BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- Every decade or so, Colorado fans get a chance to celebrate 64-yard game-winning touchdown passes. Saturday was their most recent opportunity.
Joel Klatt connected with Ron Monteilh on a 64-yard scoring strike with five seconds left to lift the Buffaloes to a 38-31 victory over Kansas State.
The winning score was reminiscent of the most famous play in school history, known simply as "The Catch". Ten years ago, Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook hooked up on a game-winning pass of the same distance to give Colorado a 27-26 win over Michigan en route to an 11-1 season.
This one may not have the staying power that Stewart-to-Westbrook does, but it makes the Buffaloes (6-4, 3-4 Big 12 North) bowl eligible and still alive in the race for the Big 12 North title.
Colorado held four leads in the game, but the Wildcats (4-6, 2-5 North) fought back to tie it each time, the last at 31-31 on Dylan Meier's 17-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Moreira with 36 seconds left.
Klatt, who started the scoring on a one-yard plunge in the first, then etched his name with Monteilh in Buffaloes' lore. Facing a 3rd-and-10 from the Colorado 23, he hit Lawrence Vickers for a 13-yard gain and a first down with 16 seconds left.
On the next play he found Monteilh wide open and the senior hauled it in near the 20-yard line before racing into the end zone and setting off a wild celebration. It was Monteilh's first career touchdown and gave him a career-high 106 yards receiving.
Prior to Monteilh's catch, Bobby Purify looked like the hero. The Buffaloes running back ran 24 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, the second a two-yard run with 3:58 remaining to snap a 24-24 tie.
Klatt was 14-of-26 for 184 yards and two scores. He gave Colorado its largest lead, 24-10, on a five-yard touchdown pass to Joe Klopfenstein late in the third quarter. Klatt's one mistake came in the fourth when he was intercepted by Ted Sims, who returned it 37 yards for a game-tying score.
Allen Webb threw for 140 yards and ran for 115 more, scoring early in the fourth to begin Kansas State's comeback.
The Wildcats had a desperation play fall flat in the final seconds and will miss out on a bowl game for the first time in 12 years.