Jayhawks Fall on the Road to No. 22 Iowa State, 41-31


Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

AMES, Iowa – The Kansas Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7 Big 12) totaled 493 yards and scored 31 points, but fell to the No. 22-ranked Iowa State Cyclones (7-4, 5-3 Big 12), 41-31, in their final road game of the season at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.

Sophomore Pooka Williams Jr., crossed the 2,000 career yards mark on Saturday, carrying the ball 19 times for 154 yards, while hauling in one touchdown reception. Williams becomes the first Jayhawk to rush for 2,000 or more yards in his first two seasons as a Jayhawk since Gale Sayers in 1962-63. The game also marked Williams’ eighth-career game rushing for 100 or more yards.

Senior Carter Stanley completed 21-of-41 passes for 328 yards and three scores, moving him into second in KU history in career passing touchdowns with 37. Stanley only trails Jayhawk great Todd Reesing in career touchdown passes. Junior Andrew Parchment led the Jayhawks in receiving with 86 yards, while fellow junior teammate Stephon Robinson Jr., hauled in five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Spencer Roe scored on a two-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, marking the first of his career.

On defense, KU was led by a season-high 13 tackles from senior safety Mike Lee, marking the fifth game in his career with double-digits in tackles. Lee also recorded an interception off of a tipped pass in the third quarter, which was the fifth of his career.  Sophomore linebacker Jay Dineen joined Lee in double-figures in tackles, recording 10 in the game.

The Jayhawks fall to 1-4 on the road this season, as Kansas returns home for its season finale against the Baylor Bears on Saturday, Nov. 30. The game will serve as Senior Day for the Jayhawks, as they commemorate the team’s 23-man senior class. Kickoff time and broadcast information will be released on Saturday evening.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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