After an upset win against Texas, the Kansas football team (2-9) will complete its season in the Sunflower State Showdown at Kansas State (6-4). But there’s still plenty more losing streaks that the Jayhawks hope to end Saturday, including a 40-game road losing streak and a 35-game skid in Big 12 road games.
It'll be interesting to see how KU starts this game. Of course, last week's win started with a Texas 75-yard TD pass on the first play of the game, but I wonder if the Jayhawks will play with a different kind of swagger after their first win.
And, as Benton Smith pointed out, only twice this season has KU finished a game with more takeaways than giveaways — the season opener against Rhode Island and last weekend versus Texas. The Wildcats have only lost 10 turnovers all season.
Also something to watch: With one more sack, KU defensive end Dorance Armstrong would move into a tie for second in the single-season list with Algie Atkinson (11). Ron Warner leads the way with 14.5 that he set in 1997. Armstrong's 10 sacks are the most since James Holt accomplished the same feat in 2008.
Ultimately, if last week was a big step for the KU football program, then winning on the road is the next step. Doing that at Kansas State would make it monumental heading into the offseason.
KU will start with the ball after Wildcats win the toss and defer.
Touchback on opening kick. Jayhawks starting at own 25.
Flag on the opening play for a chop block. Negative 15 yards on the first play.
Wow. Great pass by Carter Stanley over the middle to find Tyler Patrick for a first down at midfield. 30-yard gain.
3rd-and-5 upcoming after Carter Stanley somehow avoids a sack from Derek Willis.
False start makes it 3rd-and-10. Tough start for KU offensive line.
Ke'aun Kinner with a first down on a shovel pass. Beaty is pretty good at calling that play up at the right time.
Stanley takes off and lowers his shoulder. First down on 13-yard run to the 22-yard line. Where did this offense come from?
Some pushing on the field from Barbel and Elijah Lee.
Nothing going in the red zone. K-State forces field goal attempt.
Matthew Wyman drills 34-yard FG. Impressive drive despite 2 penalties on offensive linemen.