Scores

Final

Texas A&M 34

(5-4, 2-3 SEC)

Colorado 35

(3-6, 2-3 Pac-12)

1:30 PM ET, November 7, 2009

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

1 2 3 4 T
TA&M 7 14 0 1334
COLO 0 10 11 1435

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hansen (COLO) - 271 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Stewart (COLO) - 20 CAR, 118 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Simas (COLO) - 7 REC, 135 YDS

Colorado edges A&M despite 8 sacks to Hansen

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Tyler Hansen overcame his second-straight eight-sack game to lead Colorado to a 35-34 win over the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.

Patrick Devenny's one-handed grab from 22 yards out tied it and Aric Goodman's conversion sailed through to put the Buffaloes ahead by a point with 2:04 left.

After defensive back Anthony Perkins picked off Jerrod Johnson's pass at midfield, the Aggies forced a punt, but Terrence Frederick muffed it and Buffs linebacker Marcus Burton recovered with 23 seconds to ice it.

Rodney Stewart ran 20 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns and Markques Simas caught seven passes for 135 yards for Colorado (3-6, 2/3 Big 12), which got the ball back with 3:53 left trailing 34-28.

Hansen had a delay flag and then was sacked for the seventh time, bringing up a second-and-25 from his 24. He was nearly dumped again but got off a shovel pass for 9 yards, then hit Simas for 45 yards to the Aggies' 22. On the next snap, he threw over the middle to Devenny for the score.

Then, their defense and special teams came up big.

The Aggies (5-4, 2-3) looked like they were about to become bowl eligible when Cyrus Gray, whose 99-yard touchdown on a kickoff return helped them take a 21-10 halftime lead, returned a kickoff 45 yards to midfield in the fourth quarter. Cornerback Jalil Brown shoved him late out of bounds, tacking on another 15 yards.

That allowed the Aggies to start their drive at the Colorado 40-yard line, but they stalled at the 3 and settled for Randy Bullock's 20-yard field goal that made it 34-28. That left 3:59 on the clock and the Buffs within a touchdown.

It was plenty for Hansen, who threw for 271 yards and ran for 45 more. His running yards would have been higher, but he lost 60 yards in sacks.

The Buffaloes had been reeling with coach Dan Hawkins on the cusp of his fourth-straight losing season and the departure during the week of sophomore tailback Darrell Scott, his prized recruit.

Some fans in the student sections at Folsom Field wore powder blue instead of gold in protest of the program's slide into mediocrity. It was the color the team wore from 1981-84 when they went 10-34 overall during one of the worst stretches in school history.

But those same fans were among those who stormed the field afterward.

The Buffs scored 11 points in the third quarter to tie it at 21, but the Aggies answered with 10-straight points for a 31-21 lead.

Demetrius Sumler's 7-yard TD run cut the Aggies' advantage to 31-28 with 7:14 remaining.

Von Miller had two of the Aggies' eight sacks, giving him 15 1/2, tops in the country.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TA&M
COLO
1st Downs2024
Total Yards374437
Passing242271
Rushing132166
Penalties3-1810-94
3rd Down Conversions6-148-16
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers21
Possession24:4035:20

Passing Leaders

Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson20/362426.711
ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hansen21/322718.511

Rushing Leaders

Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Michael16744.6127
Gray11413.7014
ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart201185.9230
Hansen20452.3031

Receiving Leaders

Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tannehill910011.1029
Swope33913.0017
ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simas713519.3047
McKnight46616.5023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTA&MCOLO
TD02:33Jeff Fuller 1 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Randy Bullock Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERTA&MCOLO
FG12:33Aric Goodman 37 Yd 73
TD09:11Rodney Stewart 13 Yd Run (Aric Goodman Kick) 710
TD08:57Cyrus Gray 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Randy Bullock Kick) 1410
TD00:17Jerrod Johnson 3 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 2110
THIRD QUARTERTA&MCOLO
FG07:54Aric Goodman 37 Yd 2113
TD01:19Rodney Stewart 11 Yd Run (Tyler Hansen Pass To Markques Simas For Two-Point Conversion) 2121
FOURTH QUARTERTA&MCOLO
TD14:22Christine Michael 6 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 2821
FG11:01Randy Bullock 47 Yd 3121
TD07:14Demetrius Sumler 7 Yd Run (Aric Goodman Kick) 3128
FG03:59Randy Bullock 20 Yd 3428
TD02:04Patrick Devenny 22 Yd Pass From Tyler Hansen (Aric Goodman Kick) 3435