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Decorations show Jayhawk fans’ excitement

November 15, 2007

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Fans light up street with KU pride

Six Jayhawk fans on Kentucky Street added "10-0" in Christmas lights to the front of their house after Saturday's football victory. Enlarge video

10-0 Christmas Lights

Brett Buchanan, Wichita, explains why he's put up 10-0 Christmas lights to promote the Jayhawks football team. Enlarge video

The "Jayhawk Rock" has been in the Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q for several years. Employees rub it for good luck for football.

The "Jayhawk Rock" has been in the Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q for several years. Employees rub it for good luck for football.

It's amazing what an undefeated football team can do for the mood of fans who've waited years to see it.

This week, if Jayhawk fans in Lawrence need a reminder about the team's record, all they have to do is drive by a home in the 1300 block of Kentucky Street, where a group of students has designed "10-0" in Christmas lights.

"Everybody is still in kind of a dream right now," said Brett Buchanan, a Kansas University senior who lives at the house. "I can't remember the last time we've had a dominant football team."

The Wichita Southeast High School graduate and his five roommates put the lights up Sunday. Buchanan is a third-generation Jayhawk who is ecstatic to see the third-ranked football team still in the national championship picture.

When things are going this well, KU fans are happy to see the Jayhawk in just about anything - including a rock unearthed from someone's yard.

In the unincorporated Miami County community of Hillsdale, about 45 miles southeast of Lawrence, workers and customers at a restaurant have a special ritual involving a rock shaped like the Jayhawk's head.

Greg Beverlin owns the Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q there, and the rock for the last eight years has had a place in his restaurant's lobby. A friend - a Kansas State University fan - gave it to Beverlin, a lifelong Jayhawk supporter. It's coming in handy so far this season.

"All of the employees rub it, and now they're undefeated," Beverlin said.

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