1985 Kansas Jayhawks football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1985 record6–6 (2–5 Big 8)
Head coachMike Gottfried (3rd season)
CaptainSylvester Byrd, Skip Peete, Willie Pless, Mike Norseth
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#11 Nebraska 6 1 0     9 3 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     8 4 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 5 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kansas 2 5 0     6 6 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Missouri 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third and final season under head coach Mike Gottfried, the Jayhawks compiled a 6–6 record (2–5 against conference opponents), finished in sixth place in the conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 294 to 281.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Mike Norseth with 2,995 passing yards, Lynn Williams with 373 rushing yards, and Richard Estell with 1,109 receiving yards.[3] Sylvester Byrd, Skip Peete, Willie Pless, and Mike Norseth were the team captains.[2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResult
August 31at Hawaii*W 33–27
September 14Vanderbilt*W 42–16
September 21Indiana State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 37–10
September 28at No. 4 Florida State*L 20–24
October 5Eastern Illinois*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 44–20
October 12at Iowa StateL 21–22
October 19Kansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS (rivalry)
W 38–7
October 26No. 12 Oklahoma State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 10–17
November 2at No. 9 OklahomaL 6–48
November 9Colorado
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 3–14
November 16at No. 2 NebraskaL 6–56
November 23Missouri
W 34–20
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1985 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1985-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 186.
  3. "1985 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1985.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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