1969 Orange Bowl

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1969 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Penn State 0708 15
Kansas 7007 14
DateJanuary 1, 1969
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPHB Donnie Shanklin, Kansas
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJim Simpson
Al DeRogatis
Orange Bowl
 < 1968  1970

The 1969 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Penn State Nittany Lions.


The Jayhawks were co-champion of the Big Eight Conference with Oklahoma, who went to the 1968 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. This was Kansas' first conference title since 1947. This was their first bowl game since 1961 and first Orange Bowl since 1948. Penn State was going for their first ever undefeated season, though they could not win the national title due to being ranked #3 behind #1 Ohio State and #2 USC, which were playing each other in the Rose Bowl. This was their first Orange Bowl appearance.

Game summary[edit]

  • Kansas - Reeves 2-yard run (Bell kick)
  • Penn State - Pittman 13-yard run (Garthwaite kick)
  • Kansas - Riggins 1-yard run (Bell kick)
  • Penn State - Burkhart 3-yard run (Campbell run)

Mike Reeves gave Kansas a 7-0 lead on his touchdown run, but Penn State tied the game before halftime on Charlie Pittman's touchdown run. John Riggins gave the Jayhawks a 14-7 lead on his touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. Later in the game, Kansas had another chance to score with the ball at Penn State's 14 on fourth down with one yard to go. Instead of kicking the field goal, they went for the first down, but Riggins was stuffed for no gain. With 1:16 to go in the game, a blocked punt gave the ball back to Penn State at the 50. Bob Campbell caught a pass from Chuck Burkhart and was tacked at the 3 yard line. Campbell scored on a touchdown plunge to make it 14-13, pending the conversion attempt. Penn State's conversion attempt fell short, but they were given another chance due to Kansas having 12 men on the field. On their second attempt, Campbell scored to give the Nittany Lions the one-point win. [1]


Despite Riggins' return, quarterback Bobby Douglass' graduation hurt the Jayhawks, and they went 1-9 in 1969. Kansas did not have another winning season until 1973, and did not return to an Orange Bowl until 2008 (2007 season). Penn State returned to the Orange Bowl the following year.


Statistics Penn State Kansas
First Downs 17 16
Rushing Yards 207 76
Passing Yards 154 165
Total Yards 361 241
Interceptions 2 1
Punts-Average 9-38.1 10-38.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0
Penalties-Yards 1-15 2-10