BOULDER, Colo. - Behind the leadership of quarterback Todd Reesing, No. 15 Kansas held off Colorado to defeat the Buffaloes, 19-14, in a Big 12 football clash at Folsom Field Saturday.
Reesing engineered four scoring drives as Kansas improved its 2007 undefeated season to 7-0 (3-0 in Big 12 play). It marks the first time since 1995 that KU opened the year 7-0 and the Jayhawks' first win at Folsom Field since the same 1995 season. Colorado dropped to 4-4 on the year and 2-2 in league action.
Leading 19-7 after a Reesing four-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Derek Fine, Colorado mounted a strong comeback and pulled within five, 19-14, with 3:42 remaining. After a three-and-out, the Jayhawks punted to CU on its own 42 yard line and a stingy KU defense stopped the Buffaloes' momentum to seal the Kansas victory.
A sophomore from Austin, Texas, Reesing was 20-for-29 through the air for 153 yards with one touchdown. He also led all rushers with 84 yards on seven carries. Last year, Reesing engineered a KU come-from-behind 20-15 KU win against Colorado in his collegiate debut, passing for 106 yards and rushing for 90 yards.
"I'm really proud of the way our kids played tonight," Kansas sixth-year head coach Mark Mangino said. "It was a big win on the road."
The Jayhawk defense held Colorado to 66 yards rushing and an average of two yards per carry. KU used a balanced attack amassing 180 yards on the ground and 153 through the air.
Kansas registered the only points of the first half when it capitalized on a Colorado fumble late in the first quarter as the Buffs drove to the Kansas 11 yard line. KU junior Kendrick Harper recovered the Hugh Charles fumble. The Jayhawks then went on a 58-yard drive, highlighted by a Reesing 53-yard sprint to set up a Scott Webb 48-yard field goal to make the score 3-0 at intermission.
Following a Colorado touchdown to start the second half, Kansas answered quickly with a five-play, 58-yard drive to take the lead for good. Sophomore Jake Sharp ended the quick strike with a two-yard scoring run, his seventh touchdown of the season, to make the score 10-7 in favor of Kansas.
Later that quarter, KU sophomore safety Justin Thornton recorded his third interception of the season from CU quarterback Cody Hawkins. KU's ensuing drive stalled, and Webb made the score 13-7 in favor of the road team with a 35-yard field goal.
The most impressive drive of the night for Kansas came with 6:08 to play in the third quarter. Pinned on its own six yard line, the Jayhawks mounted a 15-play, 94-yard drive which concluded with the Reesing-Fine connection.
At 7-0, Kansas remains the only undefeated team in the Big 12 and will now travel to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M, on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The game from Kyle Field will be televised on ESPN2.