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Football

Orange You Just Crushed?

January 1, 1948

The football Jayhawkers become the first college team from the state of Kansas to play in a bowl game, squaring off against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

The Return Of Jarring Jim

February 20, 1939

More than six years after breaking Jim Thorpe’s decathlon record, James Bausch – KU football, basketball, and track star extraordinaire – makes an unexpected visit to his alma mater.

Year Of The Pigskin

November 18, 1968

“Pepper” Rodgers, KU’s head football coach, announces via telephone to a crowd of 1,000 students gathered in front of Strong Hall that the Jayhawks are bound for their second Orange Bowl appearance.

Sayers Soars

October 27, 1962

Sophomore tailback Gale Sayers sets a new KU and Big Eight Conference record by rushing for 283 yards against a porous Oklahoma State defense.

Touchdowns And Tragedy

November 6, 1909

Quarterback Tommy Johnson runs his way into Jayhawk immortality with a 70-yard punt return for the only score in a KU gridiron victory over Nebraska.

A Football Fatality

November 14, 1896

With less than a minute to go in a football game at McCook Field between Nebraska’s Doane College and the University of Kansas, Bert Serf, a member of the visiting team, suffers a fatal injury while making a touchdown-saving tackle.

Tiger By The Tail

November 30, 1893

KU’s football squad squares off against its bitter rivals from the University of Missouri in the first Thanksgiving Day game between the two schools, inaugurating an 18-year tradition in which the Jayhawkers would dominate the Tigers.

A Rivalry Is Born

October 31, 1891

The flagship universities of Kansas and Missouri initiate what will become one of the oldest rivalries in NCAA Division IA football. Unfortunately, with MU's seceding from the Big 12 in 2011, the rivalry is on hold.