The Indiana State Sycamores had an FCS vs Big 12 showdown as the Indiana Sycamores took on the University of Kansas Jayhawks in both teams’ first game of the season on Saturday, August 31, at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.
The Sycamores looked to continue their success from last year where they ended the season with a record of 7-4 finishing on a five-game win streak. ISU ended up in 3rd in the Missouri Valley Conference. ISU had the opportunity to defeat a power five conference team for the first time in team history.
The Jayhawks were coming off a terrible season last year ending their season with a 1-8 record ending in dead last in last in the BIG 12.
In the first half of the game, both teams had a hard time getting their offense to the way they wanted, with the Sycamores Quarterback Ryan Boyle throwing an early interception for a quick score by KU's Hasan Defense. Boyle ended the day with 22 completions on 35 attempts, 219 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. This would be the only significant score of the first half for both teams, ending the first half with the Jayhawks on top 10-3.
Going into the fourth quarter the score was 3-16 and it looked as if the Sycamores were fading but then the Jayhawks gave up a 26-yard touchdown to receiver Donte Jones, who ended the game with 4 receptions and 79 yards and 1 touchdown. Then, KU gave up a sack-fumble which was recovered in the end-zone towards the end of the fourth quarter. The Sycamores were on top with the score of 17-16 with a little under five minutes to go in the quarter. The Jayhawks came back with a game-winning drive behind there quarterback Carter Stanley who ended the game with 20 completions on 29 attempts, 241 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns. Stanly threw the game-winning touchdown to Daylon Charlot who ended the night with 6 receptions, 79 yards, and 1 touchdown. Another notable player for the Jayhawks was Andrew Parchment who ended the game with 8 receptions and 121 yards. The Jayhawks ended up holding on to the lead and coming out with a 24-17 victory over the ISU. KU hopes to use this victory as motivation for their upcoming game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a home game. As for the Sycamores, they open up the first of three straight home games against the Dayton Flyers.