- Kansas (1-4 overall, 0-2 Big 12) looks to snap a four-game losing skid against the high-octane Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the friendly confines. For some reason, it’ll be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
- Kansas trails OSU, 30-29-3, in the all-time series. OSU has won two-straight in the series, including a 70-28 rout last year in Stillwater.
- KU is 15-17-1 against the Cowboys in Lawrence 17-15-1. The Jayhawks last beat Okie State in Lawrence the year most of the freshman class was born: 1994. KU won, 24-14.
- KU’s defense has forced 13 turnovers in the first five games, recovering seven fumbles and picking off six passes. The Jayhawks rank second the Big 12 and is tied for 16th in the NCAA in forced turnovers.
- Another encouraging sign for the beleaguered Hawks: Kansas ranks third in the NCAA in fewest yards penalized per game at 27.80. The Jayhawks are fourth nationally in fewest penalties per outing at 4.00 per game.
- KU is 9-4-1 all time in games played on October 13. KU faced Oklahoma State on October 13, 1923, and won in Lawrence, 9-0.
- The Jayhawks sit at exactly .500, all-time: 573-573-58.
- Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy is indeed a man. He is, however, no longer 40.
- Gundy was the 2011 winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year Award and the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America after leading Oklahoma State to an 12-1 record, its first-ever Big 12 championship and BCS bowl game.
- Since 2009, Oklahoma State’s 20-6 record against Big 12 opponents is the best mark in the league.
- Gundy was a pretty solid OSU quarterback long before he coaches the team. He was a four-year starter – 1986-1990 – and led the Cowboys to a pair of bowl wins during his tenure.
- He ended his career as the Big Eight Conference’s all-time leader in passing and total offense.
- After graduation, Gundy joined the Oklahoma State football staff. He coached the receivers in 1990, the quarterbacks from 1991-1993 and in 1995, and served as offensive coordinator during the 1994 season in the final year for Gundy’s college coach, Pat Jones.
- QB J.W. Walsh, filling in for injured starter Wes Lunt, has completed 52-of-78 passes on the season for 797 yards and eight TDs. Before getting hurt, Lunt completed 51-of-75 passes for 588 yards and four TDs. Both quarterbacks are listed on the OSU depth chart for the game against Kansas.
- Josh Steward leads the Okie State’s receivers with 24 catches, 289 yards and three TDs. Tracy Moore has 17 grabs for 221 yards and four TDs.
- Defensively OSU is led by Daytawion Lowe with 21 tackles. Lowe also has 2.0 TFLs to his credit for a loss of nine yards.
- Alex Elkins is right behind Lowe with 20 tackles, including 17 solo, while James Castleman leads the team with 4.0 TFLs for a loss of 11 yards.
Kansas is one of just four schools in the NCAA with three different running backs turning in 100-yard rushing games: Tony Pierson (2), Taylor Cox and James Sims. In case you’re wondering, the other three squads are California, Tulsa and Middle Tennessee.
LB Kyle Heeney was one of KU’s few bright spots in last week’s 56-16 drubbing by Kansas State. His 14 tackles – 11 solo and two for lost yardage – and a forced fumble earned him College Football Performance Awards honors for the first time in his career. Heeney leads the team in tackles this season (41).
Celebrating birthdays Saturday… KU and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce (35)… actor/writer/director Sasha Baron Cohen (40)… record-holding KU receiver – at least, until Dez Briscoe and Mark Simmons came along – Richard Estell (49)… NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (50)… rocker Sammy Hagar (65)… egomaniacal Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (70)… Still crazy after all these years, singer/songwriter Paul Simon (71)… former British Prime Minister and all-around tough broad Margaret Thatcher (87).
Dead people celebrating birthdays quietly… legendary stand-up comedian and satirist Lenny Bruce (85)… American inventor, author, outdoor enthusiast and mail-order company founder L.L.Bean (149).
October 13th in sports history… the Boston Pilgrims beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, five games to three, in the first World Series (1903)… the Boston Braves sweep the Philadelphia A's, five games to none, for the first sweep in World Series history (1914)… in the first NHL All-Star Game, the All-Stars beat Stanley Cup champion Toronto, 4-3 (1947)… in one of baseball’s great moments, Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski leads off the bottom of the ninth with a homer to win beat the New York Yankees, 10-9, and end game seven of the World Series (1960)… the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, in the first-ever World Series game played under the lights (1971)… the International Olympic Committee approves the reinstatement of long-dead Jim Thorpe's two gold medals from the 1912 Olympics (1982). Gee, thanks, guys… by making it to the World Series, the New York Mets make a New York National League team’s 25th Series appearance (1986)… the Minnesota Twins win the American League pennant, beating Toronto in five games. Not-so-coincidentally, Blue Jay skipper Cito Gaston is the first manager ever ejected from a playoff game (1991)… the Anaheim Mighty Ducks win their 1st NHL game (1993)… New York Jet kicker Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud NFL field goal record at 374 (1996)… the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles combine to tie the record for homers in a playoff game: six, three each (1996).