Kansas-Iowa State football preview

11/21/2013 2:50 PM

11/21/2013 8:57 PM

When/where:

7 p.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa

TV/radio:

Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)

The series:

Kansas leads 49-37-6

The line:

Iowa State by 6

What’s at stake

One streak is over: The Jayhawks snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak last week in a 31-19 victory against West Virginia. One streak remains: Kansas has lost 23 straight games on the road. The Jayhawks should have a decent chance of burying another skid, while Iowa State is trying to end a seven-game losing streak and escape the Big 12 cellar.

Cheers if

The offensive surge continues. Against West Virginia last week, Charlie Weis spread his receivers sideline to sideline and used the extra space to punish the Mountaineers on the ground. Perhaps the Jayhawks have found an answer on offense.

Jeers if

Kansas gets burned by Iowa State quarterback Grant Rohach. Last year, Cyclones quarterback Sam Richardson came out of nowhere and torched KU in Lawrence. This year, the Jayhawks will face Rohach, who has thrown for 577 yards and completed just 53 percent of his passes since replacing Richardson in the starting lineup.

Three things about Iowa State

1 Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has already clinched his worst campaign at Iowa State. In his fifth season in Ames, Rhoads has qualified Iowa State for three bowl games and never lost more than seven — until this year.

2 Iowa State linebacker Luke Knott, a graduate of Lee’s Summit West, is out for the season after suffering a hip injury earlier this year. Knott, a quarterback in high school, is the younger brother of Jake Knott, a former Cyclones standout now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

3 The Cyclones rank 90th in the country in passing yards (199.9) and 99th in rushing yards (128.0).

Key matchup

Kansas running back James Sims vs. Iowa State’s defense:

Sims is coming off a career day against West Virginia, rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Sims has quietly become the third-most prolific rusher in school history. He has two more games to add to his 3,396 career rushing yards.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Kansas 24-17

The Jayhawks should take some momentum in Ames. And for the first time in what feels like years, Kansas could have a more talented roster than an opponent. If they can handle the cold, KU might just pick up its first road victory since 2009.

KANSAS (3-7, 1-6 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7 South Dakota W, 31-14
Sept. 14 at Rice L, 23-14
Sept. 21 Louisiana Tech W, 13-10
Oct. 5 Texas Tech L, 54-16
Oct. 12 at TCU L, 27-17
Oct. 19 Oklahoma L, 34-19
Oct. 26 Baylor L, 59-14
Nov. 2 at Texas L, 35-13
Nov. 9 at Oklahoma State L, 42-6
Nov. 16 West Virginia W, 31-19
Saturday at Iowa State 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 Kansas State 11 a.m.

IOWA STATE (1-9, 0-7 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31 Northern Iowa L, 28-20
Sept. 14 Iowa L, 27-21
Sept. 26 at Tulsa W, 38-21
Oct. 3 Texas L, 31-30
Oct. 12 at Texas Tech L, 42-35
Oct. 19 at Baylor L, 71-7
Oct. 26 Oklahoma State L, 58-27
Nov. 2 at Kansas State L, 41-7
Nov. 9 TCU L, 21-17
Nov. 16 at Oklahoma L, 48-10
Saturday Kansas 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 at West Virginia 3 p.m.

KANSAS OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 19 Justin McCay 6-2 210 Jr.
LT 79 Riley Spencer 6-6 305 Sr.
LG 63 Ngalu Fusimalohi 6-2 310 Jr.
C 70 Gavin Howard 6-4 300 Sr.
RG 73 Damon Martin 6-3 300 So.
RT 77 Aslam Sterling 6-5 315 Sr.
TE 41 Jimmay Mundine 6-2 240 Jr.
WR 45 Nick Sizemore 6-0 245 Sr.
WR 82 Andrew Turzilli 6-3 195 Jr.
QB 2 Montell Cozart 6-2 189 Fr.
RB 29 James Sims 6-0 200 Sr.
K 13 Ron Doherty 5-11 205 Sr.

KANSAS DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 90 Kevin Young 6-3 287 Sr.
NT 98 Keon Stowers 6-3 297 Jr.
DE 96 Keba Agostinho 6-2 277 Sr.
LB 93 Ben Goodman 6-0 245 So.
LB 31 Ben Heeney 6-2 230 Jr.
LB 57 Jake Love 6-0 220 So.
NB 58 Courtney Arnick 6-2 205 Fr.
CB 24 JaCorey Shepherd 5-11 190 Jr.
FS 33 Cassius Sendish 6-0 195 Jr.
SS 5 Isaiah Johnson 6-1 210 So.
CB 12 Dexter McDonald 6-1 200 Jr.
P 1 Trevor Pardula 6-5 212 Jr.

IOWA STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 13 Dondre Daley 6-1 191 Fr.
WR 80 Justin Coleman 5-11 188 Sr.
LT 65 Jacob Gannon 6-7 300 Jr.
LG 70 Daniel Burton 6-5 302 Fr.
C 74 Tom Farniok 6-4 295 Jr.
RG 77 Oni Omoile 6-3 282 So.
RT 72 Brock Dagel 6-8 297 So.
TE 11 E.J. Bibbs 6-3 250 Jr.
WR 9 Quenton Bundrage 6-2 189 So.
QB 3 Grant Rohach 6-1 210 Fr.
RB 21 Shontrelle Johnson 5-9 186 Sr.
K 1 Cole Netten 6-1 205 Fr.

IOWA STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 50 Willie Scott 6-2 224 Sr.
DT 9 Rodney Coe 6-3 306 Jr.
DT 93 Brandon Jensen 6-5 301 Jr.
DE 48 Cory Morrissey 6-4 249 Jr.
LB 14 Jared Brackens 6-1 210 Jr.
LB 52 Jeremiah George 5-11 219 Sr.
LB 55 Jevohn Miller 6-1 240 Jr.
CB 34 Nigel Tribune 5-10 179 Fr.
FS 5 Jacques Washington 6-1 220 Sr.
SS 26 Deon Broomfield 6-0 206 Sr.
CB 2 Jansen Watson 5-9 174 Sr.
P 13 Kirby Van Der Kamp 6-4 211 Sr.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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