Buffs suffer tough loss to No. 13 Jayhawks
With 1:20 left to play, CU fans started filing out of the stands. Kansas would run the clock down to end the game, making no plays.
Hawkins was sacked, and although a flag was thrown, there was no foul. Colorado fumbled the next ball, but recovered it with a three-yard loss.
Now just under two minutes in regulation time, Colorado called their final timeout of the game. Coming out of the timeout, they would be third and 18.
Hawkins pass was nearly intercepted, and CU was now fourth and 18. The Buffs would go for the first down. Smith nearly got the first down, but dropped it and Kansas set to take over on the Colorado 34-yard line.
Kansas moved the ball up 10 yards on the return to the 18-yard line.
Sharp gained no yards on a run and CU called their second timeout of the half.
Coming out of the timeout, Reesing threw an incomplete pass with a quarterback hurry by Ryan Walters. Reesing ran the ball, but even with the six-yard gain, Kansas would have to punt.
Kansas was called for holding on the punt, and the Jayhawks would re-punt with an 11-yard penalty.
Colorado was called for illegal substitution, and now Kansas would again punt the ball.
Colorado would take over at their own 42-yard line after the final punt.
Coming out of the timeout, Hawkins threw a pass to DeVree for an 18-yard gain and the first down. With the pass, the Buffs moved up to the Kansas 32-yard line.
Under heavy pressure, Hawkins threw an incomplete pass to Williams. On the next down, Hawkins did make the pass. Williams caught the ball for a 27-yard gain and moved the Buffs to the Kansas five-yard line.
Hawkins threw a pass to Ellis, and the senior tailback dived into the end zone for a Colorado touchdown.
Although the play went under review, the ruling on the field stood.
Eberhart’s extra point good, the Buffs lessened their deficit to 5, now down 14-19.
A few downs in, Reesing threw an incomplete pass, and KU sat fourth and six. The 40-yard punt went into the end zone, and CU set to take over at the 20-yard line.
Hawkins threw a pass to McKnight for an eight-yard gain.
Kansas took their second timeout of the half.
Coming out of the timeout, Hawkins threw a pass to Ellis for two yards and the first down. Hawkins tried for another pass to Ellis, but it was incomplete.
Ellis ran the ball the next down for four yards and the Buffs were third and six.
Hawkins, under heavy pressure, threw a pass for a 16-yard gain and the first down.
Colorado was called for a false start and received a five-yard penalty, to their 45-yard line. Hawkins gained back those five yards with a pass to Celestine, and CU called a timeout.
Colorado moved up to 25-yard line after the return.
Hawkins threw a pass to Josh Smith for a 28-yard gain and moved the Buffs to the Kansas 47-yard line.
Hawkins’ next pass was tipped, and on the next down his pass was nearly intercepted.
Opting to run after the failed previous two downs, Byron Ellis ran for five yards, but CU was still fourth and five.
The Buffs went for the fourth down conversion, but without success. KU set to take over at their 42-yard line.
Reesing opened up the fourth quarter by running the ball 17 yards to the Kansas 38-yard line.
Anderson took the next run and gained 12 yards. Brandon Nicholas and Barrett stopped another big gain to stop KU from gaining any yards on the next down.
Reesing threw a short pass to Sharp and then another to Dexton Fields for 17 yards.
A few downs later, Sharp got a big run for 10 yards. Kansas was now 12 yards away from their second touchdown of the half.
After a failed run, Reesing’s pass moved the Jayhawks to the four-yard line.
Coming out of the timeout, Reesing’s pass was complete for a touchdown.
Kansas went for two points, but Dizon made the stop and the Jayhawks lead 19-7.
Third quarter recap
As of the end of the third quarter, Kansas had out rushed the Buffs 119-65. However, with Hawkins completing 19-30 passes, the Buffs led the Jayhawks in total offensive yards 243-236.
Players to watch:
Hugh Charles – took back the rushing lead for the team, now at 40 yards on 11 carries. This means the tailback is still 60 yards short of reaching the century mark for his fifth consecutive game.
Jordon Dizon – moved up to 10 tackles, three short of his average on the season.
Although the Jayhawks got one first down, they could not gain much of anything to move past the 30-yard line, and the third quarter ended.
In the first half, KU scored three points on a field goal, while the Buffs could not score.
In the third quarter alone, KU scored one field goal and one touchdown, and the Buffs got a touchdown of their own.
Wheatley caught the punt at the three-yard line and ran up to the 29-yard line before Fine tackled him.
Hawkins threw a pass to DeVree and gained one yard.
Charles ran the ball next for 11 yards and a first down.
Charles ran again, but lost one yard. That made no difference, as Hawkins’ next pass to Cody Crawford got CU the first down and 21 yards.
Hawkins threw again, this time to Josh Smith, for five yards. Sumler lost one yard on the next run, and the Buffs were third and six.
Hawkins’ pass was tipped by Jeff Wheeler, so at fourth and six, DiLallo came in to punt.
CU was called for holding and the 10-yard penalty moved the Jayhawks to the Colorado 27-yard line.
A handoff to Nick Anderson ran the ball up to the 16-yard line.
Reesing tried to throw a pass, but it was broken up by Jeff Smart. Reesing’s next pass, although complete, lost KU one yard.
Third and eleven, Reesing under heavy pressure, the quarterback threw the ball out of bounds. Scott Webb’s field goal attempt was good, and KU went up 13-7.
Wheatley caught the ball at the four-yard line and ran for 26 yards before Raymond Brown tackled him at the 30-yard line.
Two Charles runs later, the Buffs were third and eight. Hawkins tried to throw a pass to DeVree but KU’s Justin Thornton intercepted it and KU would take possession.
Kansas caught the ball at the one-yard line and tried to run for their first kickoff return yards of the game.
Colorado was called for a face mask on the return, resulting in a 15-yard penalty. Along with the 36-yard return, Kansas sat at the 42-yard line.
The Jayhawks’ Sharp ran for 11 yards and then another nine yards. Reesing’s next pass to Henry was complete for nine yards and a first down.
Reesing threw to Henry, who moved around defenders for a 27-yard gain.
At the two-yard line, Sharp put it into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point was good.
Through half third quarter, both teams scored a touchdown, something neither could manage in the entire first half.
To start off the second half, the Buffs ran their way to a first down.
One pass and a no-gain rush later, Charles tried yet again to run to a first down. He did not gain any yards and DiLallo came in to punt for the Buffs.
Kansas was called for a delay of game before DiLallo punted, and CU moved up to their 43-yard line with an automatic first down.
Hawkins threw a pass to Josh Smith for 21 yards. In the first half, freshman sensation Smith had minus one yard.
Charles followed up the big play with a six-yard run to move the Buffs to the Kansas 30-yard line. Williams ran the ball for three yards, and the Buffs were third and one.
Hawkins threw a pass to a very wide-open DeVree and the senior wide receiver ran the ball in for a touchdown. Eberhart’s extra point good, the Buffs went up 7-3.
First half recap
CU could not get their running game going, and at the end of the first half, they had actually lost one net rushing yard from the end of the first quarter. Kansas could not keep up their rushing game in the second quarter. They only gained one yard on top of their 79 from the first quarter.
In the entire first half, there were only 13 first downs between the two teams. Kansas had a net 153 offensive yards and Colorado 130, demonstrating what the score already had: this is clearly a defensive game.
Todd Reesing, the Kansas quarterback, went 10-15. Cody Hawkins went 13-21, falling closely into his average on the rest of the season.
Players to watch:
Hugh Charles – did not gain any yards in the second quarter. at the half, Brian Lockridge actually led the team with 23 rushing yards on four carries.
Jordon Dizon – has seven tackles at the end of the half.
Hawkins threw a pass to DeVree for eight yards.
Under pressure, Hawkins threw the ball out of bounds before getting sacked again this quarter.
Hawkins’ pass to Sprague was incomplete, and with 40 seconds left in the half, the Buffs were fourth and two.
Despite being unable to gain any yards yet on the drive, the Buffs went for the first down.
Hawkins’ pass to Williams was complete for five yards and the first down.
Hawkins threw a pass to Riar Geer for a nine-yard gain.
Hawkins’ pass was intercepted, but it was then fumbled by Kansas, and CU regained possession at the 37-yard line.
With five seconds left in the half, Hawkins chucked the ball to the end zone. Although it was nearly caught, the half ended with no touchdowns.
Reesing threw a pass to Henry, but the wide receiver fumbled the ball and CU recovered it 51 yards away from a touchdown and a lead with 1:26 left in the half.
Kansas challenged the call, but the ruling stood.
CU caught the 41-yard punt and returned it for four yards to the 27-yard line.
Hawkins threw a pass to McKnight for five yards. Hawkins threw a pass to Charles and the tailback ran the ball for five yards and a first down.
Hawkins was sacked by James McClinton for a loss of nine yards. Hawkins looked for a pass, but instead ran for two yards to the 30-yard line.
With the Buffs third and 17 and just under two minutes left in the first half, Kansas called their first timeout of the game.
Coming out of the timeout, Hawkins was sacked again for a 10-yard loss.
Kansas called another timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, DiLallo punted the ball 47 yards to the 33-yard line, and KU gained no yards on the return.
Kansas opened up their drive by gaining no yards. Reesing threw a pass to Derek Fine for seven yards. KU was third and three. Reesing tried to get another pass and a first down to Fine, but instead threw an incompletion. Kansas set to punt to Colorado.
Lockridge took over for two big gains. However, he gained no yards on the next play.
Byron Ellis looked to run for a few yards of his own, and he gained three yards.
With the Buffs third and seven, Cody threw a pass for a first down to DeVree for nine yards and the first down.
Hawkins pitched the ball to Celestine, and he lost 10 yards.
Williams caught a pass from Hawkins, got around a defender, and ran for an 18-yard gain. The Buffs, after being second and 20, were third and two.
Hawkins next pass to Sprague was incomplete, and Kevin Eberhart came in to attempt a 46-yard field goal.
His first attempt of the game was wide left, and Kansas would take over on the 29-yard line.
After a few plays, Kansas had moved to the CU’s 29-yard line. Reesing threw two incomplete passes and, at fourth and two, Kansas went for the first down.
Reesing threw the pass into empty space, and Colorado would take over at the 29-yard line.
Wheatley catches the punt four yards deep in the end zone and runs the ball to the 23-yard line.
CU tried on the next few plays to gain yardage, but failed to do so. With 12:12 left in the half, DiLallo came in to punt.
First Quarter Recap
Overall, the teams played pretty even. KU, however, rushed for 79 yards over CU’s 35. The run game gave CU trouble at the start of the season, but since the minus 27 rushing yards against Florida State University, the Buffs have had a strong run game led by Charles.
Players to watch:
Jordon Dizon – four tackles, one for loss.
Hugh Charles – leads the team with 14 yards on four carries.
Reesing sacked by Alonzo Barrett. Kansas lost six yards and were third and 13. KU only gained two yards and would go for a 48-yard field goal. Scott Webb’s kick was good and Kansas put the first points up on the board.
With 13:42 left in the first half, the Jayhawks went up 3-0.
Kansas gained one yard, followed by a pass to Sharp for five yards.
At third and five on 17-yard line, Reesing was nearly sacked, but ran up to field for 53 yards before being tackled by Benjamin Burney. Reesing, a sophomore, started his first game last year against the Buffs.
End of first quarter.
Chase McBride fumbled the ball, but CU still kept possession of the 40-yard punt. Although they lost three yards on the return, the Buffs still started at their own 45-yard line.
However, they failed to take advantage of the field position on the next play and lost one yard. Demetrius Sumler gained three yards on the next play and the Buffs sat third and eight.
Hawkins threw a pass to Tyson DeVree for 11 yards and a first down. CU had moved up to the 39-yard line.
Charles ran the ball for five yards. Hawkins threw the ball to Kendrick Celestine and Celestine ran the ball up for a 12-yard gain.
Hawkins threw again, this time to Sprague, for five yards. Behrens got his second touch of the gain when he ran it for four yards.
The Buffs sat third and one. Charles went to run, but fumbled the ball and Kansas recovered.
Kansas caught the punt at the five-yard line and was immediately tackled by Cha’pelle Brown.
The handoff to tailback Jake Sharp gained no yards for Kansas. Reesing threw a pass to Marcus Henry for 24 yards and a first down. Henry, who flirted with out-of-bounds on the pass, appeared to not have a strong grip on the catch and the play went under review.
After review, the complete pass ruling was reversed and Kansas moved back to the five-yard line for third and 10.
Brandon McAnderson did not gain enough for the first down on his run, and Kansas set to punt from in the endzone.
Colorado’s first move is a handoff to Charles. Charles gained four yards to start off what could be his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Hawkins completed a pass for a 9-yard gain to Dusty Sprague.
Two plays later, Patrick Williams ran for seven yards and a first down. The ball sat on the 43-yard line.
Jake Behrens ran for no gain on the next play. Behrens saw his first action this season last week in the game against Kansas State University, where he also scored his first career touchdown.
Scotty McKnight could not catch the pass from Hawkins, and the Buffs sat third and 10. Hawkins looked for a teammate, but with no luck, ran for seven yards. As Colorado was fourth and three, Matt DiLallo came in to punt.
Kansas caught the punt at the5-yard line and was immediately tackled by Cha’pelle Brown.
Kansas received the ball to start the game. After the ball was kicked into the end zone, and Kansas moved to the 20-yard line, KU got two big plays for 11 and nine yards.
They followed this with a 5-yard delay of game penalty and a one-yard gain. The Colorado defense would continue to allow only a few yards on the next plays.
Kansas now at third and nine, quarterback Todd Reesing, heavily under pressure, looked for a pass but could not find it. He ran for three yards, but it was not enough for the first down.
With Kansas set to punt, Colorado called the first timeout of the game with 10:55 in the first.
Players to watch this game:
Tailback Hugh Charles – looking for his fifth 100-yard receiving game.
Linebacker Jordon Dizon – just named semifinalist for Dick Butkus award for best college linebacker. He currently leads the nation in tackles.