A existent 12-game winning streak for Kansas State successful its Big 12 bid against in-state rival Kansas caught the oculus of caller Kansas manager Lance Leipold.
Before Leipold participates successful his archetypal Sunflower Showdown connected Saturday astatine Lawrence, Kan., helium knows the Jayhawks (1–7, 0–5 Big 12) indispensable marque alterations to amended against the Wildcats (5–3, 2–3).
“One happening that’s evident is we request much guys from the authorities of Kansas connected this roster,” Leipold said, noting a disparity that favors Kansas State.
In turn, specified roster operation could beforehand the volition and tone indispensable to flooded a lopsided differential that finds Kansas State averaging a 40–13 borderline of triumph against Kansas implicit the past quarter-century.
“It’s my responsibility,” Leipold added, “to physique this programme to wherever the rivalry is much balanced and is 1 our alums tin get behind.”
Kansas has to marque immoderate sound connected the tract earlier it tin beryllium territorial with a rivalry successful which the Jayhawks person mostly been a doormat.
Kansas State fans could conceivably instrumentality to the roadworthy and outnumber Kansas fans, particularly with the Wildcats connected a two-game winning streak pursuing an 0-3 commencement successful league play.
Each of those wins happened to power administrators astatine Texas Tech and TCU to occurrence coaches Matt Wells and Gary Patterson, respectively.
Opponents should astir apt not slumber connected the Wildcats’ cardinal playmakers. Veteran technologist Skyler Thompson is completing 70 percent of his passes, portion shifty all-purpose menace Deuce Vaughn has 1,055 yards from scrimmage with 12 touchdowns.
Felix Anudike-Uzomah got credited with 4 sacks successful past week’s 31–12 triumph implicit TCU, but lone aft his archetypal full of six, which tied the FBS record, was revised due to the fact that of an NCAA technicality. He caused fumbles connected the 2 different sacks, but due to the fact that the escaped balls resulted successful gains, that statistic grounds of those sacks got erased.
Whatever the count, the disruption caused by Anudike–Uzomah has contributed to a resurgence for the Wildcats defense, which blanked Texas Tech successful the 2nd fractional and held TCU to 3 points connected its archetypal 3 trips wrong the Kansas State 5-yard line.
“He brought a batch of vigor with each sack, and you could archer that everyone knew the benignant of crippled helium was having,” Wildcats manager Chris Klieman said, portion adding that betterment from an assertive secondary has helped pass-rushers make pressure.
Kansas could not prolong immoderate momentum aft carrying a pb into the 4th fourth against Oklahoma connected Oct. 23. While awesome successful the scare they gave the undefeated Sooners, the Jayhawks flat-lined a week agone successful a 55–3 decision astatine Oklahoma State.
Contributors connected discourtesy person shown promise, including 1 of those in-state recruits Leipold would similar to corral much frequently. Devin Neal has emerged arsenic a freshman starter and has 2 100-yard performances arsenic portion of his team-high rushing total.
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