Wildcats Shut Down Jayhawks in Sunflower Showdown, 59-21
Oct. 22, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite a career-high six receptions from junior wide receiver Kale Pick, the Kansas Jayhawks fell to in-state rival and No. 12 Kansas State 59-21, on Saturday in Memorial Stadium.
After the loss, Kansas dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in Big 12 play, while Kansas State improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in conference action.
Kansas State struck first on a seven-yard touchdown run by quarterback Collin Klein. The Wildcats drove 73 yards down the field in seven plays as Klein used the passing game to his advantage, as he was a perfect 4-of-4 for 67 yards on the drive.
Klein picked up his second rushing touchdown of the first half just five seconds into the second quarter on a six-yard run to give KSU a 14-0 lead.
Kansas would get on the scoreboard with 5:01 remaining in the first half on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back James Sims. The scoring drive covered 63 yards in 11 plays behind a balanced offensive attack, both through the air and on the ground.
The rushing touchdown for Sims gives him seven on the season to lead all Jayhawks.
On Kansas’ next offensive possession, sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb conducted another 11-play drive with this one going 78 yards capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver D.J. Beshears. Webb finished 21-for-28 for 169 yards and a touchdown.
After a three-and-out on its first offensive possession, Kansas State would score on its next five possessions of the first half to lead 31-14 at halftime.
The Wildcats wasted little time coming out of the locker room after halftime as wide receiver Tyler Lockett took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown giving K-State a 38-14 lead.
Just two plays later KU freshman running back Darrian Miller fumbled deep inside Kansas’ own territory. The Wildcats would need only two plays to punch it in from eight yards out giving Kansas State a 45-14 lead with 13:53 left in the third quarter.
Kansas would turn the ball over yet again on a fumble by Webb that would lead to another Wildcat score. The third quarter proved to haunt KU again this season as the Jayhawks turned the ball over twice and surrendered 21 points within the first 4:27 of the quarter.
KU would add the final score of the day on a two-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Quinn Mecham to freshman tight end Jimmay Mundine with one second remaining in the ball game. Mundine finished with a career-high four receptions for 41 yards and his first career touchdown catch.
Klein would finish the game 12-for-19 for 195 yards and another 92 yards on the ground with five total touchdowns; four of them coming on the ground. KSU running back John Hubert also added 17 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown. Lockett led all KSU receivers with five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Kansas hits the road for the first of a two-game road trip next Saturday, Oct. 29, when the Jayhawks travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network. KU will then take on Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 5.