Bruins Edged By No. 24 Colorado
Sept 6, 2003
By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOULDER, Colo. - Heart-stopping finishes are getting to be a habit for Colorado.
One week scoring the winning touchdown with 40 seconds remaining, the Buffaloes triumphed on a score with 2:15 left.
Joel Klatt threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Joe Klopfenstein, rallying No. 24 Colorado to a 16-14 win over UCLA on Saturday.
'I guess we'd better get used to it,' coach Gary Barnett said. 'Two weeks in a row, and it doesn't look like it will change much.'
The Buffaloes (2-0) trailed 14-10 with 5 minutes remaining before marching 63 yards in 11 plays for the winning score.
After freshman Mason Crosby's extra-point attempt was blocked by Brandon Chillar, UCLA (0-1) had a chance to win if it could move into position for a field goal.
But after Maurice Drew fumbled the ensuing kickoff and returned it to the 10-yard line, backup quarterback Drew Olson, who replaced injured starter Matt Moore late in the first quarter, threw incomplete on four straight passes against a suddenly stout Colorado defense.
A roughing-the-passer penalty against the Bruins triggered Colorado's winning drive. Klatt completed an 8-yard pass to Derek McCoy on third-and-7 and a 10-yarder to D.J. Hackett on third-and-3. Rolling right, Klatt, who earlier left the game for one play after being hit in the head, found Klopfenstein in the right side of the end zone.
'We went to the two-minute drill,' Barnett said of the winning drive. 'We knew they (UCLA) were tired.'
Barnett called Klopfenstein, a sophomore tight end, 'a young guy who can play. He had a tremendous freshman year. We have a lot of guys who can make plays. He's just one more weapon for us.'
Colorado's win spoiled the head coaching debut of UCLA's Karl Dorrell, who was an assistant at Colorado for six years in the 1990s.
It was one of several Colorado connections for the Bruins, who hired assistant coaches Jon Embree and Eric Bieniemy and strength and conditioning coach Doc Kreis off the Colorado staff in the offseason.
'I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be once the game started,' Dorrell said. 'We ended up losing our starting quarterback fairly early, so we were up against it. But I liked how we tried to hang in there.'
Asked about his familiarity with Colorado, Dorrell said, 'I never did say I knew the opponent so well. Everybody was anticipating that. This was a different team with a different quarterback.'
Colorado mounted two long scoring drives to take a 10-7 halftime lead.
But Colorado responded with a 98-yard, 11-play touchdown drive, capped by Bobby Purify's 1-yard run.
Purify started the drive with an 18-yard carry, Jeremy Bloom went 19 yards on an end-around and Klatt passed 14 yards to Hackett to set up the score.
Two plays later, UCLA lost Moore when he was hit low on a pass play and injured his left knee. Moore sat on the sideline for the rest of the game with ice on his knee and ankle.
Early in the second quarter, UCLA's Nnamdi Ohaeri downed a punt at the Colorado 3. When Colorado couldn't make a first down and punted, UCLA had possession at the Buffaloes' 42.
The Bruins needed just one play to score - Olson's 42-yard pass to Craig Bragg.
Midway through the quarter, Colorado fashioned a 57-yard, 15-play drive culminating in Crosby's first career field goal, a 40-yarder.
The Bruins came right back for a go-ahead score after Colorado tailback Brian Calhoun's fumble at the Colorado 37. The drive appeared to have stalled on holding and offensive pass interference penalties. But facing a third-and-30, Olson completed a 38-yard pass to Lewis to the Colorado 8.
After a false start, Olson hit Lewis for 13 yards on a slant pattern for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead with 8 seconds left in the period.
Klatt, who passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns in last week's 42-35 win over Colorado State, was a more pedestrian 21-of-30 for 157 yards and one TD.
Colorado lost defensive end Marques Harris in the fourth quarter. Harris broke both bones in his lower left leg and is out for the season.
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