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1980 Kansas Jayhawks football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1980 record4–5–2 (3–3–1 Big 8)
Head coachDon Fambrough (6th season)
CaptainHarry Sydney, Frank Wattlelet
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     10 2 0
#7 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Missouri 5 2 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     7 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Kansas 1 6 0     2 8 1
Colorado 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth season under head coach Don Fambrough, the Jayhawks compiled a 4–5–2 record (3–3–1 against conference opponents), and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 208 to 171.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Frank Seurer with 797 passing yards, Kerwin Bell with 1,114 rushing yards, and David Verser with 576 receiving yards.[3] Harry Sydney and Frank Wattlelet were the team captains.[2]

In October 1982, an NCAA investigation revealed that running back Kerwin Bell was not an eligible player for the 1980 and 1981 seasons due to not surpassing the 2.0 minimum high school GPA. The Big Eight Conference ruled that all Kansas games in which Bell played were to be forfeited, bringing their conference record to 1–6 on the year.[4] However, Kansas still records these games as victories in their record book, including their 20–18 victory over rival Kansas State. The two schools dispute the overall series record because of this.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 13at Oregon*T 7–7
September 20No. 5 Pittsburgh*L 3–18
September 27Louisville*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 9–17
October 4at Syracuse*W 23–8
October 11No. 10 Nebraska
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
L 0–54
October 18No. 19 Iowa State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 28–17
October 25at Oklahoma StateT 14–14
November 1at Kansas StateW 20–18
November 8No. 11 Oklahoma
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 19–21
November 15at ColoradoW 42–3
November 22at MissouriL 6–31
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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