Scores

Final

Colorado 20

(4-3, 1-2 away)

Kansas State 47

(4-2, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

9:15 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 3 10 7 020
KSU 17 6 17 747

Top Performers

Passing: J. Freeman (KSU) - 214 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Johnson (KSU) - 20 CAR, 159 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Nelson (KSU) - 4 REC, 93 YDS

Kansas St. 47, Colorado 20

Associated Press

For The Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- James Johnson ran for 159 yards and two scores, Deon Murphy caught one touchdown pass and scored on a 20-yard reverse and Kansas State knocked Colorado out of the Big 12 North lead with a 47-20 victory Saturday night.

Johnson opened Kansas State's scoring with a 5-yard run in the first quarter and closed it with a 63-yard TD burst late in the fourth.

Brooks Rossman kicked four field goals for the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1 Big 12), including a 52-yarder as time ran out in the first half for a 23-13 lead. He was the first Kansas State player with four field goals in a game since Joe Rheem hit four against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 18, 2004.

Rossman missed tying Jamie Rheem's single-game school record of five field goals when he was short on a 46-yarder against the wind in the fourth quarter. He could have taken a shot from 39 yards in the game's final seconds, but coach Ron Prince elected to let the clock run out.

Colorado (4-3, 2-1) now trails No. 20 Kansas by a half-game in the North. The Buffaloes got a career-high 171 yards rushing and one touchdown from Hugh Charles, but those were overshadowed by four turnovers -- including Cody Hawkins' three interceptions.

Colorado also made two fourth-down mistakes that let Kansas State pad its lead at key points in the game. Rossman's 52-yarder came after Colorado coach Dan Hawkins' failed decision to go for it on fourth-and-6 from Kansas States 46 with 25 seconds left in the first half.

And in the closing seconds of the third quarter, Colorado punter Matt DiLallo dropped a snap just outside his own end zone. Daniel Gonzalez blocked DiLallo's punt, and Courtney Herndon recovered in the end zone for a 40-20 lead.

Murphy's first score put the Wildcats up 17-3 late in the first quarter. As quarterback Josh Freeman and Johnson took off right on an option play, Murphy -- who was lined up wide right -- headed straight for them.

He cut between Freeman and Johnson, took the pitch and swept untouched around the left side for the score.

Just after the midpoint of the third quarter, Murphy's 28-yard catch made it 30-13. He caught Freeman's pass over the middle, juked two defenders off their feet and outraced cornerback Gardner McKay to the flag.

Kansas State, which never trailed, went up 10-0 on Johnsons 5-yard TD run and Rossman's 20-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Buffaloes got within 10-3 on Kevin Eberhart's 50-yard field goal later in the first.

They closed the gap to seven points twice more. Cody Hawkins' 1-yard pass to Jake Behrens got Colorado within 17-10 early in the second quarter, and Eberhart's 24-yard field goal narrowed Kansas State's lead to 20-13 later in the second.

Charles' 1-yard run got the Buffaloes within 30-20 in the third quarter, but Rossman answered with his fourth field goal, a 39-yarder, for a 33-20 lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
KSU
1st Downs2220
Total Yards411463
Passing223214
Rushing188249
Penalties10-917-62
3rd Down Conversions1-124-15
4th Down Conversions1-40-0
Turnovers40
Possession29:1930:41

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hawkins19/412235.413
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Freeman15/272147.910

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles221717.8137
Behrens3299.7023
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson201598.0268
Patton12403.3025

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith27035.0040
McKnight66310.5040
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson49323.3043
Murphy44711.8128

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOKSU
TD07:29James Johnson 5 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 69 yds, 1:28
07
FG04:06Brooks Rossman 20 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 28 yds, 3:02
010
FG01:44Kevin Eberhart 50 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 29 yds, 2:22
310
TD00:25Deon Murphy 20 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 61 yds, 1:20
317
SECOND QUARTERCOLOKSU
TD12:12Jake Behrens 1 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 78 yds, 3:12
1017
FG07:57Brooks Rossman 36 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 41 yds, 4:15
1020
FG04:37Kevin Eberhart 24 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 3:20
1320
FG00:00Brooks Rossman 52 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 20 yds, :20
1323
THIRD QUARTERCOLOKSU
TD06:19Deon Murphy 28 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 53 yds, 2:14
1330
TD04:34Hugh Charles 1 Yd Run (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 76 yds, 1:45
2030
FG02:11Brooks Rossman 39 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 56 yds, 2:23
2033
TD00:29Courtney Herndon 6 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Brooks Rossman Kick) 2040
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOKSU
TD03:58James Johnson 68 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 63 yds, :12
2047