Stories for October 19, 2008


Lead stories

Texas No. 1 in polls, first BCS standings

The grid is set for the race to the BCS national championship game.

Kansas falls three spots to 19 in AP Top 25, Texas stays in first

After a 45-31 loss at Oklahoma, Kansas dropped three spots to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 released Sunday.

Kansas football notebook

Jocques Crawford, the highly touted transfer running back who recently has become an afterthought in the Kansas offense, took a step forward Saturday in emerging as a potential weapon. This time, though, he did it in a new role.

Sooner switch secret

Safety Harris fills void at linebacker

Pine trees line the practice field at Oklahoma, just as they do at Kansas University. Sooners coach Bob Stoops and KU coach Mark Mangino worked on the same staff at Kansas State under Bill Snyder, who made CIA agents seem loose-lipped by comparison.

Top 25 Roundup: Penn State obliterates Wolverines, 46-17

USC blanks Washington St., 69-0

Polishing off Joe Paterno's greatest nemesis, No. 3 Penn State ended a dozen years of disappointment against Michigan.

Big 12 Roundup: Texas torches Mizzou, 56-31

A week after earning Texas' first regular-season No. 1 ranking since 1984 by knocking off Oklahoma, Colt McCoy and the Longhorns used a stunning blend of dominating offense and defense in the first half to crush No. 11 Missouri, 56-31, Saturday night.

Game balls & Gassers

A quick look at who played well and who didn't during the Jayhawks' matchup with Oklahoma.

KU's Briscoe wanted win

Two-hundred sixty-nine receiving yards weren't enough to put a smile on Dezmon Briscoe's face. "It would mean a whole lot more if we would have won," the KU receiver said after his team's 45-31 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. "It's an individual stat, but I'm really more of a team player."

Dugan Arnett's quick hits

Kansas failed to convert on a third-and-two late in the third quarter while trailing 38-24. Quarterback Todd Reesing's pass attempt to receiver Dezmon Briscoe on a deep pass was incomplete, forcing the Jayhawks to punt.

Kansas quiet at regional

Kansas University's tennis team completed the third of four fall tournaments Thursday at the ITA Central Regionals.

Jayhawks top Sooners

Senior Savannah Noyes recorded a season-high 17 kills, while sophomore Karina Garlington and freshman Nicole Tate chipped in double-doubles as the Kansas University volleyball team defeated Oklahoma, 3-1, Saturday during the third annual Dig for the Cure match at Horejsi Center.

KU tops Lumberjacks

The Kansas University swimming and diving team set nine pool records and earned victories in all 16 events as the Jayhawks cruised to a 197-107 victory over Northern Arizona in a non-conference dual meet Saturday.

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Explosive Sooners blow past Kansas

In the aftermath of the events that transpired inside Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon - the offensive onslaught that the Oklahoma Sooners unleashed upon a visiting Kansas University football team - Darrell Stuckey stood in a cramped room in the stadium's innards and answered questions. There were lots of them, and Stuckey, the lone defensive representative made available to reporters, spoke patiently, trying to explain how a Kansas defense known over the years for being stout and disciplined had allowed Oklahoma to pile up 674 yards of total offense.

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Keegan: Unhurried, Bradford picked Kansas apart

To hear Oklahoma University quarterback Sam Bradford tell it, he faced all the stress of a fisherman vacationing on a hot summer day, with nowhere to go, nobody to see, nothing on his to-do list, waiting, waiting, waiting to strike, knowing he will. "I can't tell you how much time I had back there in the pocket today to just look, figure out what they were running and find open receivers," Bradford said after leading the Sooners to a 45-31 victory Saturday against Kansas.