The 97 points scored by the Jayhawks and Buffaloes tied the Kansas University school record. KU rallied to defeat Iowa State, 50-47, in 1992.
Quarterback Bill Whittemore's 422 passing yards rank second on KU's all-time single-game list behind Mike Norseth, who threw for 480 yards against Vanderbilt in 1983.
Whittemore also shot into second place on the single-game total-offense chart behind Norseth, who had 509 yards in that game against Vandy. Whittemore had 45 yards rushing to finish with 467 yards overall.
Colorado's Joel Klatt nearly matched Whittemore. He threw for 419 yards. That's the fourth-highest passing total against a KU team. Mike Fouts of Utah tops the list after throwing for 476 yards against the Jayhawks in 1996.
Whittemore averaged a staggering 27.5 yards per pass completion in the first half, completing 10 of 16 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas converted just three of its 12 third-down opportunities. Colorado was 9-for-15 in that category.
KU's Mark Simmons had six catches for 152 yards, both career single-game highs.
The Jayhawks' tried a gadget play in the fourth quarter with wide receiver Charles Gordon lining up at tailback and attempting a left-handed pass. But Gordon's toss was broken up in the end zone by a CU defender. KU scored on the next play, however, to take a 44-38 lead.
KU's Johnny Beck was wide left on a 40-yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter with the score knotted at 38.
Facing fourth and two near midfield early in the second quarter, Kansas tried trickery with a pass from up-back Nick Reid to Gordon out of punt formation, but Gordon was stopped for no gain, and the Buffs took over.
Reid figured in two bigger plays in the first half. The sophomore linebacker recovered a fumble and intercepted a Joel Klatt pass before intermission that set up Whittemore's "Hail Mary" TD pass to Charles Gordon.
Reid finished as the Jayhawks' leading tackler with 14 stops. Free safety Jonathan Lamb was credited with 13 stops and also recovered a fumble.
Colorado fans were vociferous, and the CU coaches and players were peeved early in the second quarter when an official ruled one of the Buffs had signalled for a fair catch on KU's kickoff, and CU had to start on its own two-yard line. Colorado eventually had to punt out of its end zone.
True freshman Zach Hood, a walk-on who will go on scholarship in the spring semester, made his collegiate debut as the Jayhawks' snapper on extra points and field goals. Hood is 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Creston, Iowa. Soph Kevin Kane, a reserve linebacker, snapped on punts.
Randy Christal of Austin, Texas, was the referee in charge of the Big 12 Conference-assigned officiating crew. Kickoff temperature was 55 degrees under bright sunny skies with a light breeze out of the south.