Scores

Final

Colorado 43

(4-2, 2-0 Pac-12)

Baylor 23

(3-3, 0-2 Big 12)

7:00 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, TX

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 10 20 10 343
BAY 0 9 7 723

Top Performers

Passing: B. Szymanski (BAY) - 410 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: H. Charles (COLO) - 19 CAR, 109 YDS

Receiving: B. Whitaker (BAY) - 11 REC, 166 YDS

Colorado 43, Baylor 23

Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Demetrius Sumler scored three touchdowns, Kevin Eberhart kicked four field goals longer than 40 yards and Colorado avoided the post-upset letdown with a 43-23 win at Baylor on Saturday night.

Actually, this victory may have been more important for the Buffaloes (4-2, 2-0 Big 12) than their last-play thriller over then-No. 3 Oklahoma a week earlier. It was another significant step in second-year coach Dan Hawkins' rebuilding project: showing they can handle a little success.

Sumler's 7-yard catch early in the second quarter was the second TD thrown by Cody Hawkins, the coach's son, and pushed Colorado ahead 17-0. Sumler, a redshirt freshman, later added TD runs of 3 and 2 yards.

Hugh Charles ran 20 times for 122 yards and Hawkins completed 17 of 26 passes for 293 yards with an interception for the Buffs, who won outside of Colorado for the first time since October 2005 at Kansas State, their next opponent.

Blake Szymanski completed 36 of 60 passes, both school records, for 410 yards. Brandon Whitaker had 11 catches for 166 yards, plus ran for a 2-yard score.

Eberhart kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired last week to beat the Sooners 27-24. That was his career long, until Saturday, when he made a 54-yarder on the final play of the first half to give the Buffs a 30-9 lead after Baylor (3-3, 0-2) couldn't run out the final minute.

Caleb Allen's punt went only 19 yards and a fair catch at the 37 with four seconds left set up the third of Eberhart's five field goals.

A senior who hadn't been in a game since his 2003 freshman season before this year, Eberhart also kicked field goals from 41, 44 and 42 yards, before a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter. He missed his first attempt, a 36-yarder that went wide right.

When Colorado players got together last Sunday after beating Oklahoma, they didn't initially watch that film. Instead, they were shown last year's triple-overtime home loss to Baylor that was the team's 10th straight loss, matching a school record.

That loss made the Buffaloes 0-6 under Hawkins after he took over a troubled program. They went on to a 2-10 record, their worst season since 1984.

Things are now looking up for Colorado, but it was another frustrating Big 12 loss for fifth-year Baylor coach Guy Morriss.

Szymanski threw two interceptions in the first quarter, though one was deflected and the other initially caught by his receiver before bouncing off a defender's helmet.

There were three straight penalties on Baylor's first drive, setting up fourth-and-30. Plus, Alton Widemon dropped a sure interception in the end zone, and likely a 100-yard TD return that could have tied the game at 7-7.

An illegal block wiped out a 44-yard run, then Baylor fumbled the ball away to set up Sumler's first TD run that made it 24-3. The Bears got that one right back with a two-play drive, Whitaker's 62-yard catch and 2-yard run.

Morriss is 18-34 at Baylor, 7-27 in the Big 12.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
BAY
1st Downs1824
Total Yards450465
Passing293410
Rushing15755
Penalties11-10510-71
3rd Down Conversions5-156-15
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers23
Possession33:0526:55

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hawkins17/2629311.321
BaylorC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Szymanski36/604106.812

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles201226.1029
Sumler14251.829
BaylorCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitaker11262.4110
Szymanski4184.509

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith210351.5065
Sprague59519.0128
BaylorRECYDSAVGTDLG
Whitaker1116615.1062
Gettis89912.4033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOBAY
TD11:44Dusty Sprague 26 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 82 yds, 3:16
70
FG02:09Kevin Eberhart 41 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 0 yds, :56
100
SECOND QUARTERCOLOBAY
TD11:43Demetrius Sumler 7 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 41 yds, 3:37
170
FG07:29Shea Brewster 26 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 79 yds, 4:14
173
TD04:36Demetrius Sumler 3 Yd Run (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 26 yds, :16
243
TD04:04Brandon Whitaker 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 2 plays, 64 yds, :32
249
FG01:00Kevin Eberhart 44 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 35 yds, 3:04
279
FG00:00Kevin Eberhart 54 Yd
Drive: 1 plays, 0 yds, :11
309
THIRD QUARTERCOLOBAY
FG10:35Kevin Eberhart 42 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 44 yds, 3:24
339
TD06:08Demetrius Sumler 2 Yd Run (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 79 yds, 3:35
409
TD01:08Justin Akers 18 Yd Pass From Blake Szymanski (Caleb Allen Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yds, 5:00
4016
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOBAY
FG10:49Kevin Eberhart 30 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 59 yds, 5:19
4316
TD05:04Jay Finley 4 Yd Run (Caleb Allen Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 19 yds, 1:09
4323