1961 Kansas Jayhawks football team

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1961 Kansas Jayhawks football
Bluebonnet Bowl champion
Bluebonnet Bowl, W 33–7 vs. Rice
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
1961 record7–3–1 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coachJack Mitchell (4th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 35,000)
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Colorado $ 7 0 0     9 2 0
No. 11 Missouri 5 2 0     7 2 1
Kansas 5 2 0     7 3 1
Oklahoma 4 3 0     5 5 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     5 5 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 6 0
Nebraska 2 5 0     3 6 1
Kansas State 0 7 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. The Jayhawks offense scored 269 points while the defense allowed 88 points. Led by head coach Jack Mitchell, the Jayhawks competed in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Quarterback John Hadl received votes to win the Heisman, including 33 first place votes, becoming the first Jayhawk to receive Heisman Trophy votes, finishing 7th in the voting.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23at TCU*No. 8L 16–1727,000
September 30Wyoming*T 6–633,000
October 7at ColoradoL 19–2042,700
October 14Iowa State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, Kansas
W 21–732,176
October 21at OklahomaW 10–054,794
October 28Oklahoma State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, Kansas
W 42–825,000
November 4at NebraskaW 28–632,450
November 11Kansas Statedagger
W 34–034,000
November 18at California*W 53–730,000
November 25MissouriNo. 10
L 7–1040,500
December 17vs. Rice*CBSW 33–752,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1962 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Round Pick Position Club
John Hadl 1 10 Quarterback Detroit Lions
Bert Coan 7 85 Running back Washington Redskins
Roger McFarland 20 274 Back San Francisco 49ers

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