2008 Greatest Football Games - Colorado Needs OT To Defeat West Virginia
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          Release: 06/22/2009
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2008 Greatest Games Countdown

By Wendell Barnhouse | wendell@big12sports.com
Big 12 Sports.com Correspondent

The high point for Colorado's 2008 season came in a game where the Buffaloes scored two touchdowns in the first 4:50 of the game but then didn't score again until overtime.

Colorado's 17-14 overtime defeat of visiting West Virginia gave the Buffaloes their first 3-0 start since 2004. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistent play at quarterback limited the Buffaloes to just two victories over their last nine games.

But on Sept. 18 in Boulder before a Thursday night ESPN television audience, Colorado showed flashes of promise in defeating a team that the previous season had flirted with a spot in the national championship game.

Quarterback Cody Hawkins threw two touchdown passes in the game's first five minutes to give the Buffs a 14-0 lead. Freshman running back Rodney Stewart had a break-out game with 166 yards rushing.

Colorado's defense picked its poison and lived to tell the tale. Mountaineers quarterback Pat White had just 43 yards passing but he did score on runs of 6 and 39 yards to balance the scoreboard in regulation. White finished with 148 yards rushing while running back Noel Devine added 133 yards as West Virginia took advantage of the Buffs' strategy of shutting down the passing game.

"That guy's good," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said of White, who eventually became the top rushing quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history. "You're not going to shut down Michael Jordan, he's going to get some shots on you."

The Mountaineers had the first possession in overtime but kicker Pat McAfee's 23-yard field goal try bounced off the left upright.

Colorado's game-winning 25 yard field goal came off the foot of Aric Goodman, a non-scholarship transfer from Wyoming. After the game, Dan Hawkins put Goodman on scholarship.

"Aric Goodman is having the best day of his life," defensive tackle George Hypolite proudly proclaimed.

And for the Buffaloes, it was one of the best days of the 2008 season.

Editors Note: Big12Sports.com asked a panel of Big 12 and national sports writers who cover college football to rank the top 10 games from last season. With the 2009 season fast approaching, this is a chance to get you ready for some football. Over the next five weeks, we'll be counting down the top 10 and working up to No. 1, which will be unveiled on July 23.

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