Kansas leads the all-time series with ISU, 49-38-6. The Jayhawks have a 27-16-3 advantage in games played in Lawrence. Iowa State has won the last four games, with three of those victories in Ames. Prior the four-game winless streak for KU, the Jayhawks won five consecutive contests.
KU last beat ISU on Oct. 10, 2009 in Lawrence, 41-36. The No. 16 Jayhawks won their fifth straight game that season before losing their final seven in head coach Mark Mangino’s last year at Mount Oread.
ON THIS DAY?
Kansas is just 5-10-2 all time in games played on Nov. 8. The Jayhawks played their first-ever game on Nov. 8 in 1896 when they beat Nebraska, 18-4. KU’s last outing on this day came in 2008, with a 45-35 loss at NU in front of 85,486 fans.
MANGINO’S ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Mangino will roam the ISU sideline Saturday as Cyclones’ offensive coordinator/tight ends coach. KU interim head coach Clint Bowen, who worked as an assistant under Mangino at KU from 2002-09, spoke of his former boss’s great attention to detail.
“At that point in time we did focus on -- when you think about little things, you went to the practice field, it was as little as every player better be wearing the exact same thing the exact same way,” Bowen said. “When you told a guy to do something, it better be done, whether it's touch the line, stretch this way; the way you told him to do it was the way it had to be done. It was just a standard that was set that the players had to meet at all times, and it was philosophical the way things probably should be. You ask a guy to do something, it should be done right, and that's what we hold our players accountable for.”
Bowen isn’t making a big deal about his reunion with Mangino.
“On game day it's more about, there's so many other things to go and take care of your kids and get our players ready to go and make sure everything is running smooth there,” Bowen said. “You seldom have time to see the other guys on other staffs that you know.”
CUMMINGS GIVING SPARK
Junior quarterback Michael Cummings has given KU a spark since taking over starting duties from Montell Cozart three games ago. He’s completed 61 of 99 passes since then for 61.6 percent and 811 yards, while throwing four touchdowns and just two interceptions. Kansas is averaging 270.3 passing yards per game in Cummings’ three starts, compared to just 154.6 passing yards per game in the five contests prior to him becoming the starter.
Bowen has been very impressed with Cummings.
“In all, he kind of just continues to show what we talk about him every week, that he is an extremely tough young man that competes and fights and goes out there and has the ability to deliver the ball,” Bowen said. “He has a strong arm and makes good reads and gets the ball out there. Nick (Harwell) and Nigel (King) and those guys are going up and making some plays for him, as well. He brings a natural presence to him in the huddle that you look at him and you know that he's there ready to play.”
Senior linebacker Ben Heeney is not only making a great run at postseason All-Big 12 honors, but national accolades as well. As of Nov. 1, Heeney ranks first in the NCAA and Big 12 in solo tackles (8.3 per game) while first in the Big 12 and fifth in the NCAA in tackles per game (11.8). He led all FBS players on Oct. 18 with a career-best 21 stops against Texas Tech. Heeney’s 21 tackles are the most by any player in the Big 12 this season and the second most by any player in the NCAA in 2014.
His 21 total tackles are the most by a Big 12 player since Baylor’s Sam Holl posted 21 tackles against KU on Nov. 12, 2011. Heeney’s 21 stops are also the most for a Jayhawk since Leroy Irvin recorded 21 tackles against Missouri on Nov. 22, 1979. Among Heeney’s 21 stops, 17 were solo tackles, just three shy of the FBS record for 20 in a game. His 17 solo stops are the second most in Big 12 history and are the most in the NCAA in a single game since Tyler Matakevich of Temple recorded 19 solos against Idaho on Sept. 28, 2013.