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1890 Kansas Jayhawks football
1890 record1–2
Head coachWill Coleman (Unofficial, 1st season)
CaptainHoward Peairs
1891 →

The 1890 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the 1890 college football season. The Jayhawks had no official coach. Starting center Will Coleman served as an unofficial coach for the team. In just three games of the season, the Jayhawks offense scored 33 points while the defense allowed 52 points and ended with a record of one win and two losses.[1] This was the first season for Kansas Jayhawks football and the first game against Baker marked the first time college football was played in the state of Kansas.[2] The December 8 victory over Baker by a 14–12 score was the first victory in the program's history.[1][3]


November 22at BakerBaldwin City, KSL 9–22
November 27Kansas City YMCAKansas City, MOL 10–18
December 8at BakerLawrence, KSW 14–12



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2017 Kansas Football Media Guide". Kansas University. p. 179.
  2. Evans, Harold (August 1940). "College Football in Kansas". Kansas Historical Quarterly. p. 285-311. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  3. "A Briliant [Sic Game: K.S.U. the Victor Despite the Decision Against It"]. Lawrence Daily Journal: p. 4. December 9, 1890.