Kansas 13

(3-4, 0-3 away)

Colorado 44

(5-2, 4-0 home)

Coverage: Fox Sports Net

7:00 PM ET, October 22, 2005

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

1 2 3 4 T
KU 3 10 0 013
COLO 9 7 14 1444

Top Performers

Passing: J. Klatt (COLO) - 193 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: H. Charles (COLO) - 14 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: C. Gordon (KU) - 8 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Klatt hurls 4 TD passes; Colorado special teams dominate

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Blocked punts. Fake field goals. Big returns.

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 needed."

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 the country."

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.