LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Stephone Robinson scored the go-ahead
touchdown on a 48-yard punt return and Lawrence Vickers added a
late score to seal it, leading Colorado to a 30-21 victory over
Kansas on Saturday.
The Buffaloes (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) trailed 14-0 before they ran
their second play. But the Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5) were forced into
playing their third-team quarterback when backup starter Jason
Swanson was injured in the first quarter and couldn't hold the
Cornerback Charles Gordon had two interceptions and a fumble
recovery for the Jayhawks, who have lost to Colorado four years in
a row and five of the last six.
Things looked good early for the Jayhawks. After John Randle
capped an 8-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, Rodney
Harris picked off Joel Klatt's first pass -- the first of three
Colorado turnovers in the first half.
Set up on the Colorado 28, the Jayhawks needed just three plays
to go ahead 14-0. Mark Simmons picked up 19 yards on a reverse, and
one play later Randle darted in from the 1.
A few minutes later, Swanson left with an undisclosed injury and
in came walk-on John Nielsen.
The little-used senior's first play from scrimmage ended
horribly. Nielsen tossed a shovel pass to Randle, who ran 10 yards
and fumbled. It bounced off the artificial turf right into the
hands of safety Dominique Brooks, who ricocheted off a couple off
tacklers, got a couple of good blocks and went 41 yards for
Colorado's first touchdown.
Mason Crosby's 19-yard field goal early in the second quarter
made it 14-10 at the break.
The Buffaloes, trying to stay alive in the wacky Big 12 North
race, drove 80 yards with their first possession of the second half
and took a 17-14 lead on Klatt's 4-yard touchdown pass to Joe
Klopfenstein. Vickers got the drive going with a 34-yard reception.
The Jayhawks came right back, with Nielsen throwing the first
touchdown pass of his career, a 19-yard catch-and-run to Brandon
Rideau for a 21-17 lead.
After John Thorp's 61-yard punt pinned Kansas back at its own 1,
the Jayhawks punted back to Colorado and Robinson took it on the
He went right, dodged a tackler and tightroped down the East
sideline for a touchdown that gave Colorado a 24-21 lead with 12
seconds left in the third.
Vickers' 4-yard run put the Buffs on top 30-21 with 3:27 left.
Kansas drove back down the field but Terrence Wheatley
intercepted Nielsen's pass in the end zone and Colorado took
possession with 57 seconds to go.
Nielsen finished 21-of-31 for 183 yards, while Klatt was
18-for-31 for 153 yards.
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