For the first and possibly last time. Turner Gill is going to return to Lincoln to face the team that he lead back in the early eighties as the Cornhusker quarterback. The 117th meeting between these two teams, will be the last time they meet as Big XII conference foes, as Nebraska moves to the Big Ten next season. The Jayhawks and the Cornhuskers will be ending the nations longest uninterrupted series at 105 meetings, and the series is the third longest rivalry series played in the nation. This Saturday will have many emotions to it. You can all but expect to hear and watch everyone in the stadium wearing red to give one of the loudest ovations to an opposing teams head coach, which is unheard of. It will be sad to watch this game one last time given some of the memories these two teams share. Nebraska holds the overall record against Kansas, 90-23-3, but lately Kansas has played as an equal to Nebraska giving them a game the last five years. This includes a win 2005 and a butt whooping in 2007. The last time the Jayhawks went into Lincoln, they almost pulled out the victory, but lost 45-35.
With last weeks come from behind win against Colorado, Kansas goes to Lincoln with some much needed confidence. This team is showing that there is still some fight left in it. This is good for the young ball team, and a there new head coach. It shows that even in a down year this team is unwilling to lay down and get rolled over. Hopefully this attitude continues in Saturday’s game against Nebraska, who looked shaky last week in Ames. If Kansas could stay in the game early they might have a puncher’s chance of completing a huge upset to say the least. While still looking a little sluggish after last weeks almost lost, the Cornhuskers and their fans are now all gushy over Turner coming back into town, so their guard might be down. Plus they could be looking ahead to Texas A&M in College Station. With all this going on, and Taylor Martinez still not fully healthy, the Jayhhawks might just leave Lincoln with their second conference win of the year. Just saying you never know.
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Written by David Freivogel