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
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.