The University of Kansas (KU) Jayhawks have played in twelve bowl games in the history of their football program and during that time the team has six wins and six losses. Interestingly the University of Kansas which is primarily known for its basketball prowess has been playing football longer than it has been playing basketball. The first football season at KU occurred in 1890 and eight years later the first basketball season tipped off in 1898.
While twelve bowl appearances in a 120 year history equates to just one bowl appearance for every ten years there is an encouraging aspect to the overall record and that is the fact that the Jayhawks have won five of their last six post season games. For many optimists this statistic alone is enough to prove that the football program is moving in the right direction.
The twelve appearances with results are as follows:
- 1947: 21-14 Orange Bowl loss to Georgia Tech
- 1961: 33-7 Bluebonnet Bowl win against Rice University
- 1968: 15-14 Orange Bowl loss to Penn State
- 1973: 31-18 Liberty Bowl defeat to North Carolina State
- 1975: 33-19 Sun Bowl loss to the University of Pittsburgh
- 1981: 10-0 Hall of Fame Bowl loss to Mississippi State University
- 1992: 23-20 Aloha Bowl victory against Brigham Young University (BYU)
- 1995: 51-30 Aloha Bowl win against the UCLA Bruins
- 2003: 56-26 Tangerine Bowl loss to North Carolina State
- 2005: 42-13 Fort Worth Bowl win against the University of Houston
- 2007: 24-21 Orange Bowl win against Virginia Tech
- 2008: 42-21 Insight Bowl victory against the University of Minnesota
While it was a glorious honor for Jayhawk fans to be invited to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Orange Bowl in 2007 few supporters probably realize that the Orange Bowl is actually the post season contest that the University of Kansas football team has competed in the most number of times. The Aloha Bowl is the post season venue that KU football teams have had the most success at with a perfect 2-0 record after victories in 1992 and 1995 against BYU and UCLA.
Exactly what future post season successes lay ahead of the University of Kansas remains to be seen. The one thing that is certain is that former head coach Mark Mangino who helped the team turn the corner into national college football relevance will not be joining the squad for the ride. After the 2009 college football season Coach Mangino was relieved of his duties. The newest head coach for the Jayhawks is a man by the name of Turner Gill who most previous job was serving as the head coach for the University of Buffalo from 2006-2009.