In lieu of the Kansas Jayhawks having a bye week today, we will take a look at a classic meeting between them and their rival, Kansas State. The Governor’s Cup or Sunflower Showdown is set to take place next Saturday in Manhattan.
The 2007 meeting between the two schools pitted a 4-0 Kansas squad against the 24th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan.
The host squad jumped to an early lead after a 68-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman to Jordy Nelson connected. Jayhawks cornerback Aqib Talib was beaten by the speedy Nelson on the play. Jayhawks running back Jake Sharp knotted the game up in the second quarter on a 20-yard scamper down the field. The Wildcats got going again in a hurry with the running game taking precedence as Leon Patton scored on a 7-yard run. Talib then played a little offense as he caught a pass from Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing en route to a five-yard touchdown.
Dezmon Briscoe and Reesing connected early in the third quarter, pushing the Jayhawks to a 21-14 lead. Wildcats running back Patton as the fourth quarter started threw a touchdown pass from five yards out to Deon Hall, once again giving the host the lead. Kansas struck back quickly as Reesing tossed a 30-yard pass to Dexton Fields, giving them the lead at 27-24 after the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful. Freeman and the Wildcats looked to recoup only to throw an interception to Kendrick Harper. Kansas went onto win the game, 30-24.
This win pushed Kansas to a 5-0 record, their best start in 39 years. Kansas State fell to 3-2. The Jayhawks went onto finish with a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. The Wildcats finished with a 5-7 record.