7:20 PM ET, October 9, 2004
Memorial Stadium, LAWRENCE, KS
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- John Randle ran 43 yards for a touchdown with 3:16 left and Kansas snapped a bitter 11-year losing streak to Kansas State with a 31-28 victory Saturday night.
Thousands of Kansas fans surged onto the field, and both goalposts came down in a wild celebration of a rare win over the archrivals who humiliated the Jayhawks by a combined score of 106-6 the two previous years.
In their last nine meetings, Kansas State, the defending Big 12 champions, won by an average of nearly 40 points.
Kansas State (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) pulled within three points with 2:06 left when Dylan Meier hit Brian Casey with an 8-yard TD pass following his 51-yard completion to Yamon Figurs on fourth down.
But Charles Gordon recovered the ensuing onside kick with 2:06 remaining and the Wildcats never got the ball back.
Randle rushed for 105 yards for the Jayhawks (3-3, 1-2).
Kansas State sliced the deficit to 17-14 when Meier ran 2 yards with 2:20 left in the third quarter and Darren Sproles converted the 2-point conversion.
After a Kansas punt, Meier found Tony Madison all alone behind the secondary and hit him in stride for an 86-yard touchdown play that gave Kansas State its first lead at 21-17.
But then Jason Swanson came off the bench and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Mark Simmons to push Kansas in front 24-21.
With 3:16 to go, Randle made it 31-21 with a weaving, tackle-busting 43-yard touchdown run.
The Jayhawks used a mistake by Kansas State and a schoolyard trick play for 10 quick points and a 17-6 lead early in the third period.
Sproles, with his fifth turnover in three games, muffed a punt. Johnny Beck followed with a 27-yard field goal.
Then, after Charles Gordon's 49-yard punt return, the sellout crowd of 50,152 roared when Adam Barmann threw a short pass to Brandon Redeau, who ran 4 yards and then lateraled to Randle who covered the final 20 yards on a hook-and-ladder play.
The Jayhawks drove 53 yards on their second possession and took their first lead over Kansas State in eight years when Barmann hit Lyonel Anderson with a 2-yard TD pass.
The drive appeared to be stalled when Barmann's pass into the end zone fell incomplete on third-and-14, but Bret Jones was flagged for pass interference, giving Kansas a first down on the 3.
Kansas State's Joe Rheem booted a career-long 49-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 7-3. He also made a 37-yarder with 2:01 left in the half.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||0-1|
|TD||5:48||LYONEL ANDERSON 2 YD PASS FROM ADAM BARMANN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 53 yards.
|FG||13:14||JOE RHEEM 49 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 8 yards.
|FG||2:01||JOE RHEEM 37 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yards.
|FG||10:45||JOHNNY BECK 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||8:55||JOHN RANDLE 24 YD PASS FROM ADAM BARMANN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||2:20||DYLAN MEIER 2 YD RUN (DARREN SPROLES 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||13:20||TONY MADISON 86 YD PASS FROM DYLAN MEIER (JOE RHEEM KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||5:28||MARK SIMMONS 31 YD PASS FROM JASON SWANSON (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||3:16||JOHN RANDLE 43 YD RUN (SCOTT WEBB KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||2:06||BRIAN CASEY 8 YD PASS FROM DYLAN MEIER (JOE RHEEM KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.