Jayhawks to Host Cowboys on Saturday

Oct. 11, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas (3-3, 0-2 Big 12) will look to bounce back from a pair of tough losses when it hosts Oklahoma State (3-2, 0-1 Big 12) on Saturday, Oct. 14 in a Big 12 Conference contest at Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks enter the game against the Cowboys looking to snap a two-game losing skid after falling in a hard-fought matchup against Texas A&M which ended KU’s nine-game home win streak. Kansas led for nearly the entire contest against the Aggies, but A&M crossed the goal line with 34 seconds remaining in regulation to escape with a 21-18 victory. Senior running back Jon Cornish rushed for more than 100 yards for the third-straight game and junior Scott Webb tied a career-high with three field goals against Texas A&M before time ran out on the Jayhawks.

Oklahoma State also enters the contest looking to snap a current two-game losing skid after dropping its Big 12 opener 31-27 to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. The Cowboys led K-State 27-17 late in the fourth quarter but KSU scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 3:04 to steal the win.

“I think Oklahoma State is a much improved team from last year,” said KU Head Coach Mark Mangino at his weekly press conference. “Their offense is starting to get into sync and their quarterback looks more comfortable and poised in the pocket while running the offense.”

KU / Oklahoma State Notes
Saturday’s game against the Cowboys marks the 59th all-time meeting between the two schools on the gridiron with Kansas holding a slim 28-27-3 advantage in the series … The series is tied 15-15-1 in Lawrence … OSU has won the last two meetings against the Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium but KU has won six of the last 10 overall matchups … The Kansas vs. Oklahoma State series has been characterized by winning streaks throughout its 57-game history. Kansas has a pair of seven-game win streaks and a six-game win streak in the series. OSU also has a seven-game win streak in the series … Kansas and Oklahoma State played for 50 consecutive years – from 1946 through 1995 – until the Big 12 Conference alternating scheduling cycle resulted in a two-year interruption in the series … KU defensive coordinator Bill Young has both coaching and playing ties to Oklahoma State. At OSU, Young was a member of the Cowboy football team from 1965-68 and earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1968. Young served as the JV offense coach and defensive line coach for the Cowboys from 1968-69 and returned to OSU in 1976, serving as offensive and defensive line coach for three seasons.

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