“It’s really personal”: KU presents Sunflower Showdown
LAURENT (KSNT) – After a 55-14 loss to Texas, the Jayhawks are looking to rebound against K-State.
With a sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium, bright lights and prime-time television, the 121st Sunflower Showdown is scheduled for Saturday night on FOX43 KTMJ.
“KU gave me an opportunity out of high school that K-State didn’t, so it’s really personal to me,” Jared Casey said.
The Jayhawks lead the all-time head-to-head game, 65-50-5.
“It’s a huge game,” receiver Luke Grimm said. “I mean, just being a rivalry, you can’t beat that. They have a chance to go to the Big 12 championship, and we have a chance to snatch them.
Kansas wants to change the scenario of recent history. Since 2008, the Wildcats have won 13 consecutive Sunflower Showdowns. The Jayhawks’ average margin of defeat is 26.9 points.
“We’re going to focus on Kansas football,” quarterback Jalon Daniels said. “We want to be able to go out and be able to get another win for our program, and I’m sure Kansas State wants to do the same for their program. You know, it just depends on who wants it the most. at the end of the day.
Running back Devin Neal broke the 1,000 rushing yard mark on Saturday. The former Lawrence High Lion said he has a few friends in the area, but there’s nothing friendly about this showdown before the final whistle on Saturday night.
“It means a lot. I definitely got a taste of it for the first time last year, and you kind of have that feeling,” Neal said. “Now I think we’re a more competitive team.”
Asked about communicating with his local friend this week, Neal added “No, not this week.”