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1979 Kansas Jayhawks football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1979 record3–8 (2–5 Big 8)
Head coachDon Fambrough (5th season)
CaptainBrian Bethke, Mike Gay, Monty Carbonell
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#9 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     7 5 0
Colorado 2 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. After a four year absence, Don Fambrough returned as the team's head coach, and the Jayhawks compiled a 3–8 record (2–5 against conference opponents), tied for fifth place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 346 to 172.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Brian Bethke with 874 passing yards, Harry Sydney with 541 rushing yards, and David Verser with 463 receiving yards.[3] Brian Bethke, Mike Gay, and Monty Carbonell were the team captains.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 15at No. 16 Pittsburgh*L 0–24
September 22at No. 11 Michigan*L 7–28
September 29North Texas*W 37–18
October 6Syracuse*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 27–45
October 13at No. 5 NebraskaL 0–42
October 20at Iowa StateW 24–7
October 27Oklahoma State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 17–30
November 3Kansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
W 36–28
November 10at No. 6 OklahomaL 0–38
November 17Colorado
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 17–31
November 24Missouri
L 7–55
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1979 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1979-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 186.
  3. "1979 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1979.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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