For the second straight year,
Scott Webb kicked a game-winning 34-yard field goal to give Kansas a 24-21 victory on Saturday, and prevent the Cyclones from advancing to the conference championship game for the first time.
Instead - just like last year
- Colorado will
represent the North Division. The Buffaloes (7-4, 5-3) were clobbered 30-3
by Nebraska on
But now the Cyclones, who blew a 14-3
lead and failed on a field-goal attempt in overtime, will go to a lesser bowl
after seeing their four-game conference winning streak snapped.
The Cyclones, who tied
The Cyclones entered last year's
regular-season finale in the same position, needing to beat Missouri to win the division. But the
Cyclones lost 17-14 after Bret
Culbertson missed a 24-yard field goal attempt that would have
won it in regulation and they couldn't convert in overtime on first-and-goal
The Jayhawks (6-5, 3-5) became bowl-eligible for just the second time in coach Mark Mangino's slow rebuilding process.
Meyer hit Todd Blythe for 38 yards and Austin Flynn for 17 to set up Ryan Kock's 1-yard TD plunge with 8:41 left, putting the Cyclones in front 21-14.
Luke then hit tight end Derek Fine with the 2-point conversion, knotting the score 14-all with left.
After starting the conference season 0-3 and becoming the first Big 12 team to lose at home to Baylor - the Cyclones had reeled off four straight wins.
Meyer, while breaking the school
record for consecutive passes without an interception, threw touchdown tosses to
Jon Davis and Blythe to give the Cyclones a 14-3 halftime lead in a stadium
Webb kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal with a strong wind at his back in the first quarter.
Late in the third quarter, Aqib Talib made a leaping interception, stopping Meyers' school-record string of consecutive passes without a pick at 155.