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November 23, 2013

Big 12 football Cyclones seek first league win vs. Jayhawks

AMES — It might be one of the least-appealing matchups in Big 12 history.

Kansas hasn’t won a league road game in five years. The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) have been so downtrodden that their fans tore down the goal posts when the Jayhawks beat four-win West Virginia last week.

Iowa State (1-9, 0-7), which hosts the Jayhawks tonight, has lost seven games in a row and is winless at home this season.

It would be huge for the rebuilding efforts of coach Charlie Weis if the Jayhawks can string together back-to-back Big 12 wins for the first time since 2008. It will be senior day for Iowa State and one last chance for an undermanned and banged-up team to show its fans it wasn’t as bad as the record indicates.

“I think we have a tough task. but this would be another major hurdle for our program if we can get up there to Ames and come out of there with a win I think that would do wonders for us going forward,” Weis said.

Perhaps the biggest reason that Iowa State hasn’t experienced a breakthrough season under fifth-year coach Paul Rhoads is that the program has yet to find a standout quarterback. Sophomore Sam Richardson has fought through ankle and thumb injuries since the season opener. Freshman Grant Rohach will start against Kansas, but he’s completed just 53 percent of his passes with two TDs and five interceptions.

“I think it’s an ongoing grading period. I don’t think it’s a high grade right now. I don’t think it’s a failing grade right now,” Rhoads said about his quarterbacks.

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