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Not all 43 consecutive Kansas football road losses blowouts

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With a backdrop of the Franklin Mountains, Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) drops back to pass against the UTEP defense. Reesing threw for 260 yards in the Jayhawks’ 34-7 victory Saturday in El Paso, Texas.

With a backdrop of the Franklin Mountains, Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) drops back to pass against the UTEP defense. Reesing threw for 260 yards in the Jayhawks’ 34-7 victory Saturday in El Paso, Texas. by Nick Krug

Kansas faces long ends in trying to stop its road losing streak at 43 games Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU opened as a 37-1/2-point favorite and at last check the line had climbed to 39 points.

KU last won on the road Sept. 12, 2009, blasting UTEP, 34-7, when Mark Mangino was the coach, Todd Reesing the quarterback, President Barack Obama was in his first year in the Oval Office and Donald Trump was a reality TV star. Clearly, much but not everything has changed since then.

At one point, Kansas lost 14 consecutive road games by double figures. The Jayhawks have had trouble keeping home teams from running up big scores. The hosts have scored in the 50s 10 times, the 60s twice, the 70s once, meaning that the home team has scored 50 or more points 13 times in the 43 losses, 30 percent of the time. But there have been some close games, just not that many. Sixteen percent of them have been decided by single figures.

A look at the smallest margins of defeat during the streak, which has included 16 games in Texas:

Rank Date Opponent Score Margin
Head Coach
1 Nov. 5, 2011
Iowa State
13-10 3
Turner Gill
2 Nov. 17, 2009
Colorado 34-30 4 Mark Mangino
3 Nov. 14, 2015
TCU
23-16
6 David Beaty
4 (tie)
Sept. 22, 2012
Northern Illinois
30-23 7
Charlie Weis
4 (tie)
Nov. 11, 2009
Kansas State
17-10 7 Mark Mangino
4 (tie)
Sept. 22, 2012
Texas Tech
41-34, OT
7 Charlie Weis
7 Sept. 14, 2013
Rice 23-14 9 Charlie Weis
8 Oct. 12, 2013
TCU
27-17 10 Charlie Weis
9 Oct. 30, 2010
Iowa State
28-16 12 Turner Gill
10 (tie)
Sept. 26, 2015
Rutgers
27-14
13 David Beaty
10 (tie)
Oct. 18, 2014
Texas Tech
34-21 13 Clint Bowen

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