11th Annual Cactus Bowl - Fiesta Bowl | Fiesta Bowl

Colorado returned two interceptions and a punt for touchdowns and added three scores on the ground – all in the first half – to cruise to a 62-24 win over Boston College.

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The Buffaloes tied a bowl record with 45 first-half points and made their first bowl appearance under head coach Gary Barnett a successful one in the final Cactus Bowl played at Arizona Stadium.

Cortlen Johnson rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead a punishing Colorado ground attack that featured 12 different players touching the ball for 347 rushing yards.

After jumping ahead 14-0 on a 10-yard scoring run by Johnson and a 2-yard keeper by quarterback Mike Moschetti, the Buffs defense and special teams took over.  Linebacker Jashon Sykes and defensive back Rashidi Barnes both brought back interceptions for scores and Ben Kelly returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown for an insurmountable 35-0 lead.

Kelly weaved his way through defenders on the punt return, his sixth career kick return for a touchdown.  He also brought back the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the Aloha Bowl the previous year in a win over Oregon.

Boston College got a little redemption when George White returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown with 7:22 to play in the first half, but Colorado answered less than two minutes later when Johnson completed a four-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run.

The Eagles added three touchdowns in the second half on a touchdown pass from Tim Hasselbeck to Jamal Burke, a blocked punt return for a score by Leonard Bessette and a recovered fumble in the end zone by Bryan Arndt.

Moschetti completed 14-of-24 passes for 149 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Roman Hollowell late in the third quarter.

  • Stadium:

    Arizona Stadium

  • Attendance:

    35,762

  • Offensive Player of the Game:

    Cortlen Johnson, Colorado

  • Defensive Player of the Game:

    Jashon Sykes, Colorado

  • Head Coaches:

    Gary Barnett, Colorado - Tom O’Brien, Boston College

  • Weather:

    Partly cloudy, 62 degrees

Quarter Scores

Scoring1234F
Colorado212410762
Boston College0771428

Yardstick

CUBC
29First Downs12
50-347Rushes-Yards35-96
176 Passing Yards 159
16-27-1Passes14-35-3
187Return Yards128
3-27.7Punts6-41.0
1-0Fumbles-Lost2-1
5-40 Penalties-Yards 6-62

How They Scored

CUBC
70Cortlen Johnson 10 yard run (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
140Mike Moschetti 2 yard run (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
210Jashon Sykes 29 yard interception return (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
280Rashidi Barnes 21 yard interception return (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
350Ben Kelly 88 yard punt return (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
357George White 78 yard interception return (John Matich kick)
427Cortlen Johnson 2 yard run (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
457Jeremy Aldrich 26 yard field goal
487Jeremy Aldrich 21 yard field goal
4814Bryan Arndt recovered fumble in end zone (John Matich kick)
5514Roman Hollowell 18 yard pass from Mike Moschetti (Mark Mariscal kick)
6214Zac Colvin 4 yard run (Mark Mariscal kick)
6221Jamal Burke 2 yard pass from Tim Hasselbeck (John Matich kick)
6228Leonard Bessette 9 yard blocked punt return (John Matich kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
CUCortlen Johnson 15-201, Marcus Stiggers 4-24, Mike Moschetti 8-23, Dwayne Cherrington 3-23, Vince Reed 6-15, David Andrews 3-15, Roman Hollowell 2-14, A.J. Page 2-8, Zac Colvin 2-7, Brandon Drumm 2-5, Judd Johns 2-5, Damion Barton 1-7
BCWilliam Green 11-32, Cedric Washington 16-30, Tim Hasselbeck 6-25, Dave Robbins 1-5, Brian St. Pierre 1-4.
Passing
CUMike Moschetti 15-25-1-167, Zac Colvin 1-2-0-9.
BCTim Hasselbeck 13-32-2-146, Brian St. Pierre 0-2-1-0, Dave Robbins 1-1-0-13.
Receiving
CUDaniel Graham 3-51, Marcus Stiggers 3-41, Roman Hollowell 3-38, Javon Green 3-21, Dwayne Cherrington 1-9, Vince Reed 1-9, John Minardi 1-5, Cedric Cormier 1-2.
BCDedrick Dewalt 4-70, Ryan Burch 4-47, Cedric Washington 2-3, Bryan Arndt 1-19, Josh Cervi 1-13, DuJuan Daniels 1-5, Jamal Burke 1-2.