3:30 PM ET, October 14, 2006
Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Bernard Jackson didn't expect the fans to storm the field or carry him off on their shoulders.
"I guess they were excited for the win," Jackson said.
They weren't the only ones. The Colorado players mingled and celebrated right along with the fans after the Buffaloes' 30-6 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
Dan Hawkins earned his long-awaited first win at Colorado and the team snapped a 10-game losing streak, which matched the longest in the school's 117-year history.
Yet Hawkins didn't so much as crack a smile afterward. This wasn't a cause for celebration. The Buffs are still 1-6 and all he has to do is walk past the 1990 national championship trophy to know that record isn't good enough at Colorado.
Hawkins turned philosophical after the game.
"Victory and defeat, they're brothers and sisters," Hawkins said. "They dance together. For these guys to understand really how to look the dragon in the eye and keep coming back in the face of adversity ... yeah, it's easy to hang your head, it's easy to question ... they learned a great lesson in life."
Like winning sure beats losing.
As Hawkins left the interview room, he acknowledged Jackson, who was sitting in the corner.
"I'm proud of you, B-Jack," Hawkins said.
Jackson rushed for 54 yards -- including a 1-yard sneak for a score with 3:27 left -- and threw for another 151 yards and two touchdowns. He ran the offense to near perfection.
"For someone to recognize my hard work, my dedication, it blows me away," Jackson said. "I give credit to everybody but myself."
The Colorado defense earned its keep by picking off three passes and recovering a fumble. The defense held Texas Tech's offense to 31 yards rushing and one touchdown, down from the Red Raiders' 31.7-point average. Safety Ryan Walters had the first two interceptions of his career.
"We finally got it down," linebacker Jordon Dizon said. "It's our day in the sun."
Colorado (1-6, 1-2 Big 12) held the high-powered Texas Tech offense scoreless through three quarters, which hadn't happened since Sept. 29, 1999, against Texas. The Red Raiders ran only three offensive plays in Colorado's territory through three quarters.
Texas Tech, which hasn't been shut out in 111 games, scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on Danny Amendola's 11-yard reception from Graham Harrell, who didn't start the second half due to turnovers.
Harrell finished 26-for-39 for 236 yards, three interceptions and a fumble. It's the second turnover-filled game for Harrell, who had two fumbles and a pair of interceptions last week in a 38-21 home loss to Missouri.
The Red Raiders (4-3, 1-2) put freshman Chris Todd in for two series in the third quarter to see what he could accomplish.
"We thought he could spark some things and I think he did fine," coach Mike Leach said. "The thing is that we just ended up as a group of individuals waiting for somebody that could make something happen rather than being excited to go out there together."
Harrell was at a loss to explain his performance.
"It's part of the game," he said.
Mason Crosby connected on three field goals, including 56- and 53-yarders. Crosby now has 12 field goals from 50 yards in his career. Crosby's 56-yard field goal in the second quarter was the second-longest kick in Division I this season. Oregon's Alex Serna had a 58-yarder on Sept. 30.
Hugh Charles finished with 119 yards on 17 carries. It's the most yards against Texas Tech's defense this season. Charles had a 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter brought back when he stepped out at the 39 as he ran down the sideline. He had fumbled on the previous possession.
"I was just able to translate my fury from the fumble onto the field and made a nice run," he said.
Even when Texas Tech scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter -- to make it 23-6 -- there was no feeling like the game would slip away.
"I felt all game they couldn't stop us," Jackson said.
And when Thaddaeus Washington intercepted a Harrell pass in the closing seconds, it set off a wild celebration as the fans spilled onto the field.
"They're happy right now, and I want them to be happy," Hawkins said. "But they need to get back to work. I'd degrade the Buffalo tradition if I was going to do backflips over 1-6."