Last year the Jayhawks won three games. One the year before that.
Turner Gill and Charlie Weis have tried and failed to bring a winner to Lawrence.
Ironically the last head coach to have success at K-U, Mark Mangino was on the opposite sideline as offensive coordinator at Iowa State.
Clint Bowen is getting his shot as head coach after Weis was let go in September and Saturday against Iowa State Bowen got his first win as the Jayhawks head coach as Kansas defeated Iowa State 34-14.
The long suffering fans of Kansas were so giddy that tearing down the goal posts after beating Iowa State was appropriate.
All the spoils of victory were enjoyed by Kansas, The goalposts went down and Bowen received the obligatory Gatorade shower.
I've always seen those." Bowen said. "They're a lot colder than you think. The old ice punch challenge came through there. Honestly about the greatest feeling of my life as this coaching thing goes."
“This is a bad loss." Iowa State head coach Paul Rhodes said.
It was a convincing win by the Jayhawks but their performance in the last three games of their schedule might impress the powers that be at Kansas to offer Bowen the job full time.
Those last three games are at home against red hot TCU next week. Then a road trip to a disappointing Oklahoma Sooner team before ending the season hosting Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown.
A win in one of those games might give Bowen the gig for good.
“I would love nothing more than for him to be the guy full time" Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings said. . "Him as a coach, he is enthusiastic, he’s a former player so he knows what we go through day-in and day-out. I think he is a great leader.”
"When we look at Coach Bowen we see KU all over him, so everybody goes out in practice and in the game and play our hardest for that man.” Kansas WR/RB Tony Pierson said.
Cmon Kansas, are you serious? You beat a 2 win team and you tore down your goalposts? Straight weak!!! #isuvsku pic.twitter.com/gqJV8xQHC4
— Giles (@giles381) November 9, 2014
KU fans tearing down goal posts for beating Iowa State. This may be the saddest moment in sports history. #isuvsku #Big12 #CollegeFootball
— Big 12 Fanatics (@Big12Fanatic) November 8, 2014