CU Comeback Keeps Big 12 Championship Dream Alive

It's never easy with the Colorado Buffaloes. 

Although the way they began the game against Oklahoma State, it looked like for once it could be. CU dominated the first quarter, but could only manage a 7-0 lead thanks to a 74-yard touchdown pass from QB Craig Ochs to former walk-on John Brunson.  The Buffs began the drive from their own 1-yard line for the 6th 99 yard drive in CU history.  After that,  Colorado tried to do everything they could to make it easy for the Cowboys.

13 penelties for 112 yards, two missed fieldgoals from Jeremy Flores and bad snap on a punt that resulted in a saftey are just a few of the ways CU hurt themselves and helped the Cowboys. 

Oklahoma State ran off 19 straight points in the second and third quarter, including a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown by LB Dwayne Levels with :27 seconds left before halftime.  Suddenly the momentum turned and the Buffs were in trouble.

But this is not the Buffs of last season.  Where last years team might not have been able to comeback from a 12 point second half deficit, this team did and more importantly, finished the game.

And once again the Buffs had to do it without starting QB Craig Ochs and several other Buffs.  Early in the second quarter, Ochs was twisted around by a OSU defender and injuried his ankle. Word from the Buffs is that Ochs suffered a high ankle sprain.  He had an MRI on Monday that was negative, but he is listed as doubtful for Saturdays game with Missouri.  So for the second straight week Bobby Pesavento led the Buffs offense and did it well.  Pesavento completed 15 of 20 passes for 180 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.

After the Cowboys went up 19-7 in the third quarter, the Buffs offense decided to get back to basics and run the ball right at the OSU defense.  Led by RB Bobby Purify (23 attempts for 109 yds) and some guy named Marcus Houston (8 attempts for 43 yds) the Buffs took control.  Houston showed some flashes of last year's brilliance, including a 16 yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter that left a few OSU linebackers looking for their jock-straps. The score cut the Cowboys lead to 19-14 and gave CU some much needed confidence.

With the running game working, CU then went to the air.  With 5:54 left in the game, Pesavento hit his favorite target Daniel Graham on a 21-yard touchdown strike that put the Buffs up for good.  Unfortunately, the Buffs got a little too excited.  Graham was penelized for excessive celebration (there's a surprise, apparently if you even raise a finger to the sky that's excessive) and Victor Rodgers took his helmet off for another penelty.  The result was 30 yards in  penelties and a long extra point.  Barnett decided the Buffs would have a better chance of making a 30 yard 2-point conversion than attempt a long extra point and he was right.  OSU blew the converage and Pesavento hit WR Derek McCoy for one long two-point conversion.  The Buffs were up 22-19 and the defense did the rest.

The Buffs stopped the Cowboys in four plays and escaped Stillwater, OK. with a win that improved their record to 6-2, 4-1 in the Big 12.  Even more importantly, they came away with a win although they played a sloppy game.  The Buffs know they can't compete with the better teams in the Big 12 and play the way they did. 

In case you forgot, check the Texas score.


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