Red Raiders Fall to Colorado 30-6
Oct. 14, 2006
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -Colorado snapped a 10-game losing streak and Dan Hawkins earned his long-awaited first win with the Buffaloes, a 30-6 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
The win allowed Colorado to end one of the longest losing streak's in the program's 117-year history.
Mason Crosby had three field goals, including 56- and 53-yarders. Crosby has 12 field goals from 50 yards in his career and it's the third time he's kicked two of that distance in the same game.
Hugh Charles finished with 119 yards on 17 carries. It's the most yards against Texas Tech's defense this season. Bernard Jackson rushed for 54 yards - including a 1-yard sneak for a score with 3:27 left - and threw for another 151 yards and two touchdown passes.
Charles had a 74-yard touchdown run negated in the third quarter when officials ruled he stepped out at the 39. The Buffs settled for Crosby 53-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining in the period to give Colorado a 23-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The last time Texas Tech was shut out through three quarters was Sept. 29, 1999, against Texas. The Red Raiders ran only three offensive plays in Colorado's territory through three quarters.
Texas Tech kept its string of scoring in 111 straight games alive with Danny Amendola's 11-yard touchdown reception from Graham Harrell, who didn't start the second half due to a fumble and interception in the first. The 2-point try was no good, making it 23-6.
Harrell finished 26-for-39 for 236 yards and three interceptions.
Colorado's defense held Texas Tech to just 31 yards rushing. The Red Raiders were averaging 84.
Crosby's 56-yard field goal in the second quarter was the second-longest kick in Division I this season. Oregon's Alex Serna had a 58-yarder on Sept. 30.
Harrell's turnover troubles followed him to Boulder. He had two in the first half. Texas Tech inserted freshman Chris Todd for the first two series of the second half, but the offense sputtered and Harrell was put back in.
Harrell, who had two fumbles and a pair of interceptions last week in a 38-21 home loss to Missouri, threw two more interception after taking over for Todd, including one to Thaddaeus Washington in the closing seconds of the game. He finished 14-for-24 for 105 yards.
Colorado safety Ryan Walters had a pair of interceptions, the first two of his career.
Harrell overthrew his receiver with 2:30 remaining before halftime and Walters picked it off. The Buffs drove down the field only to come up with a 26-yard field goal by Crosby, which gave Colorado a 20-0 lead at halftime.
Jarrell Yates' first career catch - a 29-yard touchdown from Jackson - gave Colorado a 14-0 lead with 12:55 left before halftime.
Colorado scored on its opening possession when Jackson found tight end Riar Greer for a 28-yard touchdown. The Buffs have scored on their opening drive in every game except against Georgia, where they had a field goal blocked.