CU digging deep in playbook against K-State

Colorado used a trick play to take a 16-14 lead against Kansas State when running back Rodney Stewart hit receiver Toney Clemons for a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Colorado's home finale is both its last home game in Big 12 play and with an interim coach.

The Buffaloes might be playing like they have nothing to lose, but in reality, there's still plenty on the table for the 4-6 Buffs. Thanks to a hot start in nonconference play, Brian Cabral's team is still in bowl contention, and with a win today, would have to go to Nebraska and win to gain bowl eligibility.

That's obviously a difficult task, but sitting at 0-5 in conference play two weeks ago, fresh off a blown 28-point lead against Kansas, few thought they'd get that opportunity. A win today might provide it.

Cabral, the interim coach stepping in for fired Dan Hawkins, now has the Buffaloes in position to go 2-0 with him running things on the sidelines.

Stewart also has 54 yards rushing and a touchdown to go with his passing touchdown to Clemons.