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Colorado Falls To Baylor, 31-25

Boulder, CO (Sports Network) – Jay Finley ran for a career-high 143 yards and scored twice as he helped the Baylor Bears to a 31-25 win over the Colorado Buffaloes in a Big-12 Conference bout at Folsom Field.

Finley carried the ball 14 times for the Bears (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) and Robert Griffin III added another 137 yards rushing on 15 attempts as the team won for the third time in the last four outings. Griffin III also converted 22-of-27 passes for 234 yards and a score for the visitors.

The Buffaloes (3-3, 0-2) were paced by Rodney Stewart who gained 125 yards and hit the end zone twice for the home team. Tyler Hansen hit on 21-of-28 passes for 207 yards and a score, but he was sacked two times and intercepted once in the losing effort.

Colorado put the first and only points of the opening quarter on the board when Stewart worked his way into the end zone on an 18-yard run, but a two- point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Buffs with the 6-0 edge heading into the second quarter.

Griffin III stepped up and capped a six-play, 80-yard drive late in the second quarter with a nine-yard TD pass to Jerod Monk and with the successful PAT the Bears assumed a 7-6 advantage.

But the lead for Baylor was short-lived as Stewart scored his second TD of the night on a six-yard run with 1:40 to play in the half, followed by a 45-yard field goal by Aric Goodman to give Colorado a 15-7 edge after the team again failed on a two-point conversion.

At the end of the first half the Bears closed the gap as Aaron Jones knocked through a lengthy 50-yard field goal, giving the visitors some momentum heading into the break with the score 15-10.

Jones added a 25-yard field goal in the third frame and Finley streaked into the end zone on a 17-yard run in the period to give Baylor a 21-15 advantage heading into the final period of play.

Goodman drew Colorado slightly closer with a 25-yard field goal at the 12:58 mark of the fourth and Hansen’s seven-yard TD pass to Scotty McKnight also made the meeting interesting, but at the same time Finley added a 14-yard touchdown run for Baylor and Jones converted a late 38-yard field goal to give the Bears the six-point margin of victory.

Baylor rolled up 309 yards rushing and finished with 543 yards overall in the meeting, compared to just 399 yards for the host Buffaloes.