Monday, November 19, 2007

Countdown to Armageddon at Arrowhead: 5 days

Some notes about the Border War:

-Series tied 53-53-9*
*This total reflects a 1960 Kansas win as a Missouri win due to a Kansas forefeit, it was later revealed that KU used an ineligible player.
-Series dates back to 1891...this is the 'oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi'
-First time game has been played in Kansas City since 1945...18 of the first 19 matchups were played in Kansas neutral sites, KU leads the series 13-6-3.
-Until the early 1950's, the MU-KU game was played on Thanksgiving Day

Biggest games in Kansas-Missouri history:
-In 1909, both teams went into the season finale undefeated. Missouri won the game 12-6 to finish the season 9-0-1.
-In 1960, Kansas defeated Missouri, ranked no. 1 in the country for the only week in the history of the school, 23-7. Kansas was later forced to forfeit the game for using an ineligible player.
-In 1969, Mizzou defeated KU, 69-21. That point total remains a single-game record for the Tigers.
-In 1991, Tony Sands rushed for 396 yards against MU, a mark that is 2nd all time on the single-game rushing yards list (LaDaninan Tomlinson, 1999 vs UTEP, 406 yards).

The MU-KU bass drum:
The MU-KU Bass Drum is issued to the winner of the Missouri-Kansas football game. It originated in 1935, and was originally conceived as Indian War Drum in nature by a couple of Mizzou alumni, since Osage Indians roamed the plains of Kansas and Missouri long before the state universities were founded. The trophy's original intent was to stimulate new interest in longtime series that had dwindled during the Depression of the '30s and MU's all-time low in football victories. The supposedly authentic Indian drum was purchased in a Kansas City pawn shop, and new drum was acquired prior to the 1986 game; it was autographed originally on both drum heads by KU and MU alumni. The tradition was temporarily forgotten for a few years but resumed on an annual basis in 1947.

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