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End of second quarter:
The Rams’ next series netted them their initial first down of the series via a 15-yard facemask penalty. The penalty negated a Wright sack on third-down and rather than punting, CSU was able to keep its drive going. Hanie had the hot hand on the drive, completing passes of 15 and 29 yards to move the Rams to inside the Buffs’ 20.
Another CU sack, this one by Dizon, was taken off the board after an offsides penalty on the Buffs. The sack, had it counted, would have put the Rams at the CU 22-yard line; instead, the penalty moved the ball to the Buffs’ 8. After a 3-yard run by a CSU back, Hanie found Sperry in the back of the end zone to put the Rams up 14-10 with 4:07 remaining in the first half. Hanie was 9-for-9 for 121 yards and a touchdown at the conclusion of the first half.
The next Buffs’ possession began with an Ellis 2-yard run, a Jackson 7-yard run, and then a Jackson sneak on third down to get a first down. With only 1:00 left on the clock, the Buffs went into their hurry-up offense and Jackson completed a pass to Williams for 10 yards. Jackson would run for 8 yards on the next play, but he couldn’t get out of bounds, forcing the Buffs to take a timeout.
Jackson would then pass to freshman receiver Rashaun Greer for 12 yards, but CU was forced to take its final timeout after the play. Following the timeout, CSU defensive back Mike Pagnotta sacked Jackson, which kept the clock running. The Buffs hurried to the line and completed a 12-yard pass to Barnett, but time expired before Jackson could spike the ball and get the field-goal unit on the field.