Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry
|Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry|
|Series record||Kansas leads, 64–43–5|
|Trophy series record||Kansas State leads, 25–19–1|
|First meeting||October 4, 1902
Kansas 16, Kansas State 0
|Last meeting||November 29, 2014
Kansas State 51, Kansas 13
|Largest win||Kansas State, 64–0 (2002)|
|Longest win streak||Kansas State, 11 (1993–2003)|
|Current win streak||Kansas State, 6 (2009–present)|
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 29, 2014, was won by Kansas State 51–13. Kansas leads the series 64–42–5, with the 1980 game in dispute between the two schools.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable games
- 3 Game results
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes
- 6 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 sixth-longest active series in NCAA football.[A 1] 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. The difference arises from the 1980 game, which KU won 20–18 on the field, but which the Big Eight Conference later ordered KU to forfeit after a player was later ruled ineligible. As a result, KU claims to lead the overall series 65–42–5, while Kansas State reports the record as 64–43–5. KU's record is supported by citation to NCAA policies, which only require its member schools 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.
1910: The cancelled game
Kansas and Kansas State have played each other in football every year since 1902, except for 1910. The 1910 game was cancelled after the two teams were unable to agree to eligibility rules for the contest. KU coach A. R. Kennedy tried to compel Kansas State to play the game by publishing provocative comments in the Lawrence newspaper in May 1910, but Kansas State coach Mike Ahearn refused to change his school's rules.
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. This was only the seventh college football rivalry in history played for a century straight. 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 six-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||Kansas 1–0|
|1903||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||Kansas 2–0|
|1904||Manhattan||Kansas 41||Kansas State 4||Kansas 3–0|
|1905||Lawrence||Kansas 28||Kansas State 0||Kansas 4–0|
|1906||Manhattan||Kansas State 6||Kansas 4||Kansas 4–1|
|1907||Lawrence||Kansas 29||Kansas State 10||Kansas 5–1|
|1908||Lawrence||Kansas 12||Kansas State 6||Kansas 6–1|
|1909||Manhattan||Kansas 5||Kansas State 3||Kansas 7–1|
|1911||Manhattan||Kansas 6||Kansas State 0||Kansas 8–1|
|1912||Lawrence||Kansas 19||Kansas State 6||Kansas 9–1|
|1913||Manhattan||Kansas 26||Kansas State 0||Kansas 10–1|
|1914||Lawrence||Kansas 27||Kansas State 0||Kansas 11–1|
|1915||Manhattan||Kansas 19||Kansas State 7||Kansas 12–1|
|1916||Lawrence||Kansas 0||Kansas State 0||Kansas 12–1–1|
|1917||Manhattan||Kansas 9||Kansas State 0||Kansas 13–1–1|
|1918||Lawrence||Kansas 13||Kansas State 7||Kansas 14–1–1|
|1919||Lawrence||Kansas 16||Kansas State 3||Kansas 15–1–1|
|1920||Manhattan||Kansas 14||Kansas State 0||Kansas 16–1–1|
|1921||Lawrence||Kansas 21||Kansas State 7||Kansas 17–1–1|
|1922||Manhattan||Kansas 7||Kansas State 7||Kansas 17–1–2|
|1923||Lawrence||Kansas 0||Kansas State 0||Kansas 17–1–3|
|1924||Manhattan||Kansas State 6||Kansas 0||Kansas 17–2–3|
|1925||Lawrence||Kansas State 14||Kansas 7||Kansas 17–3–3|
|1926||Manhattan||Kansas State 27||Kansas 0||Kansas 17–4–3|
|1927||Lawrence||Kansas State 13||Kansas 2||Kansas 17–5–3|
|1928||Manhattan||Kansas 7||Kansas State 0||Kansas 18–5–3|
|1929||Lawrence||Kansas State 6||Kansas 0||Kansas 18–6–3|
|1930||Manhattan||Kansas 14||Kansas State 0||Kansas 19–6–3|
|1931||Lawrence||Kansas State 13||Kansas 0||Kansas 19–7–3|
|1932||Manhattan||Kansas 19||Kansas State 0||Kansas 20–7–3|
|1933||Lawrence||Kansas State 6||Kansas 0||Kansas 20–8–3|
|1934||Manhattan||Kansas State 13||Kansas 0||Kansas 20–9–3|
|1935||Lawrence||Kansas 9||Kansas State 2||Kansas 21–9–3|
|1936||Manhattan||Kansas State 26||Kansas 6||Kansas 21–10–3|
|1937||Lawrence||Kansas State 7||Kansas 0||Kansas 21–11–3|
|1938||Manhattan||Kansas 27||Kansas State 7||Kansas 22–11–3|
|1939||Lawrence||Kansas State 27||Kansas 6||Kansas 22–12–3|
|1940||Manhattan||Kansas State 20||Kansas 0||Kansas 22–13–3|
|1941||Lawrence||Kansas 20||Kansas State 16||Kansas 23–13–3|
|1942||Manhattan||Kansas 19||Kansas State 7||Kansas 24–13–3|
|1943||Lawrence||Kansas 25||Kansas State 2||Kansas 25–13–3|
|1944||Manhattan||Kansas State 24||Kansas 18||Kansas 25–14–3|
|1945||Lawrence||Kansas 27||Kansas State 0||Kansas 26–14–3|
|1946||Manhattan||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||Kansas 27–14–3|
|1947||Lawrence||Kansas 55||Kansas State 0||Kansas 28–14–3|
|1948||Manhattan||Kansas 20||Kansas State 14||Kansas 29–14–3|
|1949||Lawrence||Kansas 38||Kansas State 0||Kansas 30–14–3|
|1950||Manhattan||Kansas 47||Kansas State 7||Kansas 31–14–3|
|1951||Lawrence||Kansas 33||Kansas State 14||Kansas 32–14–3|
|1952||Manhattan||#9 Kansas 26||Kansas State 6||Kansas 33–14–3|
|1953||Lawrence||Kansas State 7||Kansas 0||Kansas 33–15–3|
|1954||Manhattan||Kansas State 28||Kansas 6||Kansas 33–16–3|
|1955||Lawrence||Kansas State 46||Kansas 0||Kansas 33–17–3|
|1956||Manhattan||Kansas 20||Kansas State 15||Kansas 34–17–3|
|1957||Lawrence||Kansas 13||Kansas State 7||Kansas 35–17–3|
|1958||Manhattan||Kansas 21||Kansas State 12||Kansas 36–17–3|
|1959||Lawrence||Kansas 33||Kansas State 14||Kansas 37–17–3|
|1960||Manhattan||Kansas 41||Kansas State 0||Kansas 38–17–3|
|1961||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||Kansas 39–17–3|
|1962||Manhattan||Kansas 38||Kansas State 0||Kansas 40–17–3|
|1963||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||Kansas 41–17–3|
|1964||Manhattan||Kansas 7||Kansas State 0||Kansas 42–17–3|
|1965||Lawrence||Kansas 34||Kansas State 0||Kansas 43–17–3|
|1966||Manhattan||Kansas 3||Kansas State 3||Kansas 43–17–4|
|1967||Lawrence||Kansas 17||Kansas State 16||Kansas 44–17–4|
|1968||Manhattan||#7 Kansas 38||Kansas State 29||Kansas 45–17–4|
|Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|October 11, 1969||Lawrence||Kansas State||26||Kansas||22||Kansas 45–18–4||Kansas State 1–0|
|October 10, 1970||Manhattan||Kansas||21||Kansas State||15||Kansas 46–18–4||tied 1–1|
|October 9, 1971||Lawrence||Kansas||39||Kansas State||13||Kansas 47–18–4||Kansas 2–1|
|October 13, 1972||Manhattan||Kansas State||20||Kansas||19||Kansas 47–19–4||tied 2–2|
|October 13, 1973||Lawrence||#19 Kansas||25||Kansas State||18||Kansas 48–19–4||Kansas 3–2|
|October 12, 1974||Manhattan||#19 Kansas||20||Kansas State||13||Kansas 49–19–4||Kansas 4–2|
|November 1, 1975||Lawrence||Kansas||28||Kansas State||0||Kansas 50–19–4||Kansas 5–2|
|October 23, 1976||Manhattan||Kansas||24||Kansas State||14||Kansas 51–19–4||Kansas 6–2|
|November 5, 1977||Lawrence||Kansas||29||Kansas State||21||Kansas 52–19–4||Kansas 7–2|
|November 18, 1978||Manhattan||Kansas State||36||Kansas||20||Kansas 52–20–4||Kansas 7–3|
|November 3, 1979||Lawrence||Kansas||36||Kansas State||28||Kansas 53–20–4||Kansas 8–3|
|November 1, 1980||Manhattan||Kansas||20||Kansas State[A 2]||18||Kansas 53–20–4||Kansas 8–3|
|October 24, 1981||Lawrence||Kansas||17||Kansas State||14||Kansas 54–20–4||Kansas 9–3|
|October 23, 1982||Manhattan||Kansas State||36||Kansas||7||Kansas 54–21–4||Kansas 9–4|
|October 15, 1983||Lawrence||Kansas||31||Kansas State||3||Kansas 55–21–4||Kansas 10–4|
|October 12, 1984||Manhattan||Kansas State||24||Kansas||7||Kansas 55–22–4||Kansas 10–5|
|October 19, 1985||Lawrence||Kansas||38||Kansas State||7||Kansas 56–22–4||Kansas 11–5|
|October 18, 1986||Manhattan||Kansas State||29||Kansas||12||Kansas 56–23–4||Kansas 11–6|
|November 7, 1987||Manhattan||Kansas State||17||Kansas||17||Kansas 56–23–5||Kansas 11–6–1|
|November 5, 1988||Lawrence||Kansas||30||Kansas||12||Kansas 57–23–5||Kansas 12–6–1|
|October 28, 1989||Manhattan||Kansas||21||Kansas State||16||Kansas 58–23–5||Kansas 13–6–1|
|October 27, 1990||Lawrence||Kansas||27||Kansas State||24||Kansas 59–23–5||Kansas 14–6–1|
|October 12, 1991||Manhattan||Kansas State||16||Kansas||12||Kansas 59–24–5||Kansas 14–7–1|
|October 10, 1992||Lawrence||Kansas||31||Kansas State||7||Kansas 60–24–5||Kansas 15–7–1|
|October 9, 1993||Manhattan||Kansas State||10||Kansas||9||Kansas 60–25–5||Kansas 15–8–1|
|October 6, 1994||Lawrence||#19 Kansas State||21||Kansas||13||Kansas 60–26–5||Kansas 15–9–1|
|October 28, 1995||Manhattan||#14 Kansas State||41||#6 Kansas||7||Kansas 60–27–5||Kansas 15–10–1|
|November 9, 1996||Lawrence||#13 Kansas State||38||Kansas||12||Kansas 60–28–5||Kansas 15–11–1|
|November 8, 1997||Manhattan||#11 Kansas State||48||Kansas||16||Kansas 60–29–5||Kansas 15–12–1|
|October 31, 1998||Lawrence||#3 Kansas State||54||Kansas||6||Kansas 60–30–5||Kansas 15–13–1|
|October 9, 1999||Manhattan||#9 Kansas State||50||Kansas||9||Kansas 60–31–5||Kansas 15–14–1|
|October 7, 2000||Lawrence||#4 Kansas State||52||Kansas||13||Kansas 60–32–5||tied 15–15–1|
|October 27, 2001||Manhattan||Kansas State||40||Kansas||6||Kansas 60–33–5||Kansas State 16–15–1|
|November 2, 2002||Lawrence||#14 Kansas State||64||Kansas||0||Kansas 60–34–5||Kansas State 17–15–1|
|October 25, 2003||Manhattan||Kansas State||42||Kansas||6||Kansas 60–35–5||Kansas State 18–15–1|
|October 9, 2004||Lawrence||Kansas||31||Kansas State||28||Kansas 61–35–5||Kansas State 18–16–1|
|October 8, 2005||Manhattan||Kansas State||12||Kansas||3||Kansas 61–36–5||Kansas State 19–16–1|
|November 18, 2006||Lawrence||Kansas||39||Kansas State||20||Kansas 62–36–5||Kansas State 19–17–1|
|October 7, 2007||Manhattan||Kansas||30||#24 Kansas State||24||Kansas 63–36–5||Kansas State 19–18–1|
|November 1, 2008||Lawrence||Kansas||52||Kansas State||21||Kansas 64–36–5||tied 19–19–1|
|November 7, 2009||Manhattan||Kansas State||17||Kansas||10||Kansas 64–37–5||Kansas State 20–19–1|
|October 14, 2010||Lawrence||Kansas State||59||Kansas||7||Kansas 64–38–5||Kansas State 21–19–1|
|October 22, 2011||Lawrence||#12 Kansas State||59||Kansas||21||Kansas 64–39–5||Kansas State 22–19–1|
|October 6, 2012||Manhattan||#7 Kansas State||56||Kansas||16||Kansas 64–40–5||Kansas State 23–19–1|
|November 30, 2013||Lawrence||Kansas State||31||Kansas||10||Kansas 64–41–5||Kansas State 24–19–1|
|November 29, 2014||Manhattan||#11 Kansas State||51||Kansas||13||Kansas 64–42–5||Kansas State 25–19–1|
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- 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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