The Colorado Buffaloes won their final Big 12 home game by defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 44-36, on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon. Junior running back Rodney Stewart led the offensive charge with 195 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, but it was his 23-yard touchdown throw to receiver Toney Clemons in the second quarter that gave Colorado the lead for the rest of the game. Stewart had a 51-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
The Buffaloes overcame and early 14-3 deficit (two Collin Klein touchdown runs), but gained the lead once and for all on Stewart's pass. After that Buffaloes were able to keep pace with the Wildcats' offense in trading touchdowns. Senior Cody Hawkins, son of former Buffs head coach Dan Hawkins, threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 37-yard touchdown to receiver Scotty McKnight.
The 5-6 Colorado Buffaloes are now one game closer to being bowl-eligible, but will need to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday, Nov. 26. Both teams will play their last Big 12 conference games, with Colorado off to the Pac-12 and Nebraska to the Big 10 in 2011.