Kansas' starting quarterback will be back in time for the Aloha Bowl. Brigham Young's will not. Nor will the Cougars' second-stringer. Or their third-stringer.
BYU is down to sophomore Tom Young, its No. 4 quarterback, and while Young has the bloodlines he's the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers QB Steve Young he hasn't much experience. He's played in four games this year, throwing three passes and completing one.
``I don't think we'll change appreciably what we'll attempt to do,'' BYU coach LaVell Edwards said. ``It's been unreal for us, really.''
Kansas, which joined the 25th-ranked Cougars in the Aloha Bowl on Friday when Nebraska beat Oklahoma, suffered a rash of injuries in the last month of the season, but most have recovered.
FOUR STARTERS fullback Monte Cozzens, defensive tackle Chris Maumalanga, quarterback Chip Hilleary and linebacker Larry Thiel were sidelined late by injuries, but only Thiel, who has a broken leg, is projected to miss the Christmas Day game.
Had NU lost Friday, all of KU's players would have missed the school's first bowl game since the 1981 Hall of Fame Bowl.
``The thing that made it especially tough this week was watching the players file through our office on their way home for Thanksgiving,'' KU coach Glen Mason said. ``To be 7-4 and think the season might be over. It was very moving for me to have (quarterback) Chip Hilleary stick his head in my office and looked at me almost with tears in his eyes and said, `My career just cannot end this way.'
``No one was rooting harder for the Cornhuskers than me."
IF THEY CAN so maneuver their travel plans, Kansas' football fans will also have a chance to root for KU's basketball team in Hawaii. The basketball Jayhawks will play in the Rainbow Classic Dec. 27-30.
Both teams will be staying in the same hotel, the Sheraton Waikiki.
``We're going to turn that place into the Jayhawk Motel,'' athletic director Bob Frederick said.
Frederick also said Kansas would turn a profit, or at least break even, on its trip to the islands. KU will receive a minimum of $750,000 for playing in the Aloha Bowl, most of which will go for expenses.
"We worked too hard the past few years getting in the black financially, and we're not going to throw it away on a trip to Hawaii. At the worst we expect to break even on this,'' Frederick said.
Brigham Young, 8-4, was co-champion of the Western Athletic Conference with Hawaii, but the Cougars lost to Hawaii, which will represent the WAC as league champion in the Holiday Bowl.
Kansas' bowl record is 1-5. The lone victory was over Rice, 33-7 in the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl.
KU has never played BYU, but the Jayhawks have an all-time record of 10-2-1 against the Western Athletic Conference. Their last meeting with a WAC team was in 1985, when they beat Hawaii, 33-27, in Aloha Stadium.