Scores

Final

(17) Kansas 30

(5-1, 1-1 Big 12)

Colorado 34

(2-4, 1-1 Pac-12)

7:00 PM ET, October 17, 2009

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

1 2 3 4 T
#17KU 3 7 13 730
COLO 0 24 3 734

Top Performers

Passing: T. Reesing (KU) - 401 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Stewart (COLO) - 24 CAR, 108 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Briscoe (KU) - 8 REC, 154 YDS, 1 TD

Hansen sparks Buffaloes' upset of No. 17 Jayhawks

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Tyler Hansen gave the Colorado Buffaloes more zing, zip and zeal at quarterback.

"The plays break down, Tyler's able to scramble and make something out of nothing," tailback Rodney Stewart said. "I think we need that kind of football."

Fast Facts

• Tyler Hansen, making his first start of the season, threw for 175 yards and a touchdown to lead Colorado. He also rushed for a score in the win.

• Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing threw for 400 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the loss.

• Kansas' three-game win streak against Colorado and seven-game win streak overall was snapped in the defeat.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Out to prove he should have been Colorado's starting quarterback all along, Hansen sure showed he deserves to be the Buffaloes' main man from here on out.

The sophomore signal-caller, who replaced Cody Hawkins -- the coach's son -- in the starting lineup, ran for a touchdown and threw a TD pass to lead Colorado to a 34-30 upset of No. 17 Kansas on Saturday night.

"The quarterback for CU, he was the difference maker today," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "It's unfortunate that they picked this [last] week to take his redshirt off. I think they found their quarterback, that's for sure."

Providing a spark both through the air and on the ground, Hansen threw for 175 yards and ran for 34 yards as Colorado (2-4, 1-1 Big 12) handed Todd Reesing and the Jayhawks (5-1, 1-1) their first loss.

"He did a nice job," Buffs coach Dan Hawkins said. "He made a lot of plays with his legs and made some good throws. Again, what a great kid he is. He and Cody from the get-go were being unselfish and that's one of the cornerstones of our team."

Cody Hawkins was always the first to greet Hansen on the sideline either with high-fives or pats on the back.

"Having two guys like that bodes well for the foundation of this team," Dan Hawkins said.

Reesing was 30-of-51 for 401 yards and two scores, but he was dumped for six sacks and threw an interception that was returned to the 1 and led to Hansen's touchdown on a keeper around right tackle.

It was against Colorado that Reesing made his debut as a freshman in 2006, starting the second half and leading the Jayhawks to a 20-15 win in Lawrence after standing on the sideline for the first eight games.

This time, Hansen led the Buffs to the winning score after Reesing had rallied the Jayhawks from a three-touchdown deficit to give Kansas a 30-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Hansen drove the Buffaloes 76 yards in 10 plays, the payoff coming when Stewart scored from 12 yards out, dragging a defender the final five yards into the end zone with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.

Reesing, whose pass to Dezmon Briscoe was broken up by Jimmy Smith on fourth-and-goal from the 6 with 4 1/2 minutes left, got the ball back with 59 seconds remaining and nearly pulled off yet another comeback.

He drove the Jayhawks all the way to the Buffaloes 19 thanks to a 26-yard strike to Briscoe, but after spiking the ball with seven seconds left, his final two passes were knocked away by the Buffaloes.

Cornerback Jalil Brown tipped away a pass intended for Kerry Meier, who caught 11 passes for 103 yards, with three seconds left. Then, Reesing went to Briscoe again, and this time, cornerback Cha'pelle Brown batted it down as time expired and the crowd stormed the field, celebrating Colorado's biggest win in a year.

For once, the Buffs had an answer to Reesing in their own scrambling quarterback.

"That's a huge advantage for the offense to have a guy back there that, when things start to break down, receivers can get open," Colorado linebacker Jeff Smart said. "Because it's challenging to cover guys for three, five, 10 seconds, especially when they start making up routes."

Hansen lost out to Hawkins in August but his redshirt was stripped last week when he came off the bench to play at Texas.

After a slow start for Kansas, Reesing executed to 2-minute offense to perfection at the end of the second quarter, driving the Jayhawks 80 yards in eight plays, capped by a 4-yard strike to Meier to pull Kansas to 27-10 at the half.

That was the first of five consecutive drives that ended in points for the Jayhawks, who managed only a field goal in their first seven possessions, capped when Reesing hit Briscoe with a 25-yard scoring strike to give the Jayhawks a 30-27 advantage.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KU
COLO
1st Downs2321
Total Yards423322
Passing431175
Rushing-8147
Penalties7-558-60
3rd Down Conversions5-178-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers23
Possession28:1931:41

Passing Leaders

KansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reesing30/514017.921
ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hansen14/251757.011

Rushing Leaders

KansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sharp13292.205
Opurum231.512
ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart241084.5218
Hansen11343.1120

Receiving Leaders

KansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Briscoe815419.3141
Meier111039.4126
ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Geer46516.3129
Simas34715.7036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKUCOLO
FG06:01Jacob Branstetter 37 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERKUCOLO
FG14:55Aric Goodman 45 Yd 33
TD14:31Rodney Stewart 3 Yd Run (Aric Goodman Kick) 310
TD06:57Riar Geer 12 Yd Pass From Tyler Hansen (Aric Goodman Kick) 317
TD02:24Tyler Hansen 1 Yd Run (Aric Goodman Kick) 324
TD00:11Kerry Meier 4 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 1024
THIRD QUARTERKUCOLO
FG10:36Aric Goodman 39 Yd 1027
TD07:24Toben Opurum 2 Yd Run (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 1727
FG03:55Jacob Branstetter 43 Yd 2027
FG01:15Jacob Branstetter 42 Yd 2327
FOURTH QUARTERKUCOLO
TD13:02Dezmon Briscoe 25 Yd Pass From Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter Kick) 3027
TD08:36Rodney Stewart 13 Yd Run (Aric Goodman Kick) 3034