Kansas football: Top five wins of the decade for the Jayhawks

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5. Kansas football vs. Rutgers, 2018

While it isn’t the most recent win on this list, the 2018 win over Rutgers was the coming-out party for then-freshman running back Pooka Williams.

After the Jayhawks suffered an embarrassing loss to Nichols State at home in week one, Kansas football looked like it might be headed for a one or two win season. The Jayhawks rebounded the next week though on the road with a dominant win over Central Michigan.

The Jayhawks were only a 1.5 point favorite going into their game the following week, which made the outcome vs. Big Ten Conference Rutgers just that much more impressive. The Jayhawks smashed the Scarlet Knights 55-14, solidifying Rutgers as the new worst team in the country.

The win marked the first time since 2009 that Kansas had won back to back games against an FBS opponent.

As stated, Pooka Williams absolutely dominated the game. He finished his home debut as a Jayhawk with 163 rushing yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. The Kansas defense also recorded two pick-sixes on the day courtesy of Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden.

It was a big win for Kansas football over a power-five conference team. It may not have saved David Beaty’s job, but at the very least it established that Kansas was no longer the worst team in college football.