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3Q: Colorado 31, Nebraska 27

11/28/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's amazing that Colorado had found a way to scramble ahead in this game.

Nebraska has dominated the game offensively, chalking up a 64-26 edge in snaps. But amazingly, Colorado has hit enough big plays to take a 31-27 lead after three quarters.

The best example of this trend happened early in the third quarter. Including the last drives of the first half, Nebraska maintained possession for 14:19 before Colorado regained the ball.

But when it happened, the Buffaloes were ready. Demetrius Sumler produced his second touchdown of the game, capping a 65-yard drive which gave Colorado the advantage.

The Cornhuskers have moved the ball well between the 20-yard lines, but have struggled once they hit the red zone. It's the major reason they are behind starting the fourth quarter.

Nebraska needs a late comeback to nail down a Jan. 1 bowl berth, most likely the Gator Bowl against Pittsburgh.

Colorado needs the victory to gain bowl eligibility for the second-straight season.

It should be an interesting fourth quarter.