Colorado hoping offense in gear for trip to Kansas State

Updated: October 13, 2003, 2:00 PM ET

BOULDER, Colo. -- Lost amid the 97 points and 1,184 yards of offense in Colorado's 50-47 win over Kansas was a resurgent running game that has Buffs' coaches happy for the first time in weeks.

Brian Calhoun's 135 yards against the Jayhawks was just the second individual 100-yard game this season. Calhoun also had 118 yards against Florida State.

Through six games last season, CU had four 100-yard efforts. Next up for the Buffs (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) is a trip to suddenly unranked Kansas State (4-3, 0-2), losers of three straight but still dangerous.

"We're moving along," Calhoun said of the running game. "We're finally starting to pick up the pace a little bit. We aren't exactly where we want to be, there's still some glitches."

One of the bright spots is 6-1, 230-pound running back Daniel Jolly, who punched in two touchdowns Saturday on runs that remind some of Chris Brown's punishing style last season.

"Down on the goal line, he ran over two kids to get in," offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. "He's getting better and better."

Added Calhoun: "That first touchdown run was a heck of a run. If I was in there I probably would have gotten thrown back 15 yards. He runs hard, and he knows his role, that's the big thing. He's a good player and he's going to be a great one."

Jolly is the first to admit he has room to grown. His understanding of the offense is adequate, but he needs time to adjust to the speed and consistent high level of play in the college game.

"A lot of times in a high school game, you are either blowing them out or you're the superior team and that's all there is to it," Jolly said. "But (in college) everybody has players, everybody is going to make plays. You can't just hang your head when somebody makes a play because they're on scholarship too, and they're going to make plays.

"It's what you do to respond and how much you're going to let that affect your play. That's the biggest difference."

Watson also said the offensive line is finally getting the push Colorado has been looking for.

"We're getting hats where they belong," Watson said. "Now we're starting to do it with some technique and we're starting to do it with some force, knocking guys off the ball."

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