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November 23, 2003

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  • Tangerine Bowl scout Alex Tandy said the Orlando-based bowl also had representatives at the Texas Tech-Oklahoma game and would scout Nebraska-Colorado Friday. ACC teams being scouted, Tandy said, were Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. ...
  • Tom Starr, executive director of the new Fort Worth Bowl, was that bowl's lone rep on the road Saturday. Starr said he also was looking at TCU, Houston, Louisville and perhaps Memphis for the Conference USA berth opposite a Big 12 team. ...
  • KU was unsuccessful on a fake punt near midfield early in the second quarter. The snap went to up-back Nick Reid, who pitched to punter Curtis Ansel. Ansel was stopped for a yard loss. Iowa State failed to take advantage, however, running three plays and punting. ...
  • Iowa State's Tony Yelk was wide-left on a 52-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter.
  • KU's Jarod Brooks was wide-left on an extra-point attempt after the Jayhawks' first touchdown. Johnny Beck, the Jayhawks' other kicker, was wide-right on a 32-yard field goal attempt just before halftime. ...
  • Bill Whittemore's 53-yard TD pass to Brandon Rideau in the first quarter was his 16th of the season and eclipsed the record of 15 held by Mike Norseth (1985) and David Jaynes (1973). Whittemore's three TDs gave him 25 for the season, the most ever by a KU quarterback. And Whittemore played in just nine games. ...
  • Senior punter Curtis Ansel bowed out with bang by averaging 44.0 yards on five punts. Ansel's longest went 55 yards. ...
  • Vulnerable most of the season in third-and-long situations, KU's defense stopped the Cyclones 13 of 16 times on third down. ...
  • Co-captain Travis Watkins, a junior defensive tackle who played for the first time this season last week at Oklahoma State, did not suit. Watkins suffered a broken foot bone in preseason drills. ...
  • Versatile freshman Charles Gordon made his first career start at cornerback, replacing Tony Stubbs, who moved back to strong safety. Gordon had five tackles, three pass receptions and returned three punts for 30 yards. ...
  • Junior defensive end David McMillan extended his streak of consecutive starts to 24, longest on the team. ...
  • Linebacker Nick Reid led the Jayhawks with nine tackles, boosting his team-leading season total to 127. Linebacker Gabe Toomey was credited with seven stops and hiked his season tackle total to 117, second highest on the team. Brandon Perkins and Kenneth Thompson had sacks. Perkins is the team leader in that category with seven. ...
  • Hal Dowden of Heavener, Okla., was the referee in charge of the Big 12 Conference officiating crew. Topekan Brad Horchem, a former Kansas State player, was the side judge. ...
  • Kickoff temperature was 44 degrees under overcast skies with a slight wind out of the northeast. ...
  • KU officials announced a crowd of 34,518. Based on announced numbers, the Jayhawks' average attendance for the seven home games was 38,750. That's an increase of about 5,000 per game over last year.













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