BOULDER, Colo. -- Quarterback Tim Clifford tossed five touchdown passes on just 11 completions for an amazing 345 yards Saturday to power Indiana to a 49-7 thrashing of Colorado.
Clifford hit Nate Lundy on scoring strikes of 74, 75 and 43 yards and also connected with Dave Harangody for another score as the Hoosiers breezed to a 35-0 halftime advantage. He later hit John Roggeman with a 33-yard TD pass.
The Buffalos, 0-3, were nearly defenseless against the passing of Clifford, who threw just 14 passes. He connected with Lundy for a 49-yard completion on the game's second play to set up Indiana's first score, a 3-yard run by Mike Harkrader.
Indiana freshamn Johnnie Salters dashed 80 yards with 40 seconds remaining to cap the Hoosiers explosive scoring spree.
Colorado controlled the ball much of the second half and finally scored on a 38-yard run by Lyndell Hawkins on the last play of the third quarter.
It was a record setting day for the Hoosiers, 2-1. Harkrader surpassed Courtney Snyder's career rushing mark and now has a total of 2,792 yards. Clifford broke Harry Gonso's career completion record and Lundy easily bettered the school's one-game pass reception yardage record, catching five for 256 yards.
Clifford's five TD passes were the most ever yielded by a Colorado team. The previous mark of four was set in 1951 by Oklahoma's Eddie Crowder, now CU's beleaguered athletic director. Colorado had been ranked 13th in pass defense going into the Indiana game.
The losers rushed for 338 yards, the most ever under Coach Chuck Fairbanks, but were stopped by three interceptions and one fumble and lost the ball three times inside Indiana's 10 after failing to get a first down.
Indiana had the ball a little over 17 minutes but scored four of its seven touchdowns on the first play of possession.