Bears Lose at Home to Colorado

Oct. 6, 2007

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WACO, Texas (AP) - Blake Szymanski threw for 410 yards and a score, and Brandon Whitaker caught 11 passes for 166 yards, but it was not enough to overcome Colorado in a 43-23 loss.on Saturday night.

Hugh Charles ran 20 times for 122 yards and Hawkins completed 17 of 26 passes for 293 yards with an interception for the Buffs, who won outside of Colorado for the first time since October 2005 at Kansas State, their next opponent.

Szymanski completed 36 of 60 passes, both school records, for 410 yards. Brandon Whitaker assisted with his 11 catches for 166 yards, plus ran for a 2-yard score.

Eberhart kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired last week to beat the Sooners 27-24. That was his career long, until Saturday, when he made a 54-yarder on the final play of the first half to give the Buffs a 30-9 lead after Baylor (3-3, 0-2) couldn't run out the final minute.

Caleb Allen's punt went only 19 yards and a fair catch at the 37 with four seconds left set up the third of Eberhart's five field goals.

A senior who hadn't been in a game since his 2003 freshman season before this year, Eberhart also kicked field goals from 41, 44 and 42 yards, before a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter. He missed his first attempt, a 36-yarder that went wide right.

Szymanski threw two interceptions in the first quarter, though one was deflected and the other initially caught by his receiver before bouncing off a defender's helmet.

There were three straight penalties on Baylor's first drive, setting up fourth-and-30. Plus, Alton Widemon dropped a sure interception in the end zone, and likely a 100-yard TD return that could have tied the game at 7-7.

An illegal block wiped out a 44-yard run, then Baylor fumbled the ball away to set up Colorado's first TD run that made it 24-3. The Bears got that one right back with a two-play drive, Whitaker's 62-yard catch and 2-yard run.



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