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University of Kansas Jayhawks
University of Kansas Jayhawk logo.svg
First season 1890
Athletic director Lew Perkins
Head coach Turner Gill
1st year, 0–0  (–)
Home stadium University of Kansas Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 50,071
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lawrence, Kansas
Conference Big 12
Division North
All-time record 568–550–58 (.508)
Postseason bowl record 6–6
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 8
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 5[1]
Current uniform
Colors Blue and Crimson              
Fight song I'm a Jayhawk
Mascot Big Jay, Baby Jay
Marching band Marching Jayhawks
Trophy game rivals Missouri Tigers, Kansas State Wildcats
Website KU Athletics

The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the North Division of the Big 12 Conference.

KU football dates from 1890. While not a national powerhouse like the men's basketball team, the football team has had notable alumni including Gale Sayers, a two time All-American who later enjoyed an injury-shortened yet Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears; John Riggins, another Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XVII MVP with the Washington Redskins; Pro Football Hall of Famer for the Cleveland Browns, Mike McCormack; plus John Hadl, Dana Stubblefield, Bobby Douglass, and Nolan Cromwell. The Jayhawks have appeared three times in the Orange Bowl: 1948, 1969 and 2008. The team currently plays in Memorial Stadium (capacity 50,071), the seventh oldest college football stadium in the nation[2], which opened in 1921. It replaced McCook Field, which had been constructed in 1892. Mark Mangino, former Oklahoma assistant coach, has coached the team from 2002-2009; he resigned under pressure from an internal investigation after the 2009 season.[3] Turner Gill was announced as the new head coach on December 13, 2009.[4]

As of November 29, 2009, the program's overall record is 568–550–58 (.508). Early this football season the Kansas Board of regents approved the expansion of Memorial Stadium on the east side.


Team records and statistics



  • October 6, 1990: KU and Iowa State end their game in a 34-34 tie[5], giving KU the all-time NCAA Division I-A record for number of tie games with 57.[6] Since then, NCAA football games have a tie-breaking rule, so only a rule change would allow this record to be broken.
  • December 23, 2005: KU's strong rushing defense finishes the season by limiting Houston to just 30 rushing yards in the Fort Worth Bowl, a KU bowl record, bringing its season average down to 83.3 yards allowed per game[7] and breaking the school record of 109.2 set in 1948.[8] It was the ninth time in the season the Jayhawks held their opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground. For the season, their defense ranked 3rd nationally against the rush.
  • November 18, 2006: Kansas State rusher Leon Patton's 102 yards rushing breaks the Jayhawk defense's record setting 23 game streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher.[9] The streak started following a controversial 27-23 loss to Texas on November 13, 2004.
  • November 25, 2006: In the regular season finale, senior running back Jon Cornish rushes for 126 yards in a 42-17 loss to Missouri to become KU's all-time single season leading rusher. His 1,457 yards surpassed the previous record of 1,442 yards set by Tony Sands in 1991.[10]
  • November 17, 2007: Kansas defeats Iowa State 45-7, moving to 11-0 for the first time in school history.
  • September 12, 2009: Kansas defeats UTEP 34-7, going to 20-2 in their last 22 nonconference games since 2005.
  • October 10, 2009: Todd Reesing throws 37 completions for 442 and 4 Touchdowns, Kerry Meier had 16 catches for 142 yards an 2 Touchdowns, Dezmon Briscoe had 12 catches for 186 yards and 2 Touchdowns

Bowl appearances

Bowl Championship Series commissioners and the Orange Bowl Committee selected Kansas and Virginia Tech to play in the 2008 Orange Bowl.

The Jayhawks have a 6-6 bowl record:

Football Season Bowl Location AP Rank Opponent Result Additional Notes
1947 Orange Bowl Miami, FL 13 (10) Georgia Tech L 20-14
1961 Bluebonnet Bowl Houston, TX Rice University W 33-7
1968 Orange Bowl Miami, FL 3 (6) Penn State L 15-14
1973 Liberty Bowl Memphis, TN 19 (16) NC State L 31-18
1975 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX 19 Pittsburgh L 33-19
1981 Hall of Fame Bowl Birmingham, AL Mississippi State L 10-0
1992 Aloha Bowl Honolulu, HI 22 (25) BYU W 23-20
1995 Aloha Bowl Honolulu, HI 11 (25) UCLA W 51-30
2003 Mazda Tangerine Bowl Orlando, FL NC State L 56-26
2005 Fort Worth Bowl Fort Worth, TX Houston W 42-13
2007 FedEx Orange Bowl Miami, FL 8 (5) Virginia Tech W 24-21 BCS Bowl
2008 Insight Bowl Tempe, AZ Minnesota W 42-21

Conference championships

Year Conference
1892 Western Interstate University Football Association
1893* Western Interstate University Football Association
1895* Western Interstate University Football Association
1908 MVIAA
1930 Big Six
1946* Big Eight
1947* Big Eight
1968* Big Eight

(*) Indicates a co-championship.

In 1960, the Jayhawks beat Missouri 23-7 to take the Big 8 title. This game was later reversed, due to the Jayhawks use of an ineligible player, giving Missouri the title.

Divisional championships

Year Overall Record Conference Record Coach Conference
2007*[11] 12-1-0 7–1 Mark Mangino Big 12

(*) Indicates a co-championship.

Note: While officially recognized as 2007 divisional co-champions by the Big 12, the Jayhawks lost the tie-breaker to Missouri, giving the Tigers the championship game berth.

Series records

All-time Big 12
Opponent Seasons Games Record Home Away Neutral Games Record Home Away Neutral Streak Last
vs. Big 12 North
Colorado 1903–2008 69   23-43-3* 14-18-3* 9-24-0 0-1-0 ¹ 14   5-9-0 4-3-0 1-6-0 1 L L 34-30 (away)
Iowa State 1898–2008 89   49-34-6 27-15-3 22-19-3 14   9-5-0 6-1-0 3-4-0 5 W W 41-36 (home)
Kansas State 1902–2008 107   64-38-5* 37-15-2 27-23-3* 14   4-10-0 3-4-0 1-6-0 1 L L 10-17 (away)
Missouri 1891–2009 118   55-54-9 26-16-3 15-30-3 14-8-3 ² 14   7-7-0 4-1-0 2-4-0 1-2-0 ³ 1 L L 39-41 (at Kansas City)
Nebraska 1892–2008 116   23-90-3 8-47-1 15-43-2 14   2-12-0 2-5-0 0-7-0 2 L L 17-31 (home)
vs. Big 12 South
Baylor 1971–2007 9   4-5-0 4-1-0 0-4-0 6   3-3-0 3-0-0 0-3-0 1 W W 58-10 (home)
Oklahoma 1903–2009 101   27-68-6 14-31-3 13-36-3 0-1-0 ³ 8   2-6-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 ³ 6 L L 13-35 (home)
Oklahoma State 1923–2007 60   29-28-3 15-16-1 14-12-2 6   1-5-0 0-3-0 1-2-0 1 W W 43-28 (away)
Texas 1901–2008 10   2-7-0 2-5-0 0-3-0 8   0-7-0 0-5-0 0-3-0 8 L L 20-51 (away)
Texas A&M 1974–2007 9   2-7-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 6   1-5-0 0-3-0 1-2-0 1 W W 19-11 (away)
Texas Tech 1965–2008 12   1-11-0 0-6-0 1-5-0 8   1-7-0 0-4-0 1-3-0 4 L L 21-42 (away)
*includes a loss due to a forfeit, record does not reflect actual on-field play; ¹at Denver; ²except one win at St. Joseph all were at Kansas City; ³at Kansas City.

Rivalries & other series

Missouri (Border War)

KU competes with the Missouri Tigers in the longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football west of the Mississippi River, first played in 1891 and known as the "Border War." The name of the rivalry has since been officially rebranded as the "Border Showdown" following the advent of the Iraq War, although the historical name prevails in usage. Each year the winner of the game is awarded a traveling trophy, the Indian War Drum. Following the 2007 Border Showdown, Kansas retired the current drum. However, Kansas earned it back with a victory over Missouri in the 2008 Border Showdown, under current quarterback Todd Reesing. Kansas lost the 118th, and most recent, Border Showdown to Missouri, 41-39.

Kansas State (Sunflower Showdown)

In addition, KU has a rivalry with the Kansas State Wildcats called the Sunflower Showdown; when the two teams compete in football, the winner is awarded the Governor's Cup by the governor of Kansas. Kansas leads the all-time series 64-37-5.


Kansas has also played a game with the Nebraska Cornhuskers as early as 1892, and annually since 1906.[12] This gives Kansas the second- and third-most played college football games in existence. KU is only 23-88-3 all-time against the Cornhuskers (as of 2007), and from 1969-2004 the Huskers rang up 36 consecutive victories, second longest in NCAA Division I (only Notre Dame's streak over Navy was longer). That streak ended on November 5, 2005, when Kansas defeated Nebraska 40-15 in Lawrence. They also beat Nebraska 76-39 in Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2007. This was the largest number of points ever surrendered by a Nebraska team; the Jayhawks also set records for most points against Nebraska in a half (1st half, 48 points) and quarter (2nd quarter, 27 points). The 95 points scored by the Jayhawks in 2006 and 2007 combined is the largest consecutive two-year total in the series. Also, the 32 points scored in an overtime loss at Nebraska on September 30, 2006, was the most by any Jayhawk team in Lincoln since 1899, when KU won 36-20 in the two teams' eighth all-time meeting.[13]

Players of note

First-Team AP All-Americans

Ring of Honor members

(The Ring of Honor is located atop the northern bowl at Memorial Stadium and is intended to honor Kansas All-Americans and others who have made a significant on-field contribution to the football program.)

Retired numbers

College football Hall of Fame

  • 1951 - Fielding H. Yost (Coach)
  • 1954 - Jim Bausch, HB
  • 1964 - Ray Evans, HB
  • 1964 - Gale Sayers, HB
  • 1994 - John Hadl, QB
  • 2001 - John Outland, OT

NFL Hall of Fame

  • 1977 - Gale Sayers
  • 1985 - Mike McCormack
  • 1992 - John Riggins

KU alumni currently in the NFL



Head football coaches, including their win-loss records, years coached, and reason for leaving if other than firing:


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