November 30, 2021 6:58 pm
Kansas State-Kansas lacks luster but hardly importance

Kansas State-Kansas lacks luster but hardly importance

LAWRENCE (Kan.) — Kansas State’s last two coaches were fired almost immediately after losing to Kansas State. That’s not what Kansas coach Lance Leipold would like to hear.

Leipold is actually in his first year in what is arguably the most significant rebuilding in college football. His job with the Jayhawks looks pretty secure regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown against the Wildcats.

But getting the win? That would make Leipold more beloved by his weary fans than any of the other four coaches.

” There are many things that can be done to increase motivation, energy, and enthusiasm for the opportunity. However, as we build our program, Leipold stated that “we want to ensure that we stay focused on what we need to do, and that’s our daily planning.” There’s a lot that can be gained for a program like ours as we work to build this by playing well on Saturday.”

While it hardly carries the luster of the Iron Bowl or other big-time rivalries, the Kansas State-Kansas game is one of the longest running in college football. It began in 1902, and will be played for 119th times on Saturday.

The game is very significant for Kansas residents, as the state only has two Division I football teams and the Kansas City Chiefs, the only professional team, is only a short distance away.

” One of my favourite games at Kansas State was in 2019 back when I played there. It’s a great atmosphere, especially when most of the crowd is purple,” Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thomson, who was raised in suburban Kansas City, said.

“This was the most important thing for us all that aren’t from Kansas. Even though I am pretty much from Kansas,” he stated. .”

It’s more than bragging rights. The Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) can earn the kind of statement win they haven’t had since Mark Mangino was roaming the sidelines, while the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3) can become bowl-eligible with a victory. They’ve defeated Texas Tech (which fired Matt Wells), and TCU (which parted with Gary Patterson) in the past two weeks.

” I always have a few of my Kansas kids address our guys early in the week regarding the importance of the rivalry,” Chris Klieman, Kansas State coach, said. “We’re going get KU’s best shot, and I believe KU will get our best shot. You don’t have to say anything about getting ready to play this game, and I’m sure Lance won’t have to say anything either.”


Kansas leads the series 64-49-5, including a disputed forfeit of the 1980 game, but the past three decades have largely belonged to the Wildcats. They’ve only lost four times since 1993 while winning the last 12 meetings.

INJURY INLOOK The Wildcats should have Joe Ervin back as running back after last week’s victory over TCU. Phillip Brooks and wide receiver Malik Knowles, who were both injured in the game, did not practice this week, but they hope to be back on Saturday.


Kansas Cornerback Jeremy Webb could also be available despite not being able to practice until the end of the week. Jacobee Bryant, a freshman cornerback, is less likely to return from injury.


Jayhawks quarterback Jason Bean has had a wildly different past two weeks. He was 17 of 23 for 246 yards with a TD pass and no interceptions in nearly engineering an upset of then-No. 3 Oklahoma, then was just 3 of 10 for 10 yards with no TDs and two picks before getting benched in a 55-3 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

”” It is important that (Jason’s) career gets off to a strong start,” Leipold stated.

Kansas State’s defensive end Felix Anudike–Uzomah set a school record of four sacks and forced two fumbles against TCU last week, making him one of the top sack leaders in the country. It appeared that he had tied a Division I record of six sacks. Later, the NCAA ruled that his two strip-sacks must be counted instead as running plays.

“They did not recruit me because they thought I was too small,” Anudike–Uzomah stated of the Jayhawks. “So that’s basically what I’m going with.” I used that last year and got a sack against them.”


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