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October 20, 2009

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KU not fooled by Sooners record

The Oklahoma football team might be down by its own lofty standards — struggling to a 3-3 record to start the year and having dropped to No. 25 after losing two of their last three games — but Kansas University coach Mark Mangino is far from comfortable heading into the teams’ 2:30 p.m. matchup Saturday in Lawrence.

Despite their unimpressive record, the Sooners have lost their three games by a total of just five points, including one-point setbacks to then-No. 20 BYU and current No. 8 Miami in games OU was without — at least in part — all-American quarterback Sam Bradford.

“We’re not fooled at all by their record,” Mangino said during Monday morning’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “Anybody that looks into that and thinks they’re not a really good football team really doesn’t know college football.”

Buffaloes’ Hansen a longtime Reesing fan

Having long looked up to KU quarterback Todd Reesing, Colorado sophomore signal-caller Tyler Hansen considered his team’s 34-30 victory over the Jayhawks a particularly thrilling event.

Looking very Reesing-like in his efforts, Hansen racked up 209 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in just his third career start last Saturday, and afterward, according to the Longmont (Colo.) Times-Call, made it a point to track down Reesing following the game to praise his play.

“I went up to him and was like, ‘Hey, man, I just want to say that was awesome,’ and I said, ‘I really look up to you,’” Hansen told the paper, adding that he hopes to develop into the same type of player Reesing has been in his three years as the Jayhawks’ starter. “He didn’t say anything back, because he was really frustrated, but I just wanted to get that out because I really do look up to him.”

KU-Texas Tech game to air on ABC

The Jayhawks Oct. 31 matchup with Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, will begin at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by ABC, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday.

The game will mark KU's second straight appearance on ABC, following Saturday’s game against Oklahoma in the same time slot.

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