Sep 8, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks defensive end Toben Opurum (35) lines up against the Rice Owls in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Rice won the game 25-24. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas football: News and Notes

Here are a few notes and tidbits one day before Kansas hosts 16th-ranked TCU in Lawrence.

The Kansas defense for the first two games of the season have forced eight turnovers, three fumbles and five interceptions. The defense will need to be in full force for the high powered TCU offense led by quarterback Casey Pachall.

Kansas and Nevada are the only two teams in the nation with two running backs on their roster averaging over 100-yards per game. Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox have been tearing it up the first couple of games.

TCU leads the all-time series with Kansas16-8-4, though the Jayhawks have won the last three meetings. The Horned Frogs lead the all-time series with Kansas in Lawrence at 7-6.

Three locals of Kansas play on the TCU roster. In addition to this, head coach Gary Patterson calls the state his home-state. Blaize and Brady Foltz and Tyler Matthews are from Kansas.

Defensive end Toben Opurum and Ron Doherty were honored for how they fared vs Rice last Saturday as honorable mention by College Football Performance Awards. Operum forced a fumble and recovered one in a sack which resulted in a loss of seven yards. He also recorded three tackles. Doherty was named as an honorable mention punter as he kicked two punts, averaging 50.5 yards vs Rice.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 11:00 a.m. central time on FX.

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