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1947 Kansas Jayhawks football
Big Six co-champion
Orange Bowl, L 14–20 vs. Georgia Tech
ConferenceBig Six Conference
Ranking
APNo. 12
1947 record8–1–2 (4–0–1 Big 6)
Head coachGeorge Sauer (2nd season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 Big 6 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12 Kansas 4 0 1     8 1 2
#16 Oklahoma 4 0 1     7 2 1
Missouri 3 2 0     6 4 0
Nebraska 2 3 0     2 7 0
Iowa State 1 4 0     3 6 0
Kansas State 0 5 0     0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Kansas Jayhawks football team was an American football team that represented the University of Kansas in the Big Six Conference during the 1947 college football season. In its second and final season under head coach George Sauer, the team compiled an 8–1–2 record (4–0–1 against conference opponents), tied for the conference championship, was ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 304 to 102. The team was undefeated in the regular season before losing to Georgia Tech in the 1948 Orange Bowl.[1][2]

On October 11, 1947, the team established a new program scoring record with 86 points against South Dakota State. The total bested the prior record of 83 points scored against Washington University in 1923.[3]

Halfback Ray Evans was selected by the Associated Press and Grantland Rice as a first-team player on the 1947 All-America team.[4][5] He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Four Kansas players received first-team honors from the United Press on the 1947 All-Big Six Conference football team: Evans; end Otto Schnellbacher; guard Don Fambrough; and halfback Forrest Griffith.[6]

The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 20vs. TCU*T 0–015,000[7]
September 26at Denver*W 9–028,000[8]
October 4Iowa StateW 27–717,500[9]
October 11South Dakota State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 86–614,000[3]
October 18at OklahomaT 13–1334,700[10]
November 1Kansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
W 55–020,033[11]
November 8at NebraskaW 13–737,000[12]
November 15at Oklahoma A&M*W 13–715,000[13]
November 22MissouriNo. 17
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
W 20–1440,043[14]
November 29at Arizona*No. 13W 54–2814,000[15]
January 1, 1948vs. No. 10 Georgia TechNo. 12L 14–2059,578[16]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1947 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1947-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 183.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "New Kansas Scoring Record In Victory". Joplin Globe: p. 10A. October 12, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28640537/new_kansas_scoring_record_in_victory/.
  4. "Midwest Places Three Backs On AP All-American Squad: Lujack, Evans and Chappuis On First Team". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. December 3, 1947.
  5. "Collier's Grid Team Announced". The Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH). December 5, 1947.
  6. "1947 All Big Six Team". The Lawton (Okla.) Constitution: p. 12. November 28, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/3094692/1947_all_big_six_team/.
  7. "Kansas, TCU Fight To Scoreless Tie". The Sunday News and Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri): p. 11. September 21, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28627568/kansas_tcu_fight_to_scoreless_tie/.
  8. "One Scoring Punch: Kansas Dumps Denver, 9-0, on Second-Period Splurge". The Des Moines Register: p. 11. September 27, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28159609/one_scoring_punch_kansas_dumps_denver/.
  9. Dixie Smith (October 5, 1947). "Evans Boosts Kansas By Cyclones, 27-7". The Des Moines Register: p. V-1, V-8. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28378285/evans_boosts_kansas_by_cyclones_277/.
  10. Hal Middlesworth (October 19, 1947). "Sooners, Kansas Tie, 13-13". The Daily Oklahoman: p. 1B, 3B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28474985/sooners_kansas_tie_1313/.
  11. "K. U. Whips Cats 55-0". Manhattan Mercury-Chronicle: p. 2. November 2, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28633832/k_u_whips_cats_550/.
  12. "Last-Minute Tally Gives KU 13-7 Win Over Huskers". Beatrice Daily Sun: p. 8. November 9, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28640842/lastminute_tally_gives_ku_137_win/.
  13. John Cronley (November 16, 1947). "Hawks' Stuff Barely Enough To Beat Pokes". The Daily Oklahoman: pp. Sports 1-2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28488290/hawks_stuff_barely_enough_to_beat_pokes/.
  14. "K.U. Overcomes Tigers 20-14". Mercury-Chronicle (Manhattan, Kansas): p. 7. November 23, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28394868/ku_overcomes_tigers_2014/.
  15. Abe Chanin (November 30, 1947). "Kansas Trumps Arizona, 54-28". The Arizona Daily Star: pp. 1A, 1B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28118667/kansas_trumps_arizona_5428/.
  16. Guy Butler (January 2, 1948). "60,000 Go Wild As Tech Staves Off Kansas Rally". Miami Daily News: p. 4B. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28511304/60000_go_wild_as_tech_staves_off/.

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