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Bears extend Buffs' misery in overtime

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 8, 2006


BOULDER, Colo. - Homecoming. Baylor. A beautiful, sun-splashed day. Seemed like the perfect time to finally spread some "Hawk Love" around Folsom Field in the form of a long-awaited victory.

Instead, it was just another spirit-sapping loss for Colorado and its new coach, Dan Hawkins.

The Buffs matched the longest losing streak in their 117-year history Saturday, falling 34-31 to Baylor in triple overtime for their 10th straight defeat.

The last six are on Hawkins, who was hired to restore a program that sagged under the weight of its turmoil during Gary Barnett's final seasons.

"I don't know that it's draining," Hawkins said. "It's another variety of life. It's another adventure you go through, another battle you go through.

"Sometimes life keeps serving it up and doesn't serve it up the way we want it. But we can predetermine our response to that. We can say, 'Hey you'll never knock me out,' and keep getting back up."

Ryan Havens made a 22-yard field goal for the lead, and Joe Pawelek clinched the win with a leaping interception in the end zone to help the Bears win consecutive conference games for the first time since the Big 12 formed in 1996.

Paul Mosley ran for 85 yards for the Bears, and his 28-yard burst through the middle gave Baylor a 17-10 lead early in the fourth. Bernard Jackson answered by leading the Buffs on an 80-yard drive for Colorado's first fourth-quarter points of the season. The key play was the quarterback's 19-yard scramble on fourth and 1.

Baylor scored first in overtime, helped by a pass interference against Lorenzo Sims. Colorado answered with a four-play touchdown drive. Then Hugh Charles scored from 25 yards on the first play of the second overtime. Shawn Bell (31-for-44, 272 yards) kept Baylor alive when he hit Trent Shelton, wide open in the front corner of the end zone, for a 10-yard touchdown on fourth and 7 in the second overtime.

"I thought he was sacked, actually, then I saw the ball coming at me," Shelton said. "It was one of the easiest catches I've ever made."

The Bears were held to a field goal in the third extra session, but Jackson's interception sealed it.

Texas A&M 21, Kansas 18: Jorvorskie Lane's 2-yard run with 34 seconds left capped the visiting Aggies' rally. Stephen McGee's 2-yard quarterback keeper on the first play of the fourth got A&M to 18-13, but the two-point conversion failed. The winning drive started at the Aggies 20 with 3:31 left. McGee was 7-for-9 and did not have a pass longer than 10 yards until L'Tydrick Riley took a short pass over the middle 35 yards to the 5. Two runs later, Lane won it.

Kansas St. 31, Oklahoma St. 27: Quarterback Josh Freeman's 21-yard run with 1:11 left lifted the host Wildcats, who trailed 27-17 late. Freeman, the first freshman to start for the Wildcats since Duane Howard in 1976, hit Jermaine Moreira for a 43-yard pass, setting up Leon Patton's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:04 left. After the Cowboys went three-and-out, Freeman hit Daniel Gonzalez for 20 yards and Yamon Figurs for 17 before scoring.