Border War (Kansas–Missouri rivalry)

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Kansas Jayhawks–Missouri Tigers
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Border War logo used from 2002–04, prior to the rivalry's branding change to "Border Showdown"
Football
First Meeting October 31, 1891
Games Played 120
All-time series Missouri leads: 56–55–9 (disputed)
Men's Basketball
First Meeting March 11, 1907
Games Played 267
All-time series Kansas leads: 172–95
Baseball
First Meeting 1899 or 1901 (disputed)
Games Played 337 or 321 (disputed)
All-time series Missouri leads: 212–123–2 or 195–124–2 (disputed)

The Border War (alternatively, Border Showdown) is the name of a dormant rivalry between athletic teams from the University of Missouri and University of Kansas, the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks. Athletic competition between the two schools began in the 1890s when both schools were in the Western Interstate University Football Association. From 1907 to 2012 both schools were in the same athletic conference and competed annually in all sports. Sports Illustrated described the rivalry as the oldest west of the Mississippi River in 2011,[1] but it has been dormant since Missouri departed the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012, and despite overtures from Missouri to continue athletic competition, no further games have been scheduled between the two schools.[2]

The rivalry has historic roots in the often violent relationship between the states of Kansas and Missouri, including guerrilla warfare between the states before and during the American Civil War.[3]

Background[edit]

The rivalry can trace its history to open violence involving anti-slavery and pro-slavery elements that took place in the Kansas Territory and the western frontier towns of Missouri throughout the 1850s.[4][5][6] These incidents were attempts by some Missourians (then a slave state) to influence whether Kansas would enter the Union as a free or slave state. The era of political turbulence and violence has been termed Bleeding Kansas. When the Civil War began, the animosity that developed during the Kansas territorial period erupted in particularly vicious fighting. In the opening year of the war, six Missouri towns (the largest being Osceola) and large swaths of western Missouri were plundered and burned by various forces from Kansas. These attacks led to a retaliatory raid on Lawrence, Kansas two years later (Lawrence Massacre), which led to General Order No. 11 (1863), the forced depopulation of several western Missouri counties. The raid on Lawrence was led by William Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla born in Ohio who had formed his bushwhacker group at the end of 1861. When the Civil War began, Quantrill was a resident of Lawrence, Kansas teaching school.

The mascots of the two universities were also derived from this time period. The University of Kansas, like many other universities, had no official mascot during the early years of its existence. The football team had used many different independent mascots, including a pig. In the three years preceding and the decades following the Civil War, the term “Jayhawker” was generally an epithet denoting “plundering marauder” both in the Missouri-Kansas region and nationally.[7][8][9][10][11] However, after Charles Jenison christened the Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry “The Independent Kansas Jayhawkers” in 1861, the term also began to be used as a term for any troops from Kansas, and eventually by Kansans as a term they proudly applied to themselves.[12] By the late 1800s, it had become synonymous with native Kansans, much like Hoosiers in the state of Indiana. According to the University of Kansas, when KU football players first took the field in 1890, they were called the Jayhawkers.[13] The University of Missouri also adopted a civil-war related name. When the MU football team was first formed in 1890, at a mass meeting of students and interested citizens held to perfect the organization of the team, “Tigers” was unanimously selected as the team name.[14] During the Civil War, the "Tigers" were a "home guard" unit that protected Columbia from guerilla attack. The Tigers militia unit was commanded by James Rollins, upon whom the MU’s Board of Curators later bestowed the title of “Pater Universitatis Missouriensis” (Father of the University of Missouri) in recognition of his “great efforts to promote the posterity, usefulness, and success” of the University.[15] Ironically, they once protected Columbia from attack by a band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson, who participated in the Burning of Lawrence along with Quantrill.[5][16]

Over the years, the series has developed into one of the most bitter and hateful rivalries in college sports. In the early football match ups, the sidelines would be occupied by Civil War Veterans from both sides. They once stood across from each other on the battlefield, now they looked across an athletic field. The emotions of an actual war once fought between the states became infused into the athletic contests between the 2 institutions. Overtime, even the coaches have gotten into the rivalry. Former Kansas football coach Don Fambrough, when referred to a physician across the state line in Kansas City, Missouri, for treatment, exclaimed "I'll die first!".[17] Not to be outdone, Missouri's former basketball coach Norm Stewart would traditionally have his players stay in Kansas City, Missouri, before playing at Kansas, going so far as to require the team bus to buy its gasoline at a Missouri filling station and reprimanding players who ate in Kansas, as he did not want to put any money into Kansas' economy.

The 2007 football season brought the origins of the rivalry between the two states back into the spotlight. A t-shirt created by a Missouri alumnus gained national attention with its reference to Quantrill's Raid of 1863.[18] The shirt depicted the burning of Lawrence in 1863 following the raid of William Quantrill and his Bushwhackers. The image of Lawrence burning was paired with the word “Scoreboard” and a Mizzou logo. On the back of the shirts, William Quantrill was quoted, saying "Our cause is just, our enemies many." Some Kansas fans interpreted these shirts as supporting slavery. KU supporters returned fire with a shirt depicting abolitionist John Brown with the words, “Kansas: Keeping America Safe From Missouri Since 1854.”[19]

The 2007 Border Showdown logo

Name change[edit]

In 2004 its name was officially changed from Border War to the Border Showdown.[20] KU athletic director Lew Perkins stated, "We feel that in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing events around the world, it is inappropriate to use the term ‘war' to describe intercollegiate athletics events."[21] Players, students, alumni, and fans failed to adopt the new name of the rivalry, and even media outlets such as Sports Illustrated[22] and NBC[17] continued to refer to the rivalry as the Border War.

Points system[edit]

Border Showdown
Missouri (8) Kansas (2)
2003, 2005
2007, 2008
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2004, 2006

Beginning in the 2002–2003 season, the series was memorialized in a sponsored contest, under which points were awarded for athletic contests between the two schools. Only sports where both schools compete are eligible for the contests, and because Kansas fields fewer teams than Missouri, several of Missouri's sports (such as gymnastics, men's swimming and wrestling) do not count in the Border Showdown statistics. Bonus points are awarded for matchups that take place in post-season competition (Big 12 or NCAA tournaments). Between 0.5 and 3.0 points are awarded per matchup, with approximately 24-27 matchups taking place per academic year. The Border Showdown moniker is applied most publicly to the annual football and basketball games. Missouri ended the Showdown series with an 8-2 lead.[23]

The results of the Border Showdown are as follows:[23]

2002-03 MU 32, KU 8.5
2003-04 KU 21.5, MU 18.5
2004-05 MU 22.5, KU 17.5
2005-06 KU 23, MU 17
2006-07 MU 25, KU 14
2007-08 MU 24, KU 15
2008-09 MU 23, KU 17
2009-10 MU 23, KU 16.5
2010-11 MU 23, KU 16
2011-12 MU 31.5, KU 8

Football[edit]

The Missouri-Kansas football series is the second-most-played rivalry in Division IA (FBS) football history, with 120 games played. The teams first matched up in football on October 31, 1891. There have been 9 ties in the 120 games played.[24][25] Through the end of the 2013 season Missouri holds an all-time record of 642-534-53 (.545), 15 conference titles, 30 bowls, and a bowl record of 14-16. Kansas football holds a record of 576-589-58(.494), 8 conference, 12 bowls and a bowl record of 6-6.

  • The Tigers and Jayhawks first met on the gridiron on Halloween in 1891 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Jayhawks pulled out a 22-10 win in that first game.
  • In 1909–1910, both squads entered the game undefeated (Missouri at 6-0-1, and Kansas at 8-0). Two dropkick field goals propelled the Tigers to a 12-6 victory, an undefeated season, and a Missouri Valley title.
  • 19 of the first 20 games were played in Kansas City, with the 1907 contest played in St. Joseph. In 1911, the game began to be played on the respective college campuses, where it would be played (with the exception of 1944 and 1945, when it was played in Kansas City, Missouri) for the next 94 years. The 1911 game was played in Columbia, Missouri, and alumni from MU were asked to "come home" to Rollins Field, giving rise to the tradition of homecoming. That first homecoming game resulted in a 3-3 tie between the schools.
  • Kansas held the early advantage in the series, with a 14-4-4 advantage from 1891 through 1922. The Tigers rebounded with a 10-5-1 record in the next 16 years, but Kansas led 5-0-1 during the next 6 years (1939–1944), holding the Tigers scoreless each year.
  • The Tigers led the series for the next 36 years from 1945 through 1980, holding an advantage over Kansas of 20-13-3. During that period, Kansas had two different 3-game winning streaks, while Missouri held winning streaks of 5 games, 4 games, and 3 games (3 times).
  • Since 1981 Kansas led the series over Missouri, holding a 16-14 edge. Since the inception of the Big 12 the series is tied at 7-7. With their 35-7 victory in 2010, Missouri won the latest game.
The 2007 Border War game between Missouri and Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Missouri Tigers at Arrowhead Stadium on November 29, 2008.
  • In late 2006, the schools signed a two-year agreement to play the game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. While the capacity of the Kansas City Chiefs home ground at Arrowhead (79,451) is much bigger than either Memorial Stadium in Lawrence (50,071) or Faurot Field (71,004), many fans of both schools, and merchants in both Columbia and Lawrence, have expressed reservations about the move, since it requires each to give up a home game. While a much larger percentage of all Jayhawk fans are in the Kansas City metropolitan area than the percentage of all Tiger fans, and many Missouri season ticket holders come from St. Louis, attendance is expected to be relatively even between both schools. In 2008 the Arrowhead series was renewed through at least 2012.[28]
  • In the 2007 edition of the game on November 24, 2007, the two teams entered the game ranked in the top five in the nation: Kansas at #2 and Missouri at #3. On the heels of #1 LSU's loss the day before, Missouri won the game 36-28, thereby ending the regular season ranked #1 in the nation in both the Bowl Championship Series and Associated Press polls. The game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, with a near-record 80,537 people (the second-largest crowd in stadium history) in attendance. As the potential for a top-5 matchup between the two teams seemed probable the game was flexed from day to night so it could be broadcast nationally on ABC's Saturday Night Football. The telecast drew the largest TV audience of any 2007 regular season game.
  • On November 26, 2011, the final Border War was played at Arrowhead Stadium as the Missouri Tigers announced that they would be moving to the SEC effective July 1, 2012. Missouri won the final Border War game and they lead the series with a record of 57-54-9.[29]

Indian War Drum[edit]

The winner of the football game receives the informally arranged Indian War Drum traveling trophy.[30]

The drum trophy originated in 1937 when MU's Kansas City Alumni Association in cooperation with the Kansas University Lettermen's Association decided to present an authentic Indian tom-tom drum each Thanksgiving to the winner of the Kansas-Missouri football game. The decision was finalized at annual Homecoming luncheon of the M Men's Club at Rothwell Gymnasium on November 13, 1937. The MU Kansas City Alumni Association made arrangements for the drum to be built by Osage Indians, because they were more representative of the two states than any other tribe.[31] The drum remained in Missouri's possession for the first few years until the trophy was briefly forgotten during war time. The tradition resumed on an annual basis in 1947, and the MU and KU circles of Omicron Delta Kappa served as caretakers of the drum throughout most of its history.[32][33]

When the trophy disappeared in the 1980s, the Taos Indians of New Mexico built a new one. The original trophy was later recovered in a Read Hall basement in Columbia under a pile of boxes and it is now in the College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1999, at the urging of Kansas the drum was replaced again with a bass drum and the second drum became the property of the Mizzou Alumni Association.

The Kansas and Missouri athletics and alumni associations’ logos are on opposite ends. While in Missouri the Alumni Association Student Board now keep the trophy. While in Kansas it is now kept by the Student Alumni Association in the Booth Family Hall of Fame there.

Lamar Hunt trophy[edit]

Beginning with the 2007 game at Arrowhead, the winner also receives the Lamar Hunt Trophy, in honor of the late Chiefs owner who long envisioned bringing the Border War to Arrowhead.[34] This should not be confused with the Lamar Hunt Trophy which is presented to the NFL's AFC champions every year.

1960 controversy[edit]

Although 57–54–9 for MU is the often stated series result, there is an ongoing dispute about whether the 1960 game should have been counted as a win for Kansas, leaving MU in the lead 56–55–9. The Big 8 retroactively forfeited the win to Missouri due to Kansas player Bert Coan being voted ineligible following the 1960 season. The record books of the University of Kansas, and the NCAA, state the record as a win for Kansas, fueling the controversy. Several other publications have referenced the series record more to the favor of Kansas due to the NCAA official record books record of the game as well as Kansas actually winning the game on the field.[24][35][36]

Going into the 1960 game, Missouri (9–0, #1 nationally ranked) was known for their very stingy defense that, until giving up 19 points to Oklahoma the week before the Border War match-up, had not allowed a team to reach double digits all season. They boasted three shutouts. Their offense relied heavily on a wide sweep to the right with speedsters Norris Stevenson and Mel West in the backfield. It was run out of a combination of the T-formation and the old Single Wing.[37] The term “student body right” is often used to describe the USC sweep play in the mid to late 1960s, but that phrase was created to describe Missouri’s wide sweep.[38] Kansas (6–2, ranked #11, with their 2 losses coming to #1 Syracuse, 14-7, and at #1 Iowa, 21-7) was making history that day by becoming the first team to face three #1 teams in the same season. Kansas had a pretty good defense of their own, surrendering a mere 9.1 points per game with two shutouts that season. Kansas was also loaded in the backfield. Even without Coan, Kansas' backfield consisted of three future NFL draft picks: two-time All-American John Hadl at QB had led the Big 8 in all-purpose yardage as a RB in the 1959 season; halfback Curtis McClinton (three-time All-Big 8), and Doyle Schick at fullback.[39]

On November 19, 1960, in front of a then record crowd of 43,000 in Columbia, Kansas won the game against Missouri by a score of 23–7. The defenses lived up to their billing, leading to a scoreless tie at the half. Kansas had threatened twice in the first half, but had turned the ball over on downs after Missouri’s defense made a formidable goal line stand. Later, after advancing to Missouri's 12, Missouri’s defense again tightened, sacking Hadl for a huge loss, and Kansas missed the ensuing FG. Missouri never threatened on offense in the first half. The Kansas defense was keying hard on the sweep. In fact, it wasn’t until midway through the 3rd quarter that Missouri was even able to achieve a first down. Even then, Missouri didn't achieve their 2nd first down until the fourth quarter. Kansas scored first in the second half with a field goal. Then, after a Missouri fumble deep in Tiger territory, Hadl hit Coan on a TD pass. Near the end of the 3rd, Kansas went on the games only sustained drive by either team, 69 yards on 13 plays. It was capped with a 2-yard TD run by Coan. Missouri finally got on the board with 5:24 remaining in the game, making the score 17–7. The final Kansas touchdown came after KU picked off a desperation Missouri pass, and then passed for a score with less than a minute left.[37] Coan clearly played a role in the Kansas victory with 2 touchdowns and 67 yards on 9 carries, but many believe it was the Kansas defense that was the deciding factor. Missouri Coach Dan Devine stated "the better team won",[39] but also cited Coan as a key factor in the game.

Kansas was awarded the Big 8 championship following the game. However, on December 8, 1960, the Big 8 retroactively forfeited the game and the Big 8 Championship to Missouri due to the Big 8 voting Bert Coan ineligible, on a 5–3 vote.

The background to this ruling was as follows. Coan had transferred to KU in the fall of 1959 from TCU after a reported disagreement with the TCU trainer-track coach.[40] At TCU's urging, the NCAA investigated the matter and it was revealed Coan had taken a plane trip to an all-star game in the summer of 1959, paid for by KU donor and AFL co-founder Bud Adams. On October 26, 1960, KU was placed on 1 year NCAA probation because the NCAA declared that KU alumni indulged in illegal recruiting practices consisting of "excessive entertainment" in the recruitment of Coan. Adams denied he took Coan to the game as a recruit. Initially, Coan also denied any impropriety in his transfer to KU, but later in a 2007 interview he admitted he had indeed been illegally recruited by Adams.[41] No KU officials were ever found to be directly involved in the ordeal.[40][41] While Coan was not ruled ineligible by the NCAA, the NCAA finding triggered questions of Coan's eligibility in light of conference rules. One conference rule banned off-campus recruiting trips; another rule specified that any athlete recruited in violation of the ban would be ineligible.[37] After KU was placed on NCAA probation, KU received a phone call from the University of Nebraska, their next conference opponent, questioning Coan's eligibility. It is alleged Nebraska had earlier received a letter from Missouri's Don Faurot concerning Coan. KU sought to obtain a ruling from the conference at that time, but was instead told the matter would be taken up at the post-season conference meeting. KU took the position that the NCAA had mistakenly concluded Coan was a prospective student-athlete at the time of the trip with Adams, and thus there had been no infraction of conference rules. Coan did not play in KU's game against Nebraska however, due to injury.[39]

At the post-season conference meeting in December, allegedly at the behest of MU's Don Faurot,[39] but in accordance with the conference's response to KU's inquiry in November, the Big 8 faculty committee took up the issue of Bert Coan. Based upon the NCAA's ruling that a representative of KU's athletic interests, Bud Adams, had transported Coan from his home in Texas to Chicago to view a football all-star game,[42] the conference's ruling committee ruled, by a vote of 5–3, that KU had violated a conference ban on off-campus recruiting. By conference rule, any student-athlete that was recruited in violation of this ban was automatically ineligible. The committee accordingly took up the matter of the period in which Coan would be ineligible. The committee initially defeated two separate motions to declare Coan ineligible for the entire 1961 season, before finally declaring him ineligible for a period of one year starting from the date of the NCAA finding by a vote of 6-2. The Big 8 then ordered KU to forfeit the two games in which Coan had played following the NCAA finding (versus Colorado and Missouri). By virtue of the forfeits, the conference championship was awarded to Missouri.

Despite the Big 8's official ruling on the matter, the reactions from many on all sides were not in agreement with the Big 8 committee in the end. When asked at the Look All-America gathering in New York City Missouri All-American, Danny LaRose said, "It'll always be a 9-1 season as far as I'm concerned. And I think the other players will feel that way, too."[43] However, LaRose also expressed his admiration of the Big Eight “for standing up for what was right – enforcing its own rules.” Also at the gathering, Colorado All-American guard Joe Romig echoed similar feelings when he said, "I don't care what the NCAA or the Big Eight does. We lost the game at Kansas. Nothing will change that."[43] Meanwhile, Kansas All-American quarterback John Hadl expressed more concern about his teammate when asked at the All-America gathering and had this to say, "He's a good guy. I hope it doesn't hit him too hard."[43] Missouri head coach Dan Devine expressed his apparent disappointment in the process adopted by the Big 8 when he said, "This is the worst thing that could happen in inter-collegiate athletics. I mean the fact that they were playing a boy not knowing he was ineligible. That should have been determined before he played."[43] For his part then executive secretary of the Big 8, Reaves Peters, said the case was the "toughest case to come before us in history."[39]

KU protested the Big 8 conference ruling primarily on the basis that Coan was not recruited during his trip with the KU booster.[44] Despite the fact that Coan later admitted he had been recruited to KU during the trip, thus invalidating KU's objection, KU continues to defy the conference ruling in claiming the game as a win.[45]

In documenting the game as a win, MU adheres to the Conference determination. KU relies on the actual on the field results of the game as well as the record keeping by the NCAA, which never ruled on the Conference determination one way or the other. Colorado does not count this forfeit as a win in their record books.[46] Kansas fans also cite a 1999 NCAA subcommittee to defend KU's position, where the subcommittee stated that "forfeited contests do not count as a loss and that the game will stand as played on the field."[47] While KU claims the MU game as a win, they do not claim the conference championship that the conference also ordered them to forfeit.

Ultimately the on-field loss to Kansas cost Missouri the 1960 national championship. The final AP poll was released one week after the game (before the decision was made to force Kansas to forfeit) and the 8–1 Minnesota Gophers took Missouri's spot at number one in the poll, giving them the AP National Championship. Missouri went on to finish the 1960 season 11–0 (10-1) including a win over Navy in the Orange Bowl, while Minnesota finished 8-2 with a loss in the Rose Bowl.[48]

Football game results[edit]

  • Largest KU win: 32 pts (1930)
  • Largest MU win: 48 pts (4 times 1969, 1978, 1979, 1986)

Kansas victories are shaded ██ blue. Ties are in WHITE. Missouri victories shaded in ██ gold.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Attendance
October 31, 1891 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 22 Missouri 10 KU 1-0
November 24, 1892 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 12 Missouri 4 KU 2-0
November 29, 1893 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 12 Kansas 4 KU 2-1
November 29, 1894 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 18 Missouri 12 KU 3-1
November 28, 1895 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 10 Kansas 6 KU 3-2
November 26, 1896 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 30 Missouri 0 KU 4-2
November 25, 1897 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 16 Missouri 0 KU 5-2
November 24, 1898 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 12 Missouri 0 KU 6-2
November 30, 1899 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 34 Missouri 6 KU 7-2
November 29, 1900 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 6 Missouri 6 KU 7-2-1
November 28, 1901 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 18 Kansas 12 KU 7-3-1
November 29, 1902 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 17 Missouri 5 KU 8-3-1
November 26, 1903 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 5 Missouri 0 KU 9-3-1
November 25, 1904 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 29 Missouri 0 KU 10-3-1
November 30, 1905 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 24 Missouri 0 KU 11-3-1
November 29, 1906 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 0 Missouri 0 KU 11-3-2
November 28, 1907 St. Joseph, Mo. Kansas 4 Missouri 0 KU 12-3-2
November 28, 1908 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 10 Missouri 4 KU 13-3-2
November 25, 1909 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 12 Kansas 6 KU 13-4-2
November 24, 1910 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 5 Missouri 5 KU 13-4-3
November 25, 1911 Columbia Kansas 3 Missouri 3 KU 13-4-4 10,000+
November 23, 1912 Lawrence Kansas 12 Missouri 3 KU 14-4-4
November 22, 1913 Columbia Missouri 3 Kansas 0 KU 14-5-4
November 21, 1914 Columbia Missouri 10 Kansas 7 KU 14-6-4
November 25, 1915 Columbia Kansas 8 Missouri 6 KU 15-6-4
November 30, 1916 Lawrence Missouri 13 Kansas 0 KU 15-7-4
November 29, 1917 Lawrence Kansas 27 Missouri 3 KU 16-7-4
19181 Kansas - Missouri - KU 16-7-4
November 29, 1919 Lawrence Missouri 13 Kansas 6 KU 16-8-4
November 27, 1920 Columbia Missouri 16 Kansas 7 KU 16-9-4
November 24, 1921 Lawrence Kansas 15 Missouri 9 KU 17-9-4
November 30, 1922 Columbia Missouri 9 Kansas 7 KU 17-10-4
November 29, 1923 Lawrence Missouri 3 Kansas 3 KU 17-10-5
November 27, 1924 Columbia Missouri 14 Kansas 0 KU 17-11-5
November 21, 1925 Lawrence Kansas 10 Missouri 7 KU 18-11-5
November 20, 1926 Columbia Missouri 15 Kansas 0 KU 18-12-5
November 19, 1927 Lawrence Kansas 14 Missouri 7 KU 19-12-5
November 24, 1928 Columbia Missouri 25 Kansas 6 KU 19-13-5
November 23, 1929 Lawrence Missouri 7 Kansas 0 KU 19-14-5
November 22, 1930 Columbia Kansas 32 Missouri 0 KU 20-14-5
November 21, 1931 Lawrence Kansas 14 Missouri 0 KU 21-14-5
November 12, 1932 Columbia Kansas 7 Missouri 0 KU 22-14-5
November 30, 1933 Lawrence Kansas 27 Missouri 0 KU 23-14-5
November 29, 1934 Columbia Kansas 20 Missouri 0 KU 24-14-5
November 28, 1935 Lawrence Kansas 0 Missouri 0 KU 24-14-6
November 26, 1936 Columbia Missouri 19 Kansas 2 KU 24-15-6
November 25, 1937 Lawrence Kansas 0 Missouri 0 KU 24-15-7
November 24, 1938 Columbia Missouri 13 Kansas 7 KU 24-16-7
November 25, 1939 Lawrence Missouri 20 Kansas (10) 0 KU 24-17-7
November 21, 1940 Columbia Missouri 45 Kansas 20 KU 24-18-7
November 22, 1941 Lawrence Missouri 45 Kansas (8) 6 KU 24-19-7
November 26, 1942 Columbia Missouri 42 Kansas 13 KU 24-20-7
November 20, 1943 Lawrence Kansas 20 Missouri 9 KU 25-20-7
November 23, 1944 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 28 Kansas 0 KU 25-21-7
November 24, 1945 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri (16) 33 Kansas 12 KU 25-22-7
November 28, 1946 Columbia Kansas 20 Missouri 19 KU 26-22-7
November 22, 1947 Lawrence Kansas (17) 20 Missouri 14 KU 27-22-7
November 25, 1948 Columbia Missouri 21 Kansas 7 KU 27-23-7
November 19, 1949 Lawrence Missouri 34 Kansas 28 KU 27-24-7
November 23, 1950 Columbia Missouri 20 Kansas 6 KU 27-25-7
December 1, 1951 Lawrence Kansas 41 Missouri 28 KU 28-25-7
November 22, 1952 Columbia Missouri 20 Kansas (18) 19 KU 28-26-7
November 21, 1953 Lawrence Missouri 10 Kansas 6 KU 28-27-7
November 20, 1954 Columbia Missouri 41 Kansas 18 TIE 28-28-7
November 19, 1955 Lawrence Kansas 13 Missouri 7 KU 29-28-7
December 1, 1956 Columbia Missouri 15 Kansas 13 TIE 29-29-7
November 23, 1957 Lawrence Kansas 9 Missouri 7 KU 30-29-7
November 22, 1958 Columbia Kansas 13 Missouri 13 KU 30-29-8
November 21, 1959 Lawrence Missouri 13 Kansas 9 TIE 30-30-8
November 19, 1960 Columbia Kansas (11) 23 Missouri (1) 7 MU 31-30-82
November 25, 1961 Lawrence Missouri 10 Kansas (10) 7 MU 32-30-8
November 24, 1962 Columbia Kansas 3 Missouri 3 MU 32-30-9
November 23, 1963 Lawrence Missouri 9 Kansas 6 MU 33-30-9
November 21, 1964 Columbia Missouri 34 Kansas 14 MU 34-30-9
November 20, 1965 Lawrence Missouri 44 Kansas 20 MU 35-30-9
November 19, 1966 Columbia Missouri 7 Kansas 0 MU 36-30-9
November 25, 1967 Lawrence Kansas 17 Missouri 6 MU 36-31-9
November 23, 1968 Columbia Kansas (7) 21 Missouri (13) 19 MU 36-32-9
November 22, 1969 Lawrence Missouri (7) 69 Kansas 21 MU 37-32-9
November 21, 1970 Columbia Missouri 28 Kansas 17 MU 38-32-9
November 20, 1971 Lawrence Kansas 7 Missouri 2 MU 38-33-9
November 25, 1972 Columbia Kansas 28 Missouri 17 MU 38-34-9
November 24, 1973 Lawrence Kansas (20) 14 Missouri (19) 13 MU 38-35-9
November 23, 1974 Columbia Missouri 27 Kansas 3 MU 39-35-9
November 22, 1975 Lawrence Kansas 42 Missouri (18) 24 MU 39-36-9
November 20, 1976 Columbia Kansas 41 Missouri 14 MU 39-37-9
November 19, 1977 Lawrence Kansas 24 Missouri 22 MU 39-38-9
November 11, 1978 Columbia Missouri 48 Kansas MU 40-38-9
November 24, 1979 Lawrence Missouri 55 Kansas 7 MU 41-38-9
November 22, 1980 Columbia Missouri 31 Kansas 6 MU 42-38-9
November 21, 1981 Lawrence Kansas 19 Missouri 11 MU 42-39-9
November 20, 1982 Columbia Missouri 16 Kansas 10 MU 43-39-9
November 19, 1983 Lawrence Kansas 37 Missouri 27 MU 43-40-9
November 17, 1984 Columbia Kansas 35 Missouri 21 MU 43-41-9
November 23, 1985 Lawrence Kansas 34 Missouri 20 MU 43-42-9
November 22, 1986 Columbia Missouri 48 Kansas 0 MU 44-42-9
November 21, 1987 Columbia Missouri 19 Kansas 7 MU 45-42-9
November 19, 1988 Lawrence Missouri 55 Kansas 17 MU 46-42-9
November 18, 1989 Columbia Kansas 46 Missouri 44 MU 46-43-9
November 17, 1990 Lawrence Missouri 31 Kansas 21 MU 47-43-9
November 23, 1991 Lawrence Kansas 53 Missouri 29 MU 47-44-9
November 21, 1992 Columbia Missouri 22 Kansas (22) 17 MU 48-44-9
November 20, 1993 Lawrence Kansas 28 Missouri 0 MU 48-45-9
November 19, 1994 Columbia Kansas 31 Missouri 14 MU 48-46-9
November 4, 1995 Lawrence Kansas (11) 42 Missouri 23 MU 48-47-9
November 23, 1996 Columbia Missouri 42 Kansas 25 MU 49-47-9
September 13, 1997 Lawrence Kansas 15 Missouri 7 MU 49-48-9
September 12, 1998 Columbia Missouri (25) 41 Kansas 23 MU 50-48-9
October 23, 1999 Lawrence Kansas 21 Missouri 0 MU 50-49-9 42,300
October 14, 2000 Columbia Kansas 38 Missouri 17 TIE 50-50-9 61,794
October 20, 2001 Lawrence Missouri 38 Kansas 34 MU 51-50-9 38,500
October 26, 2002 Columbia Missouri 36 Kansas 12 MU 52-50-9 60,287
September 27, 2003 Lawrence Kansas 35 Missouri (23) 14 MU 52-51-9 50,071
November 20, 2004 Columbia Kansas 31 Missouri 14 TIE 52-52-9 53,480
October 29, 2005 Lawrence Kansas 13 Missouri 3 KU 53-52-9 48,238
November 25, 2006 Columbia Missouri 42 Kansas 17 TIE 53-53-9 55,614
November 24, 2007 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri (4) 36 Kansas (2) 28 MU 54-53-9 80,537
November 29, 2008 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 40 Missouri (11) 37 TIE 54-54-9 79,123
November 28, 2009 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 41 Kansas 39 MU 55-54-9 70,072
November 27, 2010 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri (14) 35 Kansas 7 MU 56-54-9 55,788
November 26, 2011 Kansas City, Mo. Missouri 24 Kansas 10 MU 57-54-9 or MU 56-55-9 47,059

1 Game not played in 1918 due to an epidemic
2 Game forfeited by Big 8

Basketball[edit]

Kansas leads the all-time series, 172-95.

Notable games[edit]

  • 1906-07 - Missouri began the basketball border showdown in Columbia against the Jayhawks with a 34-31 triumph, and the following day followed it up with a 34-12 beating. This left Missouri with a 2-0 all-time record against the inventor of basketball, and Kansas' first coach, James Naismith.
  • 1909–1910 - Each of the basketball teams had players from the team's football squad (Tommy Johnson for Kansas, and Ted Hackney for Missouri). The players picked up where they left off from the gridiron, playing a rough and tumble style that, some stories say, caused James Naismith to exclaim, when viewing the second contest between the two, "Oh, my gracious! They are murdering my game!" Kansas won both meetings.
  • 1922 - Kansas and Missouri split their conference games, tying for the Missouri valley title at 15-1. Although Missouri's committee on intercollegiate athletics challenged Kansas to a one game playoff at a neutral site, Phog Allen refused to accept, leaving the decision to Kansas' athletic board and Chancellor, who declined. While no national champions were actually crowned until 1938 when the first national tournament was held, in 1936 Kansas was retroactively awarded a Helms Foundation National Championship. The title was again awarded to Kansas for the 1923 season.
  • 1951 - In the finals of the Big 7 Holiday Tournament, Kansas center Clyde Lovellette stomped on the stomach of Missouri star Win Wilfong. He was ejected from the game and reprimanded by coach Phog Allen. Missouri coach Wilbur Stalcup worked the microphone to calm down outraged Tigers fans, and in so doing, earned the respect of Allen (the two had previously been enemies). Kansas won the game and the tournament with a 75-65 victory.
  • 1961 - During a MU loss to Kansas in Lawrence, a bench-clearing fistfight erupted between the two teams. Afterward, KU athletic director Dutch Lonborg suggested the schools discontinue the rivalry. In the nationally-televised return match, won by Missouri, another brawl exploded, this time involving the fans who streamed onto the court after Wayne Hightower threw a punch after being fouled while trying to rebound a missed lay-up. The incidents were seen as a holdover from that year's football controversy.
  • 1971 - Kansas defeated Missouri, 72-68 in overtime, to win the final game ever played at MU's Brewer Fieldhouse. KU ended up with a record of 25-18 all-time at Brewer. This win brought the Jayhawks one step closer to a perfect Big 8 record (they later beat Nebraska to achieve the 14-0 mark.)
  • 1972 – with Kansas having a poor season and Missouri trying for a Big 8 title, Bud Stallworth dropped 50 points on Missouri in the final regular season game of the year in a 93-80 Kansas win at Allen Fieldhouse.
  • 1987 - MU and KU faced off in the title game of the Big Eight Tournament. KU's Danny Manning elbowed MU's Derrick Chievous in the eye by accident. Chievous nonetheless led his Tigers to the 1987 Big Eight Tournament championship. The year also saw almost-identical game-winning field goals from Mizzou freshman guard Lee Coward at the ends of two games, the regular-season clash at Hearnes and in the Big Eight Tournament final.
  • 1989 – Missouri registered the largest victory by a visitor in Allen Fieldhouse, winning 91-66 over Kansas under first-year coach Roy Williams.
  • 1990 - The two teams met in Allen Fieldhouse, with KU #1 and Mizzou #2. The Tigers win, 77-71. Missouri also defeated KU earlier in the year in a #4 vs. #1 game.
  • 1994 - The Tigers twice defeated a higher-ranked Kansas team, sweeping KU on their way to an undefeated conference record.
  • 1995 – Kansas became the first visiting team to score 100 points in the Hearnes Center, winning 102-89.
  • 1996 - Missouri upset the #3 Jayhawks in Columbia 77-73. This was the first of three straight years that a top 3 or higher ranked KU team lost at MU.
  • 1997 - A top-ranked and undefeated Kansas team starring Jacque Vaughn, Paul Pierce, and Raef LaFrentz came into Columbia to face the unheralded Tigers. In a see-saw battle that some have called the greatest MU-KU game ever, Corey Tate's jumper with five seconds left in double overtime handed Kansas its only regular-season loss, 96-94.
  • 2002 - At Allen Fieldhouse, KU headed to the locker room with a slim 43-42 halftime lead. The second half belonged to the Jayhawks, as they doubled up Mizzou 62-31 in the final 20 minutes en route to a 105-73 win. Kansas would later become the first team to achieve a perfect 16-0 record in the Big 12, concluding the season with a 95-92 win in Columbia.
  • 2003 - During halftime of the KU-Texas basketball game, former MU coach Norm Stewart is presented a rocking chair by KU. A common chant in Allen Fieldhouse during the "Stormin' Norman" days with the Tigers was "Sit Down, Norm!" whenever he would jump off the bench to argue a call. For the only time ever, the Fieldhouse crowd told him to "sit down, Norm!" good-naturedly.
  • 2004 – Kansas won the final game ever played at Hearnes Center 84-82 on David Padgett's basket with 2 seconds left. Hearnes remains the only venue in which Missouri holds an advantage over Kansas at 18-14 all-time (4-4 is the series total at Mizzou Arena).
  • 2006 - Missouri upset Kansas in overtime when KU's Christian Moody misses two straight free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Afterward, however, the Tigers collapse, Quin Snyder resigns as coach, and in the rematch in Lawrence, Kansas crushed MU 79-46.
  • 2007 - In Lawrence, KU freshman Sherron Collins came off the bench for 23 points to thwart Missouri's upset bid in an 80-77 win, the first MU-KU game for new Tiger coach Mike Anderson. In Columbia, the Jayhawks' Julian Wright scored a career-best 33 in a 92-74 win, KU's first victory over the Tigers in Mizzou Arena. The game was played on the one-year anniversary of the resignation of Missouri coach Quin Snyder.
  • 2009 - In the first meeting since 2003 in which the Tigers and Jayhawks were both ranked, Kansas goes up 30-16 at the half, but a furious Mizzou comeback capped by a Zaire Taylor jumper with :01.3 seconds to play gives Missouri the win in Columbia, 62-60. In the rematch at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas avenged its loss to Missouri 90-65.
  • 2012 - In the final year of the rivalry, both teams win at home with remarkable come-from-behind wins. Missouri overcame a late 8-point deficit with less than three minutes to go in the game in Columbia, en route to a 74-71 victory. The Jayhawks return the favor by overcoming a 19-point second half deficit to force overtime in Lawrence, ultimately winning 87-86. In both games, Kansas and Missouri were ranked in the top ten.

Basketball game results[edit]

  • Largest KU win: 47 pts (1977)
  • Largest MU win: 30 pts (1976)
Year Home Away Location
March 11, 1907 Missouri 34 Kansas 31 Columbia
March 12, 1907 Missouri 34 Kansas 12 Columbia
Feb. 4, 1908 Kansas 21 Missouri 20 Lawrence
Feb. 5, 1908 Kansas 24 Missouri 18 Lawrence
Feb. 17, 1908 Missouri 19 Kansas 30 Columbia
Feb. 18, 1908 Missouri 22 Kansas 26 Columbia
Feb. 3, 1909 Kansas 24 Missouri 15 Lawrence
Feb. 4, 1909 Kansas 31 Missouri 23 Lawrence
Feb. 12, 1909 Missouri 19 Kansas 24 Columbia
Feb. 13, 1909 Missouri 37 Kansas 21 Columbia
Feb. 11, 1910 Kansas 29 Missouri 15 Lawrence
Feb. 12, 1910 Kansas 27 Missouri 14 Lawrence
Feb. 21, 1910 Missouri 21 Kansas 25 Columbia
Feb. 22, 1910 Missouri 22 Kansas 58 Columbia
Jan. 27, 1911 Kansas 34 Missouri 28 Lawrence
Jan. 28, 1911 Kansas 27 Missouri 15 Lawrence
Feb. 17, 1911 Missouri 16 Kansas 32 Columbia
Feb. 18, 1911 Missouri 25 Kansas 36 Columbia
Feb. 9, 1912 Kansas 27 Missouri 16 Lawrence
Feb. 10, 1912 Kansas 31 Missouri 21 Lawrence
Feb. 21, 1912 Missouri 24 Kansas 39 Columbia
Feb. 22, 1912 Missouri 26 Kansas 32 Columbia
Feb. 14, 1913 Kansas 22 Missouri 12 Lawrence
Feb. 15, 1913 Kansas 34 Missouri 20 Lawrence
Feb. 26, 1913 Missouri 26 Kansas 20 Columbia
Feb. 27, 1913 Missouri 26 Kansas 34 Columbia
Feb. 11, 1914 Missouri 25 Kansas 28 Columbia
Feb. 12, 1914 Missouri 21 Kansas 27 Columbia
Feb. 25, 1914 Kansas 38 Missouri 22 Lawrence
Feb. 26, 1914 {{{hometeam}}} 31 Missouri 18 Lawrence
Feb. 19, 1915 Kansas 44 Missouri 19 Lawrence
Feb. 20, 1915 Kansas 42 Missouri 23 Lawrence
Feb. 24, 1915 Missouri 22 Kansas 33 Columbia
Feb. 25, 1915 Missouri 26 Kansas 40 Columbia
Feb. 9, 1916 Missouri 30 Kansas 24 Columbia
Feb. 10, 1916 Missouri 42 Kansas 20 Columbia
Feb. 28, 1916 Kansas 10 Missouri 41 Lawrence
Feb. 29, 1916 Kansas 31 Missouri 19 Lawrence
Feb. 6, 1917 Kansas 24 Missouri 23 Lawrence
Feb. 7, 1917 Kansas 17 Missouri 26 Lawrence
Feb. 21, 1917 Missouri 24 Kansas 20 Columbia
Feb. 22, 1917 Missouri 38 Kansas 15 Columbia
Feb. 4, 1918 Kansas 22 Missouri 36 Lawrence
Feb. 5, 1918 Kansas 21 Missouri 25 Lawrence
Feb. 20, 1918 Missouri 39 Kansas 21 Columbia
Feb. 21, 1918 Missouri 23 Kansas 28 Columbia
Jan. 31, 1919 Kansas 25 Missouri 43 Lawrence
Feb. 1, 1919 Kansas 15 Missouri 37 Lawrence
Feb. 19, 1919 Missouri 34 Kansas 20 Columbia
Feb. 20, 1919 Missouri 29 Kansas 36 Columbia
Jan. 22, 1920 Kansas 27 Missouri 32 Lawrence
Jan. 23, 1920 Kansas 16 Missouri 38 Lawrence
Feb. 18, 1920 Missouri 36 Kansas 21 Columbia
Feb. 19, 1920 Missouri 31 Kansas 13 Columbia
Jan. 28, 1921 Missouri 27 Kansas 22 Columbia
Jan. 29, 1921 Missouri 28 Kansas 21 Columbia
Feb. 25, 1921 Kansas 17 Missouri 33 Lawrence
Feb. 26, 1921 Kansas 30 Missouri 41 Lawrence
Jan. 24, 1922 Kansas 25 Missouri 35 Lawrence
Feb. 21, 1922 Missouri 16 Kansas 26 Columbia
Jan. 16, 1923 Missouri 19 Kansas 21 Columbia
Feb. 28, 1923 Kansas 33 Missouri 20 Lawrence
Jan. 29, 1924 Kansas 16 Missouri 14 Lawrence
Mar. 1, 1924 Missouri 17 Kansas 30 Columbia
Mar. 26, 1924 Kansas 15 Missouri 14 Kansas City
Feb. 14, 1925 Missouri 22 Kansas 23 Columbia
Feb. 28, 1925 Kansas 33 Missouri 17 Lawrence
Jan. 22, 1926 Kansas 24 Missouri 15 Lawrence
Feb. 22, 1926 Missouri 22 Kansas 27 Columbia
Jan. 29, 1927 Missouri 23 Kansas 40 Columbia
Mar. 2, 1927 Kansas 36 Missouri 29 Lawrence
Jan. 10, 1928 Kansas 22 Missouri 30 Lawrence
Feb. 21, 1928 Missouri 49 Kansas 29 Columbia
Dec. 22, 1928 Kansas 31 Missouri 38 Kansas City
Jan. 15, 1929 Missouri 34 Kansas 30 Columbia
Feb. 20, 1929 Kansas 20 Missouri 33 Lawrence
Dec. 21, 1929 Kansas 17 Missouri 12 Kansas City
Feb. 21, 1930 Missouri 29 Kansas 18 Columbia
March 5, 1930 Kansas 18 Missouri 23 Lawrence
Dec. 20, 1930 Kansas 40 Missouri 26 Kansas City
Jan. 29, 1931 Kansas 31 Missouri 13 Lawrence
Feb. 27, 1931 Missouri 26 Kansas 19 Columbia
Jan. 30, 1932 Missouri 26 Kansas 22 Columbia
Feb. 20, 1932 Kansas 24 Missouri 16 Lawrence
Jan. 19, 1933 Kansas 35 Missouri 27 Lawrence
Feb. 11, 1933 Missouri 21 Kansas 17 Columbia
Jan. 16, 1934 Missouri 25 Kansas 27 Columbia
Mar. 6, 1934 Kansas 23 Missouri 21 Lawrence
Jan. 7, 1935 Kansas 39 Missouri 29 Lawrence
Jan. 8, 1935 Kansas 36 Missouri 27 Lawrence
Mar. 1, 1935 Missouri 23 Kansas 21 Columbia
Mar. 2, 1935 Missouri 21 Kansas 18 Columbia
Jan. 15, 1936 Missouri 25 Kansas 29 Columbia
Mar. 6, 1936 Kansas 51 Missouri 28 Lawrence
Jan. 16, 1937 Kansas 39 Missouri 27 Lawrence
Mar. 4, 1937 Missouri 24 Kansas 39 Columbia
Jan. 19, 1938 Missouri 32 Kansas 37 Columbia
Mar. 3, 1938 Kansas 56 Missouri 36 Lawrence
Jan. 18, 1939 Kansas 37 Missouri 32 Lawrence
Mar. 2, 1939 Missouri 54 Kansas 30 Columbia
Jan. 18, 1940 Missouri 42 Kansas 31 Columbia
Mar. 1, 1940 Kansas 42 Missouri 40 Lawrence
Jan. 16, 1941 Kansas 48 Missouri 41 Lawrence
Feb. 21, 1941 Missouri 24 Kansas 35 Columbia
Jan. 14, 1942 Missouri 34 Kansas 48 Columbia
Mar. 6, 1942 Kansas 67 Missouri 44 Lawrence
Jan. 6, 1943 Kansas 69 Missouri 44 Lawrence
Mar. 2, 1943* Missouri 44 Kansas 47 Columbia
Dec. 30, 1943 Kansas 34 Missouri 27 Kansas City
Jan. 8, 1944 Missouri 35 Kansas 28 Columbia
Feb. 26, 1944 Kansas 40 Missouri 27 Lawrence
Dec. 23, 1944 Kansas 39 Missouri 48 Kansas City
Jan. 5, 1945 Missouri 28 Kansas 45 Columbia
Feb. 24, 1945 Kansas 64 Missouri 33 Lawrence
Dec. 15, 1945 Kansas 59 Missouri 35 Kansas City
Jan. 7, 1946 Kansas 48 Missouri 36 Lawrence
Feb. 22, 1946 Missouri 34 Kansas 50 Columbia
Jan. 8, 1947 Kansas 34 Missouri 39 Lawrence
Mar. 7, 1947 Missouri 38 Kansas 48 Columbia
Jan. 17, 1948 Missouri 46 Kansas 58 Columbia
Feb. 9, 1948 Kansas 39 Missouri 42 Lawrence
Dec. 28, 1948 Kansas 62 Missouri 50 Kansas City
Jan. 11, 1949 Kansas 42 Missouri 35 Lawrence
Feb. 15, 1949 Missouri 37 Kansas 55 Columbia
Jan. 14, 1950 Missouri (#16) 44 Kansas 48 Columbia
Feb. 17, 1950 Kansas 59 Missouri 52 Lawrence
Jan. 8, 1951 Kansas (#20) 61 Missouri 46 Lawrence
Feb. 12, 1951 Missouri 39 Kansas (#20) 38 Columbia
Dec. 30, 1951 Kansas (#4) 75 Missouri 65 Kansas City
Jan. 12, 1952 Missouri 59 Kansas (#1) 60 Columbia
Feb. 25, 1952 Kansas (#7) 65 Missouri 54 Lawrence
Dec. 29, 1952 Kansas 66 Missouri 62 Kansas City
Feb. 7, 1953 Kansas (#7) 86 Missouri 62 Lawrence
Mar. 12, 1953 Missouri 60 Kansas (#5) 69 Columbia
Dec. 29, 1953 Kansas 69 Missouri 67 Kansas City
Jan. 9, 1954 Kansas (#7) 86 Missouri 69 Lawrence
Mar. 9, 1954 Missouri 76 Kansas (#13) 67 Columbia
Jan. 4, 1955 Kansas 65 Missouri (#9) 76 Lawrence
Mar. 5, 1955 Missouri (#20) 90 Kansas 71 Columbia
Dec. 29, 1955 Kansas 73 Missouri 56 Kansas City
Jan. 9, 1956 Missouri 76 Kansas 54 Columbia
Feb. 6, 1956 Kansas 78 Missouri 85 Lawrence
Jan. 5, 1957 Kansas 92 Missouri 79 Lawrence
Feb. 16, 1957 Missouri 58 Kansas (#2) 91 Columbia
Jan. 18, 1958 Missouri 54 Kansas (#3) 68 Columbia
Feb. 17, 1958 Kansas (#4) 84 Missouri 69 Lawrence
Dec. 30, 1958 Kansas 84 Missouri 73 Kansas City
Jan. 10, 1959 Missouri 62 Kansas 69 Columbia
Feb. 23, 1959 Kansas 85 Missouri 81 Lawrence
Jan. 16, 1960 Kansas 79 Missouri 63 Lawrence
Feb. 27, 1960 Missouri 72 Kansas 85 Columbia
Feb. 13, 1961 Kansas 88 Missouri 73 Lawrence
Mar. 11, 1961 Missouri 79 Kansas 76 Columbia
Jan. 13, 1962 Missouri 54 Kansas 65 Columbia
Feb. 5, 1962 Kansas 66 Missouri 79 Lawrence
Jan. 14, 1963 Missouri 62 Kansas 56 Columbia
Mar. 1, 1963 Kansas 72 Missouri 68 Lawrence
Dec. 30, 1963 Kansas 61 Missouri 63 Kansas City
Feb. 4, 1964 Kansas 58 Missouri 59 Lawrence
Feb. 17, 1964 Missouri 68 Kansas 60 Columbia
Jan. 9, 1965 Kansas 73 Missouri 66 Lawrence
Feb. 8, 1965 Missouri 60 Kansas 71 Columbia
Feb. 5, 1966 Missouri 54 Kansas (#7) 77 Columbia
Feb. 15, 1966 Kansas (#7) 98 Missouri 54 Lawrence
Jan. 14, 1967 Missouri 60 Kansas (#8) 70 Columbia
Feb. 25, 1967 Kansas (#4) 90 Missouri 55 Lawrence
Dec. 30, 1967 Kansas 63 Missouri 47 Kansas City
Jan. 15, 1968 Kansas 66 Missouri 67 Lawrence
Feb. 20, 1968 Missouri 65 Kansas 74 Columbia
Jan. 11, 1969 Missouri 47 Kansas (#5) 46 Columbia
Feb. 15, 1969 Kansas (#12) 55 Missouri 56 Lawrence
Jan. 5, 1970 Missouri 56 Kansas 53 Columbia
Feb. 23, 1970 Kansas 63 Missouri 45 Lawrence
Dec. 26, 1970 Kansas (#8) 96 Missouri 63 Kansas City
Feb. 20, 1971 Kansas (#5) 85 Missouri 66 Lawrence
Mar. 8, 1971* Missouri 69 Kansas (#4) 71 Columbia
Feb. 1, 1972 Missouri (#15) 64 Kansas 60 Columbia
Feb. 26, 1972 Kansas 93 Missouri (#14) 80 Lawrence
Jan. 20, 1973* Missouri (#8) 75 Kansas 72 Columbia
Feb. 27, 1973 Kansas 63 Missouri (#13) 79 Lawrence
Jan. 29, 1974 Missouri 67 Kansas (#18) 80 Columbia
Mar. 9, 1974 Kansas (#15) 112 Missouri 76 Lawrence
Jan. 18, 1975 Kansas 91 Missouri 86 Lawrence
Feb. 19, 1975 Missouri 87 Kansas 72 Columbia
Dec. 30, 1975 Kansas 69 Missouri 79 Kansas City
Jan. 17, 1976 Missouri (#20) 99 Kansas 69 Columbia
Jan. 18, 1976 Kansas 60 Missouri (#14) 61 Lawrence
Dec. 30, 1976 Kansas 65 Missouri 69 Kansas City
Jan. 8, 1977 Kansas 77 Missouri 72 Lawrence
Feb. 9, 1977 Missouri 87 Kansas 79 Columbia
Dec. 28, 1977 Kansas (#17) 96 Missouri 49 Kansas City
Jan. 7, 1978 Missouri 67 Kansas (#14) 71 Columbia
Feb. 8, 1978 Kansas (#8) 72 Missouri 52 Lawrence
Jan. 17, 1979 Kansas (#20) 55 Missouri 58 Lawrence
Feb. 7, 1979 Missouri 85 Kansas 88 Columbia
Mar. 2, 1979 Kansas 76 Missouri 73 Kansas City
Jan. 9, 1980 Kansas 69 Missouri (#13) 66 Lawrence
Feb. 9, 1980 Missouri (#15) 88 Kansas 65 Columbia
Feb. 29, 1980 Kansas 80 Missouri (#11) 71 Kansas City
Jan. 21, 1981 Kansas 63 Missouri 55 Lawrence
Feb. 9, 1981 Missouri 79 Kansas 65 Columbia
Mar. 6, 1981 Kansas 75 Missouri 70 Kansas City
Jan. 20, 1982 Missouri (#2) 41 Kansas 35 Columbia
Feb. 9, 1982 Kansas 41 Missouri (#4) 42 Lawrence
Jan. 26, 1983 Kansas 63 Missouri (#13) 76 Lawrence
Feb. 17, 1983 Missouri (#12) 74 Kansas 69 Columbia
Jan. 18, 1984 Kansas 73 Missouri 56 Lawrence
Feb. 18, 1984 Missouri 62 Kansas 72 Columbia
Jan. 22, 1985 Kansas (#15) 70 Missouri 68 Lawrence
Feb. 12, 1985 Missouri 62 Kansas 55 Columbia
Jan. 23, 1986 Missouri 77 Kansas (#7) 81 Columbia
Feb. 11, 1986 Kansas (#3) 100 Missouri 66 Lawrence
Jan. 20, 1987 Kansas 71 Missouri 70 Lawrence
Feb. 11, 1987 Missouri 63 Kansas 60 Columbia
Mar. 8, 1987 Kansas 65 Missouri (#19) 67 Kansas City
Jan. 9, 1988 Kansas (#18) 78 Missouri 74 Lawrence
Feb. 27, 1988 Missouri (#15) 77 Kansas 82 Columbia
Feb. 1, 1989 Kansas (#18) 66 Missouri (#5) 91 Lawrence
Feb. 11, 1989 Missouri (#3) 93 Kansas 80 Columbia
Jan. 20, 1990 Missouri (#4) 95 Kansas (#1) 87 Columbia
Feb. 13, 1990 Kansas (#1) 71 Missouri (#2) 77 Lawrence
Jan. 19, 1991 Kansas 91 Missouri 64 Lawrence
Feb. 12, 1991 Missouri 70 Kansas (#11) 74 Columbia
Jan. 13, 1992* Missouri (#13) 80 Kansas (#6) 92 Columbia
Mar. 8, 1992 Kansas (#3) 97 Missouri (#11) 89 Lawrence
Feb. 1, 1993 Kansas (#3) 86 Missouri 69 Lawrence
Feb. 13, 1993 Missouri 63 Kansas (#7) 67 Columbia
Jan. 31, 1994 Missouri (#20) 79 Kansas (#3) 67 Columbia
Feb. 20, 1994 Kansas (#4) 74 Missouri (#12) 81 Lawrence
Jan. 9, 1995 Missouri (#17) 89 Kansas (#3) 102 Columbia
Feb. 25, 1995 Kansas (#1) 88 Missouri (#14) 69 Lawrence
Feb. 10, 1996 Missouri 77 Kansas (#3) 73 Columbia
Feb. 26, 1996 Kansas (#3) 87 Missouri 65 Lawrence
Feb. 4, 1997** Missouri 96 Kansas (#1) 94 Columbia
Feb. 17, 1997 Kansas (#1) 79 Missouri 67 Lawrence
Mar. 9, 1997 Kansas (#1) 87 Missouri 60 Kansas City
Jan. 19, 1998 Missouri 74 Kansas (#3) 73 Columbia
Feb. 8, 1998 Kansas (#3) 80 Missouri 70 Lawrence
Jan. 11, 1999 Missouri 61 Kansas (#16) 73 Columbia
Jan. 24, 1999 Kansas (#19) 63 Missouri 71 Lawrence
Jan. 22, 2000 Missouri 81 Kansas (#7) 59 Columbia
Mar. 5, 2000 Kansas (#23) 83 Missouri 82 Lawrence
Jan. 29, 2001 Missouri 75 Kansas (#4) 66 Columbia
Mar. 4, 2001 Kansas (#10) 75 Missouri 59 Lawrence
Jan. 28, 2002 Kansas (#2) 105 Missouri (#18) 73 Lawrence
Mar. 3, 2002 Missouri 92 Kansas (#1) 95 Columbia
Feb. 3, 2003 Kansas (#12) 76 Missouri (#25) 70 Lawrence
Mar. 9, 2003 Missouri 74 Kansas (#6) 79 Columbia
Mar. 15, 2003 Kansas (#4) 63 Missouri 68 Dallas
Feb. 2, 2004 Kansas (#15) 65 Missouri 56 Lawrence
Mar. 7 2004 Missouri 82 Kansas (#21) 84 Columbia
Mar. 15, 2004 Kansas (#18) 94 Missouri 69 Dallas
Jan. 31, 2005 Kansas (#6) 73 Missouri 61 Lawrence
Mar. 6, 2005 Missouri 72 Kansas (#7) 68 Columbia
Jan. 16, 2006* Missouri 89 Kansas 86 Columbia
Feb. 18, 2006 Kansas (#22) 79 Missouri 46 Lawrence
Jan. 15, 2007 Kansas (#5) 80 Missouri 77 Lawrence
Feb. 10, 2007 Missouri 74 Kansas (#8) 92 Columbia
Jan. 19, 2008 Missouri 70 Kansas (#4) 76 Columbia
Feb. 4, 2008 Kansas (#4) 90 Missouri 71 Lawrence
Feb. 9, 2009 Missouri (#17) 62 Kansas (#16) 60 Columbia
Mar. 1, 2009 Kansas (#15) 90 Missouri (#11) 65 Lawrence
Jan. 25, 2010 Kansas (#2) 84 Missouri 65 Lawrence
Mar. 6, 2010 Missouri 56 Kansas (#2) 77 Columbia
Feb. 7, 2011 Kansas (#2) 103 Missouri (#20) 86 Lawrence
Mar. 5, 2011 Missouri (#24) 66 Kansas (#2) 70 Columbia
Feb. 4, 2012 Missouri (#4) 74 Kansas (#8) 71 Columbia
Feb. 25, 2012 Kansas (#4) 87* Missouri (#3) 86 Lawrence
Current series: 172-95, Kansas leads series

* - OT
** - Double OT
NOTE: For games played on neutral floors, KU is listed as the home team, even though this may not have been the case. This is simply due to lack of information on who was the official home team.

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Baseball[edit]

MU currently leads the baseball series, although the series history is disputed by the two schools. The KU media guide shows that the first game played between the two schools was in 1899,[50] while the first recorded game in the MU media guide was in 1901 (the MU guide lists the entire 1899 season as "unknown").[51] The KU media guide lists the series with MU ahead 195-121-2[52] while the MU media guide lists the tigers ahead 212-123-2.[53] In 2007, the Jayhawks and Tigers added a non-conference game against each other in addition their three-game regular season Big 12 series. The non-conference game was scheduled to be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals. However, the initial meeting was cancelled due to rain. The teams did meet at Kauffman Stadium in 2008, with Kansas winning 3-0.[54] In the 2009 meeting at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas again came away with the victory, 7-3. In the 2010 meeting, Kansas again prevailed, 1-0. In the 2011 meeting, Kansas won, 7-1.

Post Big 12 Meetings[edit]

The teams have played against each other twice since Missouri moved to the SEC, once in golf (2012 Golfweek Conference Challenge) and once in softball. They have only played head-to-head once, in the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament second round.[55][56]

Year Sport Home Away Location Tournament
May 17, 2014 Softball Missouri (#15) 6 Kansas 3 Columbia 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament
Total: 1-0, Missouri leads series

NOTE: For games played at a neutral location, KU is listed as the home team, even though this may not have been the case. This is simply due to lack of information on who was the official home team.

Conference Championships[edit]

Kansas 161 (plus 33 conference tournament titles)

56 - Men's Basketball (plus 26 conference tournament titles)
4 - Women's Basketball (plus 5 conference tournament titles)
8 - Football
4 - Baseball (plus 1 conference tournament title)
1 - Soccer
Softball (1 conference tournament title)
27 - Men's Indoor Track and Field
1 - Women's Indoor Track and Field
33 - Men's Outdoor Track and Field
1 - Women's Outdoor Track and Field
19 - Men's Cross Country
1 - Men's Golf
6 - Tennis

Missouri 65 (plus 11 conference tournament titles)

15 - Football
15 - Men's Basketball (plus 7 conference tournament titles)
15 - Men's Track and Field
15 - Baseball (plus 1 conference tournament title)
3 - Men's Cross Country
1 - Women's Cross Country
2 - Softball (plus 2 conference tournament titles)
1 - Soccer (plus 1 conference tournament title)
2 - Wrestling

National Championships[edit]

Kansas: 13 (most recent: 2013)

Basketball (Men) - 1922, 1923, 1952, 1988, 2008
Cross Country (Men) - 1953
Indoor Track (Men) - 1966, 1969, 1970
Outdoor Track (Men) - 1959, 1960, 1970
Outdoor Track (Women) - 2013

Missouri: 2 (most recent: 1965)

Baseball (Men) – 1954
Indoor Track and Field (Men) - 1965

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States, Fourth Edition. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company. 1877. “Jayhawker: A cant (slang) name in the Western States for a lawless or other soldier not enlisted; a freebooting armed man; a guerilla.”
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