November 23, 2007

Buffs surge past rival Nebraska, 65-51

BOULDER, Colo. - The warmest thing at Folsom Field on Friday was the scoreboard. With the temperature in the mid-20s, Colorado (6-6) defeated Nebraska (5-7) in a match that resembled a track meet and with a final score that resembled a basketball game.

The Huskers outgained the Buffaloes offense in yardage, 610-518, but the key number was the turnover margin. CU intercepted two passes in the third quarter, switching the momentum in the Buffs' favor. The Buffs also blocked a punt in the third quarter and picked off a third Joe Ganz pass early in the fourth quarter.

Colorado scored 41 second half points en route to a 65-51 victory. The win on Senior Day over their rival made the Buffs bowl eligible, making the win that much sweeter.

"We just wanted to win," expressed Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins at his post game press conference. "The most redeeming thing for me was that we were down at halftime and struggled a little bit to stop them. Then coming out in the second half, we showed incredible resolve.

"I thought that our offense did a great job in the second half and started to wear on them. Also, our defense came up with some turnovers which was big. The thing that I am most proud of is seeing those seniors in the locker room pull this team together and come out in the second half strong. That was huge."

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