KU is a Football School

Nate Gunderson, Staff Writer

The darkest period in college football history has come to an end. Kansas football is no longer the laughing stock of college football, Kansas University Football is the real deal.

Led by sensational quarterback and Heisman candidate Jalon Daniels, Kansas has exploded on the scene this year. They slaughtered Tennessee Tech in the first game of the year 56-10. They then followed that up with their second road win over a Big 12 opponent in the last 6 years(the other being last year vs Texas) when they shocked West Virginia in Morgantown winning 55-42 in an overtime thriller. KU has continued that success in the following games, thrashing a previously ranked Houston team 48-30, and then an undefeated Duke team in front of a sold-out David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium 35-27.

This is only the second time in fifteen years that David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium has been sold out, proving that Kansas fans are in a craze as they’ve been waiting for 14 years since that miracle season in 2009 for KU football to be good again. This includes not only fans in Lawrence who are in a craze but all around the state including in this building as we had multiple students attend the game this weekend. This season is looking reminiscent of that miraculous 2009 season as it’s the first time since then that KU has won 4 games in a season.

The turning point for KU’s miraculous turnaround was in April of 2021 when KU lured Buffalo Head coach Lance Leipold away on a 6-year deal. Leiphold knew he had his work cut out for him, but he was confident he could turn the program around. He stated, “We are going to build this program through developing players, discipline, and determination.”

Leiphold has succeeded in that as since he took over, KU has their first two road wins over a Big 12 opponent since 2011, won 4 games in a season for the first time since 2009, has a win over a top 25 team, and is on the cusp of being ranked for the first time since 2009. With QB Jalon Daniels at the helm and star runningbacks Devin Neal and Daniel Hishaw Jr KU has one of the most potent offenses in the nation and is a serious threat to win the Big 12 title this year. With all this success and only more success to come, this begs the question, is Kansas a football school?