The Year was 1992

A look back in history with Mark Janssen.


The Year was 1992:

*It was Johnny Carson's last year on the Tonight Show.
 
*CDs had just surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for music.
 
*Stamps were 29 cents.
 
*Bill Clinton and Al Gore were first elected to lead the country.
 
*A unit called "Dream Team" swept through the Olympics in Barcelona by an average score of 117-44.
 
*AND, not a single player in uniform for SaturdayKansas State and Kansas was yet in high school. The date was Oct. 10, 1992, that a Jayhawk football team last defeated the Wildcats.
 
Final score from KU's Memorial Stadium: Glen Mason's Jayhawks 31, and Bill Snyder's Wildcats 7. A day that Wildcat offensive coordinator Del Miller says, "After it was over, you wanted to go bury yourself in a hole."
 
It was K-State quarterback Jason Smargiasso's worst nightmare. Oh, the Wildcat quarterback completed 10-of-13 passes, but it was for just 68 yards, plus he was sacked seven times for a -45 yards.
 
"That was a KU team that sent three or four guys into the NFL," said Miller in reference to Dana Stubblefield, Chris Maumalanga and Gilbert Brown over a two-year period.
 
"It was a long, long day. Our quarterback that day, obviously, really, really struggled."In fact, the Wildcats' overall offense struggled with a negative-56 yards rushing as Eric Gallon's 11 yards on 9 carries led the team.
 
K-State totaled just eight first downs and converted just 1-of-12 third downs. The lone K-State score came on a C.J. Masters' pass interception that was returned 80 yards for a touchdown.
 
Wildcat running back coach Michael Smith was a year removed from the Wildcats as a player, but remembers hustling in from Kansas City to Lawrence to watch the game from the Wildcat sideline.
 
"I remember coach (Marty) Schottenheimer stopped practice early to let a couple of us go to the game, plus he was right behind us because his son, Brian, was playing for Kansas," said Smith, who was with the Chiefs at the time.
 
"Now, that was an ugly day. They seemed to know what we were going to do on every single play." On that 1992 KSU coaching staff was Mark Mangino, the Wildcats recruiting coordinator, who now is the Jayhawks head coach, plus Nick Quartaro, who Saturday will be the Jayhawks' offensive coordinator.
 
Since that fall day in 1992, however, it's been all Purple on the day the Wildcats and Jayhawks have collided in football. Ten years, 10 Kansas State wins by an average score of 42-9 -- a total score of 418-91.
 
In the last five years, the difference by an average score of 52-7 - a total score of 260-34. In the 10 years, Bill Snyder-coached K-State teams have won with Chad May, Matt Miller, Brian Kavanagh, Michael Bishop, Marc Dunn, Jonathan Beasley and Ell Roberson at quarterback, and against KU teams coached by Mason, Terry Allen and Mangino.
 
Then, and now, Smith said the game had great significance no matter the records of the teams whether it be today or back in the Toilet Bowl years when he played for the Wildcats.
 
"It wasn't embarrassing to the players because we loved to play in the game," said Smith, who was 1-3 as a player against Kansas from 1988-1991. "To me it was KU and KSU," said Smith, emphasizing the 'S'.
 
"They thought we were a bunch of cowboys and we thought they were a bunch of uppity-ups."

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