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Austin R. Vaughn | NCAA.com | October 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1961 Kansas Jayhawks

Welcome back, sports fans, to Throwback Thursday, a time to look upon our past with equal parts nostalgia, pride and a healthy dose of shame. For as casual style goes through awkward changes and redesigns so do football uniforms and logos.

This week we take a look at the 1961 Kansas Jayhawks:

 

Kansas hadn't won a bowl game in the history of the program, and, after starting the 1961 season 0-2-1, it didn't look like the Jayhawks' fortune was about to change.

But, Jack Mitchell's boys rallied and won six straight. Kansas dropped its last game of the season to arch-rival Missouri by only three points, but its 6-3-1 record was enough to earn an invitation to the Bluebonnet Bowl to take on Rice.

In their first bowl game since 1948, the Jayhawks didn't disappoint, blowing out the Owls 33-7 to earn their first bowl win in program history.

In 2011, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic bowl win, Kansas resurrected the gorgeous powder blue unis with white numbered helmets.

Imagine those beauties in the lights just after the program's first bowl win. If only history could've been preserved in Technicolor.

 

 

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