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Colorado Buffs beat Oregon State to double overtime, 37-34. upset in

Boulder – When pushed, the Colorado Buffaloes refused to bow down at Folsom Field on Saturday night.

Even a record-tying, 60-yard field goal by Oregon State’s Everett Hayes at the end of regulation didn’t take the Buffs off their feet.

His only reward was a wild, 37-34 double-overtime upset by Oregon State.

“Wow… what a game,” said coach Carl Dorrell. “I felt like our team got a little older today. They got up to the conditions and they didn’t panic. We’ll see where it takes us.”

CU won the game on true freshman Cole Baker’s 43-yard field goal, which came shortly after Hayes’ 38-yard miss in the second OT.

“That’s the moment all kickers dream about,” Baker said. “And I’m very proud of the way this team rallied.”

The buff overall in the Pac-12 improved to 3-6 and 2-4. The Beavers (5-4, 3-3), trying to qualify for the bowling for the first time since 2013, suffered a massive defeat in that pursuit.

On the first possession of overtime, CU freshman quarterback Brendan Lewis converted the quarterback keeper to a 9-yard touchdown. He barely made it into the corner of the end zone.

Oregon State countered with a 2-yard touchdown from BJ Baylor to send the game into second overtime.

Lewis displayed balance and leadership in the second game in a row. On Saturday, he completed three touchdowns and 15 of 24 passes without a hitch. In his last two matches, he has completed 70% of his passes with six TDs and no picks.

“I really think the whole offense is progressing overall,” Lewis said. “My confidence has skyrocketed, and when we converted plays at the start of the game, it feels like a breeze from there.”

For the most part of the game, the buffs did everything they needed to do to keep them in trouble; He had a solid, creative offensive game plan and a defense—even without star linebacker Nate Landman—that relied on the act of slowing down the Beavers’ powerful rushing attack.

But at the end of the fourth quarter, the Buffs saw their 20-10 lead disappear.

CU had a seven-game, 72-yard drive, culminating in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Montana Lemonius-Craig.

What appeared to be a winning TD pass after Brendan Rice’s 11-yard score on a beautiful reserve was wiped out by a holding call near the goal line at wide receiver La’Vonte Shenault. Still CU did not turn.

The Buffs led 27-24. The game seemed to be over.

But, as time ran out, Hayes booted his 60-yard field to send the game into overtime. His kick tied Mason Crosby for the longest field goal in Folsom Field history. Crosby connected from 60 yards against Iowa State on October 16, 2004.

“Our mindset was to just go out there and score again,” Lewis said when asked if CU had been sidelined by an unfair kick. “That’s what we had to do. We all moved on.”

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With 5:30 left in the third quarter, CU appeared to be in full control and seemed to have no need for late game heroes.

On his own 40 and on 3rd, Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan failed to get down on a keeper for the first time when he was filled in by strong safety Isaiah Lewis. The Beavers decided to go for it in fourth, but Nolan, upset by Carson Wells, stumbled an unfinished pass.

CU’s offense quickly took advantage, scoring in six plays to take a 20–10 lead. Lewis poked in the pocket before finding Rice with a 5-yard touchdown pass.

But very quickly the lead of Cu disappeared.

Beaver sophistication Trey Lowe busted the loose for a 31-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, taking CU’s lead to 20-17. Then came an impressive, 14-play, 80-yard TD drive, culminating with a 27-yard pass from Nolan to Tre’Shawn Harrison, giving OSU a 24-20 lead.

In concert with a game-time temperature of 73 degrees, the CU came out hot.

Taking cues from Ralphie in the first quarter, the Buffs sealed it out of the gate for a 10-0 lead. With Lewis completing 6-8 passes for 117 yards, the Buffs took offense for 144 yards – their best first quarter of the season.

“We talked about coming out strong,” Dorell said. “And our offense is, in fact, starting to take a hit on its progress, really for the first time in an entire season. This week and the final week.”

Buffs’ plan to attack the Beavers’ secondary was expected, especially after Lewis’ strong performance in CU’s loss to Oregon last week. Also, the Beavers entered the game with 273.5 yards left in a game pass, ranking 113rd in the nation.

CU’s first drive stopped at OSU 10, but Baker connected on a 28-yard field goal. CU’s second drive – a well-executed, seven-play, 79-yard beauty – was sealed off from a 43-yard TD pass from Lewis to a wide open Daniel Arias.

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