FRISCO, Texas — If you have not heard, Kansas beat Texas last season — in football! It was the first Big 12 win of the David Beaty era, and it was a massive internet moment.
Even the Kansas team did not expect the internet to blow it up to that extent.
“I didn’t expect it like it is,” said redshirt junior linebacker Joe Dineen. “Some of them are kind of funny.”
Dineen’s favorite meme that he saw was reposted just a few weeks ago. It features Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman hitting a 25-yard field goal set to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.
Internet, you wanted a Titanic version of Kansas beating Texas in football, well by God you've got it. pic.twitter.com/luxOZYGz8A
— Barstool KU (@BarstoolKU) July 10, 2017
“I almost started crying just because people are so clever,” Dineen said.
But while the win became an internet hit, it was a legitimately huge win for the program. It was Beaty’s 17th conference game as the Jayhawks coach, but his first win. It was a major moment for a rebuilding program.
“It proved to ourselves and to the fans that we can compete,” Dineen said. “It felt like we only had so many games left to get a Big 12 win. It was a relief. And it was motivation because we saw we could compete.”
Beaty told media that every recruit he talks to brings up the game. The victory over the Longhorns could be a cornerstone for the program — especially because it came against a program that controls the future of the Big 12.
However, Dineen is ready for Kansas to move past internet meme status and become legitimate conference contender.
“We need to change that,” Dineen says of the internet meme. “It’s fine and great, but I don’t want to see any more quotes that are so jaw-dropping. We want to expect to win games like that.”