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Kansas Jayhawks football
File:University of Kansas Jayhawk logo.svg
First season 1890
Athletic director Sheahon Zenger
Head coach Charlie Weis
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 50,071
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lawrence, Kansas
Conference Big 12
All-time record 573–570–58
Postseason bowl record 6–6
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 8
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 5[1]
Current uniform
Colors Blue and Crimson            
Fight song I'm a Jayhawk
Mascot Big Jay, Baby Jay
Marching band Marching Jayhawks
Trophy game rivals Missouri Tigers, Kansas State Wildcats
Website Kansas Athletics Football Page

The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.


Kansas football dates back to 1890 and is one the oldest programs in the nation. Notable former players include Pro Football Hall of famers Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Mike McCormack, as well as All-Americans John Hadl, Dana Stubblefield, Bobby Douglass, Nolan Cromwell, Aqib Talib, and Anthony Collins. The Jayhawks have won one BCS bowl game, the 2008 Orange Bowl. The team currently plays in Memorial Stadium which seats 50,071 fans. The stadium opened in 1921, making it the seventh oldest college football stadium in the nation.[2] Charlie Weis was named the head coach following the termination of Turner Gill on December 8, 2011. The program's all-time record is 573–570–58.

Team records and statistics


  • October 6, 1990: KU and Iowa State end their game in a 34-34 tie,[3] giving KU the all-time NCAA Division I-A record for number of tie games with 57.[4] Since then, NCAA football games have a tie-breaking rule, so only a rule change would allow this record to be broken.
  • December 23, 2005: KU's strong rushing defense, led by Big 12 Defensive Player of the year Nick Reid, finishes the season by limiting Houston to just 30 rushing yards in the Fort Worth Bowl, a KU bowl record, bringing its season average down to 83.3 yards allowed per game[5] and breaking the school record of 109.2 set in 1948.[6] It was the ninth time in the season the Jayhawks held their opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground. For the season, their defense ranked 3rd nationally against the rush.
  • November 18, 2006: The Jayhawk defense's record setting 23 game streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher ends in a 39-20 victory over rival Kansas State when K-State runningback Leon Patton rushes for 102 yards.[7] The streak started following a 27-23 loss to Texas on November 13, 2004.
  • November 25, 2006: In the regular season finale, senior running back Jon Cornish rushes for 126 yards in a 42-17 loss to Missouri to become KU's all-time single season leading rusher. His 1,457 yards surpassed the previous record of 1,442 yards set by Tony Sands in 1991.[8]
  • November 17, 2007: Kansas defeats Iowa State 45-7, moving to 11-0 for the first time in school history.
  • September 12, 2009: Kansas defeats UTEP 34-7, going to 20-2 in their last 22 nonconference games since 2005.
  • October 10, 2009: Todd Reesing throws 37 completions for 442 yards and 4 touchdowns, Kerry Meier had 16 catches for 142 yards an 2 touchdowns, Dezmon Briscoe had 12 catches for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns

Bowl appearances

File:KU-VT Orange Bowl Helmets.jpg

Bowl Championship Series commissioners and the Orange Bowl Committee selected Kansas and Virginia Tech to play in the 2008 Orange Bowl.

The Jayhawks have a 6-6 bowl record:

Football Season Bowl Location AP Rank Opponent Result Additional Notes
1947 Orange Bowl Miami, FL 13 Georgia Tech L 20-14
1961 Bluebonnet Bowl Houston, TX Rice W 33-7
1968 Orange Bowl Miami, FL 3 Penn State L 15-14
1973 Liberty Bowl Memphis, TN 19 NC State L 31-18
1975 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX 19 Pittsburgh L 33-19
1981 Hall of Fame Bowl Birmingham, AL Mississippi State L 10-0
1992 Aloha Bowl Honolulu, HI 22 BYU W 23-20
1995 Aloha Bowl Honolulu, HI 11 UCLA W 51-30
2003 Mazda Tangerine Bowl Orlando, FL NC State L 56-26
2005 Fort Worth Bowl Fort Worth, TX Houston W 42-13
2007 FedEx Orange Bowl Miami, FL 8 Virginia Tech W 24-21 Lew Perkins Bowl
2008 Insight Bowl Tempe, AZ Minnesota W 42-21

Conference championships

Year Conference
1892 Western Interstate University Football Association
1908 MVIAA
1930 Big Six
1946* Big Eight
1947* Big Eight
1968* Big Eight

(*) Indicates a co-championship.

In 1960, the Jayhawks beat Missouri 23-7 to take the Big 8 title. This game was later forfeited, when a Jayhawk player was ruled ineligible following the season, Missouri was subsequently rewarded the title.

Series records

  • As of December 2, 2011
All-time Big 12
Opponent Seasons Games Record Home Away Neutral Games Record Home Away Neutral Streak Last
Baylor 1971–2011 11   4-7-0 4-2-0 0-5-0 8   3-4-0 3-1-0 0-4-0 2 L L 30-31 OT (home)
Iowa State 1898–2011 92   49-37-6 27-15-3 22-22-3 17   9-8-0 6-1-0 3-7-0 3 L L 10-13 (away)
Kansas State 1902–2011 109   65-39-5* 37-17-2 28-22-3* 16   4-12-0 3-6-0 1-6-0 3 L L 21-59 (home)
Missouri 1891–2011 120   55-56-9* 26-16-3 15-30-3* 14-10-3 ² 15   7-9-0 4-1-0 2-4-0 1-4-0 ³ 3 L L 10-24 (at Kansas City)
Oklahoma 1903–2011 102   27-69-6 14-32-3 13-36-3 0-1-0 ³ 9   2-7-0 1-3-0 1-3-0 0-1-0 ³ 7 L L 17-47 (home)
Oklahoma State 1923–2011 62   29-30-3 15-17-1 14-13-2 8   1-6-0 0-4-0 1-3-0 2 L L 14-48 (away)
Texas 1901–2011 12   2-10-0 2-5-0 0-5-0 10   0-9-0 0-5-0 0-5-0 10 L L 0-43 (away)
Texas A&M 1974–2011 11   2-9-0 1-4-0 1-5-0 8   1-7-0 0-4-0 1-3-0 2 L L 7-61 (away)
Texas Tech 1965–2011 13   1-12-0 0-7-0 1-5-0 9   1-8-0 0-5-0 1-3-0 5 L L 35-46 (home)
*Record disputed due to forfeits, KU and NCAA record book shown here.; ¹at Denver; ²except one win at St. Joseph all were at Kansas City; ³at Kansas City.

Rivalries and other series

Missouri (Border War)

KU used to compete with the Missouri Tigers in the second oldest rivalry in major college football, and the oldest west of the Mississippi River. First played in 1891,the Jayhawks and Tigers met on the gridiron every year since, with the lone exception of 1918 (flu epidemic). The annual game was known as the "Border War, which derives from actual warfare that occurred during the Civil War between free-state "Jayhawkers" pro-slavery "Bushwhackers" from Missouri. Six towns, including Osceola, Missouri, were pillaged and raided by the Jayhawkers. In retaliation, William Quantrill and his band of Bushwhackers burned Lawrence to the ground in what became known as the Lawrence Massacre. Ironically, Columbia, Missouri, the location of the University of Missouri was also nearly raided by Quantrill's band. The name of the rivalry has since been officially rebranded as the "Border Showdown" following the advent of the Iraq War, although the historical name prevails in usage. Each year the winner of the game was awarded a traveling trophy, the Indian War Drum. Following the 2007 Border Showdown, Kansas retired the current drum. However, Kansas earned it back with a victory over Missouri in the 2008 Border Showdown under quarterback Todd Reesing. Kansas lost the 120th, and most recent and final, Border Showdown to Missouri, 24-10.

In 1911, more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Lawrence, Kansas to watch a mechanical reproduction of the game while it was being played. A Western Union telegraph wire was set up direct from Columbia, Missouri. A group of people then would announce the results of the previous play and used a large model of a football playing field to show the results. Those in attendance cheered as though they were watching the game live, including the school's legendary Rock Chalk, Jayhawk cheer.[9]

With Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference in 2012 there are currently no future games scheduled.[10] Missouri has indicated a willingness to continue playing the annual game, but Kansas officials have routinely expressed that they are no longer interested in continuing the rivalry.[11] Missouri was the forth school to make the decision to leave the Big 12 after the 2011-2012 academic year, in the process further damaging the stability of the conference for the remaining Big 12 schools, including Kansas.

Kansas State (Sunflower Showdown)

In addition, KU has a rivalry with the Kansas State Wildcats called the Sunflower Showdown; when the two teams compete in football, the winner is awarded the Governor's Cup by the governor of Kansas. Kansas leads the all-time series 65-39-5, while Kansas State has won more Governor's Cups (23-19-1).


The Kansas-Nebraska series was the longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football until Nebraska's departure for the Big 10 Conference in 2011. Kansas and Nebraska met for the first time in 1892, and faced off annually from 1906[12] until 2010. Along with the Missouri rivalry, this gives Kansas the second- and third-most played college football series in existence (Minnesota and Wisconsin have played one more game than KU-MU and two more than KU-NU). KU is only 23-90-3 all-time against the Cornhuskers (as of 2010), and from 1969-2004 the Huskers rang up 36 consecutive victories, second longest in NCAA Division I (only Notre Dame's streak over Navy was longer). That streak ended on November 5, 2005, when Kansas defeated Nebraska 40-15 in Lawrence. They again beat Nebraska 76-39 in Lawrence on November 3, 2007. This was the largest number of points ever surrendered by a Nebraska team; the Jayhawks also set records for most points against Nebraska in a half (1st half, 48 points) and quarter (2nd quarter, 27 points). The 95 points scored by the Jayhawks in 2006 and 2007 combined is the largest consecutive two-year total in the series. Also, the 32 points scored in an overtime loss at Nebraska on September 30, 2006, was the most by any Jayhawk team in Lincoln since 1899, when KU won 36-20 in the two teams' eighth all-time meeting.[13] Former football coach Turner Gill is a former athlete and coach for the Cornhuskers, playing football and baseball during his college career and returning as an assistant football coach for 1989, 1992-2004.

Players of note

First-Team AP All-Americans

Ring of Honor members

(The Ring of Honor is located atop the northern bowl at Memorial Stadium and is intended to honor Kansas All-Americans and others who have made a significant on-field contribution to the football program.)

Retired numbers

College football Hall of Fame

  • 1951 - Fielding H. Yost (Coach)
  • 1954 - Jim Bausch, HB
  • 1964 - Ray Evans, HB
  • 1964 - Gale Sayers, HB
  • 1994 - John Hadl, QB
  • 2001 - John Outland, OT

NFL Hall of Fame

  • 1977 - Gale Sayers, HB
  • 1985 - Mike McCormack, OT
  • 1992 - John Riggins, RB

Jayhawks in the pros






Current coaching staff

Name Position
Charlie Weis Head Coach
Dave Campo Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach
Tim Grunhard Offensive Line Coach
Rob Ianello Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Reggie Mitchell Running Backs Coach
Ron Powlus Quarterbacks Coach
Buddy Wyatt Defensive Line Coach
DeMontie Cross Linebackers Coach
Clint Bowen Special Teams Coordinator/Secondary Coach
Kyle Brey Quality Control-Special Teams
Scott Johnston On Campus Recruiter

Head Coaches

Head football coaches, including their win-loss records, years coached, and reason for leaving if other than firing:


  1. NCAA (2009). "NCAA Football Award Winners". pp. 13.
  2. Memorial Stadium Facts
  3. Coaching Records Game by Game
  4. Division I-A All-Time Wins
  5. "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. December 23, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
  6. "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 26, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
  7. "KU-KSU Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 18, 2006. Retrieved November 19, 2006.
  8. "Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Missouri" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 25, 2006. Retrieved November 25, 2006.
  9. "100 years ago: Football fans enjoy mechanized reproduction of KU-MU game". Lawrence Journal-World. November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
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  12. Nebraska vs Kansas
  13. "Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Nebraska" (Press release). University of Kansas. September 30, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
  14. Current NFL Players
  15. "CFL profile".
  16. "CFL Profile".
  17. "AFL Player profile".
  18. "AFL Player Profile".
  19. "AFL Profile".

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