Stories for November 17, 2007


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Scoring Summary: KU-ISU

Angus Quigley scored the first rushing TD of the game for KU on a quick scoring drive.

KU improves to 11-0; Mizzou looming

The KU offense racked up 566 yards to ISU's 234 in a 45-7 drubbing. Reesing finished the day with 253 yards passing and went 21-for-26 with four TDs.The Jayhawks' ground attack was equally impressive as McAnderson, Sharp, Quigley and Meier combined for 37 carries and 212 yards. Dexton Fileds tallied 11 receptions and two TDs to lead the receiving corps for KU.

Notebook: Thirteen seniors to bow

Does McAnderson have pro future?

Kansas University's football team will go for consecutive victory number 11 at 2:30 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium. But first, the 10-0 Jayhawks will honor 13 seniors who have gone through quite a bit in Lawrence.

Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Memphis outlasts UConn

John Calipari didn't call out Chris Douglas-Roberts by name after an off night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. But the Memphis coach did single out the guy wearing No. 14."I think he got the message," he said.

Big Blythe big key for ISU

Iowa State wide receiver Todd Blythe spent a little time at Big 12 Conference football media days over the summer getting some good-natured ribbing in toward KU cornerback Aqib Talib. "I definitely had a little conversation with him last year and told him he got the day off last year," Blythe joked in July.

Releford rounds out recruiting class

Travis Releford completed all his paperwork on Friday, freeing Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to comment on the signing of the 6-foot-5 senior guard from Roeland Park Miege. "Travis is a young man we recruited longer than anyone else," Self said of Releford, on the Jayhawks' radar for several years now.

Keegan: Hard not to look ahead

Both college football teams were unbeaten and headed for a big rivalry showdown with implications that went beyond Big 12 title talk to national title projections. It happened in Week 5 of this football season. Texas needed only to win a home game against Kansas State. Winning at Colorado was the only hurdle in Oklahoma's way. Texas and Oklahoma both lost, tainting the appeal of the Red River Shootout, won this season by the Sooners, 28-21.

Title game motivates OU

Don't expect coach Bob Stoops to plan any special touchdown celebrations or break out new jerseys to get No. 3 Oklahoma motivated for a pivotal final road game of the season. Just the prospect of clinching a spot in the Big 12 championship game should be enough to get the job done.

MU not aiming for 70s

Pinkel bemoans 'basketball scores'

No matter how potent No. 6 Missouri's offense, coach Gary Pinkel believes there's a point where enough is enough. Big 12 Conference teams have topped 70 points the last two weeks, with Kansas embarrassing Nebraska 76-39 and Nebraska rebounding to hammer Kansas State 73-31 on Saturday. Pinkel said he's not into running up such a gaudy score, even if it might benefit the school in the polls.

Oregon QB to go under knife

Dennis Dixon will have surgery on the left knee that buckled early in second-ranked Oregon's upset loss to Arizona, spoiling his chance to win the Heisman Trophy.

Kansas volleyball inks two in class of 2008

Two high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Kansas University on Friday. Allison Mayfield, a 6-foot-1 hitter from Overland Park Aquinas, and Nicole Tate, a 5-10 sitter from St. Louis, will comprise coach Ray Bechard's 2008 freshman class.

K-State defense reeling

It didn't take long for Kansas State safety Chris Carney to get a few phone calls from family members following the Wildcats' 73-31 loss at Nebraska on Saturday. They weren't poking fun at him. They just wanted to make sure he was all right.

Group hopes city will OK plans for KU-MU party

Big game. Big screen. No, a really big screen. Kansas University fans may have the chance to watch the upcoming KU vs. Missouri football game on a 50-foot, outdoor screen near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, if city commissioners approve a request from Downtown Lawrence Inc.

Fans have kept faith since 1940s

'The word tailgate hadn't even been invented yet'

When Glee and Jerry Smith first attended Kansas University football games, there was no tailgating, and there was no Baby or Big Jayhawk mascot. There wasn't even a Campanile. "The word tailgate hadn't even been invented yet," said Glee, 86. The couple met in 1941, during their junior year at the university when they attended a Greek "midweek" dance. They married two years later and have attended KU football games together ever since.

Big 12 Roundup: Baylor turns back Shockers, 64-55

Curtis Jerrells scored 23 points to lead Baylor to a 64-55 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the first round of the Paradise Jam. Jerrells, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point range, gave the Bears a 30-28 lead with a shot from well behind the arc in the first half and Baylor (2-0) did not trail the rest of the way.

Piecing it together

Myriad of factors came together to keep KU perfect

It was just a towel. A Kansas University football player in 2002 took a towel out of the weight room after a workout one day. It was on the floor of KU's locker room when a coach found it - where it wasn't supposed to be. If they hadn't gotten the memo yet, the Jayhawks were about to find out what life was like under new coach Mark Mangino.

Heisman Trophy race: Tebow's campaign gaining steam

Missouri quarterback Daniel new No. 2 candidate, pundit says

As Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon crumbled to the turf with a left knee injury Thursday night, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's Heisman Trophy chances rose a little bit more.

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New kids on the block

Receivers opening holes for KU runners

Football fans judge wide receivers based on whether they get open for passes, how often they drop the balls thrown to them and how many yards they run for after catches. Football coaches' grades go deeper than that, and the Kansas University receivers are grading particularly high in one of the less-talked about areas. For a hint as to where they are grading so well, take a look at all the big plays that started as small ones.