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KU-A&M briefs

November 1, 2003

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Noting the series: Texas A&M leads the all-time series 5-1 and has won five straight against Kansas. ... The Aggies have won all four meetings in College Station, Texas. ... A&M won 47-22 last year in Lawrence when Dustin Long passed for 399 yards.

Tackle leaders: Nick Reid's 19 tackles last week against Kansas State were the most by a Jayhawk this season. Reid has has taken over the team lead with 86 tackles, one more than fellow linebacker Gabriel Toomey.

Streaks: Kansas receivers Mark Simmons and Charles Gordon and running back Clark Green have each caught at least one pass in all eight games. ... Green's overall streak is 19 games, dating back to the second game of last season.

Beck rebounds: Junior kicker Johnny Beck made only 4-of-8 field goals through KU's first five games. Beck has since made 4-of-5 in the last three games, including a 51-yarder last week against Kansas State.

Pegram peaking: A&M sophomore Todd Pegram also is kicking well. Pegram missed seven of his first 12 field-goal attempts last year but is 19-of-24 since then, including 12-of-15 this season.

Century mark: Terrence Murphy needs three receptions to become the fifth Aggie receiver with 100 career catches. He would be the first A&M player to reach the milestone as a junior. ... Murphy, who also returns kicks, averages 21.1 yards per touch, ranking second in the nation.

Pro pipeline: Texas A&M ranks first among Big 12 schools with 34 former players on NFL rosters. Kansas is ninth with 11.

Something's gotta give: Kansas ranks 109th in the nation in punting; A&M ranks 108th in punt returns.

Statistic to ponder: Texas A&M ranks 110th among 117 Division I programs in turnover margin.

Up next: KU's 2:30 p.m. home game against Nebraska next Saturday will be broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest.

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