1946 Kansas Jayhawks football
Big Six co-champion
ConferenceBig Six Conference
Record7–2–1 (4–1 Big 6)
Head coach
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1945
1947 →
1946 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kansas + 4 1 0 7 2 1
No. 14 Oklahoma + 4 1 0 8 3 0
Missouri 3 2 0 5 4 1
Nebraska 3 2 0 3 6 0
Iowa State 1 4 0 2 6 1
Kansas State 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1946 Kansas Jayhawks football team was an American football team that represented the University of Kansas in the Big Six Conference during the 1946 college football season. In their first season under head coach George Sauer, the Jayhawks compiled a 7–2–1 record (4–1 against conference opponents), tied with Oklahoma for the conference championship, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 157 to 145.[1][2]

Three Kansas players received first-team honors from the Associated Press on the 1946 All-Big Six Conference football team: halfback Ray Evans; end Otto Schnellbacher; and guard Don Fambrough.[3]

The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 21TCUT 0–020,405[4]
September 27at DenverW 21–13[5]
October 5WichitaW 14–7[6]
October 12at Iowa StateW 24–812,000[7]
October 19Nebraskadagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
L 14–1633,000[8]
October 26at TulsaL 0–56[9]
November 2Oklahoma A&M
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 14–1320,000[10]
November 9 No. 16 Oklahoma
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
W 16–1315,000[11]
November 16at Kansas StateW 34–017,000[12]
November 28at MissouriW 20–1929,000[13]
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

After the season

Main article: 1947 NFL Draft

The 1947 NFL Draft was held on December 16, 1946. The following Jayhawks were selected.[14]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
25 231 Otto Schnellbacher Defensive back Chicago Cardinals
31 290 Bill Hogan Back Green Bay Packers

References

  1. ^ "1946 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. ^ 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 183.
  3. ^ "All Big Six". Iowa City Press-Citizen. November 29, 1946. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Kansas Ties Texas Christian: K. U. and Texans Fail to Score in Night Grid Clash; Both Have Good Chances but Miscues Prove Very Costly to Each". The Wichita Eagle. September 22, 1946. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Kansas Defeats Denver 21 to 13: Neither Club Scores Until Third When Jayhawkers Break Away". The Wichita Eagle. September 28, 1946. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Jayhawks Edge Wichita U., 14-7". The Manhattan Mercury. October 6, 1946 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Leighton Housh (October 13, 1946). "Unbeaten Kansas Rolls Past Iowa State, 24-8: 89-Yard Pass Play Fetches Cyclone T.D." The Des Moines Register. p. 8S – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Huskers Cut K. U. String Nebraska Powers Way To 16-14 Victory To Hand Kansas First Loss; Sam Vacanti's Fourth Period Field Goal Settles Issue In Bitter Big Six Battle". The Manhattan Mercury. October 20, 1946. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Tulsa Cremates Kansas: Tulsa Power Bowls Over KU, 56 To 0". The Sunday Examiner-Enterprise. October 27, 1946. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ John Cronley (November 3, 1946). "Jayhawks Scalp Cowboys, 14-13: Pokes Miss Tie as Goal Try Blocked". The Daily Oklahoman. pp. 1B, 2B – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ John Cronley (November 10, 1946). "Jayhawks Stump Sooners, 16 to 13". The Daily Oklahoman. pp. 1B, 2B. Retrieved April 29, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Jayhawks Wallop Kansas State, 34 to 0". Mercury-Chronicle. Manhattan, Kansas. November 17, 1946. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "A Surge To Top: Kansas, Rated Third in Big Six Before Season, Rises to Title Spot". The Kansas City Star. Associated Press. November 29, 1946. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "1947 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.