College Football
Kansas State at Kansas
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas

Kansas State ended a long losing streak last week, and Kansas is aching to do the same. In short, it’s been a season to forget for the two Sunflower State rivals, but they both have plenty to play for aside from the Governor’s Cup when the Wildcats visit the Jayhawks on Saturday.

A victory last week at Iowa State snapped a six-game skid for Kansas State and kept Bill Snyder’s team in bowl contention. “I think it helps to move forward – it’s a building block for us,” Wildcats wide receiver Kody Cook said at the team’s Tuesday news conference. “As for week-to-week preparation, we like to look at every week the same, have that 1-0 attitude that coach talks about. That is the same attitude we bring every week that we hope to go 1-0, continue to build on it and hopefully have the opportunity to be in a bowl game.” Kansas, meanwhile, is still searching for its first victory and has one last opportunity to avoid joining the 0-10 Jayhawks of 1954 as the only winless teams in the program’s 115-year history. “We never looked at it (the season) as difficult, (but) we knew it was going to be a challenge,” first-year Jayhawks coach David Beaty said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “We knew that our results were going to be a direct proportion of how much we were going to be able to put in, (and) I think we know as a team and as a staff that if we want more, we have to continue to give more.”

TV: 4 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Kansas State -20

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (4-6, 1-6 Big 12): Against Iowa State, the Wildcats rallied from a 35-14 first-half deficit, and Jack Cantele’s 42-yard field goal with three seconds remaining put an end to the program’s longest losing streak since 1989. Cantele wasn’t the only special-team standout, either, as Morgan Burns returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second straight week and the third time this season. K-State’s five fumble recoveries also aided greatly in the comeback, and now the Wildcats must beat Kansas and visiting West Virginia on Dec. 5 to officially become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season.

ABOUT KANSAS (0-11, 0-8): The Jayhawks were hoping to build off their best effort of the season – a 23-17 defeat at then-No. 15 TCU on Nov. 14 – but instead suffered their second-most lopsided loss (49-0) of the season last Saturday against visiting West Virginia. Kansas is tied for the FBS lead for most first-time players (39) and most first-time starters (33), including freshman quarterback Ryan Willis, who has started the last seven games and thrown for a school-freshman-record 1,504 yards this season. Predictably, though, Kansas ranks last in the Big 12 in a number of statistical categories, including scoring offense (15.4 points) and defense (46.2) and total offense (334.1 yards) and defense (578.8).


1. Kansas leads the series 64-42-5, but Kansas State has won six straight and 19 of the last 23 meetings.

2. Apart from the six-point setback to TCU, the Jayhawks have lost their other 10 games by an average of 33.3 points.

3. Kansas S Fish Smithson, who leads the FBS with 7.8 solo tackles per game, missed the West Virginia contest with an ankle injury, but Beaty said Smithson has been looking improved this week in practice and thinks he’ll be able to play.

PREDICTION: Kansas State 34, Kansas 17

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Kansas State 4-6 W1 29.7 32.7 3-3 1-3 1-0 0-0 1-6
Kansas 0-11 L11 15.4 46.2 0-6 0-5 0-2 0-0 0-8
Last Meeting
Kansas State Kansas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/29/14 KU 13 KSU 51 505 194 311 197 58 139
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Kansas State J. Waters 77.8 294 4 0
Kansas M. Cummings 59.3 139 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Kansas State D. Robinson 8 64 8.0 0
Kansas C. Avery 6 28 4.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Kansas State C. Sexton 9 141 15.7 1
Kansas N. Harwell 3 41 13.7 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Kansas State C. Jones 2
Kansas N. Harwell 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Kansas State J. Hubener 48.3 1619 9 7
Kansas R. Willis 51.8 1504 6 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Kansas State C. Jones 108 538 5.0 5
Kansas K. Kinner 128 547 4.3 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Kansas State K. Cook 23 364 15.8 3
Kansas T. Parmalee 37 549 14.8 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Kansas State J. Hubener 11
Kansas K. Kinner 5
Quickchart Matchup
Kansas State Kansas State Off vs  Kansas Kansas Def
Kansas State 342 yards
Kansas 578.8 yards
Kansas State 4 yards/rush
Kansas 5.8 yards/rush
Kansas State 6.6 yards/attempt
Kansas 8.9 yards/attempt
Kansas Kansas Off vs  Kansas State Kansas State Def
Kansas 333 yards
Kansas State 454.8 yards
Kansas 3.1 yards/rush
Kansas State 4.4 yards/rush
Kansas 5.8 yards/attempt
Kansas State 8.3 yards/attempt