Originally created 12/30/04

Buffs streak past UTEP

HOUSTON - Joel Klatt saw his receiver streaking behind the defense, reared back and threw deep. Then, everything went blank.

Klatt didn't realize what happened next until some teammates helped him off the turf a few seconds later.

"I couldn't tell you happened," Klatt said.

The result was a game-winning, 39-yard touchdown pass to Evan Judge, helping Colorado to a 33-28 victory over Texas-El Paso in the Houston Bowl on Wednesday night.

"The linemen told me (about the score)," he said, "when they picked me up."

Klatt finished 24 of 33 for 333 yards and two touchdowns, and keyed a fourth-quarter comeback by the plodding Buffaloes (8-5), who tried to keep pace with UTEP, which is ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense.

Colorado led 3-0 midway through the first quarter and trailed until seizing the lead late in the game.

Facing a fourth-and-3 at its own 35 and trailing by two points, Colorado resorted to a bit of trickery. Punter John Torp hustled 22 yards around the left end on a fake punt for the first down.

Two plays later, Klatt found Judge wide open for the go-ahead score with 8:43 left. Klatt was flattened by UTEP defensive end Ibok Ibok as he released the ball and didn't see the touchdown. He got up off the turf slowly and wobbled off the field into the arms of celebrating teammates.

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