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Buffs kicker converts 58-yarder

By MICHAEL SNYDER
Published September 25, 2005

MIAMI - Colorado kicker Mason Crosby broke up a shutout when he hit a 58-yard field goal with 11:57 to play. That tied the longest against Miami; Arkansas' Kendall Trainer connected on a 58-yarder in 1988.

Crosby missed a 28-yard attempt wide left in the first quarter, the junior's first miss from inside 40 yards. He set a school and stadium record with a 60-yard field goal against Iowa State on Oct. 16.

The Lou Groza Award candidate has made 32 of 40 field goals in his career. He is 8-of-9 in the fourth quarter, including six kicks of more than 41 yards.

MOVIN' ON UP: Miami junior kicker Jon Peattie, the former Clearwater Countryside High standout, had three field goals and two extra points, giving him 217 career points. Peattie, 88-of-88 on extra points the past two seasons, moved into seventh on UM's career scoring list, ahead of tailback Edgerrin James, who scored 212 from 1996-98.

Peattie's three field goals also moved him into sixth in UM history with 43, passing Dane Prewitt, who had 41 from 1992-95.

It was still an up-and-down day for Peattie, who missed field goals of 37 and 44 yards.

CAN YOU FEEL THE HEAT?: The weather at the Orange Bowl certainly didn't help the high-altitude Buffaloes. The temperature at kickoff was 88 degrees under sunny skies with 60 percent humidity, making for a feels-like temperature of 96.

In Boulder, Colo., it was 65 degrees.

During Colorado's summer workouts, Fridays were nicknamed "Miami Fridays" as the Buffaloes tried to simulate the heat they would face. School maintenance employees were ordered to turn up the heat in the weight room.

"We don't get a chance to prepare for those conditions often," Colorado coach Gary Barnett said. "We worked on conditioning all summer and planted the seeds in the players' heads that we were going to condition to go down and play so that the conditions are not an issue."

Miami tackle Eric Winston said it wasn't as much of a factor because "they were rotating a lot, so it's hard to wear down. ... They worked really hard. I didn't see any really tired people out there, but that was probably because they were subbing in and out (so much)."

OF NOTE: Colorado became the 12th team in Division I-A history to score in 200 straight games. It is the sixth-longest active streak in the nation. ... After giving up 14 sacks in the first two games, Miami's offensive line didn't allow any. ... The Buffaloes had the second-most penalties in their history with 16 for 104 yards (the record is 18 for 115 yards vs. Kansas in 1950). ... Cornerback Marcus Maxey's second-quarter interception was the second of the season and career for the fifth-year senior. Maxey later sprained an ankle. ... Freshman UM cornerback Kenny Phillips sprained a knee. The severity is unknown. ... About 200 Miami student volunteers collected money for Hurricane Katrina victims via the Red Cross through the university's United Way program. ... Miami hasn't lost a home opener since 1997 when it fell 23-12 to Arizona State, the start of a 5-6 season. Miami is 59-19-1 in home openers.

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