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Big 12: Buff runs for 309 in win over Kansas

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published October 13, 2002

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Chris Brown rushed for 309 yards, including runs of 78 and 51 yards, and Robert Hodge threw three touchdowns to lead Colorado past Kansas 53-29 on Saturday.

Brown, the conference's leading rusher, had 164 yards in the first half against Kansas' run defense, ranked 112th among 117 I-A teams.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior also had a 48-yard run and raised his season total to 987 yards. He had 25 carries as the Buffaloes totaled 429 rushing yards.

Donald Strickland returned an interception 95 yards for another touchdown for the Buffaloes.

Derek McCoy caught two touchdowns from Hodge, who has stepped in after Craig Ochs left the program in September. Hodge was 12-of-19 for 119 yards and has thrown six touchdowns without an interception in the past two games.

Kansas fell behind 14-0 for the third game in a row but rallied to take a 15-14 lead on Bill Whittemore's 5-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Colorado then scored three touchdowns during the next 10 minutes.

The Jayhawks closed to 36-22 with 1:03 left in the first half on Marcellus Jones' second touchdown catch, a 15-yarder after the Jayhawks kept their drive alive with a 26-yard gain on a fake punt.

Bill Whittemore's 9-yard run in the third quarter made it 39-29 after Patrick Brougham's 43-yard field goal for Colorado.

But Hodge answered with an 8-yard touchdown pass to McCoy that put Colorado up 46-29.

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IOWA ST. 31, TEXAS TECH 17: Lane Danielsen sprinted 79 yards on a reverse and Seneca Wallace scored on a spectacular 12-yard run for the host Cyclones.

Pressured as he dropped back to pass with the score tied at 3, Wallace retreated from the 12 to the 32, ran toward the right sideline, barely stayed inbounds as he looked for a receiver, then started back to his left at the 10. Cutting behind a crunching block, Wallace strolled into the end zone untouched.

Tech came back with a 15-play, 79-yard drive that Kliff Kingsbury finished with a 1-yard dive to tie it.

But on the next possession, Danielsen came around running left. He got a good block downfield, shook off Joselio Hanson's tackle at the 20 and outran the pursuit to the end zone.

KANSAS ST. 44, OKLA. ST. 9: Ell Roberson threw two touchdowns and ran for two for the host Wildcats.

Roberson's touchdown runs covered 1 yard in the third and 10 in the fourth. His touchdown passes went for 36 yards in the first quarter to Taco Wallace, who finished with 101 yards on four catches, and 47 yards to James Terry.

A week after giving up 483 yards in a 35-31 loss at Colorado, the Wildcats were solid.

They held the Cowboys to 184 yards, sacked Josh Fields three times and forced five turnovers, including two interceptions by linebacker Bryan Hickman that led to touchdowns.

NEBRASKA 24, MISSOURI 13: Jammal Lord ran for 98 yards and DeJuan Groce returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown for the host Cornhuskers, who have won 24 in a row over the Tigers.

Nebraska's defense had its best game of the season, holding Missouri to 17 yards in the third quarter and 220 for the game, 221.4 yards below its average.

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith, who entered averaging 332 yards of offense, ran 17 times for 34 yards and was 14-of-29 for 123 yards. His 157 yards of offense was his fewest since he gained 281 against Ball State.

Down 13-7 early, the Huskers led 14-13 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter on Groce's third punt return for a touchdown of the season.

TEXAS A&M 41, BAYLOR 0: Dustin Long and Reggie McNeal threw two touchdowns, and the visiting Aggies' defense got back on track.

Texas A&M bounced back from its highest-scoring loss, 48-47 in overtime to Texas Tech in which Long set a conference record with seven touchdown passes and the defense allowed 544 yards.

The Aggies had five interceptions that led to 17 points and held Baylor to 229 yards in their first shutout since 24-0 against the Bears two years ago.

Long, who has 10 touchdown passes in four games since replacing Mark Farris, was 13-of-31 for 169 yards. He had 117 yards in the first quarter, including a 12-yard touchdown to Bethel Johnson.

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