No. 19 Colo. 19, No. 22 Tx. Tech 17
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Jeremy Aldrich kicked four field goals, the last capping an 18-play drive, as No. 19 Colorado used a strong defensive effort to beat No. 22 Texas Tech 19-17 Saturday.
Colorado (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) forced three turnovers and held the Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1) in check over the final 30 minutes, preventing Spike Dykes from tying Pete Cawthon as the winningest coach in Texas Tech history.
The Red Raiders made the game close on Rob Peters’ 1-yard keep with 26 seconds remaining, but Darrin Chiaverini preserved the victory by recovering an onside kick that was nearly tipped by Texas Tech’s Keith Cockrum.
Ricky Williams, who entered the game averaging 171 yards rushing, had 94 yards by halftime and finished with 142 for the Red Raiders, who were held 13 points under their scoring average.
Colorado’s Marcus Stiggers set up two field goals with a 57-yard catch in the first quarter, and he had a 35-yard reverse during Colorado’s 91-yard drive in the fourth.
With Colorado protecting a 13-10 lead, both offenses bogged down in the third quarter, combining for 188 yards, four punts and a missed field goal.
Aldrich’s 29-yard field goal gave the Buffaloes a six-point lead 54 seconds into the fourth, and Colorado’s defense stopped Texas Tech to set up the game-turning drive that included three third-down conversions, the last coming on a pass-interference call in the end zone.
Quarterback Mike Moschetti set the tone for the eight-minute, 37-second drive when he eluded Cody Patton for a 13-yard scramble to convert a third down from the Colorado 8.
Javon Green chipped in with a leaping catch on another third-and-long, and Stiggers nearly scored on his reverse down the left sideline, but the drive ended when Texas Tech stopped Dwayne Cherrington at the goal line five plays later.
Colorado managed just four yards on its first three possessions but forced consecutive Tech turnovers that set up a first-quarter field goal and a 4-yard TD run by Damion Barton early in the second.
Texas Tech cut the lead to 10-7 on Darrell Jones’ 25-yard TD catch, his first career reception.
Roman Hollowell returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the Tech 9. Oscar Solis ran him down to save a TD and then intercepted Moschetti in the end zone two plays later.
The teams traded field goals in the final seven minutes of the half to give Colorado a 13-10 lead at the break.