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FB Rides Running Game to Win Over CU




Oct. 16, 2010

 
BAYLOR (5-2, 2-1) 31, COLORADO (3-3, 0-2) 25
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  1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH F
0
10
11
10
31
6
9
0
10
25
 
 STATS COMPARISON
First Downs 29
25
Rushing Att.-Yds
35-309
49-192
Passing Yds
234
207
Passing (C-A-I)
22-27-1
21-28-1
Total Offense
62-543
77-399
Punts-Avg. 0-0
3-44.7
Fumbles-Lost 4-2
3-1
Penalties-Yds 9-71
4-28
3rd-Down Conversions 3-7
9-15
4th-Down Conversions 0-1
1-1
Time of Possession 23:24
36:36
 
Stat Leaders
Finley
147
Rushing 125
Stewart
Griffin III
234
Passing 207
Hansen
Reese
88
Receiving 70
Deehan

 SCORING SUMMARY
Time Play
1st-0:56
Stewart 18 run (Hawkins pass failed)
0 6
2nd-5:32 Monk 9 pass from Griffin III (Jones kick)
7
6
2nd-1:40 Stewart 6 run (Hansen rush failed)
7
12
2nd-0:57
Goodman 45 FG
7
15
2nd-0:00 Jones 50 FG
10
15
3rd-10:18 Jones 25 FG
13
15
3rd-4:15 Finley 17 run (Griffin III rush)
21 15
4th-12:58 Goodman 25 FG
21 18
4th-9:54 Finley 14 run (Jones kick)
28 18
4th-5:14 McKnight 7 pass from Hansen (Goodman kick)
28 25
4th-2:00 Jones 38 FG
31 25

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Jay Finley rushed for a career-high 143 yards and Chance Casey batted down a last-second pass in the end zone, helping Baylor to a 31-25 win over Colorado on Saturday in the final meeting between the two schools as members of the Big 12.

The Bears (5-2, 2-1) fended off a late charge by the Buffaloes (3-3, 0-2), who had the ball on the 19-yard line with 5 seconds remaining, only to have Casey knock away a pass intended for Toney Clemons.

Robert Griffin was his typical hard-to-defend self, high-stepping his way to 137 yards rushing and throwing for another 234. He entered the game fourth in the nation in total offense, averaging 329 yards a game.

Rodney Stewart had a big day for the Buffaloes, gaining 125 yards and scoring twice. Quarterback Tyler Hansen bounced back from being benched late in last weekend's 26-0 loss at Missouri. He finished with 207 yards passing and one touchdown, a 7-yard strike to Scotty McKnight with 5:14 remaining to draw the Buffaloes to within 28-25.

But the Bears responded with a drive that resulted in a 38-yard field goal by Aaron Jones, his third of the night.

Griffin has been the focal point of Baylor's attack this season, having a hand in 20 of the team's 25 offensive scores.

However, Finley gave the Buffs fits on Saturday, scoring twice. It was part of a huge day on the ground for the Bears, who finished with a season-high 309 yards rushing.

Baylor took a 21-15 lead it wouldn't relinquish late in the third quarter on a 17-yard run by Finley and Griffin's scramble into the end zone on a 2-point attempt.

It was quite a momentum shift after the Buffs were on the cusp of increasing their lead moments earlier. But as tailback Will Jefferson was stumbling toward the goal line, Baylor stripped the football from him, forcing a touchback.

Usually a receiver, Jefferson was switched to the backfield this week after Brian Lockridge was lost for the season to an ankle injury.

The speedy Stewart showed off his elusiveness in the first half, darting right and then cutting back left for an 18-yard score in the first quarter. He later made a Baylor defender miss near the goal line and dove for the pylon for a 6-yard TD.

After Stewart's first score, coach Dan Hawkins gambled and attempted a 2-point conversion. He sent out his son and backup quarterback Cody, whose pass was low and incomplete.

Colorado went for 2 points again in the second quarter, only to have Hansen tackled short of the end zone.

The Bears were held scoreless in the opening period, breaking a string of 12 straight quarters in which they had put points on the board. They fumbled once in Colorado territory and turned the ball over on downs during another trip.

That trend didn't spill over into second quarter as Griffin found tight end Jerod Monk for a 9-yard TD score.

The teams traded field goals in the final minute, Aric Goodman connecting on a 45-yard attempt and Jones hitting from 50 yards with no time left.

The Buffaloes were without leading tackler Anthony Perkins, who's out for the season with a knee injury. Dan Hawkins also was under the weather Saturday, battling an inner ear ailment that had him feeling wobbly.


 

 

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