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Big 12 tough road to negotiate for Kansas football

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Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing, left, and linebacker Mike Rivera make their way from the field following the Jayhawks' 35-33 comeback victory against Iowa State on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Rivera had a season-high seven tackles.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing, left, and linebacker Mike Rivera make their way from the field following the Jayhawks' 35-33 comeback victory against Iowa State on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Rivera had a season-high seven tackles. by Nick Krug

The 41-game road losing streak Kansas takes into the upcoming football season overshadows another streak of futility that hasn’t been all that uncommon for the Jayhawks through the decades.

KU has lost 37 consecutive Big 12 road games, the last victory coming by a 35-33 margin vs. Iowa State in 2008 when Mark Mangino was the coach.

That marked Mangino’s sixth road victory in a seven-game stretch of conference road games. Constantly turning over football coaches is no way to build a program that gains enough momentum to be able to compete on the road in the Big 12. David Beaty will be the first coach since Mangino to earn the time to see if he can build a winner.

Mangino’s predecessor, Terry Allen, didn’t win a Big 12 road game until his 14th try. Mangino’s first road victory in the Big 12 came in his 12th attempt and he finished his tenure with a 7-24 record in conference road games.

Turner Gill went winless in eight tries and Charlie Weis went 0-9, interim head coach Clint Bowen 0-5.

Beaty is 0-9 on the road in the Big 12 and has four shots to claim his first in 2017: at Iowa State (Oct. 14), at TCU (Oct. 21), at Texas (Nov. 11) and at Oklahoma State (Nov. 25).

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Sort of like twitter where there is a character limit :-)

That being said, it is the "Lunch Break" column. Not sure if that means it was written while TK was eating lunch, or is meant to be digested during our lunch.

John Brazelton 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Iowa State and KU are each other's Big 12 football competition until they both prove that they can beat other Big 12 teams. The winner is usually the team that has home field advantage, but KU blew it's chance last season.

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