Originally created 01/01/00

Colorado routs Boston College

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Cortlen Johnson led Colorado's powerful running attack with a career-best 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Ben Kelly set an Insight.com Bowl record with an 88-yard punt return as the Buffaloes routed No. 25 Boston College 62-28 Friday afternoon.

It was Colorado's sixth consecutive postseason victory, the longest active bowl winning streak in the country.

The Buffaloes (7-5) scored twice on interception returns -- 29 yards by Jashon Sykes and 21 yards by Rashidi Barnes -- to set a school bowl record with three return scores.

The Eagles (8-4) got their first TD on a 78-yard interception return by George White, and a 9-yard return of a blocked punt by Doug Bessette with 5:55 left to play.

Boston College also scored in the third when William Green fumbled into the end zone on a 1-yard run, and tight end Bryan Arndt recovered, and late in the game on a 2-yard pass from quarterback Tim Hasselbeck to Jamal Burke.

Burke's catch kept the game from being the worst blowout in the bowl's 11-year history, just behind a 52-17 victory recorded by Kansas State over Wyoming in 1993.

Colorado quarterbacks scored twice -- starter Mike Moschetti on a 2-yard run and Zac Colvin on a 5-yard run seven seconds into the fourth quarter. Roman Hollowell took a lateral 18 yards for a rushing score, and Jeremy Aldrich connected on 26- and 21-yard field goals.

Johnson ran 10 yards for the game's first points, and made it 42-7 with a 2-yard run with 5:59 left in the second quarter.

A sophomore in his first year as a starter, Johnson had 137 yards in the first half, more than in any game of his career save the 185 he gained against Iowa State. He had 34 yards on Colorado's first drive, setting up Moschetti's TD with a 30-yard run, and went 49 yards on the last of his 15 carries late in the third.

The Eagles were on their heels from the start after Moschetti came out throwing a 14-yard completion Marcus Stiggers, and the Buffaloes scored on their first possession for the fourth time this year.

The outcome still was in question when Moschetti dropped back, then ran in untouched with 1:47 left in the first quarter, making it 14-0. Sykes, a linebacker, scored 30 seconds later when he picked off Hasselbeck's attempt to arc a screen pass to tailback Cedric Washington.

White cut Colorado's lead to 28-7 with his scoring return 4:13 into the second quarter, but Johnson gained 40 yards in three straight carries to score his second TD and Aldrich sent the Buffs to a 45-7 lead with his first field goal with 27 seconds to play before halftime.


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