Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Montell Cozart. SHANE KEYSER skeyser@kcstar.com
Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Montell Cozart. SHANE KEYSER skeyser@kcstar.com

University of Kansas

Kansas at Iowa State: Three-minute college football preview

By Rustin Dodd

rdodd@kcstar.com

October 01, 2015 02:41 PM

UPDATED October 01, 2015 04:20 PM

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa

TV/radio: Fox Sports KC; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: Kansas leads 50-38-6

The line: Iowa State by 16

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KANSAS (0-3, 0-0 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

South Dakota State

L, 41-38

Sept. 12

Memphis

L, 55-23

Sept. 26

at Rutgers

L, 27-14

Saturday

at Iowa State

11 a.m.

Oct. 10

Baylor

11 a.m.

Oct. 17

Texas Tech

TBA

Oct. 24

at Oklahoma State

TBA

Oct. 31

Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 7

at Texas

7 p.m.

Nov. 14

at TCU

TBA

Nov. 21

West Virginia

TBA

Nov. 28

at Kansas State

TBA

IOWA STATE (1-2, 0-0 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

Northern Iowa

W, 31-7

Sept. 12

Iowa

L, 31-17

Sept. 19

at Toledo

L, 30-23

Saturday

Kansas

11 a.m.

Oct. 10

at Texas Tech

7 p.m.

Oc. 17

TCU

2:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Baylor

7 p.m.

Oct. 31

Texas

TBA

Nov. 7

at Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 14

Oklahoma State

TBA

Nov. 21

at Kansas State

11 a.m.

Nov. 28

at West Virginia

TBA

What’s at stake

In plain terms: This could be Kansas’ best chance for a Big 12 victory. The Jayhawks have lost 31 straight true road games, but the Cyclones are projected to finish ninth in the Big 12. According to the advanced numbers at ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Jayhawks have a 9.9 percent chance to score an upset in Ames. Yes, it’s remote. Last year, the Jayhawks handled Iowa State 34-14 in Lawrence. But that was with quarterback Michael Cummings at the controls, and Kansas has lost its last three games at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium.

Cheers if …

The Kansas rushing attack gets back on track. After beginning his college career with consecutive 100-yard games, junior Ke’aun Kinner was bottled up for 23 yards in 15 carries in a loss at Rutgers. One thing that would help: The KU passing attack has to stretch the field to keep defenses honest.

Jeers if …

Quarterback Montell Cozart completes fewer than 50 percent of his passes. After a suboptimal performance in a loss to Memphis, Cozart battled through illness, came off the bench and was effective against Rutgers, completing 13 of 18 passes for 193 yards.

Three things about Iowa State

1 It feels as though quarterback Sam B. Richardson has been around forever. Three years ago as a freshman, Richardson torched KU’s defense, hitting on 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards at Memorial Stadium. Now a senior, Richardson is completing a career-high 61 percent of his passes.

2 Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads remains on the hot seat. After going to three bowl games in four years, Iowa State is just 6-21 since 2013. A 1-2 start and a road loss to Toledo hasn’t helped.

3 Kansas coach David Beaty recruited Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard to Texas A&M. Lazard, who is listed at 6 feet 5 and 223 pounds, leads Iowa State with 15 catches for 150 yards.

Key matchup

Kansas’ passing attack vs. Iowa State: The Kansas passing attack has shown signs of life. Quarterback Montell Cozart looked more efficient against Rutgers, and freshman receiver Tyler Patrick continues to be a nice surprise. But if the Jayhawks want to upset Iowa State, they will need more productivity in the air. Offensive coordinator Rob Likens says he’s gaining confidence in Cozart, and the Jayhawks could utilize true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis in certain packages.

KANSAS OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

16

Steven Sims Jr.

5-10

170

Fr.

WR

11

Tre’ Parmalee

5-10

171

Sr.

LT

79

Jordan Shelley-Smith

6-5

296

Jr.

LG

76

Bryan Peters

6-3

298

Sr.

C

70

Keyon Haughton

6-2

290

Sr.

RG

62

De’Andre Banks

6-3

309

Jr.

RT

78

Larry Hughes

6-7

281

Fr.

TE

84

Ben Johnson

6-5

234

So.

WR

4

Tyler Patric

6-0

179

Fr.

QB

2

Montell Cozart

6-2

193

Jr.

RB

22

Ke’aun Kinner

5-9

180

Jr.

K

14

Nick Bartolotta

5-6

190

So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

10

Ben Goodman

6-3

253

Sr.

DT

99

Corey King

6-1

295

Sr.

DT

90

Kapil Fletcher

6-3

285

Sr.

DE

56

Anthony Olobia

6-5

240

Jr.

LB

28

Courtney Arnick

6-2

207

Jr.

LB

5

Marcquis Roberts

6-1

220

Jr.

NB

30

Tevin Shaw

5-11

194

Jr.

CB

8

Brandon Stewart

6-0

171

Jr.

S

9

Fish Smithson

5-11

193

Jr.

S

39

Michael Glatczak

5-10

173

Sr.

CB

19

Tyrone Miller Jr.

6-0

180

Fr.

P

16

Ruben Guzman

5-8

190

Sr.

IOWA STATE OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

8

D’Vario Montgomery

6-6

213

Jr.

WR

9

Quenton Bundrage

6-2

198

Sr.

LT

67

Jake Campos

6-8

297

So.

LG

77

Oni Omoile

6-3

305

Sr.

C

76

Jamison Lalk

6-6

304

Sr.

RG

70

Daniel Burton

6-6

319

Jr.

RT

72

Brock Dagel

6-8

300

Sr.

TE

95

Ben Boesen

6-5

249

Sr.

WR

5

Allen Lazard

6-5

223

So.

QB

12

Sam B. Richardson

6-2

217

Sr.

RB

2

Mike Warren

6-0

200

Fr.

K

1

Cole Netten

6-1

224

Jr.

IOWA STATE DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

98

Trent Taylor

6-2

267

Sr.

NT

97

Demond Tucker

6-0

296

Jr.

DE

45

Dale Pierson

6-2

249

Sr.

LB

2

Jordan Harris

6-0

233

Jr.

LB

16

Willie Harvey

6-0

222

Fr.

LB

35

Levi Peters

5-11

218

Jr.

NB

12

Jay Jones

6-3

209

Jr.

CB

34

Nigel Tribune

5-11

184

Jr.

S

7

Qujuan Floyd

6-0

202

Sr.

S

5

Kamari Cotton-Moya

6-1

197

So.

CB

10

Brian Peavy

5-9

184

Fr.

P

13

Colin Downing

5-11

187

So.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Iowa State 35-24

In two games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams, Kansas is averaging just 18.5 points per game. Stating the obvious: That won’t cut it in the Big 12 — even against Iowa State.

Rustin Dodd: 816-234-4937, @rustindodd