BOULDER, Colo. - This time there was no miracle.
Two years after a Hail Mary pass completion produced an agonizing defeat, Michigan got the chance to celebrate when Koy Detmer's last-second pass was batted away, preserving the 11th-ranked Wolverines' 20-13 victory over No. 5 Colorado.
Michigan seemingly had Colorado beaten in 1994 at Ann Arbor, but Kordell Stewart's 64-yard pass was pulled down in the end zone as time expired and the Buffaloes had a 27-26 victory.
Incredibly, it came down to the final play in the rematch but this time there was no receiver there to catch the ball after it was tipped away from intended receiver James Kidd.
Scott Dreisbach threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jerame Tuman late in the third quarter as Michigan took control, scoring 10 points while Colorado's offense could manage only 11 yards on 10 plays.
Dreisbach completed three passes, including a 17-yarder to Tai Streets, to set up Remy Hamilton's 42-yard field goal midway through the quarter, producing a 13-13 tie.
A holding penalty and David Bowens' sack of Detmer then forced Colorado to punt from its 6, and Andy Mitchell got off only a 26-yarder. Michigan went the 32 yards in seven plays. Streets caught a 14-yard pass which he tipped twice before grabbing, and Dreisbach hit the wide-open Tuman in the right corner of the end zone for a 20-13 lead with 59 seconds left in the period.
In the final quarter, Colorado surrendered the ball on downs at the Michigan 41 and 9. Lendon Henry was dumped for a 2-yard loss by Bowens to end the first possession, and Detmer threw incomplete on the second.
Detmer's streak of passes without an interception was stopped at 78 on the game's third play from scrimmage when cornerback Charles Woodson picked off the ball at the Michigan 35.
Helped by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Colorado's Nick Ziegler on what would have been a third-down incompletion, the Wolverines went up 3-0 on Hamilton's 37-yard field goal with 10:33 left in the opening period.
Mitchell twice pinned Michigan inside its own 5, and the Buffaloes eventually capitalized. After a Michigan punt from its 3, the Buffs drove to the Wolverines 13, where Henry fumbled the ball away. However, Colorado got it back on the next play - a fumble by Chris Howard - and Henry capped a 16-yard scoring drive with an 8-yard run with 11:31 left in the half.
Michigan then put together a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown march, aided by pass-interference and defensive-holding penalties against Colorado. The Wolverines overcame second-and-16, second-and-13 and third-and-12 situations on the drive, and Clarence Williams ran the final seven yards for a 10-7 lead with 3:21 remaining in the half.
The Buffs struck quickly on the next series as Detmer completed 52- and 27-yard passes to Rae Carruth, then hit Phil Savoy on a 5-yarder for a TD and a 13-10 lead. Jason Lesley's extra-point attempt was blocked by Bowens.