(Thursday, September 18th)
Final Score: Colorado 17, (21) West Virginia 14 (OT)
Boulder, CO (Sports Network) - Cody Hawkins threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception, on 22-of-33 passing, and Aric Goodman booted the game-winning field goal in overtime, as the Colorado Buffaloes edged No. 21 West Virginia, 17-14, in a non-conference game.
Rodney Stewart garnered 166 yards, a Colorado freshman record, on 28 touches for the Buffaloes (3-0). Josh Smith had five catches for 75 yards and scored once, while Patrick Devenny had three grabs for 26 yards and also found the end zone.
"You have seen the glimpses of him, you knew that was coming," Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins said of Stewart. "That's the stuff we keep talking about; you never know when those freshmen are going to grow up, you know it's going to happen sometime because they have too much talent not to."
Patrick White completed 10 passes on 14 attempts for 43 yards, but also rushed 19 times for 148 yards and crossed the goal line twice for the Mountaineers (1-2). Noel Devine had 26 carries and gained 133 yards, while adding three grabs for 11 yards.
West Virginia got the ball first in the extra frame and White took a QB keeper three yards upfield. Devine then rushed for five and White got a new set of downs with a four-yard scramble. Devine gained two yards to bring the ball to the 13, then seven more for a 3rd-and-1 from the four-yard line. Daniel Sanders, though, lost two yards on the next carry and Pat McAfee shanked the field goal off of the left goal post.
Stewart ran eight yards on first down, and Darrell Scott gained two yards on each of the next two plays. Stewart moved the ball five yards before Goodman nailed a 25-yard attempt on 3rd-and-3.
The Buffaloes took the opening possession 83 yards in nine plays on a drive that lasted 2:46. Hawkins found Smith deep down the middle of the field for a 38-yard touchdown strike to give Colorado an early 7-0 lead.
On West Virginia's ensuing possession, Bradley Starks coughed up the ball. Maurice Lucas fell on the fumble to give the Buffaloes the ball at the Mountaineers 28-yard line. Five plays later Hawkins hit Patrick Devenny for a 13-yard TD pass that put Colorado ahead 14-0 with 10:10 still left in the first quarter.
The Mountaineers found paydirt on their next drive, which was highlighted by a 43-yard run by White down the left sideline. Three plays later, the dynamic quarterback ran up the middle and into the end zone to make it 14-7 about three minutes later.
Both schools could do nothing but punt on their next few possessions, and the game headed to the intermission at 14-7.
"We gave up 14 points early, then for 55 minutes we played like warriors, true warriors," West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart said. "I'm proud of the way they hung in there and played."
The first four possessions of the second half resulted in three-and-outs until West Virginia got the ball at its own 32 with just under seven minutes remaining in the third. The Mountaineers needed just four plays to find the end zone as White rushed 39 yards through the defense and across the goal line to knot the game up at 14.
After the next five drives resulted in punts, White and Co. took over at their own 20. Devine accounted for 28 yards on the next five plays, but poor clock management made it 4th-and-2 on the Colorado 48 with four ticks left in regulation. A last-gasp Hail Mary attempt from White was batted down, and the game headed for overtime.
The Mountaineers opened the 2008 campaign with national title aspirations and looked the part in a 48-21 victory over Villanova on August 30th. However, those lofty expectations came to a crashing thud the following week, as West Virginia was routed by a surprising East Carolina program. The team had two weeks to stew about the loss, as WVU was idle a week ago, but obviously could not rebound...Thursday's game marked the first ever meeting between these two teams...Prior to Thursday's setback, West Virginia had not scored a rushing touchdown.
09/19 02:22:29 ET