Buffs stun No. 3 Oklahoma
September 29, 2007
BOULDER Just as Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops predicted, the third-ranked Sooners couldnt run it up on Colorado. In fact, the Sooners couldnt even beat the Buffaloes. Kevin Eberhart kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal as time expired to send Colorado past the stunned Sooners 27-24 Saturday. It was the Buffaloes first win over a top-five team since Dec. 1, 2001, when they bested Texas in the Big 12 title game. After Eberharts kick cleared the crossbar, the fans stormed the field as the dejected Sooners, who had blown a 24-7 second-half lead, walked off, their hopes of a national championship having taken a major hit. The Sooners (4-1, 0-1) came in averaging a whopping 61.5 points to lead the nation. But behind a tough defense, the Buffs (3-2, 1-0) earned their biggest win under Dan Hawkins, who went 2-10 in his inaugural season last year. The Buffaloes trailed 24-7 after Allen Patrick scored from 17 yards out following safety D.J. Wolfes second interception of Buffs quarterback Cody Hawkins. His first one led to Juaquin Iglesias 13-yard TD catch in the first half. But Oklahoma, which had scored 50-plus points in each of their first four games, was stifled after that, and Colorado outgained the Sooners 219 yards to 46 in the second half. Colorado began its comeback with Eberharts 41-yarder to make it 24-10 in the third quarter. After Ryan Walters picked off Sam Bradford, Hawkins hit Tyson DeVree for the score on fourth-and-goal from the 4, pulling Colorado to 24-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Bradford, who was the second rated passer in the nation entering the game, finished 8-for-19 for 112 yards with two interceptions and was outplayed Hawkins, the Colorado coaches son. The redshirt freshman was 22-for-36 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. The Sooners gave the Buffs a huge assist in their comeback when Reggie Smith muffed a fair catch and Colorados Justin Drescher recovered at the OU 16. Four plays later, Colorado tied it on Hawkins 15-yard touchdown strike to Dusty Sprague with 4:05 remaining. The Buffs forced another punt and Chase McBrides 33-yard return set up Colorado at midfield. Hawkins drove the Buffs to the 27, where Eberhart made the game-winner to give Colorado its biggest upset in years. Oklahoma led 17-7 at halftime after managing just one long scoring drive, a three-play, 80-yarder that ended with Patricks 34-yard TD run. The Sooners went three-and-out on their first two possessions but got great field position on their next drive when Wolfe picked off Hawkins and returned it 33 yards to the Buffaloes 11. The Sooners lost two yards on their first two runs, then Bradford hit Iglesias for a 13-yard touchdown and Oklahomas first first down with 1:40 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. The Buffs tied it at 7 when pulling guard Devin Head opened a hole for tailback Hugh Charles, who scampered in from 25 yards out in the second quarter.The Buffs announced before the game that freshman tailback Brian Lockridge would sit out with a concussion, which he suffered at practice on Tuesday.Lockridge had been the Buffs primary tailback since they burned the redshirt on him two weeks ago.