Jayhawks Head East to Face the Tigers

Nov. 22, 2006

Lawrence, Kan. — The University of Kansas (6-5, 3-4 Big 12) football team looks for its fourth-straight win as the Jayhawks travel to Columbia, Mo., to face Missouri (7-4, 3-4 Big 12) in final regular-season contest for both teams. The game, scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m. from MU’s Faurot Field, will be broadcast by ABC.

The Jayhawks enter today’s game against the Tigers after defeating Kansas State 39-20 on Nov. 18 in the 104th edition of the Sunflower Showdown. The ever-improving Kansas defense has allowed just two touchdowns over the last three games, while the KU offense has relied on the legs of senior running back Jon Cornish who leads the Big 12 with 1,331 rushing yards.

The Tigers enter the contest against the Jayhawks on the heels of a 21-16 setback last week at Iowa State. Missouri, which bolted to a perfect 6-0 record to begin the season, has lost four of its last five games.

KU — Missouri Series Notes
The Kansas – Missouri Border Showdown series, which began in 1891, is the second-most played series in Division I-A (behind Minnesota-Wisconsin — 116 games including 2006) and is the oldest NCAA I series west of the Mississippi River … The game marks the 115th meeting between the two schools … KU leads the series 54-51-9 after defeating the Tigers 13-3 last year in Lawrence … Of the previous 114 games, 49 have been decided by a touchdown or less … The Student Alumni Associations from Kansas and Missouri coordinate the post-game presentation of the Marching Band Drum, which is given each year to the winning team … The two schools have been exchanging a trophy since 1912 (it was formerly known as the Indian War Drum) … There has not been a four-game winning streak by either team in the series since Missouri captured four straight from 1963-66 (KU has won the last three contests) … KU has won 10 of the last 15 games … MU head coach Gary Pinkel’s first game as head coach at Toledo was a 30-7 loss to Kansas in 1991 … The KU-MU contest has signaled the end of the regular-season for both teams 97 times during the series including today’s matchup.