November 7th – Boulder Colorado 35, Texas A&M 34
Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen hit tight end Patrick Devenny from 22 yards out with 2:04 to play to put the Buffs up 35-34, with Texas A&M giving up two turnovers late as Colorado prevailed, 35-34. Hansen was sacked eight times for the second consecutive week, but did pass for 271 yards and a touchdown as the Buffs raised their record to 3-6, 2-3. Rodney Stewart had 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Markques Simas finally showed some of the spark that endeared him during practices the past two seasons, catching seven passes for 135 yards (Simas had 122 yards receiving for the season coming into the game).
Colorado led the last 2:04 of the game, but held the lead for only 14 seconds before that mark, as Texas A&M appeared ready to pull away from the Buffs in building a 21-10 halftime lead. In a reversal from previous games, Colorado out-scored Texas A&M, 11-0, in the third quarter to tie the game. The Aggies built the lead back up to ten, at 31-21, with 11:01 to play, but a seven yard touchdown run by Demetrius Sumler and a goal line stand by the defense which forced an A&M field goal with 3:59 to play set the stage for the Buffs’ comeback. The game winning drive, which included a 45-yard pass from Hansen to Simas on third-and-16, took only four plays, capped by Devenny’s one-handed grab in the end zone.
Texas A&M had two chances late, but safety Anthony Perkins intercepted Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson at the Colorado 49 to stop the first drive. The Buffs milked all but 34 seconds of game clock, with the victory being sealed when Texas A&M’s Terrence Frederick fumbled Matt DiLallo’s punt at the A&M 35 yard line.
There will be much, much more on Sunday (it’s much more fun to write up a win!), but it’s party time on Pearl Street tonight, followed by a trip back to Bozeman Sunday. Look for a complete update, including a full game recap, notes and quotes, and my essay, “Colorado Sky Blue” up on the site sometime late Sunday afternoon.
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