Kansas Football: A Look Back at Tony Sands Memorable Game


There have been many memorable performances at Lawrence, over the years on the football field. To the first ever televised game in 1952 between Kansas and TCU or the first ever homecoming game with the Jayhawks hosting Missouri in 1912.

Another great performance came from “Tuxedo” Tony Sands in 1991. The senior running back set a NCAA rushing record on Nov. 24th in a game vs Missouri as he racked up 396 yards on 58 carries. With the 58 carries, Sands also set a new record, breaking a previous record set by Minnesota’s Kent Kitzmann of 57 . Sands added four rushing touchdowns. Nolan Cromwell held the team’s previous rushing single game record of 296 yards.

The Jayhawks went onto win the game, 53-29 earning their first winning season in 10 years. Sands broke a record set earlier on in the year by Marshall Faulk. The San Diego State great back rushed for 386 yards. For his career at Kansas, Sands rushed for 3,786 yards.

Former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson broke Sands’s record in 2007 with a 407 rushing yard outburst vs UTEP.

After Kansas, Sands enjoyed a short-lived NFL career with Arizona. He now owns an athletic training facilty which has been open since 1993. Famous clients include: cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.

June 21, 2013; Norfolk, VA, USA; Tony Sands rushed for 396 yards in 1991, setting a NCAA rushing record. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports