Brown Rushes For 309 Yards In CU Win

After a tight first half, the CU offense took control and ran wild on Kansas. The Buffs win gives them a 2-0 record in the conference with Baylor coming into Folsom this weekend.

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The football team (4-2, 2-0 Big 12) rushed for 427 yards as a team including an amazing 309 yards from junior Chris Brown en route to posting a 53-29 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks (2-5, 0-3 Big 12) to stay perfect in conference play in 2002.

Brown got his 309 yards on 25 carries and reached the end zone twice. He became the third player in program history to surpass the 300 yard barrier for a single game. In 1971, Charlie Davis ran for a school record 342 yards on 34 carries while in 1994, Rashaan Salaam posted 317 yards on 35 carries against Texas on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. Brown is the only one of the three to reach 300 yards in less than 30 yards and both Salaam and Davis each only had one touchdown in their 300 yard performances.

Bobby Purify added 76 yards on just 10 carries while fullback Brandon Drumm was rewarded for his blocking and broke a 21 yard play open for his first touchdown of 2002.

The Buffs also passed the ball efficiently, as senior Robert Hodge completed 12-of-19 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Derek McCoy caught two of Hodge's TD passes as he ened the game with six receptions for 53 yards while junior D.J. Hackett caught his first touchdown of the season with an 8-yard reception in the first quarter.

The Buffs opened the game quickly, scoring two touchdowns in the game's first five minutes, including a 78-yard breakaway by Brown at the 10:05 mark of the quarter. Momentum quickly shifted after Jeremy Bloom muffed a punt at the two yard line and the Jayhawks stuffed the Buffs in the end zone for a safety. KU kept its momentum with a seven play and 60 yard drive at the end of the first quarter for a TD and opened the second quarter with a touchdown to humble the Buffs with a 15-14 lead.

Brown came to the rescue again, as his 51-yard touchdown started a 21-0 run for the Buffs. McCoy caught his first touchdown with 6:04 left (and the Buffs converted a two-point extra point) in the half and Donald Strickland ran an interception back 95 yards to put CU up 36-15 with 4:22 left. The Jayhawks rebounded again and took momentum into the lockerroom scoring with just 1:03 left on a 10 play, 80 yard drive capped by a 20 yard pass from Bill Whittemore to Marcellus Jones.

The CU defense was on the field for over 11 minutes in the third quarter, but gave up just one score, as Whittemore ran the ball in from nine yards out. Patrick Brougham hit a 43-yard field goal in the quarter to make the score 39-29 headed into the fourth quarter.

The CU offense used a critical 13 play, 98 yard drive in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Hodge had another touchdown to McCoy and Drumm broke his 21 yard run off in the quarter.

Brown's day added nicely to his list of accomplishments as he is a Doak Walker Award and All-American candidate. He now has 987 yards rushing, the second highest total in CU history through six games, behind 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam's 1,154 yards. He also topped his season total of 954 in 2001 against the Jayhawks. The game marked his ninth career 100 yard game and is the first time he has surpassed the 200 or 300 yard mark.

Not lost in Brown's performance was the performance of Bobby Purify, who continues to have a solid year of his own. With 76 yards on 10 carries, Purify now has 296 yards on just 58 carries, over 5.0 yards per carry.

Brown and the Buffs will look to continue their impressive conference performance as they have now won nine of their last 10 conference games dating back to the beginning of 2001. CU will host Baylor at Folsom Field in a 1 p.m. MT kickoff Saturday.

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