Scores

Final

E Washington 24

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Colorado 31

(2-0, 2-0 home)

3:32 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

1 2 3 4 T
EWU 7 14 0 324
COLO 0 7 7 1731

Top Performers

Passing: C. Hawkins (COLO) - 261 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Scott (USF) - 13 CAR, 39 YDS

Receiving: B. Brown (EWU) - 6 REC, 90 YDS, 1 TD

Colorado survives scare from Eastern Washington 

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Colorado Buffaloes might want to stick to playing the big boys.

For the second time in just over two years, the Buffaloes got all they could handle from a Big Sky Conference team before rallying past Eastern Washington 31-24 Saturday.

Cornerback Cha'pelle Brown picked off a pass and returned it 27 yards to break a 24-24 tie with less than two minutes left.

The Buffaloes (2-0) have played just two Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) teams in their history. In 2006, they lost to Montana State 19-10 in coach Dan Hawkins' debut, and a loss in this game could have been even more devastating for Colorado, which hosts West Virginia next.

The Eagles (0-2) led 21-7 at halftime, 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter and were still ahead by a touchdown after Felipe Macias' 52-yard field goal gave them a 24-17 lead with four minutes remaining.

The Buffs went 57 yards in five plays, the payoff coming on Cody Hawkins' TD toss to fullback Jake Behrens from 2 yards out, tying it at 24 with 2:05 left.

Two plays later, Brown trotted into the end zone after picking off Matt Nichols' pass, giving the Buffaloes their first lead.

The Buffs couldn't breathe easy until safety D.J. Dykes' interception in the end zone with 3 seconds left. Nichols finished 32-of-51 for 303 yards and a touchdown.

Hawkins completed 28-of-38 passes for 261 yards, three TDs and one interception, which also was returned for a score.

Josh Smith, whose costly fumble in the first half helped put the Buffaloes in a 21-7 halftime hole, returned a punt 51 yards to the Eagles' 4 in the third quarter, and Hawkins' 1-yard toss to Ryan Deehan in the back of the end zone started the comeback.

Aric Goodman's 32-yard field goal cut the Buffs' deficit to 21-17.

The Eagles opened with a nine-play, 84-yard touchdown drive, the payoff coming when Brynsen Brown hauled in a pass 23 yards downfield, then dragged defender Jalil Brown 20 yards into the end zone.

Smith caught a 9-yard touchdown pass that tied it at 7 one play after his nephew, highly touted freshman tailback Darrell Scott, hurdled linebacker Zach Johnson on a 22-yard run.

But Smith coughed up the ball after a 23-yard punt return at the Buffs' 27 and that led to Toke Kefu's 1-yard plunge that gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead.

Linebacker J.C. Sherritt returned Hawkins' interception 48 yards for a touchdown that put the Eagles up 21-7.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EWU
COLO
1st Downs1817
Total Yards350351
Passing303261
Rushing4790
Penalties7-6910-70
3rd Down Conversions11-198-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers32
Possession29:2030:40

Passing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols32/513035.912
ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hawkins28/382616.931

Rushing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris14362.606
Nichols6111.807
ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott13393.0022
Stewart9384.2011

Receiving Leaders

Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown69015.0143
Davis9738.1016
ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
McKnight69015.0037
Williams45413.5036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREWUCOLO
TD10:22Brynsen Brown 43 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTEREWUCOLO
TD14:01Josh Smith 9 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 77
TD10:23Toke Kefu 1 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 147
TD07:29J.C. Sherritt 48 Yd Interception Return (Felipe Macias Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTEREWUCOLO
TD05:30Ryan Deehan 1 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 2114
FOURTH QUARTEREWUCOLO
FG13:46Aric Goodman 32 Yd 2117
FG03:52Felipe Macias 52 Yd 2417
TD02:05Jake Behrens 2 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 2424
TD01:44Cha'Pelle Brown 27 Yd Interception Return (Aric Goodman Kick) 2431