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October 14, 2007

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KU rips Baylor, 58-10

The Kansas Jayhawk football team got revenge for last season's single-point loss to Baylor by stomping the Bears to the tune of 58-10. Enlarge video

Former KU fullback John Riggins was added to the Memorial Stadium Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony. Riggins gave a bow to each side of the stadium while a lengthy ovation was given. His name was added to the ring on the northeast side of the stadium.

Riggins played at KU from 1968-70 before a successful NFL career. He already has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

¢ At 6-0 overall, Kansas is bowl-eligible in 2007. Of course, the Jayhawks are well aware, based on last year's 6-6 record and empty holiday season, that bowl-eligible doesn't mean bowl-bound.

"If you really want to guarantee a bowl, you've got to win more than six," Mangino said. "If you don't win more than six, there's no guarantee. The kids don't care. They set their sights so high, I don't think it entered their mind."

¢ Backup quarterback Kerry Meier lined up as a punter in the first quarter, with no apparent trickery in the cards. Meier took the normal snap and shanked it for just 15 yards, a job normally reserved for Kyle Tucker.

"Kyle's struggling a little bit here in the last few weeks," Mangino said. "We've had Kerry working as a backup. Not that we're going to bench Kyle, but we're trying to alleviate some of the pressure. Kyle's been pressing."

Meier also pooch-punted twice lined up as a quarterback with KU's offensive personnel on the field. In that setup, starting quarterback Todd Reesing motions out wide and becomes the gunner.

¢ The Jayhawks used multiple defensive formations Saturday, but mostly used four down linemen despite Baylor's tendency to pass. Often, KU would use an extra defensive back in place of linebacker James Holt.

¢ Four Kansas players recorded interceptions - Justin Thornton, Chris Harris, Sadiq Muhammed and Gary Green. It was Thornton's second pick of the season, the first for everyone else.

¢ Kansas started the game with a diamond formation on offense, with Meier in the back. It's the second straight game in which Meier, Reesing's backup at quarterback, registered a start as a receiver.

Meier ended up with a 31.3 average on three punts, two pass receptions for 20 yards, 25 yards on 4-of-6 passing, and three rushes for 11 yards, including a two-yard touchdown.

¢ KU junior Aqib Talib's run of six straight games scoring a touchdown ended Saturday. Talib was seen on the field for just two offensive plays and wasn't thrown at. On defense he recorded two tackles but had no passes defended.

¢ Mangino said the only thing that "irked" him from Saturday's game was the 97-yard kickoff return by Baylor sophomore David Gettis at the end of the third quarter.

"Other than that," Mangino said, "we played well in all three segments of the game."

¢ Sophomore running back Angus Quigley made his long-awaited college debut during the fourth quarter on Saturday. He rushed the ball eight times for 47 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left.

¢ Freshman Dezmon Briscoe replaced Raimond Pendleton as KU's primary punt-return specialist during the first half. Anthony Webb, who hadn't dressed out the previous two games, fielded punts in the second half.

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