Three & Out with Iowa State...


• Kansas Jayhawks (1-9 overall, 0-7 Big 12) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (5-5 overall, 2-5 Big 12) • — 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas —

Opening Las Vegas Line: Iowa State -8
Current Las Vegas Line: Iowa State -6
Television: FSN

Three and out, with Iowa State...

First down
Iowa State enters Saturday’s game as another one of those teams that has the potential to turn to two different quarterbacks. Although it seems as if the Cyclones have tried to stick with one guy or the other both Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett have played a fair number of snaps this season and both have given the Jayhawks trouble in the past.

“It looks like right now Jantz is the guy,” KU coach Charlie Weis said. “But we have to be ready for both quarterbacks. Jantz is the experienced guy; he's got a nice touch and he also is not afraid to run the ball. And they're not afraid to run it with him. He's a nice player. They've gone back and forth, but Jantz has played much more in the last few weeks. Barnett's played a lot, as well. You kind of have to be ready for both of them anyway.”

Although the QB position gets most of the attention, ISU quietly has become a factory for offensive linemen. That was one thing that jumped out to Weis when looking at the Cyclones this week.

“Here's the key thing,” Weis said. “They've got eight returning starters on offense, but all five of their offensive linemen. Usually I talk about the quarterback first or the skill players first, but I’d like to start talking about their offensive line. They are a physical, workmanlike, well-coached group of linemen. And together as a unit, they play very well. (Carter) Bykowski is their left tackle; he's 6-foot-8, over 300 pounds. (Ethan) Tuftee is their left guard. He's 6-foot-4, 310; he's a road grader. Their center, (Tom) Farniok, he's the lightest of the bunch at 6-foot-4, 290 pounds. At right guard, (Kyle) Lichtenberg is 6-foot-6 and over 300 pounds. And right tackle, (Brayden) Burris is 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, as well. So, it seems like every week we're playing a bunch of big guys. But the thing about these guys, they were all the starters last year, so they've been used to playing together for quite some time.”

Second down
Since taking over the program four seasons ago, Paul Rhoads has turned Iowa State into an up-and-coming Big 12 program and one of those squads that teams rarely look forward to facing.

They play tough football, make few mistakes and are disciplined in just about every aspect of the game, which has led to a few major upsets and some impressive seasons while consistently facing one of the nation’s toughest schedules.

Weis does not know Rhoads well but he likes what he’s seen so far.

“He's done a nice job,” Weis said. “He's an Iowa guy; he fit the personality there, what they were looking for. And it's a nice mesh with him and Iowa State. They are a well-coached team: they're tough and they're hard-nosed. They are really an extension of his personality, from what I understand.”

Third down
Known for their tough-as-nails defense, the Iowa State Cyclones will be without Jake Knott, a linebacker who suffered a season-ending injury a few weeks back. Although the loss of Knott, an all-Big 12 pick and potential All-American, will hurt, Iowa State has handled the blow thanks to the presence of fellow All-American candidate A.J. Klein and the emergence of a couple young guys.

“Everyone wants to talk about A.J. Klein because he leads the team in tackles,” Weis said. “He now plays their boundary linebacker. But Jeremiah George, he's all over the field and he's become more prevalent at Mike linebacker ever since Knott went out. As a matter of fact, he's fourth on the team in tackles. But in the last two games, he has 27 tackles. He's just been all over the field.”

Kansas leads the all-time series between these two, 49-36-6. That includes a 27-15-3 mark in games played in Lawrence.

Iowa State, however, has won two in a row in the series, with both victories coming in Ames, Iowa. KU’s last victory over the Cyclones came in 2009, when KU held off a late charge from the Cyclones to win 41-36. Todd Reesing set then school records for completions (37) and yards (442) and Kerry Meier also set the school record of 16 receptions while hauling in 142 yards and two TDs. Dezmon Briscoe also had a big day, catching 12 passes for 186 yards and two TDs.

The Jayhawks are 9-7 against ISU as members of the Big 12, including a 6-1 mark in Big 12 games played in Lawrence.


Steve Reigle 8 years, 11 months ago

I enjoy these articles but "Three & Out," then ending it with a "Punt" sounds a bit negative. Maybe you could consider renaming these articles to something a bit more positive. Maybe ending with "Score" or "Touchdown" which might be the part that says what we have to do to win the game. Otherwise, I enjoy the informative nature of these articles. Thanks for that.

Matt Tait 8 years, 11 months ago

Understood, but the phrase "three and out," while conveying that this thing is going to be short, is based upon three plays and a punt, so I like the idea that by "punting" I'm giving the ball back to you guys to decide what to do with your days/web browsing experience next.

Glad you enjoy them. Short and sweet.

jgkojak 8 years, 11 months ago

A couple bounces with Rice, N Ill., Texas and TTU and we're a 5 win team playing for win 6 vs ISU.

Robert Brock 8 years, 11 months ago

Maybe next season this series will be called, "Four Down Territory."

Setherick 8 years, 11 months ago

Instead of "Three and Out," why not use "First and Goal"? That implies a probable four play sequence that ends in a score. I'm sure this has been mentioned before.

Chris Bailey 8 years, 11 months ago

Matt, I like 3 and out. If you change it someone will complain that it's not something else. Can't please everyone.

Lucas Town 8 years, 11 months ago

I like how we match up against ISU. I think we will be able to run the ball as we have and our defense is good enough to slow ISU. But every time I think we have a good shot at beating a team (Baylor) we get trounced and when play a team that I think will just beat us into submission (Texas) we almost pull off a victory. I like the Hawks to break the current losing streak to conference opponents.

texashawk10 8 years, 11 months ago

For those of you complaining about the name of this weekly piece, use a little common sense. If it was a scouting report about KU, then yes something along the lines of first and goal would be more appropriate because it would end positively for KU, but that's not the case. These weekly articles are a scouting report about KU's opponent so using three and out makes more sense because that's what we all want to see KU's defense do. Think about the context of the article before determining that this isn't a good title for it because it absolutely is a good title for this article.

Steve Reigle 8 years, 11 months ago

Didn't mean to get everyone stirred up. I just expressed what I was thinking as I read the title. I still feel the same but Matt explained it well and his intent differs from my perception. I've been wrong before so this isn't the first time.

Michael Luby 8 years, 11 months ago

Nother loss for the football team. Why do you guys put so much time into football this year when all three of you have barely done anything with the basketball team? Doesnt make sense to me. I disapprove.

Ryan Shelton 8 years, 11 months ago

There's something like three or four basketball articles on the main page, and it's still football season, win or lose. Some of us need a daily dose of football coverage. Here in a few weeks there will be no more football articles until signing day. And for the record, I think the Hawks are going to pull out a win Saturday.

Micky Baker 8 years, 11 months ago

  1. Matt Tait is the football beat writer. That's why he focuses on football when football season is still on.

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