Jayhawks Host No. 25 Iowa State on Senior Day

Nov. 21, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) football team can become bowl-eligible and post a perfect 6-0 home record with a victory Saturday on Senior Day as the Jayhawks host No. 25 Iowa State (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) in the regular-season finale for both teams. The contest is scheduled to kickoff at 11:30 a.m. and will be broadcast by FoxSports Net. With a win against the Cyclones, the Jayhawks would claim their first undefeated/untied season at home since 1951 when the team posted a perfect 5-0 record in Memorial Stadium. The game also marks the final home contest for 20 Jayhawk seniors.

The Jayhawks, who feature the fifth-best rush defense among all NCAA I-A teams (91.3 yards allowed per game), enter the contest against Iowa State looking to post their sixth win of the season and gain bowl eligibility. Coincidentally, in 2003, the Jayhawks needed a win at home against Iowa State in the final game of the season to qualify for a bowl contest. KU won that game 36-7, behind 221 yards passing and 85 yards rushing from quarterback Bill Whittemore, who guided the team to 24 second-half points to put the game out of reach.

Iowa State enters Saturday’s game against the Jayhawks as one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 Conference. The Cyclones have reeled off four-straight wins after dropping their first three league games. During the team’s current four-game win streak, ISU has been victorious by an average score of 38.5-14.3.

Kansas – Iowa State Series Notes
…KU’s game against Iowa State marks the 85th all-time meeting between the Jayhawks and the Cyclones.

…KU leads the series 44-34-6 and KU’s 44 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 nine of the last 14 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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