Colorado 30

(5-4, 2-2 away)

Kansas 21

(3-6, 3-2 home)

1:30 PM ET, November 6, 2004

Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS), Lawrence, KS

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 7 3 14 630
KU 14 0 7 021

Top Performers

Passing: J. Nielsen (KU) - 183 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Vickers (COLO) - 4 CAR, 24 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Anderson (KU) - 5 REC, 60 YDS

Colorado 30, Kansas 21

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 lead.

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 Kansas 48.

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.