BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Blocked punts. Fake field goals. Big
Colorado's special teams were so -- well -- special Saturday
night, it was easy to forget that Joel Klatt played well enough to
grab another prominent spot in the CU record book.
Klatt threw four touchdown passes to become the school's
all-time leader in that category, while the special teams scored a
safety, two touchdowns and set up another TD to lift the Buffs to a
44-13 win over Kansas.
"Coach said he was going to be aggressive on special teams all
week and obviously he was," Klatt said. "It was the boost we
Klatt threw for only 193 yards and the Buffs (5-2, 3-1 Big 12)
only made 14 first downs, but the special teams made big plays that
allowed the offense to open things up.
Two of Klatt's touchdowns went to tight end Joe Klopfenstein.
The second was set up by a 21-yard run on a fake field goal.
Klatt followed with a 3-yard pass to Klopfenstein, marking the 41st
career TD pass for the senior, which put him past Koy Detmer for
the CU record.
Klatt also had a 40-yard touchdown to Klopfenstein, a 20-yard
touchdown to Quinn Sypniewski and a 62-yard touchdown to Dusty
Sprague. Klatt already was CU's leader in completions and now
stands only 174 yards behind Kordell Stewart for the record in
career passing yardage (6,481).
"We would not be 5-2 right now without Joel," coach Gary
Barnett said. "We would not have been 8-5 a year ago without Joel.
You don't get a quarterback like that very often."
He was only part of the story on this night, though.
Stephone Robinson had an 81-yard punt return for a score, as the
Kansas (3-4, 0-4) special teams looked every bit as bad as its
offense has the last several weeks.
Last week, Jayhawks linebacker Nick Reid made news when he said
he was so frustrated with the KU offense, he felt like picking a
fight with those players.
This week, there were signs of hope.
Senior Jason Swanson (26-for-50, 291 yards) made his season
debut at quarterback after Brian Luke went out with a leg injury.
When Swanson threw a pretty pass to Charles Gordon in the corner of
the end zone late in the second quarter, KU snapped a string of 164
minutes, 29 seconds without a touchdown.
It pulled the Jayhawks within 16-13, and for a moment, it seemed
anything was possible.
"It was real nice to show our teammates, defense and the rest
of the world that we can go out there and play with anybody,"
Swanson said. "We can go out there and score a TD on any team in
Yes, but not enough of them, especially on a night in which the
special teams was so bad.
CU opened the third-quarter scoring by blocking a punt. Brendan
Schaub came in unhindered and blocked the kick, which was scooped
up by safety Domonique Brooks, who went 28 yards for his second
career touchdown against Kansas.
Later, came the fake field goal, courtesy of Klatt's roommate,
holder Nick Holz, who picked the ball up and ran to the 3.
Robinson's punt return marked his second for a touchdown against
KU in two years.
The Kansas punt team also allowed a safety, when Kyle Tucker had
trouble with a bad snap and elected to throw the ball out of the
end zone to make it 9-0 in the first quarter.
"When special teams does that, it's going to be a long night,"
Kansas coach Mark Mangino said.
All that, plus the offense's usual struggles, put pressure on
Reid and KU's formidable defense, which kept the numbers reasonable
-- allowing only 304 yards -- but couldn't work miracles on its own.
"The second you let up, you can see what happened," defensive
end Charlton Keith said. "And our team let up a few big plays when
we weren't into the game mentally."
Kansas officials did not make Reid available after the game.
The Buffs, meanwhile, were far from perfect -- they committed 10
penalties to add to their conference-leading total of 63 coming
into the game -- but they didn't have to be.
After KU lost 11 yards on fourth-and-1 from the Colorado 46 in
the first quarter, CU moved 43 yards in three plays, capped by
Klatt's scoring pass to Sypniewski. Klatt's 40-yarder to
Klopfenstein made it 16-3 in the second.
It was a nice rebound for the Buffs, who fell 42-17 to No. 2
Texas last week. The Buffs, looking as good as anyone in the
unspectacular Big 12 North, have outscored opponents 189-61 in
their five wins.