- The Jayhawks (5-6 overall, 1-6 Big 12) will head east to
Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Missouri Slavers (7-4, 304) in the
118th edition of the Border War. ABC will put it on TV. Kickoff is at
- KU and MU are meeting at Camarohead for the third straight
season, splitting the previous two meetings. The two have played in
Kansas City 23 times, however, with KU leading, 13-7-3, in those games.
- KU is 4-3 in neutral site games with Mark Mangino as head
coach. Three of those were bowl wins, and the other was against the
Slavers in the thrilling 40-37 win last season.
- Kansas has lost six in a row for the first time since they
lost their last seven in 2002, Mark Mangino's first season as head
- A win would give the Jayhawks six wins or more for five
straight seasons. It's only happened twice in school history: 1895-99
- Fifteen seniors will be playing their final regular season
game this Saturday. This senior class has posted a 31-17 record, the
second-most wins be a four-year senior class in school history. They
enjoyed consecutive bowl seasons for the first time in school history.
Finally, they were members of the teams with the two best finishes in
the Big 12 North, tying for first in 2007 and taking third in 2008.
- Mark Mangino will finish the 2009 season as the
second-winningest coach in KU history with either 50 or 51 wins. A.R.
Kennedy coach the Jayhawks to 52 wins against nine losses and four ties
from 1904 to 1910.
- The only two teams who have played each other more times
are Wisconsin and Minnesota, who have played each other 119 times.
- The Jayhawks and Slavers have met 90 consecutive years
(from 1919 to the present) for the nation's 12th-longest uninterrupted
series. The two played every year starting in 1891 but missed 1918 when
KU had its season shortened by an influenza outbreak.
- KU leads the all-time series, 55-53-9, and has won four of
the last six games between the two.
- KU won the first meeting, 21-8. It was Kansas' second year
fielding a football team.
- This Jayhawks-Slavers game will be the 100th time in 118
meetings that the Border War has served as the regular season finale
for both schools. That is the way God intends for it to be.
- RB Jake Sharp (2,210 career rushing yards) needs 36 rushing
yards to take ninth place on the KU career rushing list and 39 more for
- WR Dez Briscoe needs just two receiving yards to hit the
3,000 yard mark for his career. He would be just the eighth player in
Big 12 history to achieve that milestone.
- Briscoe needs 50 yards for the second-best season in school
history (he already holds the number one spot with 1,407 last season).
If he catches for 100 yards against the Slavers, he'll tie his own
single-season mark of seven 100-yard receiving games.
- WR Kerry Meier needs 12 yards to pass Willie Vaughn (2,266)
for second on the KU career yardage receiving yardage list behind
teammate Dezmon Briscoe.
- Meier needs six catches to break his own single-season
receptions record (97), set last season.
- Meier (16 TD catches) needs one more touchdown reception to
tie for second on the KU career list behind Briscoe (29).
- A 200-yard passing game by QB Todd Reesing will tie his own
season record of 11 set last season.
- KU's 293.3 passing yards per game are the second-highest
average in school history, trailing last year's team (305.6).
- KU's offense is averaging 411 total yards per game, marking
the third straight season for the Jayhawks to achieve over-400 yards a
game and the sixth time in school history.
- Reesing's 47-yard pass to WR Jonathan Wilson last Saturday
was KU's first play of 30 yards or more in four games. KU added two
more plays of 30 or more last week.
- The Jayhawks have not scored in the first quarter in the
last three games.
- KU has only scored one offensive TD from outside the red
zone in the last five games.
- Texas ran 82 plays and racked up 522 yards of total offense
against Kansas last week. That's the most yardage by KU since Oklahoma
went for 674 last season.
- KU's defense has not intercepted a pass in three games and
has forced only one fumble in that same span.
- Opponents have scored six TDs on plays of 20 or more yards
in the last four games. Three of those were at Austin last Saturday.
- Celebrity birthdays Saturday: Anna Nicole Smith (42, if she
was still breathing); Daily Show icon and stand-up Jon Stewart (47);
Brat Pack charter member Judd Nelson (49); Musician, composer,
bandleader and Canadian Paul Shaffer (60); and Oscar-winning composer
and arranger Randy Newman (66).
News and notes while being bummed because this season really hasn't been much fun and September seems a long way away.
News and Notes: KU vs. MU
Williamson's notes...while we wait...and wait...
Phog.net Senior Writer
Dez Briscoe (Steve Puppe photo)
Nov 25, 2009