Kansas State beat Kansas 35-10 in the 119th installment of the Sunflower Showdown. This was the Wildcats’ 13th consecutive victory over Kansas, the longest streak by a team in this long-but-not-so-storied rivalry. The team has now hit the six-win mark and is officially bowl-eligible.
Deuce Vaughn was the obvious star of the game and had himself a career day, rushing for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Granted, he was up against the worst run defense in the conference, but this 80-yard run where he scampered to the end zone untouched was a thing of beauty:
If that wasn’t enough, he also caught six passes for 70 yards and generally made himself noticed in nearly every facet of the Wildcats’ offensive game plan.
Skylar Thompson did his part too, going 19-of-24 for 244 yards and a score. He also took a bad late hit from KU’s Gavin Potter late in the fourth quarter, which drew ire from the Kansas State sideline, and earned Potter an earful from his own coach.
That wasn’t the only thing that went wrong for Kansas. In a Pyrrhic moral victory of sorts, the Jayhawks kept the score close for a bit, but in the process, Kansas lost more than just this game, losing quarterbacks Jason Bean and Miles Kendrick to injuries. The Jayhawks are now 1-8 on the season and head to Austin to take on a Texas squad that is licking its wounds.
The Kansas State women wrapped up their exhibition campaign with a 101-54 rout of Pittsburg State on Friday night at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats had 66 points in the paint, and a 40-point game from star Ayoka Lee. The 2021-22 campaign begins formally on Tuesday, with a game against Central Arkansas. Tip-off is set for 6:30 PM, and the game can be seen via streaming on ESPN+.
Kansas State’s Rosanna Maffei finished as runner-up in the Flight A singles bracket of the Big 12 Fall Championships. After three consecutive straights sets victories over third seed Malkia Ngounoue (Kansas), Kailey Evans (Texas Tech), and Mananchaya Sawangkaew (Oklahoma State), Maffei was taken down 6-4, 6-3 by Alina Shcherbinina from Baylor.
This event concludes the team’s fall campaign. They will be back in action in the spring.