Kansas 33, No. 17 Colorado 17
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas needed a change of momentum, but didn’t expect to find it with a backup quarterback who was a walk-on this year.
``You could see it turning,″ Jayhawks coach Terry Allen said Saturday after Jay Alexander replaced injured Zac Wegner on Kansas’ first possession and led the Jayhawks past No. 17 Colorado 33-17.
David Winbush, whose previous career high was 99 yards, rushed for 268 yards _ the most ever allowed by Colorado _ and scored three touchdowns as the charged-up Jayhawks ended a 10-game winless streak against ranked teams and beat Colorado at home for the first time since 1981.
``Yeah, I felt the momentum start to come back but that’s just because we were driving the ball and the offensive line was driving them back,″ Alexander said. ``I didn’t have time to think. They just tell you to be ready because you never know what’s going to happen. You hate to see a teammate get hurt.″
Getting most of the snaps as Mitch Bowles sat out with a hamstring injury, Winbush rushed 29 times in gaining 10 more yards against Colorado than David Overstreet of Oklahoma managed in 1982.
``I kept saying I’m a starting running back,″ Winbush said. ``I’ve been looking for a breakout game. I didn’t really think about it this week, and it just came.″
A 65-yard run by Winbush in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
``He’s real small and he took advantage of every little hole,″ Colorado linebacker Ty Gregorak said. ``He took advantage of that and he took advantage of us not being where we’re supposed to be. We just didn’t execute as well as we should. I don’t know if we just got a little too much confidence in ourselves and started thinking we were better than we were. It’s hard to explain.″
Tim Bowers scored on the 48-yard fumble return for a 26-14 lead with 12:28 to play for Kansas (3-5, 1-5 Big 12).
Colorado (6-2, 3-2) had won three Big 12 games each by two points, but could not contain the Jayhawks and their unlikely offensive heroes.
Alexander was 11-of-18 for 115 yards in relief of Wegner. Adam Bledsoe, who relieved injured starter Mike Moschetti in the third quarter, was 3-of-9 for 21 yards for the Buffaloes.
``Their backup quarterback outplayed our backup quarterback,″ Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel said. ``And their running back was sensational.″
Bowers scored after Bledsoe fumbled when hit in the backfield by Steve Bratten and Jeremy Hanak, with Hanak knocking the ball loose. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
Jeremy Aldrich kicked a 46-yard field goal for Colorado with 10:09 left, but Winbush broke free for his third score with 8:10 remaining for a 33-17 Kansas lead.
Joe Garcia had kicked a 24-yard field goal for Kansas with six seconds left in the third quarter.
Kansas jumped to a 17-7 lead after Brady McDonnell muffed the opening kickoff of the second half. The ball bounced off McDonnell’s chest and Tyrus Fontenot recovered at the Colorado 32.
Winbush went 23, 1 and 8 yards for TDs.
The Buffaloes drove 65 yards on 12 plays with Moschetti going the final yard to make it 17-14 with 8:43 left in the third period.
A second interception off Moschetti stopped Colorado inside the 10 in the second quarter after a 53-yard kickoff return by Ben Kelly gave the Buffalos possession at the Kansas 47.
Moschetti’s pass was picked off by Greg Erb, who stepped in front of Chiaverini at the Jayhawks 7 after the ball appeared to be tipped at the line. Kansas drove 86 yards to a 24-yard field goal by Garcia with six seconds left in the half.
Colorado had taken a 7-0 lead with 1:27 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Marlon Barnes, but Winbush broke free for 38-yard touchdown run with 7:05 left in the half for a 7-7 tie.