It’s been 14 long years, but Kansas is finally bowl eligible.
Their eligibility was sealed with an upset 37-16 victory at home Saturday against No. 18 Oklahoma State, led by a brilliant game from running back Devin Neal, who carried 32 times for 224 and a score.
“That’s what makes it more special,” Neal said about growing up in Lawrence just a few miles away from the stadium. “When I did commit there was a lot of people that asked me why I would waste my career there.
“Looking back now, to be able to do what we’ve done it’s pretty special. It just means a lot more to me especially just because I grew up here just two miles way from campus.”
Kansas’ last bowl appearance was a win against Minnesota in the 2008 Insight Bowl under coach Mark Mangino, who departed after the 2009 season. None of the four coaches who followed him —Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, David Beaty and Les Miles — won more than three games in a season. Every year the expectations were high, only for players and fans to be disappointed at the end.
For a team to become bowl-eligible, they must win six games (at least) in a season.
The Jayhawks have shocked everyone with their quick turnaround after many disappointing seasons.
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