No. 20 Kansas State looks for 12th straight win over Kansas in Sunflower Showdown


The Kansas State Wildcats line up against the Kansas Jayhawks during the game at Memorial Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State could extend its winning streak over Kansas to a series-record 12 consecutive games with a win Saturday in the 2020 Sunflower Showdown.

But more importantly, the Wildcats can remain unbeaten and in first place in the Big 12.

If Kansas comes out on top, the Jayhawks could finally end a streak of misery that began under Mark Mangino, continued under Turner Gill, got worse under Charlie Weis and David Beaty, and extended yet another season under Les Miles a year ago.

These two teams have a long history with a 65-47-5 series record, favoring Kansas. They play at 11 a.m. Saturday. Here are some important things to know before the game.


Keep an eye on Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn against the Kansas run defense.

The Jayhawks allowed 226 yards rushing at West Virginia last week, and now face one of the dynamic young running backs in the league. Vaughn has 517 yards and scored four touchdowns in just 59 touches running and catching through the first four games of his career.


Kansas: RB Velton Gardner. Dynamic running back Pooka Williams opted out of the remainder of the season earlier this week, leaving Gardner as the clear-cut No. 1. He has 47 carries for 225 yards with a couple of touchdowns.

Kansas State: QB Will Howard. The freshman took over for injured starter Skylar Thompson and guided the Wildcats the rest of the way against Texas Tech and TCU. Kansas State had a bye last week, giving Howard an extra week with starting reps to better acclimate himself to running coach Chris Klieman’s offensive system.


The only school Kansas State has beaten more consecutive times is Missouri. The Wildcats won 13 straight from 1993 to 2005.

Kansas has not defeated a ranked opponent since No. 15 Georgia Tech on Sept. 11, 2010. The Jayhawks’ last road win over a Big 12 opponent was over Iowa State on Oct. 4, 2008.

Kansas QBs Jalon Daniels, Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick each have made their first career starts for the Jayhawks. Daniels and MacVittie have been sidelined by recent injuries but could be available Saturday.

Kansas State has not started 4-0 in league play since the 2004 season.

Vaughn is one of three players nationally with at least 200 yards rushing and receiving this season. Clemson’s Travis Etienne and North Carolina’s Javonte Williams are the others.

The Wildcats are the first Football Bowl Subdivision team since Texas in 2016 to block a kick in each of the first four games of a season.

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