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By: Associated Press
Colorado's Mell Holliday scores his first career touchdown on a 32-yard run Saturday.
Baylor Prevails Over Buffs in Triple-Overtime, 34-31
Release: October 07, 2006
By: Associated Press

 

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -Colorado's offense finally got rolling, but a turnover in triple overtime sealed the Buffs' fate in a 34-31 loss to the Baylor Bears.

Ryan Havens made a 22-yard field goal for the lead and linebacker Joe Pawelek clinched the win with a leaping interception in the end zone to help the Bears (3-3, 2-0 Big 12) win back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time since joining the conference in 1996.

Pawelek's interception was a beauty, though it helped that CU quarterback Bernard Jackson threw far downfield and into heavy coverage on third-and-6 from the 21, even though the Buffs only needed a field goal to extend the game.

"We were just trying to make something happen," Jackson said. "I just threw a bad ball. It hurts and it’s tough, especially losing the way we did. I wish we could have pulled it off, but we just have to bounce back and look forward to next week.”

While the freshman linebacker was mobbed at the goal line - the Bears can now legitimately think ``bowl game'' - Hawkins gently took off his headset, placed it on the sideline and gave an enthusiastic hand to his team. 

“I think these guys and B-Jack [Bernard Jackson] will tell you: win, lose are draw, we put this on ourselves," Hawkins said. We were close in this game like we were in Georgia."

Paul Mosley ran for 85 yards for the Bears, and his 28-yard burst through the middle gave Baylor a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter and all the momentum. Jackson answered by leading the Buffs on an 80-yard touchdown drive for CU's first fourth-quarter points of the season. The key play was the quarterback's 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-1.

The overtimes were typical college back-and-forth. Baylor scored first, helped by a ticky-tack pass interference call against defensive back Lorenzo Sims - the kind of calls that always seem to go against teams with 0-6 records.

Colorado answered in four plays, then Hugh Charles scored from 25 yards on the first play of the second overtime. Shawn Bell (31-for-44, 272 yards) kept Baylor alive when he hit Trent Shelton for a 10-yard touchdown on fourth-and-7 in the second OT.

The Bears were held to a field goal in the third extra session, but Jackson's interception on CU's possession kept Mason Crosby - arguably the nation's best kicker - off the field.

Not even Crosby was an automatic on this day, though.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, CU's kickoff team recovered a fumble to open the third quarter. It could have been a huge momentum swing, but the Buffs couldn't gain a yard, then Crosby snap hooked a 36-yard attempt and gave a huge boost to Guy Morriss' team.

“The ball he missed today was probably the first bad ball he hit," Hawkins said. "In practice or in a game, ever.”

The Bears, averaging 27 yards rushing so far this season, finished with 110.

Game Highlights

First Quarter

  • 10:07 - The Buffs put together an 11-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by a 32-yard touchdown run by TB Mell Holliday.
    Colorado 7, Baylor 0.

(End of First Quarter)

Second Quarter

  • 11:35 - After an interception by Baylor DT Corey Ford, the Bears kick a 47-yard field goal.
    Colorado 7, Baylor 3.
  • 1:58 - After an interception, the Bears string together a 12-play, 81-yard scoring drive, and cap it off by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Bears QB Shawn Bell to WR Trey Payne.
    Baylor 10, Colorado 7 

(End of the Second Quarter)

Third Quarter

  • 2:35 - A 12-play, 66-yard Colorado drive is capped off by a 44-yard field goal by Buffs K Mason Crosby.
    Baylor 10, Colorado 10

(End of Third Quarter)

Fourth Quarter

  • 9:24 - The Bears put together a 6-play, 54-yard drive and Bears FB Paul Mosley scores on a run through the middle of the CU defense.
    Baylor 17, Colorado 10
  • 4:13 - Colorado puts together a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Buffs TB Byron Ellis finds the end zone on a 9-yard off-tacke run to the right.
    Baylor 17, Colorado 17

Overtime

  • First Overtime - Baylor's Mosley makes a 1-yard run.
    Baylor 24, Colorado 17
  • First Overtime - CU's Bernard Jackson hits TE Riar Geer on a 10-yard pass.
    Baylor 24, Colorado 24
  • Second Overtime - CU's Hugh Charles runs for 25 yards and a touchdown.
    Colorado 31, Baylor 24
  • Second Overtime - Baylor's Bell hits WR Trent Shelton on a 10-yard pass.
    Colorado 31, Baylor 31
  • Third Overtime - BU's Havens hits a 22-yard field goal to win the game.
    Baylor 34, Colorado 31

 

Score by Quarter

                                 
 

1

2

3

4

O

F

Colorado

7

0

3

7

14

17

Baylor

0

10

0

7

17

17

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