KU football aims to slow down Baylor on Saturday

Kansas football

Courtesy: KU Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas football team heads back to Texas to continue Big 12 play at No. 11/8 Baylor Saturday, October 15 at 2:30 p.m., on Fox Sports 1.

The Bears (5-0, 2-0) and Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2) have met 15 times in the history of the two programs with BU leading the all-time series, 11-4. Kansas has never won a game in Waco, Texas, with its closest defeat coming on Oct. 21, 2006, with a score of 36-35.

Overall Record: 4-11
Current Streak: Lost 6
Longest Win Streak: 1, four times
Longest Winless Streak: 6, (2010-15)
Last 10 Games: 2-8
In Lawrence: 4-4
In Waco: 0-7
Neutral Sites: 0-0
Under David Beaty: 0-1
First Meeting: Sept. 18, 1971 (W, 22-0)
Last Meeting: Oct. 10, 2015 (L, 66-7)

vs. Big 12 Opponents: 187-255-24
First: W, 11-6 vs. Iowa State (Oct. 15, 1989)
Last: L, 24-23 vs. TCU (Oct. 5, 2016)
On October 15: 6-9-3
First: W, 11-6 vs. Iowa State (1898)
Last: L, 47-17 vs. Oklahoma (2011)
All-time Game Six: 50-67-7
First: W, 14-12 vs. Iowa (Dec. 5, 1891)
Last: L, 30-20 vs. Texas Tech (Oct. 17, 2015)

Kansas’ defensive prowess against TCU (Oct. 8) allowed the Jayhawks to wrap up nine Horned Frogs behind the line of scrimmage marking the fourth-straight game of nine or more tackles-for-loss and third-straight with three or more sacks. Only three teams in the FBS can boast better numbers when it comes to TFLs per game as Kansas is on track to have its best TFL numbers in school history. Since 2006, the 48 TFLs are the second-most recorded five games into a season and one shy of the leading 49 the Jayhawks tallied in 2007 to start the year.

Senior defensive end Cameron Rosser recorded four total tackles in KU’s near upset of TCU (Oct. 8), with all four stops being for a loss. Among his four TFLs were three sacks—the most sacks in a game for a Jayhawk player since 2008 when James Holt also recorded three sacks in the Insight Bowl win over Minnesota. Rosser now has 4.0 sacks and 7.0 TFLs on the season.

Senior cornerback Brandon Stewart intercepted the first two passes of his career against TCU (Oct. 8) to help the Kansas defense force four Horned Frogs turnovers. Senior safety Greg Allen also intercepted a pass attempt from TCU quarterback Kenny Hill for the Jayhawks’ third of the day. The last time KU picked-off three passes in a game came against SEMO in 2014 (Sept. 6) and that game also marked the last time an individual player (Dexter McDonald) recorded two interceptions in the same game. Kansas now has six interceptions on the season and ranks first in the Big 12 Conference averaging 1.2 per contest.

Wide receivers senior Shakiem Barbel and sophomore Steven Sims Jr., each caught nine passes in KU’s near upset of TCU (Oct. 8). Barbel hauled in his career-high nine receptions for a personal-best 94 yards while Sims went for 101 yards. The nine catches each by Barbel and Sims were the most by a KU player since Tony Pierson snagged nine against Louisiana Tech in 2013 (Sept. 21).

Kansas sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with 101 yards on nine catches against TCU. Sims’ three 100-yard games mark the most for a Jayhawk since 2009 when Dezmon Briscoe had seven 100-yard games and Kerry Meier finished the season with five.

Wide receivers junior LaQuvionte Gonzalez (131) and sophomore Steven Sims Jr. (101) each racked up over 100 yards receiving against TCU (Oct. 8), becoming the first Jayhawk duo to accomplish that feat since Jimmay Mundine (137) and Nigel King (128) did so against TCU in 2014 (Nov. 15). That was Gonzalez’ first 100-yard receiving game of his career.

In his first game back as KU’s starting quarterback, sophomore Ryan Willis racked up 31 completions against TCU (Oct. 8) for the ninth-most in a single game in Kansas history. Those were the most completions in a game since he connected on 35-of-50 against Texas Tech last season. In addition, his 348 yards passing were a career best and put him inside the top-20 for a single game between a pair of Todd Reesing performances at No. 19. After setting a freshman passing record in 2015, Willis continues to pile up yards with last Saturday’s total giving him 2,441 for his young career and moving him into 13th on KU’s career list.

The Kansas defense has recorded six mores sacks (14) through five games in 2016 than it did in 2015 with seven different players having their hands involved. Sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., leads the charge with five sacks and ranks second in the Big 12 and 14th in the nation averaging 1.0 sacks per game. Senior defensive end Cameron Rosser – thanks to his breakout performance against TCU (Oct. 8) – ranks second on the squad with four sacks and averages 0.8 per game.

Twenty-one different Jayhawks have combined to bring down opponents behind the line of scrimmage 48 times in 2016. Sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (7.0), senior defensive end Cameron Rosser (7.0), senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts (5.5), sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Wise (4.0) and senior defensive end Damani Mosby (3.5) combined to account for 56 percent (27-of-48) of the team’s total.

Kansas returns to Memorial Stadium Saturday, October 22, as the Jayhawks play host to Oklahoma State for their annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports 1.

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