Jayhawk Flashback: Iowa State, 11/26/05


While the search continues for the elusive 1995 Colorado tape, here is a game that was probably just as significant and even more dramatic: KU vs. Iowa State on Nov. 26, 2005.

If you remember, both teams had a lot to play for. ISU just needed to beat KU to earn its first-ever bid into the Big 12 championship game.* The Jayhawks, meanwhile, needed a win to become bowl-eligible.

* — Iowa State, if you were wondering, still has never reached the Big 12 championship game in football. Neither has KU, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Not only that, there were whispers that KU coach Mark Mangino might be coaching for his job in that game. Going into the contest, Mangino was 17-29 in his four years at KU and was on the verge of his fourth straight losing season.

If Brian Luke wouldn't have pulled out his Superman cape against the Cyclones, would Mangino still be the coach at KU today? How would history have changed? I guess we'll never know for sure.

Of course, we all know how things turned out. After beating ISU, KU's Jason Swanson did his best Joe Montana impression in the Fort Worth Bowl, throwing for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the Jayhawks rolled Houston, 42-13.

Perhaps the ISU game was the turning point for Mangino and his program. Since then, the coach is 28-12 (.700) at KU, and it's hard to complain about those numbers.

The highlights of the game are below.*

* — Sorry for the poor sound quality. I had to adjust the volume so you could hear some of Kevin Romary and Chip Budde's commentary.

Some thoughts:

Wow, those were some ugly throws early from Swanson. It's hard to believe that was the same guy that tore up Houston in the very next game.

What would a Jayhawk Flashback be without an Aqib Talib interception? Here's hoping he gets everything else sorted out so that we see more of him in the NFL. With the way commissioner Roger Goodell has been cracking down on players lately, I'm guessing Talib might face a suspension of about four games for his most recent off-the-field actions.

That throwback pass to the tight end should look familiar. We saw the same play in our KU-Texas flashback from 2004 and our KU-Missouri flashback from 2003.

Two really nice throws in a row late by Brian Luke, with both coming in heavy traffic. With KU down 21-14 and just 1:51 remaining, Luke led the Jayhawks on a four-play, 58-yard touchdown drive. Also of note: The touchdown catch was the first reception of Dexton Fields' KU career.

"Boom goes the dynamite!" I love it. Great call by Chip.

Just an FYI to avoid confusion: ISU kicker Bret Culbertson's 41-yard field-goal attempt was in the first overtime, not at the end of regulation. His miss gave KU the opportunity to win the game in the first OT with just a field goal.

Iowa State fell to 7-4 with the loss. Three of the Cyclones' losses came in overtime.

Coach Mangino on reaching a bowl game: "We just want to play another game. Whoever will have us, we'll come with a smile on our face and gratitude."

A note from Ryan Wood's notebook: At 6-5 with a bowl game to play, KU was assured of its first non-losing season since joining the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks were 10-2 in 1995, then finished below .500 in the nine seasons to follow. That included the 2003 Tangerine Bowl team that finished 6-7 with the bowl-game loss.

The contest was also the final home game for linebackers Banks Floodman, Kevin Kane and Nick Reid.

As Chip mentioned in the broadcast, the goalposts came down for the third straight home game.

The posts also were knocked over after a 13-3 win over Missouri and a 40-15 triumph over Nebraska.

KU finished with a perfect 6-0 record at home that season.


sevenyearhawk 11 years, 2 months ago


Wow, was that a great football name or what?!

That poor Cyclone kicker cost them another win sometime that same season ... or was it the year before against Mizzou?

I believe that was Kansas' first overtime victory at Memorial Stadium ...

11 years, 2 months ago

Another fun game, Jesse. I met Brian Luke on a plane from Dallas to KC shortly after the 2005 season was over. Great guy.

whitechocolate 11 years, 2 months ago

I forgot Talib wasn't always #3.

Also, this was Terry Allen's final game coaching against KU. He left Iowa State as its associate head coach to become head coach at Missouri State the following month.

Those were some nice passes in the second half. No one is going to include Brian Luke on any all-time greats list. But the guy had his moments.

By my count you might be running short on decent Jayhawk flashbacks that don't include the 2007 season. While I'd like nothing more to watch Todd torch the Nebraska secondary or BMac run over the Baylor D, is there any chance Channel 6 has footage of:

1997 v. Oklahoma (last victory over the Sooners) 1997 v. Missouri (500th win) 1993 v. Nebraska (one point loss during Nebraska's power years) 1991 v. Missouri (Sands' 396 yard rushing day)

Failing that, there are a few games during the 2006 campaign we lost by close margins. Had we pulled out any of those, we would have actually gone to a bowl game and not just remained eligible. Wouldn't mind taking a heartbreaking trip down memory lane to see how we ended up losing some of those contests, especially the A&M game.

11 years, 2 months ago

"Failing that, there are a few games during the 2006 campaign we lost by close margins. Had we pulled out any of those, we would have actually gone to a bowl game and not just remained eligible. Wouldn't mind taking a heartbreaking trip down memory lane to see how we ended up losing some of those contests, especially the A&M game."

Short Answer: too many (5) come-from-ahead losses, particularly the aTm, OSU, and Baylor games. Witnessing those three in person was painful.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 2 months ago

I remember standing behind the north end zone goal posts and watching the ball go over my head. What a great game.

d_prowess 11 years, 2 months ago

Maybe I am crazy, but does that picture of Brian Luke with his helmet off after the game look like a younger Sasha Kahn?!

yovoy 11 years, 2 months ago

watching this was good. it showed what a difference a year (and the little bit of extra practice you get w/ a bowl bid) can make.

some of the clips showed that we had the pieces to be a decent team, but that the "pieces" were just a little on the young side. talib, mcanderson, fields, etc were in plays, but those guys were really just youngsters sort of waiting their turn to break out. they did that. it also reminded me that the 'get down early and give up early' days of the previous coach were gone, and that they'd been replaced by the "keep sawing wood" mentality that replaced it. i think that philosophy has served us well. the staff's ability to find talent that is raw, and their ability to instill that philosophy in a team, has really been a sight to behold. this clip is really a testament to how mindset can overcome certain other shortcomings.

the clip reminded me how stiff we were against the run that year. you might beat us through the air, but you weren't generally going to do it on the ground. i was sitting among some UH fans, and i told them that if houston was planning to run the ball that they'd lose badly. it also reminded me that as soon as i saw our kick was good, i knew what my holiday plans were.

floodman was a madman. seems like he'd come of the field partially conscious, or with his nose bleeding, or with his arm dangling (from a stinger or dislocation) at least once a game. he also would have the other teams colors all over his helmet and jersey much more than anyone else. tough s.o.b. the fact that mangino got him (from ou i believe) told me a great deal about our coach.

thanks for the memories or better yet the reminder.

whitechocolate 11 years, 2 months ago

Don't forget overtime disappointments. We came back after being down 17 against Nebraska only to fall in extra time. That was probably our closest chance to ending the winless streak in Lincoln.

The Toledo game was crushing, especially considering turnovers (5) and the fact it was against a MAC opponent.

I think our ability to lose close games/games we were ahead in was another reason why bowl officials passed over KU despite being bowl eligible.

actorman 11 years, 2 months ago

No doubt that was a huge victory for KU, but am I the only who feels a little bit sorry for Iowa State fans. They've never been even close to good, and then to have that one season at 7-4, with THREE OT losses??? And of course they've been pretty horrendous ever since. What might have been for them. I suppose if you're an ISU fan you pretty much expect disappointment. But of course so did we until recent years. ISU is the one Big XII North team besides KU that I don't have a reason to dislike.

sevenyearhawk 11 years, 2 months ago

whitechocolate said: "The Toledo game was crushing, especially considering turnovers (5) and the fact it was against a MAC opponent. "

That game still haunts me and the program ...

Kansas would have likely went to a bowl game that season, making the Insight three in a row.

cdzmo1972 11 years, 2 months ago

My wife and I had the "privilege" of meeting ISU running back Stevie Banks' family on the way into this game. I say "privilege" because they spent the better part of the walk in boasting of how "#27 is gonna run all over you today" (what did he end up with, 10 yards?) and "KU can't win, KU's a basketball school only. We're the better football program."

I saw the pack of his family leaving afterwards, but didn't get a chance to ask them if they enjoyed the game, the trip they made back to their car was too fast.

Also, I'd like to see a flashback on the 50-47 comeback win at ISU from 1992. Not sure if video exists but that would be a good one. I had long since given up on that game.

cdzmo1972 11 years, 2 months ago

It is also important to note that had instant replay not been put in by this season, we wouldn't have won this game. ISU TD that would have put them up 21-3 was reviewed and ruled not a catch by Todd Blythe when Talib tied him up with the ball as they crashed over the front pylon. Then the review of Luke's sneak for a TD which was just poor officiating but with the review, they could see he got in.

Also, this game started a nice career for Dex as a "Cyclone killer" - he had great numbers against the Clones in both 2006 and 2007, and then showed up against them last year with a big catch after his injury.

William James 11 years, 2 months ago

It really is amazing how one game can so dramatically change the course of two programs.

jacqueshock 11 years, 2 months ago

Wow, I had forgotten that Iowa State was one win away from the Big 12 Title game. A loss to Texas was probably in the future, anyway. And then to hear the names of players that were the backbone of the Orange Bowl season: Talib, Fine, Henry. That was cool.

Rivethead 11 years, 2 months ago

Watching that clip and seeing Gordon dislocate his shoulder after saving a td. It looked painful from the stands and looks even more painful on film. That poor kid battled some injuries during his KU days.

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