Archive for Monday, August 30, 1999

KANSAS-NOTRE DAME NOTEBOOK

August 30, 1999

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* Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Paul Hornung were recognized before the kickoff -- Sayers representing Kansas and Hornung Notre Dame -- along with Eddie Robinson, the former Grambling coach after whom Saturday's Classic was named. "

  • If you watched on television, you may have noticed two slight changes in the Jayhawks' uniforms. The Jayhawk logo -- missing from the jersey since 1995 -- has returned on the sleeve. Also, the KU helmets have a No. 42 decal on the back as a tribute to former All-American Ray Evans who died last April. Evans' number was retired after he completed his KU career in 1947. "
  • Sophomore wide receiver Byron Gasaway, who suffered a broken jaw during a July workout, made the trip, but did not suit. With no travel roster limitations in effect, KU coach Terry Allen brought 86 players. Notre Dame dressed 97 players. "
  • All seven officials were supplied by the Big East Conference. "
  • KU's team captains -- all seniors -- are Zac Wegner, Michael Chandler, John Williams and Tim Bowers. "
  • Kickoff temperature was 87 degrees under a hazy sky. The humidity was 65 percent. "
  • Saturday's crowd of 80,012 was the largest to watch a Kansas football team since 1979 when more than 100,000 attended the Kansas-Michigan game in Ann Arbor. It was Notre Dame's 143rd consecutive sellout. "
  • KU defensive tackle Justin Sands, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound red-shirt freshman, blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt by Notre Dame's Jim Sanson early in the second quarter. Later, with fewer than two minutes remaining until halftime, Sands intercepted a Jarious Jackson pass inside the Kansas 40 that led to the Jayhawks' second TD. "
  • Despite trailing 20-13 at halftime, Kansas outgained the Irish, 170-165, in the first 30 minutes. "
  • Kansas' Joey Pelfanio, a first-year junior college transfer, boomed a 75-yard punt midway through the third quarter. The impressive kick squirmed into the end zone for a touchback. "
  • KU linebacker Dariss Lomax intercepted a Jackson pass on the penultimate play of the third quarter. It was the Jayhawks' third of the game. Sands and juco transfer defensive back Carl Nesmith had the other two. Jackson threw only six interceptions all of last season. "
  • After the game, Allen announced he had suspended three players -- defensive tackle Dion Johnson, offensive tackle Gabe Rosalis and long snapper Sean McDermott -- for violating team policies. Johnson is a starter. "
  • Lawrence High product Greg Erb, who opened at free safety, led the Jayhawks with 10 tackles. Strong safety Kareem High and outside linebacker Dariss Lomax were credited with nine stops apiece. Dion Rayford and Tim Bowers had KU's two sacks.
  • Injury report: Back-up quarterback Dylen Smith suffered a second-degree concussion in the fourth quarter and was being monitored closely by team doctors after the game. " Reserve defensive end Jeremy Hanak was forced out with a shoulder injury. "
  • Kansas now has two weeks off before opening at home against Cal State Northridge. That's a 6 p.m. kickoff.

-- Chuck Woodling

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