Saturday, November 3, 2007

KU fans hope for repeat of ‘05 Husker blowout

Jayhawk fans storm the field in this Journal-World file photo to tear down the goal posts after Kansas' 40-15 win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in 2005.

Jayhawk fans storm the field in this Journal-World file photo to tear down the goal posts after Kansas' 40-15 win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in 2005.


Gameday for the goalposts

Kansas versus Nebraska: only two other schools have played more in NCAA football history. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez finds out whether a Jayhawk victory tomorrow will stir up a celebration similar to the one that happened in 2005.

KU favored in Huskers game

The undefeated Kansas Jayhawks take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers tomorrow. If the oddsmakers are correct, KU will win by three touchdowns.

Look up in the sky today

Today's flyover before the Kansas University homecoming football game at Memorial Stadium comes at no cost to the city or the university, said Jim Marchiony, associate athletics director.

He said Air Force ROTC arranges the flyover, which is provided by the Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, based in Beaufort, S.C.

Just before the 11:30 a.m. game against the University of Nebraska, two F/A-18 fighter jets will fly over the stadium. The jets will be piloted by KU graduates Capts. Noah Marquardt and Michael Barnett.

The undefeated start for the Kansas University football team continues to be the surprise story of the year. The Jayhawks head into this morning's game against Nebraska ranked No. 8 in all four major college football rankings - and KU is favored to win the rivalry matchup.

In 2005, KU upset the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium by a score of 40 to 15. The win - the Jayhawks' first against Nebraska since 1968 - sparked a memorable celebration during which fans stormed the field and took down both goal posts.

Two years later, fans who were at the game still remember the fun and excitement of Nov. 5, 2005.

"Nebraska coming in was a huge team, and we just blew them out," said Eric Jury, a KU junior. "Everybody was having a great time that night."

Said Zachary Laufenburger, a KU sophomore who rode on top of one goalpost during the celebration, "It was a little bumpy. Everybody proceeded to jump into the lake afterwards. It was a great time and everybody was just having a blast."

This season marks the first time since 1974 that the Jayhawks have a better record than Nebraska leading into the teams' showdown. So, with Kansas no longer playing the role of underdog, would a victory today by the 8-0 Jayhawks merit festivities similar to those of 2005?

"I don't think so, considering we're doing really good," said Michael Ludwick, a KU freshman. "It's not going to be an upset if we win."

Others say a win over the Cornhuskers would be huge, even if Kansas is favored in today's game, which kicks off at 11:30 a.m.

"It's tradition," said April Keleher, a KU junior, of removing the goalposts. "I'll be there taking them down."

And as if there weren't already enough for KU fans to cheer about, the Kansas men's basketball team is ranked fourth in the AP preseason basketball poll. The team - which came in behind only North Carolina, UCLA and Memphis - defeated Pittsburg State in an exhibition game Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU sports fans have plenty to be excited about.

"It's definitely a big step up for our athletic program," Jury said. "I can't say anything bad about the athletic program and what they've been doing."

It's a source of pride for Laufenburger.

"I'm wearing my KU gear, and I will continue to do so until I leave here."

6News intern Crispin Lopez can be reached at 832-6335.


jhawk23 14 years, 8 months ago

NO TEARING GOALPOSTS DOWN TODAY!!!!!!!!!!! Our program is at the point now where we should expect to win. Don't do it.

Ben McDaniel 14 years, 8 months ago

I agree that we shouldn't. But I won't be surprised when people tear them down.

jayhawkinATL 14 years, 8 months ago

To all the fans in Lawrence going to the game today that read this: DO ANYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO STOP THE IDIOTS FROM TEARING DOWN THE GOALPOSTS!!!!

Kyle Rohde 14 years, 8 months ago

April Keleher, you are an idiot and not a true fan. The goalposts should not be torn down today or ever again, short of defeating a #1 ranked OU or UT team on a last-second play. We've gotten so much positive press this year and to overshadow it with another embarrassing rushing of the field would be sad.

I still say KU officials need to make an announcement that says "we have cameras on the goalposts. The first three students to touch the goalposts will be expelled from the University." No one would touch them. Easy solution to a stupid, embarrassing problem.

Displayhawk 14 years, 8 months ago

Show some class and some of the brains that God gave you! You DON'T tear down the goalposts when you're playing an underdog! (And Nebraska is a 17-1/2 point dog.) PLUS, everybody assumes that we're going to win the game! Don't count your chickens before they're choked! LOL Even though I want KU to beat Nebraska very badly, they still have to play the game, and you never know what can happen in football!

63BC 14 years, 8 months ago

"When you get to the end zone, act like you've been there before."---Earl Campbell

jayhawkinATL 14 years, 8 months ago

Based on these posts, hopefully, there are enough people in Memorial Stadium with enough sense to tackle anyone running for the goal posts. I agree, Displayhawk, this game isn't a "gimme." It depends on which Cornhusker team shows up today.

petroleumengineer 14 years, 8 months ago

KU has breakdown goalposts now and rest assured they will be laid down before anybody has a chance to climb on them.

14 years, 8 months ago

April, I don't mean to pile on, but you need to shake yourself. Tearing down the goal posts is NOT a tradition, and not something we want to become one. At the very least, unless you are an MU fan, you don't rip them down when your team is favored by 19!

speedy 14 years, 8 months ago

after being loyal to ku football for years i feel the goalposts should go. we are not ou or neb or tex which has won for 50 years. we deserve to celeb. go for it and make sure neb knows about it. and if we get a chance to score with sec. to go do it!!!! 50 to 0

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