LAWRENCE, Kan. — The 2010 football matchup between Kansas and Kansas State has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 14, and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 16.
The 108th edition of the Sunflower Showdown will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence.
“It is exciting for this in-state rivalry to be featured nationally with the television exposure of a Thursday night game on FSN,” said KU athletics director Lew Perkins. “This telecast will showcase the City of Lawrence and our great University.”
Jayhawks head coach Turner Gill echoed Perkins’ sentiments.
“This game gives us a chance to show the nation the great support of Kansas football fans,” Gill said. “It also benefits our students since school will be out Thursday and Friday.”
Perkins and KSU Athletics Director John Currie also announced Tuesday that a new Sunflower Showdown series between Kansas and Kansas State will be sponsored by Dillon’s. The Kansas-based grocery chain will have naming rights to the school’s meetings in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball for the next two years. Although these series will carry the name “Sunflower Showdown,” neither points nor standings will be kept.
“We are thrilled to have support of our series from a Kansas-based company,” Perkins said. “The Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown should bring even more publicity to a great rivalry we have with Kansas State in all of our sports.”
The football series is the nation’s 13th-most played, as well as the fourth-longest uninterrupted series in the country. The two teams have played 98 straight years beginning in 1911. Kansas leads the all-time series 65-37-5, including a 37-15-2 mark in games played in Lawrence.
Kansas had won four of five, including three straight before Kansas State defeated the Jayhawks 17-10 in Manhattan last year. KU has won three consecutive matchups in Lawrence, including a 52-21 victory in 2008.
The Thursday game will mark KU’s second non-Saturday football game of the 2010 campaign. Kansas will play at Southern Mississippi on Friday, Sept. 17 in a game televised by ESPN at 7 p.m.
Kansas opens the year under first-year head coach Turner Gill Sept. 4 hosting North Dakota state. Season tickets are available at www.kuathletics.com.