Highlight-reel season continues
Kansas University football fans who decided the celebratory beers could wait a few more minutes received a sentimental treat after the Jayhawks' 45-7 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.It was Senior Day at Memorial Stadium, so emotions already were running high, but the real treat came postgame when the Rock Chalk Video crew cranked out a quick highlight reel recounting all of the Jayhawks' school-record 11 victories.If you've been following the season from the beginning then you're quite familiar with the plays that were included. Aqib Talib, Todd Reesing, Marcus Herford and Marcus Henry were featured prominently. The particular players weren't exactly what tugged at the emotions, however. More moving were the emotions recalled when watching those plays happen, whether in person or while screaming at the television screen, and the reminder of each final score - and each victory - that those highlights came from.Kansas never has won 11 games in a season before this year, and KU never has been 11-0 until this year. As far as numbers go, that makes 2007 the most successful season in program history. Of those victories, seven of them have happened in the friendly confines/hostile atmosphere of Memorial Stadium. Individually, none of those victories seems shocking. The full body of work, however, still seems like a dream.Some of us, myself included, expected Mark Mangino to build Kansas into a regular winner. But how many of us ever thought he'd have KU in the national championship conversation? How many of us thought we'd live to see the day Kansas was ranked No. 2, or possibly higher?In many ways, the magnitude of the Jayhawks' success still has not sunk in : or at least it hadn't until Saturday evening. After recounting each of the 11 victories, the MegaVision board read "11-0." Below the numbers was the word "undefeated."The fans who stuck around to savor those final moments roared with approval. After that, most headed back out to party or make their way home. A few more stuck around to listen to the KU Marching Band perform a few more songs in the stadium. It was one more chance to revel in the excitement that has filled this most magical of seasons in KU football.The home slate is done now, and the toughest part of the journey remains. Up next for No. 2 Kansas (Associated Press, Coaches' Poll, BCS) is a date with No. 3 Missouri (AP, No. 4 in Coaches' Poll and BCS) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. After that is a possible trip to San Antonio for the Big 12 Championship, and then a bowl game - most likely in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona or California. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, enjoy every minute of it. We've waited a long time for this.