Kansas Wins Orange Bowl
Jayhawks prove they belong in BCS game by holding off Virginia Tech
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2008 7:45 AM CST
Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino holds an orange from one of he trophies after their 24-21 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl college football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Thursday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Kansas Jayhawks proved they belonged in a BCS Bowl game Thursday by beating No. 3 Virginia Tech 24-21 in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Kansas City Star reports. “They gotta say we’ve played somebody now!” Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib chanted as the No. 8 team celebrated at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

Many said 12-1 Jayhawks didn't deserve a BCS bid because they played a light schedule, but Kansas turned in a complete game in their finale. Kansas had the No. 2 offense in the country coming in, but its defense stuffed the Hokies with five sacks and three interceptions. KU's Todd Reesing threw for 227 yards and a touchdown.