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Nebraska Cornhuskers Defeat Colorado Buffaloes, 45-17, In Big 12 Finale

Unfortunately for the Colorado Buffaloes, the Nebraska Cornhuskers put a stop to any good feelings the team from Boulder had before kickoff. With both teams playing their Big 12 regular season finales, the Huskers dominated the Buffs, 45-17. Colorado interim head coach Brian Cabral finished the regular season with a 1-2 record, and the Buffs had a 5-7 record. The loss prevented the Buffs from becoming bowl-eligible (Air Force is the only FCS team in Colorado to be bowl-eligible). The Huskers now head to the Big 12 championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas next week. They will face either Oklahoma State or Texas A&M.

With Nebraska's regular quarterback, Taylor Martinez, benched for the game, Cody Green started at quarterback, but it was running back Rex Burkhead who took control of the offense, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for one. He had 101 yards on the ground. 

Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins became the all-time leader in passing yards for the university, passing for 7,409 yards in his career. However, it was hardly Hawkins' best day, going 10-of-26 with 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions in the third quarter, which eventually turned into Nebraska touchdowns.

Buffs running back Rodney Stewart finished with 88 yards on 20 carries.

While Nebraska continues to play on, Colorado now gets ready for an intense recruiting season and to prepare for their move to the Pac-12 in 2011.