Jayhawks Head West to Face K-State

Oct. 5, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) and Kansas State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) renew the Sunflower Showdown on Oct. 8 as the Jayhawks travel to Manhattan to face the Wildcats in the 103rd all-time meeting between the two teams. FoxSports Net will televise the contest which is scheduled to kickoff at 11:10 a.m. from KSU Stadium. The Jayhawks snapped KSU’s 11-game win streak in the series last year by winning a 31-28 thriller in Lawrence, and will look for back-to-back wins against their in-state rivals for the first time since 1989-90.

The Jayhawks enter the contest after suffering their first loss of the season last Saturday when the team fell to Texas Tech 30-17 in Lubbock, Texas. After spotting Tech an early 20-0 lead, Kansas rallied to climb to within 10 points, but the team’s spirited comeback fell just short. Running back Jon Cornish ran for 111 yards on 17 carries to boost the KU offense and extended his touchdown streak to four-straight games with an 11-yard score in the third quarter.

Kansas State enters the game against the Jayhawks after dropping its Big 12 opener at Oklahoma 43-21 last Saturday in Norman, Okla. The Sooner defense limited the K-State offense to 22 yards rushing and an average of just 0.7 yards per carry in the contest. KSU quarterback Allen Webb completed 11-of-23 passes for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss.

Kansas – Kansas State Series Notes
…The 2005 renewal of the Sunflower Showdown marks the 103rd all-time meeting between Kansas and Kansas State.

…Kansas holds a 62-35-5 series advantage over the Wildcats, including a 27-20-3 record while playing in Manhattan.

…KU’s 62 wins over the Wildcats represent the most over any opponent in Jayhawk history.

…The rivalry qualifies as the sixth-longest continuous rivalry (94 games since 1902) in NCAA history and ranks 15th in most games played between two opponents at 102 games.

…Since 1969, the two teams have played for the Governor’s Cup, which was first established by then-governor Robert Docking. The original trophy was retired following the 1996 season and is now housed in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

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