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1959 Kansas Jayhawks football
ConferenceBig Seven Conference
1959 record5–5 (3–3 Big 7)
Head coachJack Mitchell (2nd season)
CaptainJohn Peppercorn, Ken Fitch
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big 7 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Oklahoma 5 1 0     7 3 0
#18 Missouri 4 2 0     6 5 0
Colorado 3 3 0     5 5 0
Iowa State 3 3 0     7 3 0
Kansas 3 3 0     5 5 0
Nebraska 2 4 0     4 6 0
Kansas State 1 5 0     2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Seven Conference during the 1959 college football season. In their second season under head coach Jack Mitchell, the Jayhawks compiled a 5–5 record (3–3 against conference opponents), tied for third in the Big Seven Conference, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 163 to 134.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Curtis McClinton with 472 rushing yards, John Hadl with 126 receiving yards and Leland Flachsbarth with 345 passing yards.[3] John Peppercorn and Ken Fitch were the team captains.[2]

The Jayhawks Week 2 game against the eventual National Champion Syracuse was featured in the 2008 film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 19at No. 13 TCU*L 7–14
September 26at Syracuse*L 21–35
October 3Boston University*W 28–7
October 10at NebraskaW 10–3
October 17Kansas State
W 33–14
October 24at No. 18 OklahomaL 6–7
October 31Iowa State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 7–0
November 7at ColoradoL 14–27
November 14Oklahoma State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 28–14
November 21Missouri
L 9–13
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1959 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1959-schedule.html. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 184.
  3. "1959 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1959.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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