- John Randle replaced Greg Heaggans as the Jayhawks' primary kickoff returner. Heaggans, a junior who set a school record for kickoff return yardage last season, didn't make the trip. He was arrested last week on a DUI charge. Randle returned the opening kickoff 37 yards in his only opportunity.
- Northwestern's Brian Huffman was wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter -- the closest either team came to scoring in the opening period.
- KU senior offensive guard Tony Coker, who had missed the first two games because of an ankle injury, made his season debut in the second quarter, spelling soph David Ochoa. Coker appeared to reinjure the ankle in the third quarter.
- Scott Webb, the Jayhawks' short field-goal and extra-point kicker, made good on his first collegiate three-point attempt when he drilled a 27-yarder with 5:28 remaining before the break. Senior Johnny Beck, KU's long field-goal specialist, was wide right on a 48-yard attempt seconds before the break. Then seconds before the end, Beck missed what would have been a game-tying 43-yarder.
- Freshman punter Kyle Tucker made his collegiate debut in the third quarter, subbing for senior Chris Tyrrell, who had mishandled a snap in the second quarter that led to a Northwestern field goal. Tyrrell's bobble was the game's lone turnover. KU had eight takeaways in its first two games.
- Linebacker Nick Reid led KU with 11 tackles, including a pair for losses. Rodney Harris, Tony Stubbs, David McMillan and Kevin Kane were credited with seven stops apiece. Third-down specialists Greg Tyree and Brandon Perkins each had a sack.
- Kansas was 6-of-18 in third- and fourth-down conversions, while Northwestern was 5-of-14.
- Adam Barmann's 48 passes were the most thrown by a KU quarterback since 1989 when Kelly Donohoe threw a similar four dozen against Iowa State. The school record is 58 by David Jaynes in 1973.
- Further proof time of possession is deceptive: KU had the ball for 32:41 and Northwestern for 27:19.
- Saturday's win was the first at home for Northwestern in three tries. The Wildcats' last victory at Ryan Field was Nov. 8 last year against Penn State. NU lost at home to Arizona State last week (30-21).
- All seven officials were assigned by the Big 12 Conference. Randy Christal of Austin, Texas, was the referee. A Big Ten crew worked last year's KU-NU game in Lawrence. ... Kickoff temperature was 74 degrees under a bright sunny sky with a 10 mph breeze out of the south. ... Northwestern officials pegged the crowd at 24,817. Ryan Field's listed capacity is 47,130.
September 19, 2004