Iowa State Seeks 1st Big 12 Win Against Kansas

By: Luke Meredith, AP Sports Writer
By: Luke Meredith, AP Sports Writer

AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Losing seasons and a chilly forecast have dampened the excitement for Saturday night's game between Kansas and host Iowa State.

For the Jayhawks and Cyclones, there's actually quite a bit to play for.

It would be huge for the rebuilding efforts of coach Charlie Weis if the Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) can string together back-to-back Big 12 wins for the first time since 2008. It will be senior day for Iowa State (1-9, 0-7), and one last chance for a banged-up team to show that its home fans that they weren't as bad as their record indicates.

The Cyclones have won three straight in the series, but they're also on a seven-game losing skid.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Wide receivers are becoming pros at blocking at Kansas these days.

The Jayhawks are only averaging 12.6 completions per game, nearly last in the nation, so the guys who are normally catching passes are finding more blue-collar ways to get involved.

Their blocking is a big reason why they're finally winning, too.

The Jayhawks' wide receivers helped to pave the way for Kansas to run for 315 yards in a win over West Virginia last week that ended its 27-game Big 12 losing streak.

Now that leading receiver Tony Pierson is out for the season after a concussion, don't expect that approach to change any when the Jayhawks visit Iowa State on Saturday.


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