Charlie Weis talks after 31-10 loss to Kansas State
Kansas State’s featured running back, senior John Hubert, made up in one day for an inconsistent season that started slow and finished strong. Hubert rushed for 220 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries Saturday, leading K-State to a 31-10 victory against Kansas in Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan
Michael Reynolds and Ben Heeney earned game balls in a 31-10 Kansas football loss to Kansas State.
Just one player from this Kansas University senior class will be remembered for a long time by the average football fan. Running back James Sims finished his KU career in disappointing fashion Saturday, but a case could be made for ranking him in the top half-dozen rushers in KU history. Column by Tom Keegan
With his head coach scheduled to hit the road for recruiting and his football team having just wrapped up another disappointing season on Saturday, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger offered a vote of confidence for the current coaching staff and the direction it's taking Kansas football. Notes by Matt Tait
Saturday, in front of a split crowd of 43,610 Jayhawks and Wildcats at Memorial Stadium, the Kansas University football team ended its 2013 season by turning the ball over six times in a 31-10 loss to Kansas State. By Matt Tait
After falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter, the Kansas University football team did all it could to fight back, but six turnovers, several costly penalties and more drops by wide receivers proved to be too much for the Jayhawks to overcome during a 31-10 victory by Kansas State at Memorial Stadium.
The victory dropped KU to 3-9 overall and 1-8 in the Big 12 and improved K-State to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play.
The Wildcats now have won five straight in the series and are 17-4 in the past 21 meetings.
KSU will now await its postseason fate while the Jayhawks limp into another offseason.
Saturday's game was the final home game for 23 KU seniors.
Stay tuned to KUsports.com for more throughout the afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
First Quarter 7:50 — Zach Trujillo 35 pass from Jake Waters. Ian Patterson kick. A Montell Cozart interception on KU's second drive of the day set the Wildcats up with with great field position for the second time and this time they capitalized on a 54-yard, three-play scoring drive that took 1:19. On the touchdown, Waters faked a run through a huge hole in the middle and when the KU defense committed he simply flipped it over the top to his wide open tight end. (KSU 7, KU 0).
0:42 — John Hubert 21 run. Patterson kick. After a rough first possession, the K-State offense started executing and seemingly never stopped. This drive, which spanned 67 yards in four plays and 1:36 featured three runs from Hubert, who ran inside, outside and up the middle for the score. (KSU 14, KU 0).
Second Quarter 14:50 — Glenn Gronkowski 28 pass from Waters. Patterson kick. After forcing the KU offense to punt from deep in its own end yet again, the Wildcats took over at the KU 34 and then scored three plays and 14 seconds later on the same play that netted the Wildcats their first touchdown, albeit with a different receiver. (KSU 21, KU 0).
3:53 — Jimmay Mundine 11 pass from Jake Heaps. Ron Doherty kick. After getting another stand from its defense, KU finally got going on offense, when Jake Heaps hit four of five passes during the seven-play, 51-yard scoring drive that took 2:06 and featured a nice play-action pass on fourth-and-two from the 11. (KSU 21, KU 7).
1:06 — Ron Doherty 31 field goal. A big-time special teams play by Victor Simmons, who stripped KSU's Zach Nemechek on a short kickoff and Josh Ford recovered, giving KU hope and possession in KSU territory. Nine plays and 28 yards later, Doherty doinked a field goal off the right upright and through to pull the Jayhawks to within 10. (KSU 21, KU 10).
Third Quarter 3:10 — Jake Waters 15 run. Patterson kick. With Kansas driving and looking to cut K-State's lead to a one-score margin, KSU's Dante Barnett intercepted a bobbled ball by Jimmay Mundine and set up the score that proved to be the knockout blow. Instead of driving to cut the KSU lead to 21-13 or 21-17, KU watched Waters sprint in from 15 yards out to push the lead to 18 with just over a quarter to play. Waters dive at the pile-on to get the touchdown initially was called out at the 1 but was overturned by replay. (KSU 28, KU 10).
Fourth Quarter 7:21 — Ian Patterson 31 field goal. After Jake Heaps' third interception of the day, K-State tacked on three more points and pushed its lead back to the three-touchdown margin it established in the first quarter on the chip-shot kick from Patterson. The drive covered eight yards in six plays and took 2:01 off the clock. (KSU 31, KU 10).