Big 12: Jason Swanson

Some other great Big 12 moments that almost made my list

July, 16, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

I received more e-mails and correspondence this summer from fans about my Big 12 most memorable moments series than I have in a long time. This letter was typical of the missives.

Robert Godfrey from Olathe, Kan., writes: Tim, I really enjoyed the recent series on the Big 12's most memorable plays. How hard was it to settle on those 25 plays, and what are some others that almost made your final cut? Thanks again for the stories. They really got me excited about the coming season and how great this conference has been during its brief history.

Robert, you wouldn't believe the number of selections that I considered before I settled on my 25 most memorable Big 12 moments. It was one of the toughest assignments I've had in a long time, trying to cull those memories into a coherent list.

The only ramifications I had were that the moments had to make me go "wow" and every team had to be represented at least once. I think I was able to carry those out.

But there were about 25 more memories I wished I could have included, but just couldn't because of the list number. Here are the ones that just missed my cut, in no specific order.

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Kansas, Insight Bowl tidbits

December, 31, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Here are a few bowl factoids heading into the Jayhawks' Insight Bowl appearance against Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Bowl record: 5-6

Current bowl streak: Won 2.

Most memorable bowl victory: Three takeaways led to 17 points as the Jayhawks earned a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl. The victory capped the Jayhawks' first BCS bowl victory and punctuated a landmark 12-1 season. The Jayhawks jumped to a 17-0 lead after the game's first 23 minutes and held on from there as Todd Reesing threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a clinching score early in the fourth quarter.

Bitterest bowl loss: Penn State took advantage of a controversial 12th man penalty after initially failing on a game-winning two-point conversion to claim a 15-14 victory over the Jayhawks in the 1969 Orange Bowl. Kansas led for most of the game before Chuck Burkhart's TD run pulled the Nittany Lions within one with 15 seconds left. After Kansas stopped the two-point conversion, the Jayhawks were flagged for having too many men on the field. Bobby Campbell scored the two-point conversion on the next play after the penalty, capping Penn State's 11-0 season.

Best individual bowl performance: Jason Swanson threw for a school bowl-record 307 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Jayhawks' 41-13 victory over Houston in the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl. Swanson's big effort enabled the Jayhawks to roll up 29 first downs and 538 yards of total offense.

Record against Minnesota: The series is tied at 3-3. Kansas won the most recent meeting, 34-19, in Lawrence in 1973.

Common 2008 opponents: None

The number: 4. Kansas has qualified for four bowl games in the last six seasons. That represents a quarter of Kansas' bowl games. The other eight appearances came in the previous 56 seasons since Kansas' first bowl trip in 1948 to the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.