Kansas and Kansas State face off in the next installment of the Sunflower Showdown tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. central time on FX. The game is the 110th in the series with Kansas holding a 65-39-5 advantage including 28-23-3 lead in Manhattan. The last win for the Jayhawks in Manhattan came in 2007 en route to the Orange Bowl for the team.
Kansas fields 24 native players from the state, while Kansas State houses 56 players from the state.
The Jayhawks defense has been stellar this year with Bradley McDougald and Toben Operrum leading the way. McDougald has two interceptions and two forced fumbles, while Operrum has forced two fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Others are getting in the action including Tyler Patmon who has two interceptions, including one he took back for a touchdown. The linebackers are also coming around as Ben Heeny and Anthony McDonald each topping double digit marks vs Northern Illinois. Heeny picked up 12 tackles, and McDonald tallied 11 in the Jayhawks loss to the Huskies.
Kansas’s running game looks to rebound tomorrow with the trio of James Sims, Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox. Both Cox and Pierson rank in the top 10 of the conference, while Sims was the top guy last season. The junior back returned against Northern Illinois after missing the first three games of the season due to suspension.
Kansas hosts Oklahoma State next on Oct. 13th. The game will be televised on FSN at 2:30 p.m. central time.