But CU was the last to score, and moved to 6-4 on the season with one game to play — Nov. 26 at Nebraska. The loss assures the 4-6 Wildcats they will not play in a bowl game for the first time in 12 seasons.
"We have broken a lot of strings this year, and none of them have been ones that we wanted to break," said KSU head coach Bill Snyder.
After missing a bowl game last season, CU is bowl eligible. Though they need some help, they are still in the hunt for the Big 12 North division, as well.
"There's a lot of guys who made big plays in the game," said CU head coach Gary Barnett. "I can't wait to watch it (on film) and to talk about it. There was just great, great, great heart from the Buffaloes."
Colorado got on the board first Saturday on its second possession of the game. On first down, senior Bobby Purify broke a 35-yard run, then followed it up four plays later with a 16-yard jaunt around the left side all the way to the Kansas State 1-yard line. Joel Klatt bulled his way into the end zone on the next play and CU went up 7-0 after Mason Crosby's PAT at the 9:22 mark.
Midway through the second quarter Crosby lined up and booted a 51-yard field goal, his school-record fifth FG of 50-yards or longer on the year. The kick put Colorado up 10-0.
Darren Sproles ran for 34 yards on six carries on Kansas State's 80-yard drive, which ended when Sproles pounded his way for a 1-yard touchdown.
After holding CU to three plays and out, Kansas State kicker Joe Rheem went 50-plus himself, nailing a career-long 52-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10.
Playing in his last game at Folsom Field, Purify rushed for 155 yards on 24 carries. But the day's biggest hero on offense was fellow senior Ron Monteilh, who saved his best for his last home game.
Monteilh caught four passes for 106 yards, his first 100-yard receiving day ever. And the two-year starter was on the receiving end of the game-winning play, a 64-yard catch from Klatt. When Monteilh scooted into the end zone, CU was ahead by six and five seconds remained on the clock.
Colorado wasn't necessarily going for the touchdown on the final drive, which began at the Colorado 23 with :30 on the clock and the score knotted at 31 apiece.
The Buffs found themselves in that position after giving up three fourth-quarter touchdowns to Kansas State.
Trailing by two touchdowns, the Wildcats took over with 9:12 in the final period and put on an impressive 11-play 86-yard scoring drive. Moments later, the Wildcats cashed in on a Klatt interception. KSU linebacker Ted Sims' pick for six tied the game at 24 with 8:12 remaining. The interception happened when Klopfenstein, Klatt's target, was hit as the ball got to him, sending the football high into the air and into Sims' arms.
The Buffs answered with a 62-yard drive, which included a key third-down reception by Lawrence Vickers that went for 24 yards. Purify scored from 3-yards out, to give Colorado the lead with just under four minutes left.
That's when Webb went down with an injury. He was replaced by Dylan Meier, who calmly led Kansas State on another game-tying drive of 80 yards. Meier hit WR Jermaine Moreira, who had beaten Dominique Brooks on the play, for the touchdown.
A celebration penalty moved the crucial point after attempt back to the 17-yard line, but Joe Rheem booted it through to tie the game at 31.
Klatt's final wining touchdown pass almost never materialized. Two incomplete passes put the Buffs at third and 10 from their own 23, with 22 seconds left in the game. CU needed to run some time off, and called a running play. Vickers took the hand off and managed to run for 13 yards and a first down.
"We knew we had a good run called — they were playing prevent and soft," Barnett said. "If we couldn't get the first down, we would just punt the ball."
But CU didn't need to punt, and Klatt scrambled left, found Monteilh nearly alone downfield and hit him in stride. While coaches on the Colorado sidelines yelled at Monteilh to get out of bounds and stop the clock, setting up a field goal opportunity, Monteilh saw he had an angle to the end zone and took it for the score.
"It started off by design, and then that's what happens so many times — things break down and guys have to make a play," Barnett said.
After the fans had stormed the field, and the team had made its way to the locker room, Barnett was asked where the victory ranked in his coaching career?
"This is right up there for me," he said. "I don't remember being part of a team that won one like this."