Looking ahead to Gameday: at Kansas

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. Next up, Nebraska.

Gone is Todd Reesing. Gone is Mark Mangino. Gone are the high expectations of the past few seasons.

With new quarterback Kale Pick under center (backup Jordan Webb is expected to play as well) and Turner Gill on the sidelines, things are going to be different at Kansas this year.

Many are happy to see the beginning of a new era, but this is not the ideal time for change. The Jayhawks’ schedule is soft this season. Seven games come at home and one will be played at Arrowhead Stadium. Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech are nowhere to be found.

In 2007, Kansas took advantage of a similar slate of games and went 12-1. This time, few are predicting it to reach a bowl game.
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Postgame: K-State 17, KU 10

Kansas State’s 17-10 victory over Kansas on Saturday goes to show just how far good coaching combined with a strong running game can take a team.

Daniel Thomas ran over, around and through the Jayhawks for 185 yards and a touchdown. K-State’s defense tightened up every time Kansas threatened to score and allowed 10 points. Grant Gregory made no major errors.

Just like that, the Governor’s Cup returned to Manhattan.
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Live Blog: K-State 17, KU 10

FINAL
It’s a done deal. The fans are still in their seats SCREAMING the K-S-UUUUU Wildcats cheer.

Good win for the Wildcats. They run out the clock and win 17-10 to stay on top of the Big 12 North standings.

3:07 4th Quarter
Kansas is beginning to call timeouts in an attempt to save clock.

K-State can end the game with a series of good runs here.

5:20 4th Quarter
Kansas just made its first field goal of the game and has pulled to within 17-10.

The drive ate up all kinds of clock and ended with a 46-yard field goal.

Kansas State will get the ball back after the ensuing kickoff. A touchdown return from Brandon Banks would be perfect for the Wildcats right now. But a handful of first down runs by Daniel Thomas would do the trick too.
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Gameday Preview: KU at K-State

The Sunflower Showdown is always a big game, but today’s battle between Kansas and Kansas State goes way beyond bragging rights.

If the Wildcats win they will further increase their lead atop the Big 12 North standings and be in terrific shape to go on and win the division.

If the Jayhawks win they will become bowl eligible and get back into the conversation for a North title.

Both teams have only a few games remaining, and anything is possible. But it will be awfully hard for either of these squads to get to where they want to be without first picking up a win in Manhattan.
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This week’s player to watch: senior defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Ever since Jeffrey Fitzgerald accepted coach Bill Snyder’s mid-season challenge and became one of Kansas State’s vocal leaders, the Wildcats have looked completely different on the defensive line.

Up front, K-State is now able to rush the quarterback and force turnovers on a consistent basis. In its last two home games, K-State recorded 10 sacks and forced 10 turnovers.

Fitzgerald alone has five sacks against conference opponents this season and one interception return for a touchdown. Continuing that type of play will be key against Kansas.
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