Kansas (3-7) at Iowa State (1-9)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jack Trice Stadium (56,000) -- Ames, Iowa.
Television: FS1. Home Record: Kansas 3-3, ISU 0-5. Away Record: Kansas 0-4,
ISU 1-4. Neutral Record: Kansas 0-0, ISU 0-0. Conference Record: Kansas 1-6,
ISU 0-7. Series Record: Kansas leads, 49-37-6 .
GAME NOTES: The two weakest teams in the Big 12 Conference get together on
Saturday night as the Iowa State Cyclones host the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Cyclones are winless in conference play thus far and have just a single
victory overall, a 38-21 final versus Tulsa back in late September. Since
then, Iowa State has dropped seven straight decisions, the most recent of
those being a 48-10 defeat at the hands of 22nd-ranked Oklahoma last weekend
on the road.
As for the Jayhawks, they've haven't had much more luck than ISU, sporting
just a single league victory in seven tries. However, the good news for Kansas
is that one Big 12 triumph did take place just last week in Lawrence versus
West Virginia (31-19), which means the team has a chance to win back-to-back
games for the first time this season.
In terms of the all-time series between these teams, the Jayhawks are in the
lead at 49-37-6 overall and have a slight advantage in games played in Ames as
well, 22-21-3. However, ISU has won three straight in the series and is hoping
to push that run to four in a row for the first time since 1986-89.
Kansas led 17-7 at the break against visiting West Virginia, and 31-7 in the
fourth quarter before letting the Mountaineers post a pair of touchdowns in
the final five minutes to make things interesting. James Sims led the way for
the Jayhawks with a game-high 211 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries,
his yardage total exceeding that of WVU (144 yards). Brandon Bourbon pitched
in with 48 yards and a score, while Montell Cozart converted just five passes
for 61 yards.
Cassius Sendish led the defense for the Jayhawks with 11 tackles, all but one
of those solo, while Ben Goodman came up with a sack, two tackles for loss and
an interception return for 54 yards.
The Kansas offense has been dreadful this season, averaging just 17.4 ppg to
rank 116th in the nation. In fact, prior to last week's scoring outburst the
only other game in which the team scored more than 20 points was in the opener
versus South Dakota. The team is generating only 303.2 ypg in total offense
(115th nationally), and the passing attack is the part that is hurting the
most with just 144.2 ypg.
Cozart, who has taken over for Jake Heaps (1,204 yards, seven TDs), has
completed only 36.4 percent of his pass attempts for a grand total of 194
yards. The most productive receiver for the group has been Jimmay Mundine with
16 catches for 181 yards and four of the unit's eight aerial touchdowns.
On the ground, Sims has produced 914 yards and seven TDs, the team just 12 TDs
overall while averaging 3.8 yards per carry.
The Cyclones had to have been stunned by their own luck; locked up at 10-10 at
halftime against nationally-ranked Oklahoma on the road, but then the roof
fell in and ISU found itself down by 38 points less than 30 minutes later. The
Iowa State defense surrendered 523 yards, an average of 7.8 yards per snap,
while Jacques Washington and Jeremiah George did all they could to keep the
Cyclones in the mix as they registered 13 and 10 tackles, respectively.
Quarterback Grant Rohach had little success against the OU pass defense,
converting 21-of-34 passes for 179 yards, while being picked off twice and
sacked five times, the latter bringing down the team's overall rushing total
to 103 yards on 34 attempts. The only TD of the game for the Cyclones came
from Sam Richardson who carried the ball three times for 11 yards.
Like Kansas, the Cyclones have not performed very well on offense this season,
now ranked 113th in the nation with 327.9 ypg overall. The squad is
responsible for a mere 21.2 ppg, which is 103rd in the country and yet they
are fourth in red zone offense which is rather astounding. Richardson and
Rohach have combined to produce close to 2,000 yards through the air and 13
touchdowns, but also 12 interceptions.
Not only have the Cyclones had their issues on offense in 2013, the team is
also being punished on defense with 228.9 ypg allowed through the air and
471.0 ypg in all, the latter ranking the group 108th in the nation. While the
opposition has brought down ISU passers for 35 sacks, the Cyclones have logged
just 13 such takedowns, 3.5 of those coming from George.
Being at home automatically gives the Cyclones a slight boost, but not so much
that they'll be able to take down a Kansas team that actually showed signs of
life last weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas 27, Iowa State 17
11/20 10:38:55 ET