KU to face Iowa State

For one half of football, the Kansas Jayhawks competed with arguably the best team in America. However, the second half was a different story.

The Oklahoma Sooners came out of halftime on a mission to run the football with freshman standout Adrian Peterson and throw the ball down the field with last year's Heisman winner Jason White. Oklahoma succeeded in both those categories en route to a 41-10 victory in Norman.

Head coach Mark Mangino met with the media Tuesday to discuss the recent loss and the upcoming match-up with the Iowa State Cyclones.

Mangino commented that the defense played well in trying to stop Oklahoma on the ground.

"It was our intention to not let their running game go up and down the field," Mangino said. "There is nothing more demoralizing than to have a team try to grind it out against you, so we were bent on not letting that happen."

The Jayhawks are now 3-4 on the season with a 1-3 record in the Big 12 Conference. Iowa State heads into the contest with the exact same record overall and in conference play. Both teams are competing for bowl eligibility in now the four game season.

Mangino said Iowa State is strong defensively with an improving offense.

"Iowa State has been playing good defense for most of the season and they have some talented kids," Mangino said. "I really like the linebackers that they have -- Tim Dobbins and Brandon Brown are very active guys. On offense, they have started putting things together. The quarterback Bret Meyer is an athletic kid, who can throw the ball and run the ball. Their wide receiver (Todd) Blythe has caught all but one of their touchdown passes. Iowa State is a hard-nosed team and they play hard."

Kansas has used two quarterbacks in consecutive games against Kansas State and Oklahoma. Mangino brought in Jason Swanson to relieve Adam Barmann in the upset victory over the Wildcats. The coaching staff decided to give both quarterbacks the opportunity to play against Oklahoma but it seems that Mangino is not trying to establish a two-quarterback system.

"Just because we have used Jason (Swanson) for a couple weeks, I would not label it a two-quarterback system. Our system is made for one quarterback, one leader and one guy. We have to do things to help ourselves and we will do whatever we have to do to be productive at that position. The idea was to get Jason a little more work against a quality opponent and see if he could spark something, but that didn't happen and we put Adam (Barmann) back in there and he made some good throws," Mangino said.

The Jayhawks will look to achieve its first road victory of the season Saturday at 1 p.m. in Ames, Iowa. Kansas had the chance to gain victories against Nebraska and Northwestern but could not win the close games.

Mangino is confident that his team will play with same heart and intensity on the road or at home.

"With our kids, home or on the road, you are going to get the same effort out of them. They play with the same enthusiasm at all times," Mangino said.

While Kansas is concentrating on one game at a time, the team is keeping an eye on the wide-open Big 12 North. The Jayhawks are in a four-way tie for third place and Missouri and Nebraska are currently tied for first place with a 2-2 record. A strong finish to the season could propel Kansas to the upper half of the division and a chance for bowl eligibility for the second straight year.


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