Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry
|First meeting||October 4, 1902
Kansas 16, Kansas State 0
|Latest meeting||November 28, 2015
Kansas State 45, Kansas 14
|All-time series||Kansas leads, 64–44–5|
|Largest victory||Kansas State, 64–0 (2002)|
|Longest streak||Kansas State, 11 (1993–2003)|
|Current streak||Kansas State, 7 (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 leads the Governor's Cup series 27–19–1. (Kansas was ordered to forfeit a 1980 victory.) The most recent game, played on November 28, 2015, was won by Kansas State 45–14. Kansas leads the series 64–44–5, with the 1980 game in dispute between the two schools.
- 1 History
- 2 Series overview
- 3 Notable games
- 4 Most recent game
- 5 Game results
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 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), but the series has subsequently been much more even, with KU holding a 47–42–2 lead since that time.
The two schools disagree on the overall 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. Kansas' refusal to recognize the forfeit is supported by citation to NCAA policy, which requires its member schools to acknowledge forfeits imposed by the NCAA itself but not necessarily forfeits 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||2024||1773|
|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)|
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.
1927–1933: Road wins
For seven straight years, from 1927 to 1933, the two teams alternated wins, with the visiting team winning every game in contrast to the usual home field advantage in sports. In the six games from 1928 to 1933, every game was also won by shutout.
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. 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 seven-game KSU winning streak over KU (the school's second-longest winning streak in series history).
Most recent game
Kansas entered the 2015 meeting 0-11, the only school in a Power 5 conference without a win to date. Kansas State entered 4-6 and had to win this game as well as its December 5 home game vs. West Virginia in order to become bowl eligible.
|Kansas victories||Kansas State victories||Tie games|
Governor's Cup era (1969–present)
|Kansas victories||Kansas State victories||Tie games|
- "Sports People". New York Times. August 27, 1982. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
- "KSU-KU Postgame Notes" (PDF) (Press release). Kansas State University. November 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
- NCAA Statistics' Policies & Guidelines (PDF), NCAA, 2013, retrieved 2013-12-30
- Haskins, Kevin (2006-10-24). "Jayhawk Notebook". The Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
- Olson, Kevin (December 2, 2014). "1910: The lost year of the Sunflower Showdown". The Manhattan Mercury. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- "Lawrence Journal-World - Google News Archive Search". google.com.
- "Jayhawks, K-State Battle to 17-17 Deadlock". Lawrence Journal-World. November 8, 1987. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- "Plunge Into History". Lawrence Journal-World. October 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- "Showdown Comes With High Expectations". Topeka Capital-Journal. October 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
- "At Last!". Lawrence Journal-World. October 10, 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-03.