Preview: Kansas at Nebraska
Compiled by CFP Staff from Team Media Releases
November 4, 2008
Kansas (6-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12) will head to Lincoln, Neb. to face Nebraska (5-4, 2-3) on Saturday at 2:30 ET.
The Kansas-Nebraska series is the nation’s longest uninterrupted series as the teams will meet for the 103rd consecutive year. The Jayhawks have won 18 of their last 22 games, and 16 consecutive games against unranked teams.
With a 6-3 record Kansas has become bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive year, marking the first time the Jayhawks have won at least six games in four straight seasons since turning the trick five times from 1902-06. A bowl trip in 2008 would give the Jayhawks bowl games in consecutive years for the first time in school history.
For the second season in a row, Kansas enters the Nebraska game with a better overall record than the Huskers as the Jayhawks are 6-3, while Nebraska is 5-4. Last year, Kansas entered the game with an 8-0 mark, while Nebraska was 4-5. Prior to last year, the last time the Jayhawks entered a meeting with Nebraska with a better record was 1974 when KU was 4-1 and Nebraska 3-2.
Last year, Todd Reesing threw a school-record six touchdown passes and had 354 yards through the air while Brandon McAnderson ran for 119 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns as eighth-ranked Kansas beat Nebraska 76-39 in Lawrence on Nov. 3, 2007. The Jayhawks' 76 points were the third-most in school history, as well as the most allowed by Nebraska in its history. The Jayhawks produced a school-record tying 34 first downs and ran 90 plays on the night en route to 572 yards of total offense. Reesing set school records for touchdown passes in a game (six) and in a single season (23). Four of his scoring passes in the first half went to four different players. KU forced four straight Nebraska turnovers in the second half en route to getting five turnovers on the day.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) has a 6-4 record in his first season with the Huskers. In addition
to five 2008 wins, Pelini led Nebraska to a victory as interim head coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl. Pelini has served as defensive coordinator at NU, Oklahoma and most recently LSU over the past five seasons. Previously, he had stints as an NFL assistant with San Francisco, New England and Green Bay.
Kansas head coach Mark Mangino (Youngstown State, ‘87) is in his seventh season with the Jayhawks’, and owns a 43-39 record. Mangino has guided KU to bowl games in three of his first six seasons, including the FedEx Orange Bowl after last season, when Mangino was named National Coach of the Year. Mangino is 2-4 against Nebraska, 0-3 in Lincoln.
Nebraska is 813-337-40 all-time, one of just five schools with 800 all-time victories. Nebraska has won five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997). The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships, and their 44 all-time bowl appearances rank fifth nationally.
Nebraska’s 96 football Academic All-Americans leads the nation. The Huskers have had 106 All-Americans in school history.