I watched my first game at Memorial Stadium as a freshman student back in 1992. Since then, I’ve seen just about every KU home football game in person. With the 2019 season just around the corner, I thought I’d make a list of my most memorable games on the hill. Here they are, in chronological order.
October 10, 1992:
Kansas 31 | Kansas State 7
(Parents Weekend) Jayhawks owned the Sunflower State Showdown back then. Dana Stubblefield and Gilbert Brown held the Wildcats to 2 first downs through 3 quarters. After the game, Glen Mason got carried off the field!
November 6, 1993:
Nebraska 21 | Kansas 20
June Henley ran for 148 yards on 37 carries. The Jayhawks went for two following Henley’s td run with 52 seconds remaining. Asheiki Preston’s conversion pass fell incomplete as the Cornhuskers survived to beat the Hawks for the 25th consecutive time.
October 23, 1999:
Kansas 21 | Missouri 0
Terry Allen’s team’s didn’t win a ton of games. But, Terry did have a winning record against Missouri. Certainly, no one expected a shutout on this afternoon in Lawrence.
November 24, 2001:
Kansas 27 | Wyoming 14
It was cold. It was rainy. It was Thanksgiving weekend. This game was delayed following the 9/11 attacks. Terry Allen had been relieved of his duties with three games left but watched this one from the 8th floor booth next to Chip Budde and I (calling the game on local tv) in order to support his seniors.
November 2, 2002:
Kansas State 64 | Kansas 0
It was the third worst loss in KU school history. Bill Whittemore sat out with a knee injury as the Jayhawks had no answer for Darren Sproles and Terrence Newman.
November 13, 2004:
Texas 27 | Kansas 23
B-C-S! That’s right. This is the “Mark Mangino goes rogue in the post-game media room” game. Charles Gordon was whistled for offensive pass interference after catching a Brian Luke pass for a first down with roughly 2 minutes remaining. Texas took over, converted a 4th and 18 on a Vince Young scramble and scored the game winner with only a few seconds left on the clock.
November 5, 2005:
Kansas 40 | Nebraska 15
The day the streak finally died. I’ll never forget Kevin Kane barreling into the endzone to put this one away. The victory snapped the huskers 36 game winning streak in the series.
October 28, 2006:
Kansas 20 | Colorado 15
Mark Mangino was frustrated at halftime. That’s when a legend was born. Todd Reesing made his first appearance in a KU uniform in the third quarter. He didn’t play much the rest of the season. But, the seeds were planted for what was to come in 2007.
January 3, 2008:
Kansas 24 | Virginia Tech 21
The greatest season in Kansas football history ended with a victory in the Orange Bowl. Game MVP Aqib Talib high stepped his way into the endzone on a 60 yard interception return.
September 4, 2010:
No. Dakota State 6 | Kansas 3
The Turner Gill era began with a thud. NDSU didn’t score a touchdown. But, it didn’t need to. This game ushered in the worst decade in the history of Jayhawks football.
November 19, 2016:
Kansas 24 | Texas 21
David Beaty only won two Big 12 Conference games as the head coach at Kansas. This was the first. The Jayhawks rallied from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Longhorns in overtime. Beaty’s contract was later extended as the goalposts came down.
So, there’s my list. What’s yours?