Scores

Final

Colorado 31

(5-4, 3-2 Pac-12)

Texas Tech 26

(6-3, 2-3 Big 12)

Coverage: ABC

12:00 PM ET, October 27, 2007

Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 7 7 17 031
TTU 0 6 13 726

Top Performers

Passing: G. Harrell (TTU) - 431 YDS, 3 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: H. Charles (COLO) - 20 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Crabtree (TTU) - 12 REC, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Harrell's 4 INTs too much as Colorado rolls Texas Tech 

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Colorado's defense followed a successful blueprint against Texas Tech's high-octane offense and handed the Red Raiders their second straight loss against a Big 12 North opponent.

Cody Hawkins threw for two touchdowns without an interception, and the Buffs picked off Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score in a 31-26 victory over Tech on Saturday.

"It's interesting because I think if you look at what Missouri did last week was kind of exactly what we did last year," Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins said, referring to last year's 30-6 rout of Tech at home and Missouri's 41-10 win last week. "We just wanted to mix it up."

Colorado cornerback Terrence Wheatley had three interceptions, two on back-to-back Tech possessions in the fourth quarter with Colorado leading 31-19.

"That was huge," said Dan Hawkins, the quarterback's dad. "Anytime you get three turnovers it's big."

Wheatley kept being aggressive.

"When the ball's in the air, I didn't care, I was going for it. If I miss, I miss," he said. "They're going to have their plays, they're going to get their touchdowns. But it's, 'Can you capitalize on a team when they slip up from time to time?' And playing passive you can't do that."

Colorado (5-4, 3-2 Big 12) got up 14-0 early and stayed ahead. Its defense held the Red Raiders (6-3, 2-3) to 470 yards total offense, 87 below their average.

"If you get pressure, get guys in [Harrell's] face, he'd throw the ball and get a little sporadic," Buffs defensive tackle George Hypolite said. "That's what we wanted to do."

The Buffs went up 24-6 early in the third quarter when Jordon Dizon, the nation's leading tackler, intercepted Harrell and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown.

Colorado, though, still wasn't comfortable.

"Against these guys, you never feel like that, you really don't," Dan Hawkins said. The interception "was a good momentum builder but clearly not the end of the game by any means."

The Red Raiders have lost to Missouri and Colorado in successive games two seasons in a row. In the losses to Colorado, Harrell threw seven interceptions and four touchdowns.

Hawkins was 15-of-26, while Harrell completed 46 of 62 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns but had his second straight four-interception game.

"The simple answer is he just needs to go through his reads, be patient," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "Sometimes when the guy has success, the temptation to not stay within yourself is too big. Great players do simple things. Graham is a great player, and he just needs to focus on simple things."

Tech's Michael Crabtree got his first TD catch in three games, but it was too little for the Red Raiders, who pulled within 31-26 in the final minutes.

Wheatley was covering Crabtree, who set the NCAA freshman record for receptions in a season when he caught his 99th pass. Harrell hit him in the corner of the end zone on a 19-yard TD to pull Tech within 31-19 late in the third quarter.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound redshirt freshman overtook the 98 catches by former Tech running back Taurean Henderson in 2002. The TD catch also gave him the Big 12 season record with 18, surpassing the mark set by Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods in 2002.

"I will be the first to say that he is the best receiver I've ever covered in my whole college career. Period," Wheatley, a senior, said. "To me, he is the compete package. For a freshman, he has the mentality of an NFL guy."

Last week in Tech's 41-10 loss to Missouri, Crabtree set an NCAA freshman record for receiving yards (1,320), and earlier this month he set the NCAA freshman touchdown mark in a 42-17 win over Iowa State.

Colorado kept the ball on the ground and wore down Tech's defense for most of the game. The Buffs ran the ball 44 of 71 plays.

Leading 14-0, Colorado took over at the Tech 20 after Harrell's pass went through Crabtree's hands and into the arms of Wheatley. The Buffs couldn't get into the end zone, and Kevin Eberhart missed to the left on a 25-yard field goal attempt.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
TTU
1st Downs1929
Total Yards349470
Passing132431
Rushing21739
Penalties3-305-31
3rd Down Conversions7-163-9
4th Down Conversions2-23-3
Turnovers04
Possession34:0525:55

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hawkins15/261234.720
Texas TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harrell46/624317.034

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles201216.1131
Ellis6233.807
Texas TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crawford23115.5029
Lewis2105.009

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith35618.7031
Charles5265.2112
Texas TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crabtree1213110.9134
Morris1012512.5131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOTTU
TD08:13Hugh Charles 31 Yd Run (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 91 yds, 4:31
70
SECOND QUARTERCOLOTTU
TD13:38Riar Geer 2 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 75 yds, 5:01
140
FG05:12Alex Trlica 30 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 67 yds, 4:06
143
FG00:00Alex Trlica 48 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 38 yds, 1:19
146
THIRD QUARTERCOLOTTU
FG11:05Kevin Eberhart 44 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 47 yds, 3:55
176
TD10:50Jordon Dizon 42 Yd Interception Return (Kevin Eberhart Kick) 246
TD09:20Eric Morris 31 Yd Pass From Graham Harrell (Alex Trlica Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 1:30
2413
TD04:00Hugh Charles 6 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Kevin Eberhart Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 75 yds, 5:20
3113
TD00:07Michael Crabtree 19 Yd Pass From Graham Harrell (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yds, 3:53
3119
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOTTU
TD02:08Edward Britton 7 Yd Pass From Graham Harrell (Alex Trlica Kick)
Drive: 17 plays, 80 yds, 4:14
3126