Dec 28, 2022; Memphis, TN, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Devin Neal (4) rushes against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first quarter in the 2022 Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas defeats Kansas in 3OT in Liberty Bowl thriller

KJ Jefferson accounted for 417 yards of total offense as Arkansas defeated Kansas 55-53 in triple overtime Wednesday night in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.

It was the highest-scoring Liberty Bowl in history.

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels threw for a Liberty Bowl-record 544 yards, with five touchdowns in defeat.

Jefferson had 287 yards passing and two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas (7-6).

Kansas scored the final 25 points of regulation to send the game to overtime.

Down 38-23, Kansas scored with 1:05 left and recovered the onside kick. Daniels hit Luke Grimm with a 21-yard touchdown, and then hit Lawrence Arnold for the 2-point conversion to tie it with 41 seconds left.

Daniels hit Jared Casey on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line to take the lead in overtime. Rashod Dubinion answered with a 6-yard touchdown run for the Hogs.

Jefferson scored on a 20-yard run in the second overtime and then converted the 2-point conversion on a pass to Jaedon Wilson.

Daniels scored on a 2-yard run to answer. Daniels was stopped short on the 2-point attempt, but targeting was called. Daniels hit Casey with a 1-yard pass on the second try.

Jefferson hit Dubinion for the 2-point try in the third overtime. Kansas failed to convert its try.

Kansas (6-7), in its first bowl game since 2008, was seeking its fifth win over a Power 5 opponent this season after tallying just five in the previous five seasons combined.

Arkansas stretched the lead to 38-13 in the third quarter on Dubinion’s 2-yard run. Dubinion finished with 112 yards rushing, giving Arkansas 394 for the game.

Kansas’ Ky Thomas answered with a 2-yard run late in the quarter. Owen Piepergerdes’ 36-yard field goal for Kansas made it a two-score game.

Both offenses were able to move the ball early, although turnovers hurt Kansas. Daniels, who threw only two interceptions in 175 attempts this season, had two by the first drive of the second quarter.

The Razorbacks continued to pile on, taking a 31-7 lead with 5:02 left in the first half.

Kansas got a much-needed touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half when Daniels found Mason Fairchild for a 24-yard touchdown.

The Razorbacks led 31-13 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe (25) celebrates a fumble recovery during the first quarter against the Kansas Jayhawks at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 12 K-State clubs Kansas to clinch berth in Big 12 title game

Deuce Vaughn had 229 total yards and a touchdown as No. 12 Kansas State defeated Kansas 47-27 to secure a bid in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 3 against TCU.

The Wildcats will play in their first conference championship game since 2003.

The Wildcats (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) defeated Kansas for the 14th straight season.

Kansas (6-6, 3-6) lost for the sixth time in the last seven games.

K-State took advantage of a KU turnover to open a 37-21 lead midway through the third quarter. Vaughn went around the left side on fourth-and-1 for the score.

Kansas responded with a 16-play drive wrapped around the quarter exchange. Jalon Daniels ran it in from the 1. The 2-point conversion failed, making it 37-27.

Ty Zentner extended the K-State lead to 40-27 with a 27-yard field goal with 11:00 left in the game. Following a three-and-out, K-State went 85 yards in eight plays for the clincher. DJ Giddens punched it in from the 5.

K-State went three-and-out on its first possession, but O.J. Burroughs fumbled the punt and Ekow Boye-Doe recovered it on the Kansas 5-yard line. On the first play, receiver Malik Knowles scored on a sweep for a 7-0 lead.

Kansas answered with a nine-play, 75-yard drive to tie it on a 12-yard Torry Locklin run. The drive was aided by a face-mask penalty.

K-State then went up 14-7 when Will Howard found Sammy Wheeler for a 42-yard touchdown.

The Wildcats got 2 more points when Bryce Cabeldue was called for holding in the end zone on Kansas’ next possession. Knowles then walked in for another score from the 4-yard line to put the Wildcats up 23-7 in the first quarter.

Kansas got back on the board on an 11-yard touchdown run by Devin Neal.

The Jayhawks looked to have the Wildcats in trouble with a third-and-12 on their own 6, but Howard found Vaughn on a screen and he raced 80 yards. Two plays later, Howard found Phillip Brooks for a 14-yard score.

Neal then scored his second touchdown of the half, a 3-yard scamper to trim it to 30-21.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman talks to an official along the sidelines during the third quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty riding on No. 12 Kansas State-Kansas rivalry game

For the first time in 13 years, the Sunflower Showdown has meaning for more than one team. Kansas and No. 12 Kansas State have not squared off with both teams sporting winning records since 2009.

Both teams have reached bowl eligibility, with K-State able to secure a bid in the Big 12 Championship Game Dec. 3 with a victory. Kansas would like nothing better than to go into Manhattan, Kan., and derail their rival’s conference title hopes and take home the Governor’s Cup.

Kansas leads the overall series 66-48-5, but Kansas State has won the past 13 meetings. The Jayhawks last beat the Wildcats on Nov. 1, 2008.

K-State (8-3, 6-2 Big 12) also would clinch a spot in the championship game against TCU if Texas loses at Baylor on Friday. But if the Longhorns take care of business at home against Baylor, K-State would need to beat the Jayhawks on Saturday to secure the spot in the title game.

Kansas State was expected to be good, but the way they got to this point was not expected. Starting quarterback Adrian Martinez, a transfer from Nebraska, was supposed to be leading the offense. But injuries have sidelined him early in two games and kept him out of two more.

Backup Will Howard has been steady if not spectacular in his stead. And running back Deuce Vaughn has been effective as well, giving K-State the kind of offensive balance that every coach dreams about.

With the arch-rival Jayhawks coming to town on Senior Night, head coach Chris Klieman has been careful not to make a bigger deal about the game than is necessary.

“I’m always careful about that, that this one is more important than last week, or next week or the previous two weeks,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve never been a big believer in ‘Put all your eggs in this basket,’ because if you don’t have success, what happens?

“We talk a lot about pressure vs. stress. Pressure is something you prepare for and practice for. Stress is throwing things on kids that don’t need to be thrown on. I’m confident that we have a good group of leaders who will block out some of the outside noise.”

Klieman said he sees one big difference in Kansas this season that wasn’t there in the past.

“I think the biggest thing is believing,” he said. “I don’t know their roster, but they’re playing hard and believing. They do have talented players, without question, but they’re playing inspired. Them getting to a bowl game is huge for the program. This is a potential cherry on top for them.”

Kansas (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) already has achieved more than anyone outside their program thought was possible. The over-under for KU wins this season was less than three, so reaching bowl eligibility was more than a dream.

Head coach Lance Leipold says that K-State is where his program wants to be.

“This hasn’t been a real, much of, a rivalry,” he said. “We didn’t make that a competitive game last year (35-10 KSU). That’s going to be the first and foremost that I’m focused on. Anything after that is what it is.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Bijan Robinson’s career game carries Texas past Kansas

Bijan Robinson rushed for a career-high 243 yards and four touchdowns as Texas rolled to 55-14 win over mistake-prone Kansas on Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference game in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Longhorns (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) can still earn a spot in the league championship game if they beat Baylor on the day after Thanksgiving and get a Kansas win over Kansas State.

Texas also got 108 yards on 11 carries from Jonathon Brooks that included two TDs in the fourth quarter, one of which covered 70 yards. The Longhorns finished with 539 total yards, 427 on the ground.

Jayhawks’ quarterback Jalon Daniels returned to action after missing the past 4 1/2 games with a shoulder injury. Daniels finished 17 of 26 for 230 yards, two TDs and an interception. Kansas (6-5, 3-5), which started the season with five straight wins, went 1-4 in Daniels’ absence but is still bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.

Robinson scored twice in the opening quarter on a 1-yard TD run and then a 17-yard sprint to the end zone at the 7:50 and 5:33 mark, respectively. The Longhorns added a 28-yard field goal by Bert Auburn nearly three minutes into the second quarter to go up 17-0.

Kansas drove to the Texas 12-yard line on the ensuing possession, had a touchdown pass called back because of a penalty and then missed a 34-yard FG attempt with 7:23 to play before halftime.

The Longhorns added to their lead on Quinn Ewers’ 15-yard touchdown pass to Keilan Robinson’s with 4:56 to play in the second. After Daniels was intercepted by Texas’ Jaylan Ford at the UT 28, the Longhorns drove 60 yards in nine plays over the final 2:08 of the half to Bijan Robinson’s 1-yard TD plunge on the final play before halftime to extend the lead to 31-0.

Bijan Robinson scored his fourth TD on 42-yard run on Texas’ opening possession of the third quarter that pushed the margin to 38-0. Auburn added a 40-yard FG at 5:16 of the third.

Kansas broke through when Daniels hit Torry Locklin and Luke Grimm on TD passes of 12 and 14 yards in the fourth quarter. Texas countered with Brooks’ pair of scoring runs.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) drops back to pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Oklahoma State looks to bounce back vs. rested Kansas

No. 18 Oklahoma State will look to rebound from its worst loss in 23 seasons but will visit a rested Kansas team determined to clinch a postseason spot and beat the Cowboys for the first time since 2007 when the two old rivals meet Saturday for a key Big 12 Conference game in Lawrence, Kan.

The Cowboys, who were ranked as high as eighth in the nation before losing at TCU in double overtime on Oct. 15, were the third of four Big 12 teams listed in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. TCU is the league’s highest ranked team at No. 7, with Kansas State at No. 13 and Texas 24th.

Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) enters Saturday’s game with losses in two of its last three games after starting the season 5-0. Most recently, the Cowboys were lambasted in a 48-0 loss at Kansas State on Oct. 29.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said his evaluation of the review of the loss to Kansas State confirmed that his team was “outcoached” and “outplayed.”

“Kansas State was just more physical than us,” Gundy said. “We weren’t ready to play. I didn’t do a very good job getting our guys ready. We finished all that Monday. We went through all the plays and tape and such at practice. Back at it to get ready to roll for this week.”

Oklahoma State was limited to a season-low 54 yards rushing and 217 yards of total offense in the loss to Kansas State. It didn’t help that the Cowboys were missing receivers Jaden Bray and Braydon Johnson for a second successive game and were also without running back Dominic Richardson.

Kansas has dropped three consecutive games and out of the Top 25 but remains on the cusp of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.

The Jayhawks (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) enjoyed an open week on Oct. 29 and, according to several players and coaches, used the time to clear their minds and get their bodies ready for the final month of the season.

“Open weeks are always challenging a little bit on the mental side as you’re trying to get healthy and you’re trying to get a break, but you still have things you want to do,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. “I was pleased especially for the younger players — players that haven’t played a lot — that were able to get some extra work.”

Kansas has scored 42 total touchdowns in eight games this season, marking the most TDs in a season since the Jayhawks racked up 42 in 12 contests in 2009.

Injured Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels returned to practice this week and is listed first on the Jayhawks’ Week 10 depth chart along with recent starter Jason Bean. Daniels missed the past two games with a shoulder injury sustained in the first half of the Jayhawks’ home loss to TCU on Oct. 8. His status for Saturday’s game remains to be determined; Leipold said the bye week helped, “but we’ll see.”

Although Kansas has lost all three games in which Daniels has missed time, Bean and the offense have scored 93 points in five halves without him. The Kansas defense, meanwhile, has given up 115 points in those five halves.

Oklahoma State has won the past 12 meetings, with the Jayhawks’ only victory since 1995 — 18 meetings — coming during Kansas’ epic 2007 season. That year, Kansas was ranked 5th at the time of the game, beat the Cowboys 43-28, and went on to win the Orange Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA;  Baylor Bears wide receiver Monaray Baldwin (80) scores a touchdown in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Reese’s big rushing day paces Baylor past Kansas

Richard Reese ran for a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns as Baylor held on to defeat Kansas 35-23 Saturday in Waco, Texas. Baylor, who defeated Kansas for the 13th straight time, snapped a two-game losing streak.

Kansas outscored Baylor 20-0 during the second half to cut the deficit to 28-23, but the Jayhawks couldn’t complete the comeback.

Baylor out gained Kansas 273-56 on the ground. Quarterback Blake Shapen was 17-of-26 for 164 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions.

Jason Bean was 16-of-27 for 232 yards with a touchdown for Kansas.

Kansas (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) lost its third straight game and still needs one more victory to reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2008.

Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) jumped out quickly. Following a three-and-out on KU’s opening drive and a shanked punt, Baylor drove 41 yards for the first score. Shapen found Monaray Baldwin in the flat and he raced untouched into the end zone.

Kansas fumbled on its next play and Baylor capitalized with a two-play, 25-yard drive, capped by a Richard Reese 14-yard run.

Kansas got on the board with a 30-yard Jacob Borcila field goal.

Kyron Drones scored from the 4-yard line with Baylor’s third touchdown early in the second quarter, extending the lead to 21-3. After a Kansas pooch-punt that stopped inside the 1-yard line midway through the quarter, Baylor went on a 15-play, 99-yard touchdown drive that ended with 42 seconds left in the half.

Baylor appeared to be ready to add to the lead to open the second half when the momentum switched dramatically. Shapen was sacked by Jereme Robinson, who stripped the ball, picked it up and ran 49 yards to the Baylor 9-yard line. Kansas punched it in with a 2-yard Devin Neal run.

Kansas forced Baylor’s first punt then marched 95 yards in 11 plays to cut the deficit to 28-16. The two-point conversion failed. Bean found Quentin Skinner on a 24-yard touchdown.

Kansas held the Bears on fourth-and-1 at the KU 6-yard line, then capped a 94-yard drive with a 4-yard scamper by Bean.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) runs with the ball as Kansas Jayhawks safety Marvin Grant (4) chases during the first half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma finds its offense, takes down No. 19 Kansas

Dillon Gabriel threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns, Eric Gray ran for 176 yards and two scores and Oklahoma powered its way to a 52-42 victory over No. 19 Kansas on Saturday at Norman, Okla.

The win snapped the Sooners’ three-game losing streak, their longest since 1998.

Oklahoma (4-3, 1-3 Big 12) earned its 18th consecutive victory over the Jayhawks.

Kansas (5-2, 2-2) failed to secure bowl eligibility for the first time since 2008, dropping its second consecutive game after starting 5-0.

It didn’t take long for the Sooners’ offense to show more life than it did at any time in their 49-0 loss to Texas last week.

Three plays into the game, Gabriel had more passing yards (49) than Oklahoma had all last week when they finished with 39. Gabriel was out against the Longhorns because of a head injury.

Oklahoma’s Jovantae Barnes scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 1-yard run to cap off the initial drive.

After the teams traded touchdowns on the first four drives, the Sooners finally came up with a stop before holding the Jayhawks’ offense on four consecutive drives.

Oklahoma took the lead for good at 21-14 on Barnes’ 6-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and the Sooners eventually stretched the lead to 35-14 by late in the second quarter.

After collecting 550 yards combined over the last two games, the Sooners finished with 701 yards Saturday. It was Oklahoma’s most total yards against an FBS opponent since 2018.

The 487 yards Oklahoma posted in the first half were the second-most in a half in school history.

Marvin Mims led Oklahoma with nine catches for 106 yards while tight end Brayden Willis had five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in his first career game with more than 100 receiving yards.

Kansas quarterback Jason Bean, starting in place of the injured Jalon Daniels (shoulder), was 16 of 27 for 265 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Bean also ran for 41 yards.

Kansas’ Mason Fairchild and Lawrence Arnold each caught two touchdown passes, with Fairchild finishing with six catches for 106 yards and Arnold making five catches for 113 yards.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) runs with the ball during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels (shoulder) doubtful for road tilt at Oklahoma

In the midst of their best start since 2009, the Kansas Jayhawks expect to be without injured star quarterback Jalon Daniels for this Saturday’s road game at Oklahoma.

The junior Daniels, who suffered a right shoulder injury last week as No. 19 Kansas dropped its first game of the season to then-No. 17 TCU, was termed as day-to-day Tuesday by head coach Lance Leipold, who said his starting quarterback would be doubtful for this weekend.

“Jalon did not practice today (and) hasn’t done anything yet,” Leipold said. “That’s probably the extent I’ll comment at this time.”

Daniels himself seemingly refuted an online report Tuesday that he would miss the rest of the season with a Grade 3 separation, posting in response, “That’s News to Me.”

In his absence, redshirt senior Jason Bean would be the starter for Leipold’s squad, beginning with this Saturday’s road trip to Norman, Okla.

Daniels, a native of Lawndale, Calif., has turned heads this season for upstart Kansas, which started 5-0 for the first time since 2009. The 6-foot, dual-threat quarterback has enjoyed a breakout year with 1,072 passing yards and 11 touchdown tosses against just one interception. Additionally, he’s second on the Jayhawks with 341 rushing yards and tied for the team lead with five scoring scampers.

Bean replaced Daniels late in the first half in the team’s 38-31 loss, going 16-for-24 for 262 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. He nearly pulled off a comeback win, rallying Kansas to tie the game three times when trailing by a touchdown in the final two quarters. The North Texas transfer started nine games for the Jayhawks in 2021, his debut season at the school.

Kansas will try to avoid the same fate as its 2009 team, which began 5-0 before dropping its remaining seven games under then-coach Mark Mangino.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) celebrates in the end zone after a touch down during the second quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas escapes Iowa State 14-11 to remain unbeaten

Iowa State freshman kicker Jace Gilbert missed his third field goal with 27 seconds remaining as host Kansas kept its record perfect Saturday with a 14-11 win over the Cyclones in Lawrence, Kan.

After losing seven straight to the Cyclones, Kansas (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) started a season with five wins for the first time since 2009 after Gilbert pulled the 37-yard, game-tying try wide left.

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels finished 7 of 14 for 93 yards and ran for just 15 yards but added a rushing score. Devin Neal led Kansas’ rushing attack with 75 yards on 12 carries. Daniel Hishaw rushed for 28 yards and scored a TD, but the running back was carted off the field after losing a fumble with 9:05 remaining in the game.

Hunter Dekkers went 30-for-48 for 287 yards and tossed a touchdown pass to Easton Dean and had an interception for the Cyclones (3-2, 0-2). Xavier Hutchinson recorded 101 receiving yards on a career-high 13 catches.

During the final minute of the first quarter, Gilbert lined up a 38-yard field goal attempt but watched it deflect off the right upright to keep the contest scoreless.

On the next series, Kansas put together a seven-play, 79-yard drive. Hishaw ran off the right side and barely slipped into the end zone to put the Jayhawks up 7-0.

Midway through the quarter, Kansas cornerback Cobee Bryant made a spectacular leaping interception of Dekkers. That pick set up Daniels’ scoring run to end a 19-yard drive.

Dekkers atoned himself by firing a nine-yard strike to Dean, and holder Blake Clark took a bad PAT snap and scrambled in to make it 14-8, which stood as the halftime score.

Gilbert got a second chance and trimmed the margin to 14-11 by booting a 35-yard field goal with 5:27 left in third.

Iowa State crafted an impressive 72-yard drive that started at its 1. It got second life when Bryant appeared to record his second interception. However, it was overturned upon review.

From 45 yards out, Gilbert again missed — bouncing a second kick off the right upright — to keep the three-point deficit with 11:26 left.

–Field Level Media

Kansas junior quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) runs in for a touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Duke at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium Saturday.

Kansas puts potent offense up against Iowa State

After nearly appearing in the AP Top-25 Poll for the first time since 2009, Kansas will aim to open more eyes when it plays host to Iowa State on Saturday at Lawrence, Kan.

The Jayhawks (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) have been riding an offensive surge and currently are ranked seventh in FBS in points per game with 47.0. They have settled for just two field goals, while scoring 26 touchdowns.

The Kansas offense has gained 474 yards per game, 31st-best in FBS. Against previously undefeated Duke in a 35-27 victory last week, Kansas had a season-high 528 yards of offense.

Quarterback Jalon Daniels ranks 20th nationally in total offense at 304 yards per game. He is even starting to generate some Heisman Trophy consideration.

“He’s a heck of a player, so yeah, I’m all for it,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said of the award buzz. “Whoever is running the campaign, let’s get it going. I think he’s doing a heck of a job getting a lot of people to take notice and take this program seriously.”

The Jayhawks defense might be the issue, as they are tied for 94th (out of 131 FBS teams), allowing 402.5 yards per game.

Saturday will be a case of strength against strength. Iowa State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) will face the powerful Kansas offense after allowing just 266 yards per game, 14th in FBS.

Iowa State gave up a total of 27 points in the first three games before falling to Baylor 31-24 at home last Saturday. The loss ended a streak of 11 straight home conference victories for Iowa State.

The Cyclones trailed 31-14 with 9:37 remaining before scoring 10 unanswered points. After an Iowa State field goal with 55 seconds left, Baylor recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.

“The word is momentum,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “We know this is a game of momentum. It always felt like we were fighting from behind.

“What I love about this group, and I love this group, is they have a chance to do some special things here. They kept playing and they kept fighting and they kept competing.”

–Field Level Media