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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Say so long to bragging rights, 31-game streak for Jayhawks

Can it be? 'Cats beat KU in Lawrence

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Kansas University fans grumbled on the way back to their cars Saturday afternoon.

They had just watched the Jayhawks blow a second-half lead and lose -- at home -- to Kansas State after 31 straight wins.

Even though KU led at the half, the flow of the game never comforted Jayhawk fan Amy Tracy, of Wichita.

"There was just no rhythm. They couldn't beat the zone defense," she said.

The shattered winning streak against the Wildcats was tough to swallow whether it happened in Lawrence or Manhattan.

"I would rather it not happen," she said.

Her husband, Tony, did not expect Saturday's loss, especially after the 27-point victory over 21st-ranked Kentucky one week earlier.

"Not to a team like K-State," he said.

Maybe the Wildcats just needed a good-luck charm in Larry Limbocker at the game.

"It was my first game ever in Allen Fieldhouse," said the 1969 K-State graduate from Manhattan.

He wore his purple sweatshirt and beamed with pride.

His son, Andrew, a KU senior, was less joyful.

"I think that KU came in overconfident after the Kentucky and Colorado games," Andrew Limbocker said. "They blew it."

Jayhawk fans were already feeling nervous about Monday's game with rival Missouri. "Well, we're going to have to do to Missouri what K-State did to us," Tony Tracy said.

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