The Buffalo ground game had a nice night against the Baylor Bears as they rushed for 192 yards but, the Baylor Bears were spectacular as they racked up 309 yards on the ground with an impressive 8.8 yard average. It’s tough to win a game when the opposition rushes for over three hundred yards but the Buffs had a chance, they had the ball with two minutes left in the game, needing only a touchdown to secure victory. Buffs quarterback Tyler Hanson valiantly guided the Buffs to the Baylor 19 but failed to close the deal when Colorado receiver Toney Clemons couldn’t hang on to the potential game winning pass in the end zone as time expired and CU (3-3, 0-2) fell to Baylor (5-2, 2-1) by a score of 31-25.
In a battle between two evenly matched teams it usually comes down to who has home field advantage and who has a better quarterback. The Bear’s extraordinary dual threat quarterback Robert Griffin III trumped the Buff’s home field advantage by accounting for 371 yards of total offense (137 rushing, 234 passing). Combine Griffin’s scintillating performance with Baylor’s talented tailback Jay Finley who rushed for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns on only fourteen carries and the duo simply overpowered CU at Folsom Field on Saturday night.
The Bears outgained the Buffs 253 total yards to 209 total yards in the first half but CU had almost double the time of possession due to a dominating ground attack led by Buff’s tailback Rodney Stewart who accounted for both of CU’s touchdowns in the first half. Stewart would finish the game with an impressive 125 yards rushing and two scores.
CU struck first when Rodney Stewart scampered 18 yards into the end-zone with a minute left in the first quarter (2 pt conversion unsuccessful). Baylor did not get on the board until the second quarter when Griffin hit wide out Jerod Monk for a 9-yard touchdown to take a 7-6 lead. The Buff’s answered with another Rodney Stewart touchdown (and an unsuccessful 2-pt conversion) to take a 12-7 lead. The teams would exchange field goals and the Buffs went into half-time with a 15-10 advantage.
Despite CU’s strong first half the Bears took over the game in the third quarter as Griffin and Finley got rolling while scoring eleven unanswered points on a field goal and a Finley 17 yard run (followed by Griffins 2 pt conversion). The Buffs missed their lone opportunity to score points in the third when Will Jefferson was about to score he fumbled the ball into the end-zone for a touchback.
The fourth quarter opened with a 21-15 lead by the Bears and saw each team score a touchdown and a field goal. The Buffs fought valiantly, answering Baylor’s scores and almost overcoming Baylor’s dynamic duo of Griffin and Finley but it was not to be as time ran out on the Buffalo’s come back. In the end, the Buffs couldn’t stop the Bears potent spread offense which ran wild on the Buffs defense for total of 543 yards on the ground and through the air.
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Written by Matthew Stiles