BOULDER, Colo. - T.J. Hollowell's interception set up Judd Davies' 1-yard touchdown run with 5:48 left, helping No. 25 Nebraska hold off Colorado 31-22 Friday in a bid to bolster Cornhuskers coach Frank Solich's job security.
Solich has been under fire despite a 58-19 record in six seasons at Nebraska. The Lincoln Journal Star quoted unidentified boosters this week as saying that Solich would be forced into retirement after Friday's game.
The Huskers (9-3, 5-3 Big 12) appeared to rally around their beleaguered coach. They went ahead 24-22 on David Dyches' 19-yard field goal with 8:30 remaining.
Three plays later, Hollowell intercepted Joel Klatt's pass, returning it 25 yards to the Colorado 6, and Davies went the final yard for the clincher.
Colorado (5-7, 3-5), which failed to become bowl eligible, then marched to the Nebraska 5, where Klatt's pass was intercepted by Pat Ricketts in the end zone.
Klatt threw three touchdown passes for Colorado, which failed on a pair of 2-point conversion plays in the second and third quarters that could have affected the outcome.
Jammal Lord passed for one touchdown and ran for another for Nebraska.
In the first quarter, the Huskers twice failed on fourth-down plays _ at the Colorado 26 and 27. But Lord completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt Herian with 10:15 left in the period.
Colorado countered with an 80-yard scoring drive, capped by Klatt's 33-yard pass to D.J. Hackett.
Mason Crosby kicked a 44-yard field goal early in the second quarter, putting Colorado ahead 10-7.
Nebraska's Josh Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards, and a face-mask penalty was tacked onto the play, giving the Huskers possession at Colorado's 20. Three plays later, Lord ran 5 yards off the right side for a TD.
After a Colorado punt, Nebraska scored again, highlighted by a fake field-goal play. On fourth down from the Colorado 31, holder Kellen Huston ran 15 yards for a first down, helped by an official who inadvertently screened out two Colorado defenders. Cory Ross ran the final 2 yards for a 21-10 lead with 6:01 left in the half.
Hackett blocked a punt with 1:41 remaining and then scored a touchdown 52 seconds later, catching Klatt's 6-yard pass. The 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete.
Colorado went ahead 22-21 when Klatt hit Derek McCoy on a 31-yard touchdown pass with 10:46 left in the third quarter. But again the 2-point conversion failed as Klatt's pass was intercepted by Demorrio Williams.
After an exchange of short punts, Nebraska went 58 yards for a go-ahead field goal.
Colorado's John Torp, attempting a pooch punt, got off a high kick that bounced backward and traveled only 4 yards, giving Nebraska possession at its 40.
Lord sneaked 2 yards on fourth-and-1 to keep the drive alive, and Dyches kicked a 19-yard field goal for a 24-22 lead with 8:30 left.