Missouri, Kansas end 100-year-old rivalry


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Capturing the mood as well as anyone on this historic day was the student who came dressed as John Brown.

Decked out in 19th-century garb and with a thick beard dyed gray, Brian Duerksen did look eerily like the famed Kansas abolitionist as he held trophies symbolizing Kansas' 2008 Orange Bowl triumph in one hand and 2008 NCAA basketball championship in the other and struck a magisterial pose.

It was, after all, the slavery issue that split the nation apart in the 1860s and sparked hatred and violence along the Kansas-Missouri border, helping to create one of the most unique collegiate rivalries this country has ever seen.