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Sunday, October 12, 2003

Notebook

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  • 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.

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