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KU-CU NOTES

November 13, 1993

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— One of these days, one of these days...Kansas will repay Colorado for those close losses.

Last year, the Buffaloes converted third-and-9 at the KU 39-yard line and scored two plays later for a come-from-behind, 25-18 win at KU.

Two years ago it was an 80-yard drive culminated by a touchdown with 40 seconds left that melted the Jayhawks in the snow in Boulder, 30-24.

"I always think, in those close games, what goes around comes around," KU coach Glen Mason said. "For every one of those squeakers that you win, you're probably going to lose one sometime."

Today could be the day. Kansas, 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Eight, meets the 21st-ranked Buffs, 5-3-1 and 3-1-1, at 1:10 p.m. Central time at Folsom Field.

With only five wins in nine tries, Colorado appears susceptible to the upset. Look closer, Mason said.

"I think their record is very misleading," he said. "They lost to Stanford; that was one of those that got away from them. They lost a close one to Nebraska, tied Kansas State and lost to Miami, but a lot of people lose to Miami."

In fact, Mason said, the Buffs are more apt to come after KU with a vengeance than roll over.

"I think they're probably very frustrated with their year, because they felt like they could do better," he said. "Even looking back at it now, things could have been different."

The same is true for the Jayhawks. CU tied K-State; KU lost to K-State by one point. CU lost to Nebraska by four; KU lost to Nebraska by one. If Kansas hadn't been so severely hampered by injury this season, who knows what might have happened?

Even Mason wonders.

"I'm human," he said. "I what-if in my mind all the time. But looking back and feeling sorry for yourself doesn't do any good, and I start talking to myself and block it out."

Mason and his team are a fine example of mind-over-injury, CU coach Bill McCartney said.

``They're an improved and resourceful team," McCartney said. "They've been through some tough times. They've really done a nice job of rebuilding this team.''

To tell the truth, the Jayhawks have even surprised themselves, especially with last week's near-earth-shaker against the Cornhuskers.

"Playing Nebraska that well...we're a lot better team than we even gave ourselves credit for," KU free safety Clint Bowen said. "We have a really good feeling as a team."

Kansas returns to Memorial Stadium to meet Missouri in both teams' final game next Saturday. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

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