I’ve got some final words on the "Sunflower Showdown".
It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”. That Kansas won in Manhattan for the first time in 18 years is not as significant as the fact that I think KU beat a good K-State team.
Both programs will be factors in the Big 12 North race, and we’ve rarely been able to say that. Eight straight Kansas teams had failed to win in Manhattan.
This ninth squad won because it is far more mature than the rest. It takes composure and confidence to come from behind to win on the road.
As the game progressed to its critical stage, I think the Jayhawks just showed more presence. But --- I checked the first thing on Sunday morning and sure enough, the sky did not fall in Manhattan.
The mathematical formula reveals that one glorious road win plus one disappointing home defeat still equals a one and one conference record.
On Saturday, both teams made enough mistakes to hand the other ample opportunities.
Kansas worked around it, and Kansas State didn’t take advantage of it. We can all agree that the Sunflower Showdown was a home state showcase because of the large amount of Kansans that made an impact.
And from here? Is Kansas mature enough to handle a national ranking? And… can K-State move on? I’m thinking the answer is yes… and yes. If so… football in the state of Kansas will be in a state of delirium for the bowl season. That’s “On the Mark”.
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