1987 Kansas Jayhawks football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1987 record1–9–1 (0–6–1 Big 8)
Head coachBob Valesente (1st season)
CaptainGame-by-game selection
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
#11 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 0 6 1     1 9 1
Kansas State 0 6 1     0 10 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second and final season under head coach Bob Valesente, the Jayhawks compiled a 1–9–1 record (0–6–1 against conference opponents), finished in seventh place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 398 to 135.[1][2] They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Kelly Donohoe with 981 passing yards, Arnold Snell with 691 rushing yards, and Willie Vaughn with 672 receiving yards.[3] Team captains were selected game by game.[2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 12at No. 4 Auburn*L 0–49
September 19Kent State*L 17–31
September 26Louisiana Tech*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 11–16
October 3Southern Illinois*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 16–15
October 10at No. 2 NebraskaL 2–54
October 17at ColoradoL 10–35
October 24Iowa State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 28–42
October 31No. 1 Oklahoma
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 10–71
November 7at Kansas StateT 17–17
November 14No. 17 Oklahoma State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 17–49
November 21at MissouriL 7–19
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1987 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1987-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 186.
  3. "1987 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1987.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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