Scores

Final

Iowa State 14

(5-6, 3-4 Big 12)

Colorado 34

(4-6, 1-5 Pac-12)

1:30 PM ET, November 13, 2010

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

1 2 3 4 T
ISU 0 7 0 714
COLO 3 14 10 734

Top Performers

Passing: C. Hawkins (COLO) - 266 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: R. Stewart (COLO) - 36 CAR, 123 YDS

Receiving: C. Franklin (ISU) - 11 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Cody Hawkins throws 3 TDs to power Colorado in interim coach Brian Cabral's debut

ESPN.com news services

BOULDER, Colo. -- Interim coach Brian Cabral won his debut for Colorado on Saturday when Cody Hawkins threw three touchdown passes and Rodney Stewart ran for 123 yards in the Buffaloes' 34-14 victory over Iowa State.

Cabral took over the troubled program Tuesday when Dan Hawkins was fired following an epic collapse at Kansas last week in which the Buffaloes blew a 28-point lead in the final 11 minutes.

Cabral has been on the Colorado coaching staff since 1989 after his linebacking career at Boulder and in the NFL came to an end, but this was his first game as a head coach at any level.

It was quite the success as the Buffaloes (4-6, 1-5 Big 12) kept alive their hopes for a bowl berth while denying the Cyclones (5-6, 3-4) bowl eligibility.

Although names such as former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and current Georgia coach Mark Richt have already been bandied about as possible candidates to replace Dan Hawkins, who went 19-39 in five seasons, Cabral wants to be considered for the full-time job, and performances like this can only help his chances of convincing athletic director Mike Bohn.

Richt laughed off a report that he could be a candidate for the coaching job at Colorado.

After a 49-31 loss to No. 2 Auburn, Richt was asked if he would be interested in meeting with the Big 12 school. According to the Denver Post, an unidentified source close to the search said the Buffaloes want to talk to the Georgia coach.

Richt's response: "Georgia's my home."

The Bulldogs (5-6, 3-5) have endured their second straight disappointing season, needing a win in their final game against Georgia Tech just to be bowl eligible. But Richt makes just under $3 million at Georgia, while Colorado has said it can't afford to pay more than $2 million for Hawkins' replacement.

With Dan Hawkins a spectator in sunglasses from the Dal Ward Center in the north end zone, his quarterback son threw for 266 yards and tossed TD passes of 9 yards to Ryan Deehan, 26 yards to Toney Clemons and 25 yards to Scotty McKnight.

The last one was the school-record 13th TD connection between Hawkins and McKnight, whose 20th touchdown reception tied a school mark.

Stewart became the first Buffaloes running back to top 1,000 yards since 2004 but he fumbled twice, losing one in the first half that snuffed a promising drive.

The Buffaloes knocked Cyclones quarterback Austen Arnaud out of the game in the fourth quarter when Patrick Mahnke sacked him and forced a fumble that linebacker Michael Sipilo scooped up and returned 45 yards to make it 34-7.

Arnaud, who was sacked five times, was replaced by Jerome Tiller on the Cyclones' next series, and Tiller, who was sacked three times, hit Collin Franklin for a 24-yard score that made it 34-14.

Cabral had his first big decision on the game's opening drive when the Buffaloes faced fourth-and-3 from the Cyclones 7. He initially kept his offense on the field but after conferring with his coaches during a timeout, he sent Aric Goodman in for a 24-yard field goal instead.

That score was set up by Paul Richardson's 55-yard reception in which he caught the pass in the flat and outraced half a dozen defenders downfield.

His second big decision came in the third quarter when he went for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 40 and Hawkins reached the first-down marker by the nose of the football to keep alive the drive that would end in his scoring strike to McKnight that made it 27-7.

After Alexander Robinson rumbled in from 8 yards out to give Iowa State a 7-3 lead, Arthur Jaffee faked a pitch to Clemons on the ensuing kickoff and reeled off an 89-yard return before being dragged down at the Cyclones 9. Hawkins hit tight end Deehan from there for a 10-7 Colorado lead.

Then, Colorado drove 80 yards in 11 plays with the payoff coming when Hawkins rolled right to avoid the pass rush and lofted a pass into the back of the end zone, where Clemons hauled it as he was tumbling, giving the Buffaloes a 17-7 halftime lead.

This was the last matchup scheduled between the schools as the Buffaloes are heading west to the Pac-12 next season. Iowa State's last win in Boulder came in 2000.

The Cyclones, who were held to minus-6 yards on 26 rushing attempts, will have to beat Missouri at home next week to become bowl-eligible.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ISU
COLO
1st Downs1618
Total Yards229384
Passing235266
Rushing-6118
Penalties9-7010-94
3rd Down Conversions3-145-15
4th Down Conversions1-31-2
Turnovers21
Possession25:5834:02

Passing Leaders

Iowa StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Arnaud15/231365.900
ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hawkins16/2426611.130

Rushing Leaders

Iowa StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson9222.418
Johnson133.003
ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart361233.4015
Hawkins341.302

Receiving Leaders

Iowa StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin1111810.7127
Lenz23115.5025
ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson512124.2055
McKnight35618.7125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERISUCOLO
FG11:13Aric Goodman 24 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERISUCOLO
TD12:03Alexander Robinson 8 Yd Run (Grant Mahoney Kick) 73
TD11:08Ryan Deehan 9 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 710
TD02:27Toney Clemons 26 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERISUCOLO
FG09:03Aric Goodman 39 Yd 720
TD02:25Scotty McKnight 25 Yd Pass From Cody Hawkins (Aric Goodman Kick) 727
FOURTH QUARTERISUCOLO
TD11:33Michael Sipili 45 Yd Fumble Return (Aric Goodman Kick) 734
TD08:11Collin Franklin 24 Yd Pass From Jerome Tiller (Grant Mahoney Kick) 1434