Wildcats, Jayhawks both flying high heading into Sunflower Showdown

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — The scenes that took place last Saturday in two football stadiums separated by a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 70 were quite similar: The clock ticking to zero, the players streaming off the sideline, the fans pouring from the stands to celebrate with them.
No. 22 Kansas State (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) had just upset then-No. 5 Oklahoma, dealing the Big 12’s best hope of playing in the College Football Playoff a staggering blow. Kansas (3-5, 1-4) had just beat Texas Tech on a game-ending field goal.
The rousing weekend for bitter rivals creates a compelling backdrop for the latest edition of the Sunflower Showdown, with both programs flying high heading into their meeting Saturday in Lawrence.
“Both teams are coming off good wins. They had a great game last week,” Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley said. “It’s always a big game when it’s a rivalry, but kind of what’s leading up to it this week makes it a bigger game.”
Not just for people from the Sunflower State, either.
Wildcats coach Chris Klieman grew up in Iowa and coached across

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