Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry
|Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry|
Kansas State Wildcats
|First Meeting||October 4, 1902|
|Latest Meeting||November 30, 2013|
|All Time Series||Kansas, 64–41–5|
|Trophy Series||Kansas State, 25–19–1|
|Historic Notes||• 5th-longest active series in DI college football (103 consecutive seasons)[A 1]
• 1980 forfeit is disputed by the schools
The Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks football team of the University of Kansas and Kansas State Wildcats football team of Kansas State University. The Governor's Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the game. It has been awarded every year since 1969.
Kansas State University leads the Governor's Cup series 25–19–1. (Kansas was ordered to forfeit a 1980 victory.) The most recent game, played on November 30, 2013, was won by Kansas State 31–10. The University of Kansas leads the all-time series 64 to 41, with five games having ended in a tie, and the 1980 game in dispute between the two schools.
- 1 History
- 2 Series overview
- 3 Notable games
- 4 Game results
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
The two teams had a very long history prior to the inauguration of the Governor's Cup: they began play in 1902 and have faced each other every season since 1911, making this the fifth-longest active series in Division I college football. The University of Kansas built a large advantage in the series by 1923 (17–1–3), and still leads the overall series.
The two schools disagree on the series record. KU does not count the 1980 forfeit as a loss, although the Big Eight Conference forfeited KU's 20–18 victory when a player was later ruled ineligible. As a result, KU claims to lead the overall series 65–41–5, while Kansas State reports the record as 64–42–5. KU's record is supported by citation to NCAA policies, which require its member schools only to acknowledge forfeits imposed by the NCAA itself or the NCAA Committee on Infractions, and not necessarily those imposed by individual conferences.
Trophies presented to the winner
The Governor's Cup is actually the third trophy associated with the rivalry. In 1902, in the very first match-up, a "Governor's Trophy" was given to the winning team. Then, beginning in the 1940 football season, the winner of the KU-KSU contest received the "Peace Pact Trophy", which was miniature bronze goalposts. The Peace Pact Trophy was intended to keep the winning team's student body from tearing down the loser's goalposts. However, as years went by, both of these prior trophies were forgotten.
|Ties||5 (1916, '22, '23, '66, '87)|
|Neutral site wins||—||—|
|Total points scored in the series||2010||1728|
|Most points scored in a game by one team||55 (1947)||64 (2002)|
|Most points scored in a game by both teams||80 (2011 – KSU 59, KU 21)|
|Fewest points scored in a game by both teams||0 (1916, 1923)|
|Fewest points scored in a game by one team in a win||5 (1909)||6 (4 times)|
|Most points scored in a game by one team in a loss||22 (1969)||29 (1968)|
|Largest margin of victory||55 (1947)||64 (2002)|
|Smallest margin of victory||1 (1967)||1 (1972)|
|Longest winning streak||10 (1956–65)||11 (1993–2003)|
1969: First Governor's Cup game
Kansas State won the first contest in the Governor's Cup series 26–22 on October 11, 1969, in Lawrence, Kansas. The game was a classic in the series, contested by two high-quality teams. Kansas was coming off an appearance in the Orange Bowl the previous season, led by future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back John Riggins, while Kansas State in 1969 was an offensive juggernaut led by quarterback Lynn Dickey and running back Mack Herron. The game was not decided until the final play, when two K-State defenders jarred the ball loose from a KU receiver in the end zone. The loss sent KU's season into an irreversible tailspin, and the Jayhawks, suffering greatly from the loss of Bobby Douglass and John Zook to the NFL, finished the season 1–9 despite Riggins' brilliance.
1980: The forfeit
On November 1, 1980, Kansas defeated Kansas State 20–18 in Manhattan, Kansas to take a 9–3 lead in the first dozen years the Governor's Cup was awarded. However, it was later determined that Kerwin Bell, a running back for Kansas in that game, was a partial qualifier despite his high school transcripts indicating otherwise and he was ruled academically ineligible at the time of the 1980 season. In 1982 the Big Eight Conference ordered Kansas to forfeit three conference wins and one tie from the 1980 season, including its victory in the 1980 Governor's Cup game. As a result, the two schools now dispute the overall record in both the Sunflower Showdown and more recent Governor's Cup series, with each school claiming victory in the 1980 game.
1987: The Toilet Bowl
The one tie during the Governor's Cup era occurred on November 7, 1987, in Manhattan, and is the most infamous game in the history of the series. The game, which was termed "The Toilet Bowl" and "The Futility Bowl" by national commentators during the week leading up to it, featured 1–7 KU and 0–8 K-State. The contest lived down to expectations and resulted in a 17–17 tie, which was secured when Kansas blocked a field goal at the end of the game. Following the tie, both teams went on to lose their last two games of the season. KU coach Bob Valesente was fired following the season. His counterpart Stan Parrish kept his job, but did not make it past 1988 after the Wildcats posted an 0–11 campaign to extend a winless streak to 28 games. Parrish's dismissal led to the hiring of Bill Snyder, who would shift the direction of the series in favor of the Wildcats in the coming years.
1995: Two ranked teams
The only match-up in history of the rivalry while both teams were ranked occurred on October 28, 1995, in Manhattan. The University of Kansas came into the game 7–0 and ranked #6 in the AP Poll, while Kansas State University was 5–1 and ranked #14. Both teams would finish the season ranked in the top ten, but this day belonged to Kansas State. KSU started strong and maintained the advantage throughout for a decisive 41–7 victory.
2004: Streak buster
Kansas State's 11-year winning streak – the longest by either team in the series – was broken on October 9, 2004, when KU won a back-and-forth 31–28 thriller in Lawrence. Mark Mangino, the head coach of the Jayhawks, was a former Wildcat assistant under KSU coach Bill Snyder. Mangino bested his mentor in Snyder's final visit to Memorial Stadium during Snyder's first term as KSU coach.
2007: Kansas wins in Manhattan
In 2007, KU won in Manhattan for the first time since 1989 and also posted its only victory ever over a ranked KSU team. Kansas entered the game 4–0 while Kansas State had a 3–1 record, but KSU was favored in the contest and ranked 24th in the AP Poll. The University of Kansas overcame several mistakes through the course of the first half, tying the contest 14–14 at halftime. Following a strong second-half performance by KU, the visitors from Lawrence posted a 30–24 victory. Kansas went on to build an 11–0 record on the season before losing a game, and secured an at-large bid to the 2008 Orange Bowl.
2010: A century straight
For the 100th consecutive autumn, KU and KSU faced off against each other on the football field on October 14, 2010, in Lawrence. The game was the second since Bill Snyder returned to coach KSU and it was reminiscent of many earlier blowout Wildcat victories during Snyder's first tenure, with KSU claiming a 59–7 victory over KU. The 2010 victory by Kansas State was the second win in an active five-game KSU winning streak over KU (the school's second-longest winning streak in series history).
|Year||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|1902||Lawrence||Kansas 16||Kansas State 0||KU 1–0|
|1903||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||KU 2–0|
|1904||Manhattan||Kansas 41||Kansas State 4||KU 3–0|
|1905||Lawrence||Kansas 28||Kansas State 0||KU 4–0|
|1906||Manhattan||Kansas State 6||Kansas 4||KU 4–1|
|1907||Lawrence||Kansas 29||Kansas State 10||KU 5–1|
|1908||Lawrence||Kansas 12||Kansas State 6||KU 6–1|
|1909||Manhattan||Kansas 5||Kansas State 3||KU 7–1|
|1911||Manhattan||Kansas 6||Kansas State 0||KU 8–1|
|1912||Lawrence||Kansas 19||Kansas State 6||KU 9–1|
|1913||Manhattan||Kansas 26||Kansas State 0||KU 10–1|
|1914||Lawrence||Kansas 27||Kansas State 0||KU 11–1|
|1915||Manhattan||Kansas 19||Kansas State 7||KU 12–1|
|1916||Lawrence||Kansas 0||Kansas State 0||KU 12–1–1|
|1917||Manhattan||Kansas 9||Kansas State 0||KU 13–1–1|
|1918||Lawrence||Kansas 13||Kansas State 7||KU 14–1–1|
|1919||Lawrence||Kansas 16||Kansas State 3||KU 15–1–1|
|1920||Manhattan||Kansas 14||Kansas State 0||KU 16–1–1|
|1921||Lawrence||Kansas 21||Kansas State 7||KU 17–1–1|
|1922||Manhattan||Kansas 7||Kansas State 7||KU 17–1–2|
|1923||Lawrence||Kansas 0||Kansas State 0||KU 17–1–3|
|1924||Manhattan||Kansas State 6||Kansas 0||KU 17–2–3|
|1925||Lawrence||Kansas State 14||Kansas 7||KU 17–3–3|
|1926||Manhattan||Kansas State 27||Kansas 0||KU 17–4–3|
|1927||Lawrence||Kansas State 13||Kansas 2||KU 17–5–3|
|1928||Manhattan||Kansas 7||Kansas State 0||KU 18–5–3|
|1929||Lawrence||Kansas State 6||Kansas 0||KU 18–6–3|
|1930||Manhattan||Kansas 14||Kansas State 0||KU 19–6–3|
|1931||Lawrence||Kansas State 13||Kansas 0||KU 19–7–3|
|1932||Manhattan||Kansas 19||Kansas State 0||KU 20–7–3|
|1933||Lawrence||Kansas State 6||Kansas 0||KU 20–8–3|
|1934||Manhattan||Kansas State 13||Kansas 0||KU 20–9–3|
|1935||Lawrence||Kansas 9||Kansas State 2||KU 21–9–3|
|1936||Manhattan||Kansas State 26||Kansas 6||KU 21–10–3|
|1937||Lawrence||Kansas State 7||Kansas 0||KU 21–11–3|
|1938||Manhattan||Kansas 27||Kansas State 7||KU 22–11–3|
|1939||Lawrence||Kansas State 27||Kansas 6||KU 22–12–3|
|1940||Manhattan||Kansas State 20||Kansas 0||KU 22–13–3|
|1941||Lawrence||Kansas 20||Kansas State 16||KU 23–13–3|
|1942||Manhattan||Kansas 19||Kansas State 7||KU 24–13–3|
|1943||Lawrence||Kansas 25||Kansas State 2||KU 25–13–3|
|1944||Manhattan||Kansas State 24||Kansas 18||KU 25–14–3|
|1945||Lawrence||Kansas 27||Kansas State 0||KU 26–14–3|
|1946||Manhattan||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||KU 27–14–3|
|1947||Lawrence||Kansas 55||Kansas State 0||KU 28–14–3|
|1948||Manhattan||Kansas 20||Kansas State 14||KU 29–14–3|
|1949||Lawrence||Kansas 38||Kansas State 0||KU 30–14–3|
|1950||Manhattan||Kansas 47||Kansas State 7||KU 31–14–3|
|1951||Lawrence||Kansas 33||Kansas State 14||KU 32–14–3|
|1952||Manhattan||(#9) Kansas 26||Kansas State 6||KU 33–14–3|
|1953||Lawrence||Kansas State 7||Kansas 0||KU 33–15–3|
|1954||Manhattan||Kansas State 28||Kansas 6||KU 33–16–3|
|1955||Lawrence||Kansas State 46||Kansas 0||KU 33–17–3|
|1956||Manhattan||Kansas 20||Kansas State 15||KU 34–17–3|
|1957||Lawrence||Kansas 13||Kansas State 7||KU 35–17–3|
|1958||Manhattan||Kansas 21||Kansas State 12||KU 36–17–3|
|1959||Lawrence||Kansas 33||Kansas State 14||KU 37–17–3|
|1960||Manhattan||Kansas 41||Kansas State 0||KU 38–17–3|
|1961||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||KU 39–17–3|
|1962||Manhattan||Kansas 38||Kansas State 0||KU 40–17–3|
|1963||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||KU 41–17–3|
|1964||Manhattan||Kansas 7||Kansas State 0||KU 42–17–3|
|1965||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||KU 43–17–3|
|1966||Manhattan||Kansas 3||Kansas State 3||KU 43–17–4|
|1967||Lawrence||Kansas 17||Kansas State 16||KU 44–17–4|
|1968||Manhattan||(#7) Kansas 38||Kansas State 29||KU 45–17–4|
|Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|October 11, 1969||Lawrence||Kansas State||26||Kansas||22||KU 45–18–4||KSU 1–0|
|October 10, 1970||Manhattan||Kansas||21||Kansas State||15||KU 46–18–4||tied 1–1|
|October 9, 1971||Lawrence||Kansas||39||Kansas State||13||KU 47–18–4||KU 2–1|
|October 13, 1972||Manhattan||Kansas State||20||Kansas||19||KU 47–19–4||tied 2–2|
|October 13, 1973||Lawrence||(#19) Kansas||25||Kansas State||18||KU 48–19–4||KU 3–2|
|October 12, 1974||Manhattan||(#19) Kansas||20||Kansas State||13||KU 49–19–4||KU 4–2|
|November 1, 1975||Lawrence||Kansas||28||Kansas State||0||KU 50–19–4||KU 5–2|
|October 23, 1976||Manhattan||Kansas||24||Kansas State||14||KU 51–19–4||KU 6–2|
|November 5, 1977||Lawrence||Kansas||29||Kansas State||21||KU 52–19–4||KU 7–2|
|November 18, 1978||Manhattan||Kansas State||36||Kansas||20||KU 52–20–4||KU 7–3|
|November 3, 1979||Lawrence||Kansas||36||Kansas State||28||KU 53–20–4||KU 8–3|
|November 1, 1980||Manhattan||Kansas||20||Kansas State[A 2]||18||KU 53–20–4||KU 8–3|
|October 24, 1981||Lawrence||Kansas||17||Kansas State||14||KU 54–20–4||KU 9–3|
|October 23, 1982||Manhattan||Kansas State||36||Kansas||7||KU 54–21–4||KU 9–4|
|October 15, 1983||Lawrence||Kansas||31||Kansas State||3||KU 55–21–4||KU 10–4|
|October 12, 1984||Manhattan||Kansas State||24||Kansas||7||KU 55–22–4||KU 10–5|
|October 19, 1985||Lawrence||Kansas||38||Kansas State||7||KU 56–22–4||KU 11–5|
|October 18, 1986||Manhattan||Kansas State||29||Kansas||12||KU 56–23–4||KU 11–6|
|November 7, 1987||Manhattan||Kansas State||17||Kansas||17||KU 56–23–5||KU 11–6–1|
|November 5, 1988||Lawrence||Kansas||30||Kansas||12||KU 57–23–5||KU 12–6–1|
|October 28, 1989||Manhattan||Kansas||21||Kansas State||16||KU 58–23–5||KU 13–6–1|
|October 27, 1990||Lawrence||Kansas||27||Kansas State||24||KU 59–23–5||KU 14–6–1|
|October 12, 1991||Manhattan||Kansas State||16||Kansas||12||KU 59–24–5||KU 14–7–1|
|October 10, 1992||Lawrence||Kansas||31||Kansas State||7||KU 60–24–5||KU 15–7–1|
|October 9, 1993||Manhattan||Kansas State||10||Kansas||9||KU 60–25–5||KU 15–8–1|
|October 6, 1994||Lawrence||(#19) Kansas State||21||Kansas||13||KU 60–26–5||KU 15–9–1|
|October 28, 1995||Manhattan||(#14) Kansas State||41||(#6) Kansas||7||KU 60–27–5||KU 15–10–1|
|November 9, 1996||Lawrence||(#13) Kansas State||38||Kansas||12||KU 60–28–5||KU 15–11–1|
|November 8, 1997||Manhattan||(#11) Kansas State||48||Kansas||16||KU 60–29–5||KU 15–12–1|
|October 31, 1998||Lawrence||(#3) Kansas State||54||Kansas||6||KU 60–30–5||KU 15–13–1|
|October 9, 1999||Manhattan||(#9) Kansas State||50||Kansas||9||KU 60–31–5||KU 15–14–1|
|October 7, 2000||Lawrence||(#4) Kansas State||52||Kansas||13||KU 60–32–5||tied 15–15–1|
|October 27, 2001||Manhattan||Kansas State||40||Kansas||6||KU 60–33–5||KSU 16–15–1|
|November 2, 2002||Lawrence||(#14) Kansas State||64||Kansas||0||KU 60–34–5||KSU 17–15–1|
|October 25, 2003||Manhattan||Kansas State||42||Kansas||6||KU 60–35–5||KSU 18–15–1|
|October 9, 2004||Lawrence||Kansas||31||Kansas State||28||KU 61–35–5||KSU 18–16–1|
|October 8, 2005||Manhattan||Kansas State||12||Kansas||3||KU 61–36–5||KSU 19–16–1|
|November 18, 2006||Lawrence||Kansas||39||Kansas State||20||KU 62–36–5||KSU 19–17–1|
|October 7, 2007||Manhattan||Kansas||30||(#24) Kansas State||24||KU 63–36–5||KSU 19–18–1|
|November 1, 2008||Lawrence||Kansas||52||Kansas State||21||KU 64–36–5||tied 19–19–1|
|November 7, 2009||Manhattan||Kansas State||17||Kansas||10||KU 64–37–5||KSU 20–19–1|
|October 14, 2010||Lawrence||Kansas State||59||Kansas||7||KU 64–38–5||KSU 21–19–1|
|October 22, 2011||Lawrence||(#12) Kansas State||59||Kansas||21||KU 64–39–5||KSU 22–19–1|
|October 6, 2012||Manhattan||(#7) Kansas State||56||Kansas||16||KU 64–40–5||KSU 23–19–1|
|November 30, 2013||Lawrence||Kansas State||31||Kansas||10||KU 64–41–5||KSU 24–19–1|
- The four longer active series are: Lafayette-Lehigh (123 years); Minnesota-Wisconsin (107 years); Clemson-South Carolina (105 years); and Wake Forest-North Carolina State (104 years).
- The Big Eight Conference later ordered KU to forfeit this victory. The schools dispute the series record from this point forward.
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