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Friday, January 4, 2008

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Kansas defeats Virginia Tech in historic Orange Bowl victory

Kansas University running back Brandon McAnderson hams it up for the cameras with defensive end James McClinton after KU's 24-21 victory Thursday at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Kansas University running back Brandon McAnderson hams it up for the cameras with defensive end James McClinton after KU's 24-21 victory Thursday at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

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KU fans celebrate victory in Lawrence

KU fans in downtown Lawrence revel in the Jayhawks' 24-21 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

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Miami, here we come

Journal-World KU reporter Jonathan Kealing is covering the fans in and on their way to Miami for the Jayhawks' first ever BCS bowl game. Check out some pitstops and potholes on the way to Miami and keep up with Journal-World Orange Bowl coverage from Miami on our interactive road trip map.

— As oranges flew into the crowd Thursday night and with their favorite players on the grandstand, fans of the Kansas University Jayhawks danced in their seats.

And fans in Lawrence crowded downtown, screamed for joy and shot off fireworks.

There was a lot to celebrate: first-ever Orange Bowl victory, first-ever Bowl Championship Series victory, first-ever 12-win season.

"KU winning this game is the best thing to happen to our team, ever," said Robbie Schloss, a KU fan from Cleveland, after KU defeated Virginia Tech 24-21 in the Orange Bowl.

Jayhawk fans weren't content, however, simply to celebrate.

They let it be known that they were tired of the mistreatment they thought their favorite team had received all season.

"This whole trip was worthwhile, just to see Kansas get some respect for the football it plays," said David Staloch, of Minneapolis. Staloch's daughter is a member of the KU cheerleading squad.

Other fans agreed.

"It's about time something good happened at Kansas," said Lucas Jesseph, a KU junior from Shawnee.

In Lawrence, drivers honked on Massachusetts Street, as revelers hung out of sun roofs and windows sporting Jayhawk T-shirts and flags. Several said the celebration caught them by surprise because it's something typically reserved for basketball season around here.

"It was the best time of my life. I loved it," said Mike McCabe, a 2007 KU graduate who lives in Overland Park.

The Jayhawk football team arrives in Topeka about 1:30 p.m. today, with return to Lawrence sometime thereafter.

Staff writer George Diepenbrock contributed to this story.

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Mangino_Maniac 14 years, 9 months ago

KANSAS JAYHAWKS ARE ORANGE BOWL CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!

thiknthinhawk 14 years, 9 months ago

"Moantler! Moantler!" Has anyone seen Moantler? He was here a while ago. Said something about "Tweety birds exposed."I wanted to hear the rest of what he had to say. "Moantler!"

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