2:10 PM ET, October 18, 2003
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Ell Roberson scored one more touchdown than he was supposed to.
Roberson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores -- including a 1-yard sneak with 38 seconds left and the game well in hand -- as Kansas State broke a three-game losing streak with a 49-20 win over Colorado on Saturday.
Roberson was under orders to take a knee and let the clock run out after he failed to score from a yard out on the previous play. He apologized to Colorado coach Gary Barnett after the game and acknowledged that he ignored instructions not to score.
"It was more frustration on my part than anything," Roberson said. "The linebackers came down and made a good hit, and that made me kind of frustrated. So I just did it again, just to show them that we could get the ball in."
Barnett would not say whether he was surprised that Roberson and star running back Darren Sproles were still in the game late in the fourth quarter.
"If I say yes, I'm a whiner. If I say no, I don't know what I am," Barnett said. "So pick one. It wasn't the end of the game that was the issue -- it was leading up to the last five minutes."
Roberson threw two second-half touchdown passes to James Terry as the Wildcats pulled away from a 15-13 halftime lead for their first Big 12 victory of the year.
Rashad Washington blocked two punts for Kansas State (5-3, 1-2 Big 12) -- the first time since 1958 that Colorado had surrendered two blocked punts in one game. The Wildcats scored on both, on a first-quarter safety and on Joe Lawson's recovery in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Colorado, the defending Big 12 champion, dropped to 3-4 and 1-2 with its first loss to Kansas State since 2000.
Roberson's 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for a 9-7 lead was the 32nd rushing score of his career, setting a school record for both touchdown runs and total touchdowns.
Roberson's 40-yard touchdown pass to Davin Dennis with 40 seconds left in the first half broke Lynn Dickey's school record of 5,779 total yards. That record had stood since Dickey's senior season ended in 1970.
Colorado's Jeremy Bloom returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown that cut Kansas State's lead to 15-13, but the Wildcats scored on the first two possessions of the second half -- theirs and Colorado's.
Roberson, who finished 20-for-28 for 242 yards, threw a 10-yard inside screen pass to Terry for a 22-13 lead. Four plays later, Washington's block and Lawson's recovery made it 29-13.
Terry's 8-yard touchdown catch on the third play of the fourth quarter put the Wildcats up 35-13, and Sproles made it 42-13 with an 18-yard run midway through the fourth.
"They didn't do anything out of the ordinary -- nothing that we hadn't seen before," Colorado defensive end Gabe Nyenhuis said. "We didn't execute, and we made little mistakes that killed us."
Sproles ran for 90 yards on 14 carries, leaving him 17 yards short of the school career rushing record.
"There were a lot of things with Darren that we couldn't do -- at least we didn't feel like we could," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "There were some other things we felt like we had to do to attack the defense."
Joel Klatt, who threw for 419 yards in Colorado's 50-47 overtime win over Kansas last week, was 29-for-45 for 290 yards against the Wildcats. His 34-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Hackett with just under 6 minutes left cut Kansas State's lead to 42-20.
Bloom's kickoff-return touchdown was the first given up by the Wildcats since 1990, when Nebraska's Tyrone Hughes ran one back 99 yards. It was also one of the few bright spots on special teams for the Buffaloes.
After Daniel Jolly's 6-yard run put the Buffaloes up 7-0 on the game's first drive, Washington blocked John Torp's punt on Colorado's next possession. Three Kansas State players failed to gain possession of the ball in the end zone before it rolled out for a safety.
Colorado's Mason Crosby missed field goal attempts of 53 and 47 yards -- although both had plenty of distance -- and Klatt's two-point passing attempt fell incomplete after Bloom's touchdown.