Kansas Jayhawks football
|Kansas Jayhawks football|
|Athletic director||Sheahon Zenger|
|Head coach||Charlie Weis
2nd year, 4–20 (.167)
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|All-time record||576–589–58 (.495)|
|Postseason bowl record||6–6|
Blue and Crimson
|Fight song||I'm a Jayhawk|
|Mascot||Big Jay, Baby Jay|
|Marching band||Marching Jayhawks|
|Trophy game rivals||Kansas State Wildcats
Missouri Tigers (dormant)
|Website||Kansas Athletics Football Page|
The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas football dates back to 1890 and is one the oldest programs in the nation. Kansas played in the first nationally televised regular season game in in 1952 against TCU. Notable former players include Pro Football Hall of famers Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Mike McCormack, as well as All-Americans John Hadl, Dana Stubblefield, Bobby Douglass, Nolan Cromwell, Aqib Talib, and Anthony Collins. The Jayhawks have won one BCS bowl game, the 2008 Orange Bowl. The team currently plays in Memorial Stadium which seats 50,071 fans. The stadium opened in 1921, making it the seventh oldest college football stadium in the nation. Charlie Weis was named the head coach following the termination of Turner Gill on December 8, 2011.
KU's all-time record was 576–589–58 after the 2013 season. The program's all-time winning percentage fell below .500 during the 2012 season for the first time since the team finished its first year 1–2 in 1890.
- 1 Team records and statistics
- 2 Rivalries and other series
- 3 Players of note
- 4 Coaches
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Team records and statistics
- October 6, 1990: KU and Iowa State end their game in a 34–34 tie, giving KU the all-time NCAA Division I-A record for number of tie games with 58. 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, led by Big 12 Defensive Player of the year Nick Reid, 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 and breaking the school record of 109.2 set in 1948. It was the ninth time in the season the Jayhawks held their opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground. The Jayhawks held future NFL quarterback Kevin Kolb to 214 yards 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. For the season, their defense ranked 3rd nationally against the rush.
- November 18, 2006: The Jayhawk defense's record setting 23 game streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher ends in a 39–20 victory over rival Kansas State when K-State runningback Leon Patton rushes for 102 yards. The streak started following a 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.
- 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 yards 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.
The Jayhawks have a 6-6 bowl record:
|Football Season||Bowl||Location||AP Rank||Opponent||Result|
|1947||Orange Bowl||Miami, FL||13||Georgia Tech||L 20–14|
|1961||Bluebonnet Bowl||Houston, TX||Rice||W 33–7|
|1969||Orange Bowl||Miami, FL||3||Penn State||L 15–14|
|1973||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, TN||19||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||BYU||W 23–20|
|1995||Aloha Bowl||Honolulu, HI||11||UCLA||W 51–30|
|2003||Tangerine Bowl||Orlando, FL||NC State||L 56–26|
|2005||Fort Worth Bowl||Fort Worth, TX||Houston||W 42–13|
|2007||Orange Bowl||Miami, FL||8||Virginia Tech||W 24–21|
|2008||Insight Bowl||Tempe, AZ||Minnesota||W 42–21|
(*) Indicates a co-championship.
In 1960, the Jayhawks beat Missouri 23-7 to initially take the Big 8 title. This game was later forfeited, when a Jayhawk player was ruled ineligible following the season. Missouri was subsequently awarded the 1960 title.
Record vs Big 12
Vs. Current members
- As of November 23, 2013
|Opponent||First Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||First Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||Streak||Last|
|Baylor||1971||13||4-9-0||4-3-0||0-6-0||—||1996||10||3-6-0||3-2-0||0-5-0||—||4 L||L 14-59 (home)|
|Iowa State||1898||94||49-39-6||28-15-3||22-23-3||—||1996||19||9-10-0||6-2-0||3-8-0||—||5 L||L 0-34 (away)|
|Kansas State||1902||110||65-41-5*||37-17-2||28-23-3*||—||1996||17||4-13-0||3-6-0||1-7-0||—||4 L||L 16-56 (away)|
|Oklahoma||1903||104||27-71-6||14-33-3||13-37-3||0-1-0||1996||11||2-9-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||9 L||L 19-34 (home)|
|Oklahoma State||1923||64||29-32-3||15-18-1||14-14-2||—||1996||10||1-7-0||0-8-0||1-3-0||—||4 L||L 6-42 (away)|
|TCU||1942||30||8-18-4||6-10-2||2-8-2||—||2012||2||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||—||2 L||L 17-27 (away)|
|Texas||1901||14||2-12-0||2-6-0||0-6-0||—||1996||11||0-11-0||0-5-0||0-6-0||—||11 L||L 13-35 (away)|
|Texas Tech||1965||15||1-14-0||0-8-0||1-6-0||—||1996||11||1-9-0||0-5-0||1-4-0||—||7 L||L 16-54 (home)|
|West Virginia||1941||3||1-2-0||1-0-0||0-2-0||—||2012||2||1-1-0||1-0-0||0-1-0||—||1 W||W 31-19 (home)|
Vs. Former Big 12 members
|Opponent||First Game||Last Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||First Game||Last Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||Streak||Last|
|Missouri||1891||2011||120||55-56-9*||26-16-3||15-30-3*||14-10-3 ²||1996||2011||15||7-9-0||4-1-0||2-4-0||1-4-0 ³||3 L||L 10-24 (neutral)|
|Texas A&M||1974||2011||11||2-9-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||—||1996||2011||8||1-7-0||0-4-0||1-3-0||—||2 L||L 7-61 (away)|
|Colorado||1903||2010||69||24-42-3*||15-17-3*||9-24-0||0-1-0 ¹||1996||2010||14||5-9-0||4-3-0||1-6-0||—||1 W||W 52-45 (home)|
|Nebraska||1892||2010||116||23-90-3||8-47-1||15-43-2||—||1996||2010||14||2-12-0||2-5-0||0-7-0||—||2 L||L 17-31 (home)|
Rivalries and other series
Missouri (Border War)
The University of Kansas has a dormant rivalry with the Missouri Tigers. The rivalry has been dormant since Missouri moved to the Southeastern Conference in 2012, and there are currently no future games scheduled. Missouri indicated a willingness to continue playing an annual game, but Kansas officials expressed no interest in continuing the rivalry.
When active, it was known as the oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River. First played in 1891, the Jayhawks and Tigers met on the gridiron every year since, with the lone exception being 1918 (flu epidemic). The annual game was known as the "Border War," which derived its name from actual warfare that occurred during the Civil War between free-state "Jayhawkers" and pro-slavery "Bushwhackers" from Missouri. Six towns, including Osceola, Missouri, were pillaged and raided by the Jayhawkers. In retaliation, William Quantrill and his band of Bushwhackers burned Lawrence to the ground in what became known as the Lawrence Massacre. Ironically, Columbia, Missouri, the location of the University of Missouri was also nearly raided by Quantrill's band. The name of the rivalry was officially rebranded as the "Border Showdown" in 2004 out of deference to those serving in the Iraq War, but the historical name continued to prevail in usage. Each year the winner of the game was awarded a traveling trophy, the Indian War Drum. Kansas lost the 120th and most recent Border War game to Missouri in 2011, 24–10.
In 1911, more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Lawrence, Kansas to watch a mechanical reproduction of the game while it was being played. A Western Union telegraph wire was set up direct from Columbia, Missouri. A group of people then would announce the results of the previous play and used a large model of a football playing field to show the results. Those in attendance cheered as though they were watching the game live, including the school's legendary Rock Chalk, Jayhawk cheer.
Kansas State (Sunflower Showdown)
The University of Kansas 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 65–40–5, while Kansas State has won more Governor's Cups (23–19–1).
The two teams first met in 1902 and have played every year since 1912. It is the fifth-longest active series in Division I college football – 102 consecutive seasons entering the 2013 season.
The Kansas-Nebraska series was the longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football until Nebraska's departure for the Big 10 Conference in 2011. Kansas and Nebraska met for the first time in 1892, and faced off annually from 1906 until 2010. Along with the Missouri rivalry, this gave Kansas the second- and third-most played Division I FBS college football series (Minnesota and Wisconsin have played one more game than KU-MU and two more than KU-NU). KU is only 23–90–3 all-time against the Cornhuskers (as of the last game in 2010), 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 again beat Nebraska 76–39 in Lawrence 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. Former football coach Turner Gill is a former athlete and coach for the Cornhuskers, playing football and baseball during his college career and returning as an assistant football coach for 1989, 1992-2004.
Players of note
Innovators to the game
First-Team AP All-Americans
- 1947- Ray Evans, running back/defensive back
- 1947- Otto Schnellbacher, wide receiver
- 1951- George Mrkonic, offensive line
- 1952- Ollie Spencer, offensive line
- 1952- Gil Reich, defensive back
- 1960- John Hadl, running back
- 1961- John Hadl, quarterback
- 1963- Gale Sayers, running back
- 1964- Gale Sayers, running back
- 1968- Bobby Douglass, quarterback
- 1968- John Zook, defensive end
- 1973- David Jaynes, quarterback
- 1983- Bruce Kallmeyer, place kicker
- 2007- Anthony Collins, offensive line
- 2007- Aqib Talib, defensive back
Ring of Honor members
- Ray Evans (1941–42, 1946–47), defensive back/running back
- Otto Schnellbacher (1942, 1946–47), end
- Mike McCormack (1948–50), offensive tackle
- George Mrkonic (1950–52), offensive line
- Ollie Spencer (1950–52), offensive line
- Gil Reich (1952), defensive back/quarterback
- John Hadl (1959–61), quarterback, running back
- Curtis McClinton (1959–61), running back
- Gale Sayers (1962–64), running back
- Bobby Douglass (1966–68), quarterback
- John Zook (1966–68), defensive end
- John Riggins (1968–70), running back
- David Jaynes (1971–73), quarterback
- Nolan Cromwell (1973–76), quarterback, safety
- Bruce Kallmeyer, (1980, 1982–83), place kicker
- Willie Pless, (1982–85), linebacker
(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.)
- 21- John Hadl, running back, quarterback (1959–61)
- 42- Ray Evans, running back/defensive back (1941–42, 1946–47)
- 48- Gale Sayers, running back (1962–64)
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, HB
- 1985 - Mike McCormack, OT
- 1992 - John Riggins, RB
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
- 2005 - Willie Pless, LB
Jayhawks in the pros
- Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Washington Redskins
- Anthony Collins, OT, Cincinnati Bengals
- Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos
- Tanner Hawkinson, G, Cincinnati Bengals
- Steven Johnson, LB, Denver Broncos
- Brad McDougald, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Darrell Stuckey, S, San Diego Chargers
- Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots
- Jon Cornish, RB, Calgary Stampeders
- Marcus Henry, WR, Edmonton Eskimos
- Raymond Brown, CB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Jonathan Wilson, WR, Cleveland Gladiators
- Brandon Perkins, FB/LB, Philadelphia Soul
- Joe Mortensen, LB, Utah Blaze
Current coaching staff
|Charlie Weis||Head Coach|
|Dave Campo||Assistant Head Coach - Defense/Defensive Backs Coach|
|Tim Grunhard||Offensive Line Coach|
|Rob Ianello||Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Reggie Mitchell||Running Backs Coach|
|Ron Powlus||Quarterbacks Coach|
|Buddy Wyatt||Defensive Line Coach|
|Clint Bowen||Linebackers Coach|
|Jeff Blasko||Tight Ends Coach|
|Scott Vestall||Assistant Defensive Backs Coach|
|Scott Holsopple||Director of Football Strength & Conditioning|
Head coaching history
- For a complete list, see List of Kansas Jayhawks head football coaches.
The Jayhawks have had 37 official head coaches, while one unofficial player-coach, Will Coleman, coached the team in their first year of existence in 1890. The current head coach is Charlie Weis, who was hired in December 2011. They have played in more than 1200 games in their 123 seasons. During that time, seven head coaches have led the Jayhawks to postseason bowl games: George Sauer, Jack Mitchell, Pepper Rodgers, Don Fambrough, Bud Moore, Glen Mason, and Mark Mangino. Six coaches have also won conference championships: A. W. Shepard, Hector Cowan, A. R. Kennedy, Homer Woodson "Bill" Hargiss, George Sauer, and Pepper Rodgers. Mason is the all-time leader in games coached at 101, while Mitchell and Mason are tied for the most years coached at nine. Kennedy is the leader in all-time wins at 52, and Wylie G. Woodruff leads in winning percentage among coaches who coached more than 1 year with a winning percentage of .833. As of the end of the 2012 season, Bob Valesente has the worst percentage among coaches who coached more than one season with a winning percentage of .205.
Of the 37 different head coaches who have led the Jayhawks, Cowan, Yost, and John H. Outland (as a player, not a coach) have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Mark Mangino received 9 different coach of the year awards in 2007.
- NCAA (2009). "NCAA Football Award Winners". p. 13
- Memorial Stadium Facts
- Coaching Records Game by Game
- Division I-A All-Time Wins
- "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. December 23, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
- "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 26, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
- "KU-KSU Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 18, 2006. Retrieved November 19, 2006.
- "Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Missouri" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 25, 2006. Retrieved November 25, 2006.
- SEC accepts Missouri for 2012-13
- "100 years ago: Football fans enjoy mechanized reproduction of KU-MU game". Lawrence Journal-World. November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
- Nebraska vs Kansas
- "Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Nebraska" (Press release). University of Kansas. September 30, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
- BabyTate (2008-08-06). "Five Brutal Defensive Alignments That Changed College Football Forever". Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- Current NFL Players
- "CFL Profile". CFL.ca.
- "CFL profile". CFL.ca.
- "CFL profile". CFL.ca.
- "AFL Player profile". Arenafootball.com.
- "AFL Player Profile". Arenafootball.com.
- Associated Press (December 9, 2011). "Charlie Weis to coach Kansas". ESPN. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "KANSAS FOOTBALL 2012 MEDIA GUIDE" (PDF) (Press release). Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas. August, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE DETAIL;Hector "Hec" Cowan". Member Biography. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE DETAIL;Fielding "Hurry Up" Yost". Member Biography. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE DETAIL;John Outland". Member Biography. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 9, 2013.