When asked where Mangino was the last time Kansas beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the coach was quick to remember his roots in good old 1968.
"I was in junior high school playing eighth grade football," Mangino commented. "Everybody was mad about the Vietnam War and had long hair; it was kind of a wild time."
While reminiscing, Mangino spoke with the media to discuss the recent heartbreaking loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the upcoming match up with Nebraska. Kansas stormed out of the gates on Saturday to take a 30-11 lead at halftime against the Red Raiders. However, the Jayhawks could not score any second half points, which led to the 31-30 defeat at Memorial Stadium.
Even with the loss, Mangino was still impressed with his defense.
"Our defense played tenacious and did a wonderful job. You always like to see your defense cause turnovers," Mangino said.
The defense was relentless and disrupted the play of Quarterback Sonny Cumbie to create 5 turnovers for the Red Raiders.
Mangino was not as pleased with the play of his offense, which prompted his comments of needing improvement this Saturday.
"On offense, there is not enough consistent play and that"s all eleven guys, not just one guy," Mangino said. "We need to move the sticks. We have to improve our run game. All areas of the offense need to improve, but the good news is that it will improve."
The Jayhawks have not beaten the Cornhuskers in 35 attempts and will have to play against a hostile Nebraska crowd Saturday.
Mark Mangino is aware of the difficult task of gaining a victory at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.
"It is one of the great venues in college football, and I enjoy going into those kinds of places and competing. With all of the tradition, I think it"s a fun atmosphere and it is what college football is all about," Mangino said.
Both teams have met 110 times and 98 consecutive years, which is the longest current uninterrupted series in NCAA I-A History. The Jayhawks will try to break history and earn its first Big 12 Conference victory of the season against the Cornhuskers Saturday at 6:10 p.m.