October 17th – Boulder Colorado 34, #17 Kansas 30
Colorado used two first half turnovers inside the Kansas five yard line to build a 24-3 lead, then hung on for a 34-30 victory with a deflected pass in the endzone as time expired. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Hansen, making his first start of the 2009 season, completed 14-of-25 passes for 175 yards and a score, adding 35 yards on 11 carries. Rodney Stewart led the rushing attack for the Buffs, with 108 yards and two touchdowns. The game marked the sixth time Stewart has gone over the 100 yard mark in his career, and the 108 yard total made Speedy the 49th player in Colorado history to rush for over 1,000 yards in his career.
Much, much more tomorrow (probably up around noon), including a full recap, quotes, records set, and my take on the game (I can admit to you that when things started to look bleak in the fourth quarter, the title was going to be “I didn’t have to look it up” - a reference to whether I knew the last time the Buffs blew a three touchdown lead. It was the 21-0 lead over Iowa State two years ago that the Buffs turned into a 31-28 loss). Fortunately, there will be a much happier title to go with the much better result.
… One near record I’ll give you now, because I just had to look it up. The Kansas game marked the sixth time in school history (and first since 1999) that Colorado has held a team to minus-yardage rushing. Counting six sacks (which I personally think is a poor choice by the stats guys, but it is what it is), Kansas had 23 rushes for a minus-seven yards. The negative yardage is not close to the record (-40 by Wichita State in 1975, a 52-0 Buff whitewash), but it is close to the most recent negative game (-11 yards by Oklahoma in 1999 – a 38-24 CU win).
… With the win, the Buffs raised their conference record to 1-1. Be prepared to read all next week about how Colorado is tied for the lead in the Big 12 North, as every team has at least one conference loss. You should also take a look at how Kansas State, mauled by Texas Tech last weekend, returned the favor to Texas A&M this weekend. The Wildcats were up 38-0 at halftime, and built a third quarter lead of 59-0 before the Aggies scored. Look for the coaches’ hot seat, at least for a week, to move from Boulder to College Station …