Colorado Buffaloes beat Oregon State 37-34 in overtime

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Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias, right, pulls in a pass for a tocuhdown as Oregon State defensive back Elijah Jones covers in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Oregon State kicker Everett Hayes missed a 38-yard field goal in the second overtime after nailing a 60-yarder at the end of regulation and Cole Becker’s 43-yarder gave Colorado a 37-34 win over the Beavers on Saturday night.

The homecoming crowd rushed the field when Becker’s field goal sailed high through the uprights.

Colorado (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) won for the first time in four multi-overtime games in program history and the Buffs denied bowl eligibility for Oregon State (5-4, 3-3), which hasn’t won six games since 2013.

The teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime with Brendon Lewis scoring on a 9-yard quarterback keeper for Colorado and running back B.J. Baylor snaring a high direct snap with his left hand and trotting into the end zone.

For the game to even go extra time required an incredible finish by the Beavers.

Hayes missed a 51-yarder with 32 seconds remaining but the Beavers had all three of their timeouts and they forced Colorado to punt the ball, which Anthony Gould returned 26 yards to the Beavers 49 with 5 seconds left.

With five defenders at the goal line, Chance Nolan threw a 9-yard pass to Gould, who stepped out of bounds at the Buffs 42 with 1 second remaining.

Hayes easily cleared the crossbar, his 60-yarder tying Mason Crosby’s record for longest Folsom Field field goal set against Iowa State on Oct. 16, 2004.

Brendon Lewis’ 16-yard TD pass to Montana Lemonious-Craig with 2:24 remaining had given the Buffs a 27-24 lead.

That score was set up by Jarek Broussard’s 49-yard run right after Nolan had given Oregon State its first lead at 24-20 with a 27-yard touchdown toss to Tre’Shaun Harrison midway through the fourth quarter.

Both teams provided an appetizer for the frenetic finish by exchanging field goals in the final 39 seconds of the first half.

Hayes matched Becker’s 52-yarder with a 45-yarder as time expired to pull the Beavers to 13-10 at halftime.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oregon State: On an unseasonably warm day in the Rocky Mountains when the 73-degree temperature at kickoff was warmer than any of the Buffs’ four games in October, the Beavers started out cold and trailed most of the night in their second consecutive loss.

Colorado: The Buffs had a season-best 144 yards of offense in the first quarter but in the second quarter they had 50 yards of offense with 40 yards of penalties. They were flagged three times in five plays after reaching the Oregon State 15 with 1:33 remaining. But they were resilient and powered their way to a win after blowing 10-0 and 20-10 leads.

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