<
>

Buffs snap 10-game skid, Hawkins gets first win at helm

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.

Riar Geer and Jarrell Yates had touchdown receptions, and Crosby
added two field goals, to give Colorado a 20-0 halftime lead.

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."