BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Chase Coffman turned No. 9 Missouri's trip to Colorado into his own personal pro tryout, displaying the talent that has NFL scouts drooling over the 6-foot-6, 245-pound touchdown machine.
The junior tight end caught three of Chase Daniel's five TD passes as the Tigers trounced the Buffaloes 55-10 on Saturday night for their first win in Boulder since 1997.
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Missouri has scored at least 30 points in all nine games this season, topping the school record for most 30-point games in a season.
His three TDs gave Coffman 19 for his three-year career, surpassing the school record of 18 set by wide receiver Justin Gage from 1999-2002.
It started with a 25-yarder, a pass he caught over the middle and zigzagged his way through a half dozen defenders.
On his second score, he hurdled free safety Ryan Walters at the 5-yard line before bullying his way into the end zone to make it 38-10.
"I've been doing it because I'm getting tired of people diving at my knees," Coffman said. "This time, it just happened to work and I landed and just kept going."
Coffman has attempted the hurdle in scrimmages but this was the first time it worked in a game.
Following Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins' third turnover, Coffman showed soft hands and superb concentration in pulling in a 5-yarder that made it 48-10.
It was also a historic night for Jeremy Maclin, who gained 187 all-purpose yards to break the single-season school record at Missouri, which is off to an 8-1 start for the first time since 1969.
At 4-1, the Tigers stayed right behind Big 12 North leader Kansas, which is unbeaten in league play and faces Missouri Nov. 24 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.
The 55 points were the most Colorado had allowed at home since a 59-20 loss to Missouri on Oct. 8, 1983.
"It's huge," said Daniel, who completed 26 of 44 passes for 421 yards. "Oklahoma lost here. They gave Florida State all they wanted here. It was good to come out here and win a game, the first time since '97. We've been breaking down barriers and that was one of them.
"It's the next step to the Big 12 championship."
Maclin, a redshirt freshman, had 108 yards receiving, 12 rushing, 44 yards on kick returns and 23 on punt returns. That gave him 1,682 all-purpose yards in nine games, breaking Devin West's record of 1,621 yards set in 1998.
"They've got a lot of nice things going," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said. "... You never expect to go down like that."
Defensive tackle George Hypolite intercepted Daniel's first pass, which was deflected, giving the ball to the Buffs offense at the Missouri 11 and setting up Byron Ellis' 2-yard TD run that gave Colorado a 7-0 lead.
"It was a big boost for our team," Hypolite said. "But obviously it didn't last."
Alonzo Barrett's blocked punt set up the Buffs with another short field and Kevin Eberhart's 24-yard field goal put them on top 10-7.
Then they surrendered 48 unanswered points.
It began to completely unravel when Hawkins was being pursued by two defenders and tried to pass anyway. The ball slipped out of his right hand and Lorenzo Williams recovered for the Tigers.
Three plays later, Daniel hit Maclin with a 46-yard touchdown toss that gave Missouri its first lead at 14-10.
The Buffs went three-and-out on their next four possessions. In between, the Tigers scored on Jeff Wolfert's 27-yard field goal, Tony Temple's 4-yard run and Coffman's 25-yard catch-and-run as the Tigers built a 31-10 halftime lead.
"That play where he caught it and broke like six tackles and got into the end zone, it was an amazing play," Hypolite said. "But again we missed six tackles for him to get in there."
Colorado also went three-and-out on its first two drives after halftime. When Hawkins finally completed a first-down pass, the crowd mockingly cheered but then began heading to the exits on the next play when a pass was tipped by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and intercepted by free safety William Moore.
Hawkins, the coach's son, was replaced by backup Nick Nelson after completing 12 of 25 passes for 100 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He fumbled twice.
Walters suffered a concussion in the closing minutes and was taken by ambulance to Boulder Community Hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation.