LAWRENCE, Kan. – In the most anticipated Sunflower Showdown in recent memory, Kansas State silenced any doubters in front of a sellout crowd Saturday. David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium saw it’s first sellout since the 2009 season, but it did not see a Jayhawk victory, as Kansas State walked out of Lawrence with a 38-10 win.
In total, Kansas State out-gained Kansas 471-241, with the Wildcats dominating the ground game for 342 yards, all primarily without their top two running backs.
New Kansas Offensive Coordinator Brent Dearmon didn’t see near the same success as he has in the past two games, struggling to create much rhythm at any point. Starting Quarterback Carter Stanley had one of his roughest outings of the season, completing just 13 of 23 passses, for 115 yards and 2 interceptions.
The Jayhawks struggled to move the chains most of the game, tallying 12 first downs and going a combined 2-of-12 on third and fourth downs.
Despite their success for most of the day, penalties were a thorn in the side of the Wildcats, as they were flagged 11 times for 113 yards in the contest, but Head Coach Chris Klieman said that would be worked on in the coming weeks.
The talk this week surrounded the question of “who is K-State?” Stemming from an enthusiastic post game speech Kansas Head Coach Les Miles delivered after their 37-34 win over Texas Tech last Saturday. Today, that question was answered.
K-State’s defense suffocated talented running back Pooka Williams Jr., holding him to just 61 yards on 14 carries, on top of stifling Carter Stanley. The Wildcat defense sacked Stanley four times, and dominated the line of scrimmage, holding Kansas to just 2,4 yards per rush.
K-State Senior Left Tackle and Lawrence native Scott Frantz said that this week Kansas gave them a ton of bulletin board material. When asked if the clip of Les Miles in that speech was part of that, his answer was simple, yet emphatic.
The Wildcats improved to 6-2 on the season, earning bowl eligibility and an 11th-consecutive win over Kansas, which ties K-State’s most consecutive wins in the Sunflower Showdown. Over the 108-straight seasons the series has been played, Kansas still has the all-time edge 64-48-5, but Kansas State has won 23 of the last 27 in the rivalry.
Following the loss, Kansas falls to 2-6, and their shot at a bowl game is bleak, albeit still alive. Kansas will be idle next week before a road contest with Oklahoma State on November 16.
Kansas State will head to Austin, Texas next Saturday for a date with Texas.
POST GAME AUDIO
Head Coach Les Miles
Quarterback Carter Stanley
Head Coach Chris Klieman
Quarterback Carter Stanley
POST GAME STATS
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