Boulder, Colo. The Streak ended here Saturday. Not a winning streak, not a losing streak, but Chip Budde's consecutive snap streak.
Late in Kansas' 49-17 loss to Colorado here Saturday, Budde was replaced as the Jayhawks' starting center by Jim Holt, a red-shirt freshman from Wichita.
Officially, Budde, a 6-2, 265-pound junior from Lawrence, snapped the ball on 1,906 consecutive downs in 29 games, or ever since the first game of his freshman year.
"It's no big deal," Budde said after the game. "I knew it had to end sometime. I'm just glad it didn't end because of an injury. . .and I wish it could have ended on a better note."
Also, Budde said, the end of his streak should not be confused with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, or the first day man stepped on the moon.
"IT'S NOT a gigantic event," he said. "In fact, I doubt if playing all that time was out of ability more than necessity."
Budde was removed in the fourth quarter as part of a wholesale youth movement by head coach Glen Mason.
"Everybody likes to play," Mason pointed out, "and we wanted to get 'em in there so we substituted quite freely."
So did Colorado coach Bill McCartney and, as a result, Kansas posted two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Chip Hilleary quarterbacked one of the drives; Ron Page the other. Both are freshmen.
John Henry Johnson, a freshman fullback, scored one of the TDs, but regular tailback Tony Sands accounted for the other one.
SANDS WAS a bright spot Saturday, rushing 22 times for 115 yards. The 5-6 sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., set up one TD with a 39-yard run that came on the series after he'd fumbled.
"I never had control of the ball," Sands said of the fumble. "I knew I had to make up for it, though, and I felt I did."
Sands lamented the Jayhawks' four turnovers, but tossed a bouquet at the Buffs.
"Colorado is a great team," hesaid. "I hope they win the Big Eight. As I walked off the field, I said, `Hey, I'll see you down in Miami' that's where I'm from - `on Jan. 1.'"
Kansas amassed 359 yards of offense, but the Buffs chalked up 482 yards. Quarterback Darian Hagan accounted for 175 of those yards 118 rushing and 57 passing.
"HE'S A great athlete," KU outside linebacker Lance Flachsbarth said, "and he believes he can't be stopped. He's the one who hurt us the most."
So did tailback J.J. Flannigan, who ran for 178 yards.
Still, CU coach Bill McCartney wasn't overwhelmed by his team's performance.
"I didn't like the game very much," McCartney said. "We just weren't crisp and sharp out there. We just weren't dominant. We misfired too many times.
"We weren't looking past Kansas, I'll tell you that. Give credit to Kansas."
MCCARTNEY NOTED the disparity in penalties. The Buffs were flagged 10 times for 80 yards; the Jayhawks just twice for 20 yards.
"I'm wondering what it takes for a passing team to get a holding penalty," the CU coach said. "We're getting penalized, I know that. It's just a little bit frustrating."
Colorado now faces a road trip to Oklahoma before returning home for a showdown with Nebraska.
"I'm glad we got this one behind us," McCartney said. "We weren't a good team today. It's not the kind of game we're going to focus on. I think the next two weeks is the time of reckoning for this program."