Homecoming Football Games

homecoming football game history

On November 23, 1912, KU played its first Homecoming football game against well-established rivals the Missouri Tigers. At a bonfire in front of Fraser Hall the Friday before the game, the ceremonial burning of a wooden tiger riled KU students.

The next day, in front of 9,000 cheering fans, the Jayhawks defeated Missouri 12-3. For years, it was custom to play Missouri for every other Homecoming game.

Homecoming Football Game History

1912 — Nov. 23 vs. Missouri (W 12-3) (9,000)
First Homecoming game; Arthur Mosse is head coach
1913 — Nov. 15 vs. Nebraska (L 0-9)
1914 — Nov. 21 vs. Missouri (L 7-10)
H.M. Wheaton is head coach
1915 — Nov. 13 vs. Nebraska (L 0-33)
Herman Olcott is head coach
1916 — Nov. 30 vs. Missouri (L 0-13)
1917 — Nov. 17 vs. Nebraska (L 3-13)
1918 — Jay Bond is head coach; season shortened due to campus-wide influenza outbreak
1919 — Nov. 29 vs. Missouri (L 6-13)
Leon McCarty is head coach
1920 — Nov. 13 vs. Nebraska (T 20-20)
Forrest C. “Phog” Allen is head coach
1921 — Nov. 24 vs. Missouri (W 15-9)
Potsy Clark is head coach
1922 — Nov. 11 vs. Nebraska (L 0-28)
Official dedication of Memorial Stadium
1923 — Nov. 29 vs. Missouri (T 3-3)
1924 — Oct. 25 vs. Nebraska (L 7-14)
1925 — Nov. 21 vs. Missouri (W 10-7)
1926 — Oct. 23 vs. Nebraska (L 3-20)
Franklin Cappon is head coach
1927 — Nov. 19 vs. Missouri (W 14-7)
Memorial Stadium capacity increased to 35,000 with the addition of the North Bowl
1928 — Nov. 3 vs. Nebraska (L 0-20)
Last season in the Missouri Valley Conference; Bill Hargiss is head coach
1929 — Nov. 23 vs. Missouri (L 0-7)
KU joins Big 6 Conference
1930 — Nov. 8 vs. Nebraska (L 0-16)
Season of the first night game in school history
1931 — Nov. 21 vs. Missouri (W 14-0)
1932 — Oct. 22 vs. Nebraska (L 6-20) (15,000)
Ad Lindsey assumes head coaching position during season
1933 — Nov. 30 vs. Missouri (W 27-0)
1934 — Nov. 17 vs. Nebraska (L 0-3)
1935 — Nov. 28 vs. Missouri (T 0-0)
1936 — Nov. 7 vs. #8 Nebraska (L 0-26)
1937 — Nov. 25 vs. Missouri (T 0-0)
1938 — Nov. 5 vs. Nebraska (L 7-16)
1939 — Nov. 25 vs. #10 Missouri (L 0-20)
Gwinn Henry is head coach
1940 — Nov. 9 vs. Oklahoma (L 0-13)
1941 — Nov. 22 vs. Missouri (L 6-45)
1942 — Oct. 31 vs. Nebraska (L 7-14)
1943 — Nov. 20 vs. Missouri (W 7-6)
Henry Shenk is head coach
1944 — Oct. 21 vs. Nebraska (W 20-0)
1945 — Nov. 17 vs. Kansas State (W 27-0)
Season of 100th game in Memorial Stadium
1946 — Oct. 19 vs. Nebraska (L 14-16)
KU enters season tied for 1st in the Big 6; George Sauer is head coach
1947 — Nov. 22 vs. #17 Missouri (W 20-14)
KU enters season tied for 1st in the Big 6; makes first bowl appearance, loses Orange Bowl to Georgia Tech
1948 — Oct. 23 vs. Nebraska (W 27-7) (36,500)
Big Seven Conference established; J.V. Sikes is head coach; KU plays its 500th game in school history
1949 — Nov. 19 vs. Missouri (L 28-34) (40,500)
1950 — Oct. 28 vs. Nebraska (L 26-33) (39,000)
1951 — Dec. 1 vs. Missouri (W 41-28) (35,000)
1952 — Nov. 8 vs. #7 Nebraska (L 13-14) (33,500)
Season of first nationally televised game (NBC)
1953 — Nov. 21 vs. Missouri (L 6-10) (34,000)
1954 — Nov. 20 vs. Missouri (L 18-41) (29,000)
Chuck Mather is head coach
1955 — Nov. 19 vs. Missouri (W 13-7) (30,000)
1956 — Nov. 10 vs. Nebraska (L 20-26) (28,000)
1957 — Nov. 23 vs. Missouri (W 9-7) (32,500)
Big Eight Conference established
1958 — Nov. 8 vs. Nebraska (W 29-7) (23,000)
Jack Mitchell is head coach
1959 — Nov. 21 vs. Missouri (L 9-13) (40,000)
1960 — Nov. 12 (10) vs. Colorado (W 34-6) (33,000)
Later ordered to forfeit victory due to ineligible player
1961 — Nov. 11 vs. Kansas State (W 34-0) (34,000)
Season of first bowl victory (Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston)
1962 — Nov. 10 vs. Nebraska (L 16-40) (38,000)
1963 — Nov. 2 vs. Kansas State (W 34-0) (30,000)
Memorial Stadium capacity increased to 44,900 and Gale Sayers sets NCAA record with 99-yard run
1964 — Nov. 7 vs. #6 Nebraska (L 7-14) (45,000)
1965 — Oct. 30 vs. Kansas State (W 34-0) (36,900)

1966 — Nov. 5 vs. #6 Nebraska (L 13-24) (40,881)
1967 — Nov. 4 vs. Kansas State (W 17-16) (42,435)
Pepper Rodgers is head coach
1968 — Nov. 2 vs. #3 Colorado (W 27-14) (43,442) Loses the Orange Bowl to Penn State 14-15
1969 — Nov. 8 vs. Colorado (L 14-17) (37,893)
1970 — Oct. 24 vs. Iowa State (W 24-10) (35,837)
Season of KU’s first home game on artificial turf
1971 — Oct. 9 vs. Kansas State (W 39-13) (51,151)
Don Fambrough is head coach
1972 — Oct. 28 vs. #15 Iowa State (L 8-34) (33,710)
1973 — Oct. 13 vs. #19 Kansas State (W 25-18) (51,574)
Loses the Liberty Bowl to North Carolina State 18-31
1974 — Oct. 26 vs. Iowa State (L 6-22) (31,134)
1975 — Oct. 25 vs. Oklahoma State (L 19-35) (35,727)
Bud Moore is head coach; KU loses the Sun Bowl to Pittsburgh 19-33
1976 — Oct. 16 #15 Kansas vs. #6 Oklahoma (L 10-28) (49,085)
1977 — Oct. 15 vs. #3 Colorado (T 17-17) (34,725)
1978 — Oct. 28 vs. Iowa State (L 7-13) (32,768)
1979 — Oct. 27 vs. Oklahoma State (L 17-30) (29,671)
Don Fambrough is head coach
1980 — Oct. 18 vs. #19 Iowa State (W 28-17) (30,000)
1981 — Oct. 10 vs. Oklahoma State (L 7-20) (39,810)
Loses the Hall of Fame Bowl to Mississippi State 10-0
1982 — Nov. 6 vs. Iowa State (W 24-17) (26,796)
1983 — Nov. 19 vs. #19 Missouri (W 37-27) (38,400)
Mike Gottfried is head coach; season of 300th game in Memorial Stadium
1984 — Oct. 27 vs. #2 Oklahoma (W 28-11) (29,500)
1985 — Nov. 9 vs. Colorado (L 3-14) (25,000)
1986 — Oct. 11 vs. Iowa State (L 10-13) (20,500)
Bob Valesente is head coach
1987 — Oct. 24 vs. Iowa State (L 28-42) (28,300)
1988 — Oct. 15 vs. Colorado (L 9-21) (22,500)
Glen Mason is head coach
1989 — Oct. 7 vs. Iowa State (L 20-24) (31,500)
1990 — Oct. 27 vs. Kansas State (W 27-24) (45,000)
1991 — Oct. 19 vs. Iowa State (W 41-0) (37,000)
Season Tony Sands sets NCAA game rushing record with 396 yards
1992 — Oct. 24 #22 Kansas vs. Oklahoma (W 27-10) (43,500)
KU defeats BYU in the Aloha Bowl 23-20
1993 — Oct. 16 vs. Iowa State (W 35-20) (28,500)
1994 — Oct. 29 vs. Oklahoma State (W 24-14) (31,000)
1995 — Oct. 14 #10 Kansas vs. Iowa State (W 34-7) (43,000)
Season included 1,000th game in school history and a win in the Aloha Bowl against UCLA 51-30
1996 — Oct. 19 vs. #9 Colorado (L 7-20) (48,500)
Big 12 Conference is established
1997 — Nov. 1 vs. Iowa State (W 34-24) (43,000)
Terry Allen is head coach; season included 500th win in school history
1998 — Oct. 24 vs. #17 Colorado (W 33-17) (31,600)
1999 — Oct. 23 vs. Missouri (W 21-0) (42,300)
2000 — Oct. 21 vs. Colorado (W 23-15) (32,600)
2001 — Oct. 13 vs. #3 Oklahoma (L 10-38) (48,700)
2002 — Oct. 12 vs. Colorado (L 29-53) (34,500)
Mark Mangino is head coach
2003 — Oct. 18 vs. Baylor (W 28-21) (40,088)
Loses Tangerine Bowl to North Carolina State 56-26
2004 — Oct. 9 vs. Kansas State (W 31-28) (50,152)
2005 — Oct. 29 vs. Missouri (W 13-3) (48,238)
KU wins the Fort Worth Bowl against Houston 42-13
2006 — Oct. 7 vs. Texas A&M (L 18-21) (46,455)
Anderson Family Football Complex groundbreaking
2007 — Nov. 3 #8 Kansas vs. Nebraska (W 76-39) (51,910)
KU enters season tied for 1st in the Big 12 North; beats Virginia Tech 24-21 in the Orange Bowl
2008 — Oct. 25 #19 Kansas vs. #8 Texas Tech (L 21-63) (50,125)
KU beats Minnesota 42-21 in the Insight Bowl
2009 — Oct. 10 vs. Iowa State (W 41-36) (48,203)
2010 — Oct. 23 vs. Texas A&M (L 10-45) (44,239)
Turner Gill is head coach
2011 — Oct. 1 vs. Texas Tech (L 45-34) (39,621)
2012 — Oct. 27 vs. Texas (L 21-17) (40,097)
Charlie Weis is head coach
2013 — Oct. 5 vs. Texas Tech (L 16-54) (35,648)
2014 — Sept. 27 vs. Texas (L 0-23) (36,904)
David Beaty is head coach
2015 — Oct. 31 vs. Oklahoma (L 7-62) (26,677)
2016 — Oct. 22 vs. Oklahoma State (L 20-44) (26,262)
2017 — Oct. 7 vs. Texas Tech (L 19-65) (21,050)

 

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