LAWRENCE — It's been so long since the Kansas Jayhawks have won a Big 12 football game that they hardly can recall the details.
"I can't remember the last team we beat a team in the Big 12," KU senior cornerback Chris Harris said. "It's definitely been a while."
The last team was Iowa State on Oct. 10, 2009, 12 conference games ago. The losing streak began a week later in Boulder, Colo., against a struggling Colorado team that upset KU 34-30.
At least one Jayhawk can remember that one.
"I thought about it yesterday," KU senior running back Angus Quigley. "I was like, 'Man, we were 5-0, and they beat us.' It's been pretty much a rough go in the conference since then. But that has nothing to do with this season."
This season, the Jayhawks and Buffaloes enter today's game at Memorial Stadium with similar depressing outlooks. Both teams are 0-4 in Big 12 play with the lone bright spot of their season a win over a name school from the state of Georgia (the Jayhawks beat Georgia Tech, while the Buffaloes knocked off Georgia).
Certainly, with Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Missouri in the final three games, the Buffaloes represent KU's last realistic chance at a third victory.
"It's a big opportunity," Quigley said. "I'm sure they're thinking the same thing. They've watched the film. We haven't looked so good ourselves. They're gonna be hungry for a win the same way we are."
One difference? KU coach Turner Gill will be around next season, while Colorado coach Dan Hawkins could be on his way out after another disappointing year in Boulder. Theoretically, a win would mean more for Gill's program at this juncture.
"There was improvement last week, but we still lost the football game," KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush said. "All that matters is the end result. We gotta get a win. That's what we need to do."