LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Chris Brown was piling up yardage so
quickly against a soft Kanas defense, he had trouble keeping up
"I thought I was at 170,'' said Colorado's 6-foot-3, 220-pound
tailback. "But I guess I was way off.''
In fact, he was off by 139. Brown shredded the Jayhawks for 309
yards on 25 carries, including touchdown sprints of 78 and 51
yards, and Robert Hodge threw three touchdown passes as Colorado
beat Kansas 53-29 Saturday.
Brown, the Big 12's leading rusher, had 164 yards in the first
half against a Kansas run defense ranked 112th among 117 Division
I-A teams. He also had a 48-yard run and raised his six-game total
to 987 yards -- second in school history only to the 1,154 Rashaan
Salaam had after six games in his Heisman Trophy season of 1994.
Brown had 25 carries as the Buffaloes totaled 429 yards on the
"I am very thankful for my line and (blocking back) Brandon
Drumm,'' said Brown. "They opened some huge holes and got me into
the secondary. I just had to make one man miss.''
Donald Strickland returned an interception 95 yards for another
touchdown for the Buffaloes and Derek McCoy caught two touchdown
"Their backs hit the hole about 1,000 miles an hour,'' said
Kansas linebacker Leo Etienne.
Hodge, who has stepped in smartly after Craig Ochs left the
program in September, was 12-of-19 for 119 yards. He's thrown six
TD passes without an interception in the past two games.
"We were getting really good chemistry together,'' said McCoy.
"Coach is having more confidence to let us make big plays.''
Kansas (2-5, 0-3) quickly fell behind 14-0 for the third game in
a row, but rallied to take a 15-14 lead on Bill Whittemore's
five-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.
"There's one thing we have to do,'' said Kansas coach Mark
Mangino. "We have to stop spotting the other team 14 points every
After Whittemore's TD in the second quarter, Colorado scored
three touchdowns in the next 10 minutes to put the game out of
Whittemore scored two touchdowns while rushing for 121 yards and
passing for 217 and going over 300 yards in total offense for the
third straight game.
"We tried to tackle him and we just didn't tackle him,'' said
Colorado coach Gary Barnett. "He makes that thing go. Those guys
didn't quit and Whittemore led that group.''
The Jayhawks closed to 36-22 with 1:03 left in the first half on
Marcellus Jones' second TD catch, a 15-yarder after the Jayhawks
kept their drive alive with a 26-yard gain on a fake punt.
Whittemore's 9-yard run in the third quarter made it 39-29 after
Patrick Brougham's 43-yard field goal for Colorado.
But Hodge answered with an 8-yard TD pass to McCoy that put
Colorado up 46-29 in the fourth quarter.