Cowboys Edged By Kansas

Sept 13, 2003

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Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Charles Gordon caught three passes for 85 yards and apair of touchdowns as Kansas beat Wyoming 42-35 on Saturday.

The Cowboys (1-2) outscored the Jayhawks 21-7 in the second half, bringingthe crowd to its feet late in the game. But it was not enough to recover from athree-touchdown deficit.

With about five minutes left, Casey Bramlet connected with Ryan McGuffey ona 4-yard scoring pass, bringing the Cowboys to 42-28. Kansas (2-1) failed toconvert on its next possession, and Wyoming scored again when Bramlet threw a9-yard touchdown pass to Jovon Bouknight.

Bramlet finished 33-of-46 for 328 yards and four touchdown passes. He threwtwo scoring passes each to McGuffey and Bouknight.

Bill Whittemore finished 12-of-15 for 269 yards, and Mark Simmons had twocatches for 83 yards for Kansas.

After the Cowboys scored on a 9-yard run by Bouknight late in the third,Kansas re-established its three-touchdown lead when Whittemore threw a 26-yardTD pass to Charles Gordon, who was wide open near the end zone.

The Jayhawks widened their lead to 28-14 at the beginning of the secondquarter when Whittemore connected with Gordon for 32 yards. Then on Kansas'first play of its next possession, Whittemore connected with Simmons for a70-yard touchdown to make it 35-14.

In the final seconds of the first quarter, Kansas stayed ahead of theCowboys 21-14 when Austine Nwabuisi scored on an 8-yard run.

Wyoming tied the game at 14 in the first after Bramlet connected withBouknight for a 47-yard touchdown.

It was the Cowboys' second loss to a Big 12 opponent and the Jayhawks'second win over a Mountain West Conference team in as many weeks. Wyoming lostto Oklahoma State 48-24 and Kansas beat UNLV 46-24 last weekend.