BOULDER (AP) - Cory Carpenter threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jefferson in the third quarter and Jeff Hastings kicked field goals of 35, 44, 19 and 41 yards as Montana State defeated Colorado 19-10 in the 2006 season opener at Folsom Field, Saturday.

Hastings' 19-yarder made it 16-10 with 5:12 remaining. Stephone Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff 26 yards but cornerback Andre Fuller capped a great day by forcing a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Bryant Matthews at the Colorado 28.

That led to Hastings' 41-yarder with 2:58 left.

The Buffs' hopes for a comeback ended when Mason Crosby was short on a 63-yard field goal try with 1:11 remaining.

CU head coach Dan Hawkins was hoping to join Rick Neuheisel as only the second Colorado coach to win his debut since 1932. It looked like a good bet seeing as how Montana State was the first Division I-AA school the Buffaloes had ever faced.

The Bobcats, however, took a 13-10 lead when Jefferson beat freshman cornerback Cha'pelle Brown to the left corner of the end zone to haul in Carpenter's pass at 10:36 of the third quarter.

The Buffaloes never recovered, even though they put together a goal-line stand minutes later.

After three runs from the 1 went nowhere, Carpenter tossed the ball to running back Evin Groves, who was stacked up at the goal line by cornerback Terry Washington. Groves' left leg got into the end zone but the ball, tucked into his right arm, never crossed the goal line.

No matter, the Buffs' soon punted for the fourth straight time, and the Bobcats got the ball back at midfield, then went up 16-10 on Hastings' third field goal.

The Bobcats capitalized on four Colorado penalties and numerous errors to trail just 10-6 at halftime. Colorado fumbled but recovered the second-half kickoff. Afterward, they had a holding penalty and went three-and-out three straight times.

Colorado quarterback James Cox opened the game with the longest first play from scrimmage in school history, a 42-yard strike to wide receiver Patrick Williams, who raced past Fuller and hauled in the pass along the Buffs' sideline.

After Williams' big catch, Cox lost three yards on second-and-goal from the 3, then threw behind tight end Riar Greer wide open in the end zone on third down. Colorado settled for Mason Crosby's 24-yard field goal.

The Bobcats tied it at 3 on Hastings' 35-yard field goal after a drive in which Montana State converted a third-and-18 play when the Buffs had just 10 men on the field and also benefited from two flags, including Walter Boye-Doe's 15-yarder for a late hit out of bounds on Carpenter.

Colorado hurt itself again on the next possession, when Dan Goettsch's 46-yard reception was nullified by a holding call on lineman Devin Head.

Following a 19-yard punt by Matt DiLallo, the Bobcats went ahead 6-3 on Hastings' 44-yard field goal before the Buffs took a 10-6 halftime lead on Cox's 1-yard plunge

First Quarter Highlights

  • Thanks to a 42-yard pass from QB James Cox to WR Patrick Williams, the Buffs were able to get on the scoreboard on their first drive. It broke the record for the longest first play in school history. Kicker Mason Crosby hit a 24-yard field goal later in the drive.

Buffs 3, Montana State 0.

  • The following drive, Montana State answered with an 11-play, 63-yard drive of their own. The Bobcats capped the drive off with a 35-yard Jeff Hastings field goal.

Buffs 3, Montana State 3.


Second Quarter Highlights

  • A short, 6-play, 16-yard drive puts Montana State into field goal range, and kicker Hastings puts a 44-yard field goal through the uprights.

Buffs 3, Montana State 6.

  • The Buffs string together a 12-play, 73-yard drive. After a sneak on the goalline fell just short, QB Cox snuck into the endzone and gave Colorado a 4-point advantage

Buffs 10, Montana State 6.


Third Quarter Highlights

  • Montana State starts the half with a 7-play, 58-yard drive, in which QB Cory Carpenter found WR Michael Jefferson on a 30-yard fly route along the MSU sideline. Carpenter hit Jefferson again on a 10-yard touchdown to the corner of the end zone.

Buffs 10, Montana State 13.


Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • A 47-yard Montana State drive puts the Bobcats in place for a field goal. They hit a 19-yarder.

Buffs 10, Montana State 16.

  • After a muffed return by CU kick returner Stephone Robinson, the Bobcats converted a 41-yard field goal, Hastings' fourth.

Buffs 10, Montana State 19.

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