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Friday, September 19, 2008
About last night: Nice win by the Buffaloes

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I would be remiss if I didn't congratulate Colorado for a strong performance in last night's 17-14 overtime victory over West Virginia.

It wasn't an artistic success, but the Buffaloes did just enough to win the game.

That, along with some questionable clock management by West Virginia coach Bill Stewart, who appeared befuddled with the use of time outs late in regulation.

I was particularly impressed with the play of Colorado TB Rodney "Speedy" Stewart, who looked like the second coming of Darren Sproles in the way he changed the game's momentum. It was Stewart and not heralded fellow freshman Darrell Scott who became the key player for the Buffaloes down the stretch.

And even as Colorado's offense struggled down the stretch with 10 scoreless possessions in a row, the defense kept them in the game late.

The game hinged on a made field goal in overtime. West Virginia's Pat McAfee plunked his off the left goalpost. And Colorado's Aric Goodman drilled his through on the following possession, earning Colorado the victory.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado teammates have dubbed Goodman "Money" because of his consistency with clutch kicks. The former walk-on earned the nickname another way when Colorado coach Dan Hawkins told him after the game that he had earned a scholarship.

I hate seeing how overtimes often result in kicking contests. And I'd like to see both teams get the ball at the 50-yard line rather than the 25 to ensure a couple of first downs before a field-goal attempt would result. That's just my own pet peeve, however.

Colorado isn't complaining about overtimes rules -- with good reason. But they still ought to thank Stewart for his new takes about clock management.

And the triumph likely will put Colorado into the top 25 on Sunday. And it should set them up for an interesting game at Florida State next week.