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1968 Kansas Jayhawks football
Big Eight co-champion
Orange Bowl, L 14–15 vs. Penn State
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
1968 record9–2 (6–1 Big 8)
Head coachPepper Rodgers (2nd season)
CaptainJohn Zook
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Kansas 6 1 0     9 2 0
#11 Oklahoma 6 1 0     7 4 0
#9 Missouri 5 2 0     8 3 0
Nebraska 3 4 0     6 4 0
Colorado 3 4 0     4 6 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     4 6 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     3 7 0
Iowa State 1 6 0     3 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1968 college football season. In their second season under head coach Pepper Rodgers, the Jayhawks compiled a 9–2 record (6–1 against conference opponents), tied with Oklahoma for the Big Eight Conference championship, lost to Penn State in the 1969 Orange Bowl, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 394 to 190.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Bobby Douglass with 1,316 passing yards, John Riggins with 866 rushing yards and George McGowan with 592 receiving yards.[3] John Zook was the team captain.[2]

Quarterback Bobby Douglass finished 7th in Heisman Trophy voting receiving 9 1st place votes.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 21at Illinois*W 47–7
September 28No. 13 Indiana*No. 12W 38–20
October 5New Mexico*No. 8
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 68–7
October 12at No. 9 NebraskaNo. 6W 23–13
October 19Oklahoma StateNo. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 49–14
October 26at Iowa StateNo. 3W 46–25
November 2ColoradoNo. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 27–14
November 9OklahomaNo. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 23–27
November 16at Kansas StateNo. 7W 38–29
November 23at No. 13 MissouriNo. 7W 21–19
January 1vs. No. 3 Penn State*No. 6L 14–15
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1968 Kansas Jayhawks football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 70 Brown, LarryLarry Brown
T 76 Christensen, KeithKeith Christensen
QB 10 Douglass, BobbyBobby Douglass
WR -- Jessie, RonRon Jessie
RB 32 Riggins, JohnJohn Riggins
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 71 Bailey, JimJim Bailey
DE 81 Zook, JohnJohn Zook
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 12 Bell, BillBill Bell
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1968 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1968-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 185.
  3. "1968 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1968.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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