Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Forget those nepotism charges. Cody Hawkins can play a little football.
Hawkins came off the bench to throw four touchdowns to direct Colorado to a 28-24 victory over Iowa State. It gave the Buffaloes a tough victory in the battle of North Division bottom feeders.
The win wasn't settled until the Cyclones (2-8, 0-6 Big 12) drove the ball to the 1 with 3 seconds remaining, but Alexander Robinson was stuffed by Daniel Dykes and Jimmy Smith for a loss to preserve the victory.
Meanwhile, Nebraska appears poised to pull into a two-team tie for second place in the North as the Cornhuskers are slicing through Kansas. They led 45-28 late in the fourth quarter and are close to stretching their winning streak over the Jayhawks in Lincoln to 20 games.
Backup running back Roy Helu is over 100 yards and has rushed for a pair of touchdowns to key the Cornhuskers' second-half offensive surge. The offensive fireworks were punctuated by a 2-yard pass from Joe Ganz to massive 300-pound defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who entered the game as a blocking back.
Also, Oklahoma is playing like a team that wants to improve its BCS placement. After winning by 34 points last week and dropping two places in the standing, the Sooners are taking it out on Texas A&M with an impressive 38-14 halftime lead.
Sam Bradford has thrown for 206 yards and a pair of scores and DeMarco Murray rushed for 120 yards in only three carries. The Sooners have rolled up 424 yards - 218 rushing and 206 passing in an impressive showing of bonus.