittemore, who had 18 in 2003.

For the season, Reesing has 2,339 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions.

¢ Representatives from the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Cotton bowls were in the Memorial Stadium press box Saturday.

¢ Marcus Herford had a solid day returning kicks, averaging 33.8 yards on six opportunities. He had two returns of 49 yards.

¢ Kansas punted just one time Saturday, on the fourth play from scrimmage in the first quarter. Kyle Tucker received some serious pressure from the right side and had to alter his kicking motion. As a result, he booted a towering punt that ended up going just 22 yards.

¢ Brandon McAnderson rushed for 119 yards on 25 carries, with touchdown runs of two, five, one and six yards. His four touchdown runs tie a school record shared by June Henley, Tony Sands, Curtis McClinton and Charlie Black.

¢ KU had 34 first downs, tying an 84-year old school record.

¢ KU needed just nine games this season to break the school record for points scored in a season. The Jayhawks' 416 points shattered the old record of 384 set in 2003.

¢ Pregame festivities included a flyover and several skydivers landing on the field. One of the skydivers had a purple and gray parachute - Kansas State colors - and was booed as he landed.

¢ Referee Randy Christal, with 1:24 left in the first half, announced that "Kansas State" had called a timeout. A loud chorus of boos followed, and Christal came back on the public-address system to correct himself.

¢ KU cornerback Aqib Talib did not line up on offense once Saturday, the first time all year he has been exclusively on defense. Talib had four tackles, one for a loss, and a pass breakup.

¢ Joe Mortensen limped off the field in the third quarter favoring his right leg. He missed two plays and went back in, showing no ill effects.

¢ The Jayhawks are 17-2 at Memorial Stadium since 2005.

¢ Scott Webb's 12 kickoffs covered 779 yards. He had four touchbacks.

¢ Attendance for Saturday's homecoming game was estimated at 51,910, a school record.

¢ After Saturday's action, three undefeated teams remain in the Bowl Subdivision: Kansas, Ohio State (which beat Wisconsin, 38-17) and Hawaii (which did not play Saturday). Previously unbeaten Arizona State and Boston College lost Saturday.


Shawn Otrimble 13 years, 2 months ago

Having been at the game, I feel honored to witness history being made. This most likley will never happen again against a Nebreska U football team. I love KU! Even if they lose all the games left to be played, I'm so proud of what they've done this year. To me, anything else is a bonus. It's hard not to hope seeing this team playing for a national championship this season. Everything seems to have to line up perfectly for this to happen, but if we just keep winning, its very possable. Usualy I'm in Ku basketball mode by now, My brain does'nt know how to deal with this yet. RockChalk!

thjhawk 13 years, 2 months ago

Couldn't be prouder here in SEC country (these people truely are a bit full of themselves) Great show Jayhawks! The only mildly distressing thing were the 39 points given up, but hey 37 point victory and all the records set, more than make up for it. Rock on Hawks!

Ervin O'Neal 13 years, 2 months ago

Not to be anal here regarding your article, but I believe Talib did line up on offense as a wide receiver on a running play very late in the game. We couldn't believe it when the TV announcer alerted us that Talib was in the game. Why take a chance of getting him hurt in a blow out? But then we realized it was a running play all the way and he was just out there as a decoy.

Rock Chalk!

OPJayhawk 13 years, 2 months ago

Okay, so was Hank Booth instructed to ask fans to not storm the field, or was he the genius that came up with it himself? Yeah, thanks Hank. The game has been over for awhile, and there are no signs of anybody doing anything like that. What a moron. Embarrassing.

JHWKNMIZRY 13 years, 2 months ago

I have seen too many lopsided Nebraska wins in the past. It was really great to get a little payback. And while I'm at it it was great to see all the blue in the stands instead of Nebraska red. Wish I could have been there to see it.

Ted Toulouse 13 years, 2 months ago

Hey everyone, ESPN is doing a fan vote for the Heisman and Reesing is NOT listed. But there is an "Other" option for you to nominate/vote for someone else. I say we bombard them with Reesing votes so that they have to include him on the list. Click the link and get to voting!!

droberts1116 13 years, 2 months ago

I don't know about anybody else, but I thought the crowd atmosphere absolutely SUCKED. I had to entice people to get up and be loud on Nebraska third downs. The KU fans have NO IDEA how to be football fans. If you want to WATCH the game, STAY AT HOME!!! If you want to BE A PART OF THE GAME, SHOW UP AND DO WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO - BE LOUD AND EXCITED!!!!! What a bunch of wine and cheese crowd basketball fans!!!!!!! WE ARE IN THE NATIONAL TITLE HUNT. IT'S TIME TO START ACTING LIKE IT!!!!!!!!

droberts1116 13 years, 2 months ago

By the way, our FOOTBALL team is more likely to win a national title before our celebrated basketball team. ACT ACCORDINGLY!!!!!

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