Calhoun's score in OT rallies Buffs past Jayhawks
BOULDER, Colo. -- Kansas generated 586 total yards, with quarterback Bill Whittemore passing for 422 yards and Clark Green running for 103. The Jayhawks had no turnovers compared to the opposition's three.
And still that wasn't enough.
Brian Calhoun ran 12 yards for a touchdown in overtime, lifting Colorado to a 50-47 come-from-behind win over the Jayhawks on Saturday.
"We were confident we could put up points," Whittemore said. "Colorado just managed to put up more."
Calhoun's run up the middle came after Kansas' Johnny Beck had kicked a 35-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime.
"We wanted to establish the run in overtime," Calhoun said. "They were winded. So we ran on three straight plays until I finally broke it up the middle for the touchdown."
Coach Gary Barnett said his team showed "great resiliency. It wasn't a gem, but it was a tremendous effort. Our theme was that we had to win the second half. We tied it from 11 points down and got it into overtime."
Colorado (3-3, 1-1 Big 12), rebounding from a 42-30 loss to Baylor last week, snapped a three-game losing streak. Kansas (4-2, 1-1) had its four-game winning streak end.
The Buffaloes rallied from deficits of 7-0, 35-24, 38-30 and 44-38 in a wild game that featured a combined 1,184 yards of offense -- 598 by Colorado.
Whittemore passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more. Colorado's Joel Klatt, making his first start since separating his throwing shoulder against Washington State on Sept. 13, passed for two touchdowns and ran for one.
Whittemore completed 19 of 29 passes, while Klatt was 38-of-54 for 419 yards. Klatt's 38 completions broke the school record of 33 set by Koy Detmer against Oklahoma in 1992.
"This was a huge boost for us," Klatt said. "Now we're right back in the thick of things. We're going to be able to make a run at the Big 12 North title."
Kansas coach Mark Mangino said his team "fought hard, but they (Colorado) fought harder. It was a shootout. This game will benefit our team in the long run. Today's game was all about tackling, and we couldn't do that. Tackling has not been a problem until now."
Colorado freshman Daniel Jolly ran for two third-quarter TDs to help the Buffs draw into a 38-38 tie. Jolly's scoring runs of 2 and 1 yard capped drives of 80 and 75 yards.
Whittemore put the Jayhawks ahead again 44-38 on a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Simmons with 8:55 remaining in regulation, but Beck's extra-point attempt was blocked by Vance Washington.
Colorado then fashioned two scoring drives resulting in field goals, producing a 44-44 tie. Mason Crosby hit a 41-yarder and 23-yarder, the last with 14 seconds remaining.
Colorado won the coin toss to start overtime and elected to go on defense, and Kansas had to settle for a field goal after Whittemore was dumped by tackle DeAndre Fluellen for a 1-yard loss on third-and-2 from the Colorado 17.
On Colorado's possession, Calhoun ran for 9 and 4 yards before bolting for the clinching score. Calhoun finished with 135 yards rushing.
Whittemore passed for two scores and ran for two in the first half as Kansas took a 35-24 halftime lead, capped by a Hail Mary touchdown pass.
"If you don't take advantage of your opportunities, Colorado will beat you," Whittemore said. "Give them credit -- they made the plays when they needed to today."
Colorado blocked a punt in the first quarter to set up a field goal. Washington's blocked extra point was even more timely.
"He was so close every time," Barnett said. "I told him, keep going, you're going to get one. And he got one.
"That ended up being a way for us to tie the game. That was a critical block in the game. That's how you win games. One play, one piece of effort in a situation like that -- that's how you win games at this level."
Washington said he "jumped as far as I could, extended my arms and got my hands on it. It's a good noise. When you hear that thunk, you know it's time to dance, it's time to celebrate."
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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