Jayhawks to Challenge Iowa State on Saturday

Nov. 1, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Fresh off its 20-15 come-from-behind victory over Colorado, the University of Kansas (4-5, 1-4 Big 12) football team looks for back-to-back wins as the team travels to Ames, Iowa for a Big 12 Conference matchup against Iowa State (3-6, 0-5 Big 12) on Saturday. Kickoff from ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.

“Iowa State is a hard-playing, well-coached football team,” said KU Head Coach Mark Mangino at his weekly media luncheon on Tuesday. “They have some outstanding receivers, including three players with 30 catches. On defense, they have Brent Curvey, one of the best defensive lineman in the conference who is an outstanding player.”

The Jayhawks enter the game versus the Cylclones after a gritty performance against the Buffs last week that saw KU erase a nine-point halftime deficit en route to the victory. The Kansas defense did not allow a touchdown in the contest and freshman quarterback Todd Reesing threw a pair of TD strikes and ran for an additional score to energize the Jayhawk comeback. Cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted two passes and safety Jerome Kemp tied a career-high with 11 tackles to help preserve the victory.

The Cyclones enter the contest against the Jayhawks on the heels of a 31-10 setback Oct. 28 against Kansas State. After posting wins over Toledo (45-43) and UNLV (16-10) to open the 2006 football season, Iowa State has dropped seven of its last eight games, including its last four contests.

KU / Iowa State Notes
KU’s game against Iowa State marks the 86th all-time meeting between the Jayhawks and the Cyclones … KU leads the series 45-34-6 and KU’s 45 wins rank third on the Jayhawk list of all-time victories over an opponent … KU has played only two conference teams (Nebraska and Missouri) more times than it has faced ISU as the teams first met in 1898 … Kansas has won 10 of the last 15 meetings against the Cyclones … The 97 combined points scored by ISU and KU in the 1992 game mark the highest combined point total by two teams in one game in Kansas history … KU’s largest comeback also occurred in the 1992 game as the Jayhawks trailed 47-21 in the third quarter and ended the contest with a 50-47 win over the Cyclones.

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