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1973 Kansas Jayhawks football
Liberty Bowl, L 31–18 vs. NC State
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 18
1973 record7–4–1 (4–2–1 Big 8)
Head coachDon Fambrough (3rd season)
CaptainDon Goode, John Bryant
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     10 0 1
#7 Nebraska 4 2 1     9 2 1
#18 Kansas 4 2 1     7 4 1
#17 Missouri 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oklahoma State 2 3 2     5 4 2
Colorado 2 5 0     5 6 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. In their third season under head coach Don Fambrough, the Jayhawks compiled a 7–4–1 record (4–2–1 against conference opponents), tied for second place in the conference, lost to NC State in the 1973 Liberty Bowl, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 253 to 220.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included David Jaynes with 2,349 passing yards, Delvin Williams with 788 rushing yards and Emmett Edwards with 840 receiving yards.[3] Jaynes set six conference passing records and was named the Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year.[4] Don Goode and John Bryant were the team captains.[2] Quarterback David Jaynes, became the first and as of the 2017 voting, the only Jayhawk to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing in 4th place in the voting receiving 65 first place votes.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 15Washington State*W 29–8
September 22at Florida State*W 28–0
September 29Minnesota*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 34–19
October 6at No. 9 Tennessee*L 27–28
October 13Kansas StateNo. 19
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
W 25–18
October 20at No. 11 NebraskaNo. 18L 9–10
October 27at Iowa StateNo. 17W 22–20
November 3Oklahoma State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
T 10–10
November 10ColoradoNo. 18
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 17–15
November 17at No. 3 OklahomaNo. 18L 20–48
November 24No. 19 MissouriNo. 20
W 14–13
December 17vs. No. 16 NC State*No. 19
L 18–31
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1973 Kansas Jayhawks football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 25 Adams, BruceBruce Adams Jr
T 74 Bryant, JohnJohn Bryant Sr
FB 33 Elliott, SteveSteve Elliott So
G 66 Englebrake, MikeMike Englebrake Jr
TE 84 Gilmore, JerryJerry Gilmore So
QB 12 Jaynes, DavidDavid Jaynes Sr
QB 10 McMichael, ScottScott McMichael So
QB 11 Mitchell, JudJud Mitchell So
G 71 Schmitz, LeonardLeonard Schmitz So
RB 40 Williams, DelvinDelvin Williams Sr
FB 32 Miller, RobertRobert Miller Jr
RB 17 Ross, RandyRandy Ross Jr
WR 83 Saathoff, KenKen Saathoff Jr
WR 47 Edwards, EmmettEmmett Edwards Jr
WR 22 Bower, PaulPaul Bower So
TE 88 Hosack, GreggGregg Hosack So
C 54 McDaniel, MikeMike McDaniel Sr
G 65 Morgan, JohnJohn Morgan So
T 76 Scott, DaveDave Scott So
T 70 Stockemer, GordonGordon Stockemer Jr
G 72 Hodges, JeroneJerone Hodges Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 26 Browman, JamesJames Browman Sr
DB 9 Cromwell, NolanNolan Cromwell Fr
FS 30 David, JimJim David So
DE 68 Goode, DonDon Goode Jr
CB 18 Knoff, KurtKurt Knoff So
LB 53 Robinson, RandyRandy Robinson Jr
DT 79 Skepnek, BillBill Skepnek Sr
CB 34 Taylor, SteveSteve Taylor So
DE 87 Zook, DeanDean Zook Jr
DT 45 Lemon, MikeMike Lemon Jr
DT 77 Sutton, MitchMitch Sutton Sr
LB 51 Baird, DeanDean Baird Jr
LB 50 Towle, SteveSteve Towle Jr
LB 37 Gardner, MikeMike Gardner Sr
S 19 Bron, RockyRocky Bron Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 43 Harris, MarcMarc Harris Sr
K 31 Swift, BobBob Swift So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Don Goode Linebacker 1 15 San Diego Chargers
Delvin Williams Running Back 2 49 San Francisco 49ers
Mitch Sutton Defensive Tackle 3 63 Philadelphia Eagles
David Jaynes Quarterback 3 66 Kansas City Chiefs

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1973 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1973-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 185.
  3. "1973 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1973.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  4. "Sooners' Switzer Honored". Lincoln Journal Star: p. 25. December 5, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13900092/sooners_switzer_honored/.
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