BOULDER (CU Staff Report)— Only one defense took over and it was only for a little over a quarter, but it was enough as Colorado used back-to-back interceptions to wrestle the lead and momentum away from Nebraska as the Buffaloes became bowl-eligible with a 65-51 win over the Cornhuskers.
On a day where the teams combined for 116 points, 1,128 yards and 54 first downs, the only zero on the scoreboard came in the third quarter when
The Buffaloes game plan was to rush for 300 yards on the Husker defense, and though coming up just short with 277, CU also got 241 passing for a balanced attack that produced points in every quarter. But after barely breaking a sweat in taking a 17-7 lead late in the first quarter, Nebraska, playing what could be its last game under coach Bill Callahan, stormed back with a 28-7 spree that had the Buffaloes on their heels.
The Buffs earned one first down and then punted, and forced
Smith, who was one of two players subbing for All-Big 12 cornerback Terrence Wheatley, was the 14th
The CU defense, which had allowed the Huskers 275 yards in the second quarter, held NU to just 40 in the third and on the
Charles’ run came after a 22-yard pass from Cody Hawkins to Dusty Sprague on a third-and-8 at the Husker 23; originally ruled a touchdown, replay review placed the ball at the half-yardline. The decision delayed CU taking a two-score lead by four seconds, and
The Buffaloes finished their 34-point blitz with touchdowns from Scotty McKnight (a 10-yard pass from Hawkins), and a third Charles touchdown run, a 2-yard effort that put the Buffs up by 23 with just 4:16 remaining.
It was the first time in Charles’ career that he scored three times in a game, one which he should remember as a fond farewell for the Folsom Field fans who chanted, “Hugh! Hugh!” much of the day. He had 327 all-purpose yards in the game (169 rushing, 125 returns, 33 receiving), the sixth-most in school history.
Charles finished his career as CU’s sixth all-time leading rusher with 2,659 yards, but used his all-around day to move up four notches and finish second in all-purpose yards with 3,622 for his career, trailing only Eric Bieniemy’s 4,351-yard total from 1987-90.
At 6-6, CU is bowl-eligible but not guaranteed a bowl game, unless
“That is up to them (bowls) to decide,” Hawkins said. “We beat a good Texas Tech team that will go to a bowl game. We also beat a good
CU is one of just 21 BCS teams to play at least two fellow BCS teams in its non-league schedule this year, one of just three in the Big 12 along with Missouri and Nebraska.
Hawkins, as is his style, was more reflective than emphatic when asked what it meant.
“We will see (on what it eventually means to the program),” he said. “Our team has done a nice job through this whole thing, and they also continued to battle through all of our injuries. I think that our young guys have done a nice job of coming along and learning the things that they need to learn in order to have long term success. Beating
And when CU got the ball back with 26 seconds remaining, the Buffs did the classy thing and took a knee, officially ending
The 10th annual Buffalo Heart Award, presented by the “Fans behind the Bench” was awarded in an informal postgame presentation on the CU sideline. The award, presented to ILB Jordon Dizon, annually goes to the senior who the fans, from their own observations, believe has best exemplified heart, grit, determination and desire during their CU career... For the starting lineup introductions on ABC, CU solicited the help of three of its alumni, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and its director of animation, Eric Stough; rambunctious fourth-grader Eric Cartman had the honors, crisply delivering some light-hearted knocks on six of the Buffs... This was the highest scoring game in the series, eclipsing the 98 points scored six years ago to the day, a 62-36