🏈 GAME PREVIEW: at Iowa State
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) get set for their final road game of the season on Saturday, when they take on the Iowa State Cyclones (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa at 11 a.m.
The game is the fifth and final on the road this season for the Jayhawks, where they hold a 1-3 record so far this season. Kansas is coming off a 13-31 defeat at the hands of No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday, while Iowa State returns home after defeating No. 10 Texas, 23-21, on a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Saturday’s contest between the Jayhawks and the Cyclones will be the 99th in the series history, with KU holding the series advantage at 50-42-6. Iowa State owns a slight advantage in games played in Ames, Iowa at 24-22-3. Kansas’ last road win against the Cyclones came on Oct. 4, 2008, which is Kansas’ last win over a Big 12 team on the road.
This season, the KU offense has broken the 500-yard barrier on three occasions, two of which came on the road (Boston College, Texas). The last time a Kansas offense accomplished such a feat came in 2009, while their back-to-back 500-plus yard performances against Texas and Texas Tech were the first time against conference opponents since 2007.
The Jayhawks will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Cyclones after dropping their last two games against conference foes Kansas State and Oklahoma State, while Iowa State looks to improve their bowl standing after earning bowl eligibility for the third-consecutive year.
Saturday will mark the first coaching meeting between Kansas head coach Les Miles and Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell. Miles holds a 1-1 record when playing against Iowa State in his coaching career, while Campbell is 3-0 against the Jayhawks.
Ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Iowa State, head coach Les Miles met with the media.
- Over his career, senior safety Mike Lee has forced seven fumbles, which ranks as tied for the seventh most among active players in FBS. On Saturday against Oklahoma State, Lee forced his seventh forced fumble of his career, which is the most by a Jayhawk since 2011-14, when Michael Reynolds also forced seven fumbles.
- The Kansas wide receiver corps has made its way onto several highlight reels this season, led by juniors Andrew Parchment and Stephon Robinson Jr., who have each broken the 600 yard receiving barrier this season. Parchment has accumulated a team-leading 702 yards, while Robinson has 652 yards to his credit, marking the first time since 2009 that two Jayhawks had 600 or more receiving yards in a season. Both receivers have also hauled in six or more receiving touchdowns this season, also marking the first time since 2009 a Kansas wide receiver duo had accomplished such a feat.
- Senior cornerback Hasan Defense has proven he lives up to his name in his four years as a Jayhawk, intercepting six passes throughout his career and returning them for 192 yards and one touchdown. Defense’s 192 interception return yards rank 22nd in Big 12 history in interception return yards, joining a list of several fellow Jayhawks, including Aqib Talib (322 yards) and Bradley McDougald (189 yards). Earlier this season, Defense found the endzone for the first time in his career, scoring KU’s first touchdown of the season against Indiana State on August 31.
- With his receiving touchdown against Oklahoma State, Stephon Robinson Jr., climbed into KU single-season receiving history, with his seven touchdown receptions tying for eighth all-time. Robinson’s seven touchdown receptions are the most in a season by a Jayhawk since Steven Sims Jr., in 2016, who also hauled in seven touchdown receptions. So far this season, Robinson has hauled in 40 receptions for 652 yards and seven touchdowns, including three games in which Robinson had two touchdown receptions. Fellow Jayhawk Andrew Parchment also ranks in the top-15 in single-season touchdown receptions, hauling in six touchdown receptions so far this season.
Leading Passer: Carter Stanley (190/301, 2,241 yds, 21 TD)
Leading Rusher: Pooka Williams Jr. (162 att, 791 yds, 3 TD)
Leading Receiver: Andrew Parchment (52 rec, 702 yds, 6 TD)
Leading Tackler: Bryce Torneden (63 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Azur Kamara (3.5 sacks)
Leading Interception: Najee Stevens-McKenzie (2 interceptions)
Leading Passer: Brock Purdy (251/373, 3,203 yds, 22 TD)
Leading Rusher: Breece Hall (123 att, 686 yds, 7 TD)
Leading Receiver: Deshaunte Jones (63 att, 748 yds, 2 TD)
Leading Tackler: Marcel Spears (73 tackles)
Leading Sacks: O’Rien Vance (6.5 sacks)
Leading Interception: Lawrence White (2 interceptions)
vs. Iowa State: KU leads 50-42-6
Current Streak: Loss 4
Longest KU Win Streak: 7
Longest KU Winless Streak: 5
Last 10 Games: 2-8
In Lawrence: KU leads, 28-18-3
In Ames: ISU leads, 24-22-3
Neutral Sites: N/A
Under Les Miles: First Meeting
First Meeting: Oct. 10, 1898 (W, 11-6)
Last Meeting: Nov. 3, 2018 (L, 3-27)
Most Kansas Points: 53 (Sept. 29, 1951)
Most Iowa State Points: 51 (Nov. 17, 2012)
Biggest Margin: 45 (Oct. 14, 2017)