GAME PREVIEW: at Oklahoma State
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) hit the road for their 10th game of the season and their fourth on the road on Saturday, as the Jayhawks take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma at 11 a.m., on FS1.
Both teams enter Saturday’s matchup following a bye week, in what will be the 70th meeting all-time between the Jayhawks and the Cowboys. Oklahoma State owns the series advantage at 37-29-3, including a 16-14-2 mark in Stillwater. Kansas’ last win over Oklahoma State came on Nov. 10, 2007, when the Jayhawks took down the Cowboys, 43-28, in Stillwater.
The Jayhawks have found success on the road so far this season, averaging 431 total yards of offense in three games away from home. The Jayhawks are 1-3 on the road heading into the weekend, with their first road trip resulting in a 48-24 victory over Boston College on Sept. 13.
The game will be head coach Les Miles’ first appearance back at Boone Pickens Stadium since he was the head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-05. Miles led the Cowboys to a 28-21 record in his time in Stillwater, leading them to three consecutive bowl games after a 4-7 start in his first season.
Ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Stillwater, head coach Les Miles met with the media on Monday.
Kansas senior Hakeem Adeniji made his 45th-consecutive start against Kansas State on Nov. 2, in what is among the longest active consecutive start streaks in the country. Adeniji has started in every game of his career so far at KU, including nine starts at left tackle this season. Adeniji was recently selected to play in the Reeses’ Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Jan. 25, 2020.
Through nine games this season, Kansas has played in five games that were decided by one score or less and in two games decided by three points or less. In games decided by one score or less, Kansas is 2-3, with wins coming against Indiana State and Texas Tech. In games decided by three points or less, Kansas stands at 1-1, while they have yet to reach overtime yet this season.
Head Coach Les Miles returns to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State for the first time in his career, where he served as an offensive coordinator from 1995-97 and as a head coach from 2001-05. As the leader of the Cowboys, Miles led Oklahoma State to a 28-21 record, where they reached three-consecutive bowl games after starting 4-7 in his first year. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy took over the reigns as head coach of the Cowboys in 2005, when Miles left to be the head coach at LSU. Gundy served as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2000-04 under Miles.
Senior quarterback Carter Stanley is having a career year for the Jayhawks, where he has moved into the KU all-time career lists in several passing categories. This season alone, Stanley has thrown for 19 passing touchdowns and 2,015 yards, in which his 19 passing touchdowns rank fourth in KU history, with Jayhawk great Todd Reesing only throwing more touchdowns in a season.
Leading Passer: Carter Stanley (168/264, 2,105 yds, 19 TD, 7 INT)
Leading Rusher: Pooka Williams Jr. (150 att, 765 yds, 3 TD)
Leading Receiver: Andrew Parchment (47 rec, 663 yds, 6 TD)
Leading Tackler: Bryce Torneden (61 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Azur Kamara (3.5 sacks)
Leading Interception: Najee Stevens-McKenzie (2 interceptions)
Leading Passer: Spencer Sanders (143/229, 1,897 yds, 15 TD, 11 INT)
Leading Rusher: Chuba Hubbard (236 att, 1,653 yds, 18 TD)
Leading Receiver: Tylan Wallace (53 rec, 903 yds, 18 TD)
Leading Tackler: Malcolm Rodriguez (74 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Amen Ogbongbemiga (3.5 sacks)
Leading Interception: Kolby Harvell-Peel (3 inteceptions)
vs. Oklahoma State: OSU leads 37-29-3
Current Streak: Oklahoma State won 9
Longest KU Win Streak: 7
Longest KU Winless Streak: 9
Last 10 Games: 1-9
In Stillwater: Oklahoma State leads 16-14-2
Under Les Miles: First meeting
First Meeting: Oct. 13, 1923 (W, 9-0)
Last Meeting: Sept. 29, 2018 (L, 28-48)
Most Kansas Points: 55 (Oct. 22, 1949)
Most Oklahoma State Points: 70 (Oct. 8, 2011)
Biggest Margin 42 (Oct. 8, 2011)