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Key moments in Colorado’s 38-24 win over Washington State

Colorado defensive back Isaiah Oliver, left, tips a pass intended for Washington State wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr., center, as Colorado defensive back Tedric Thompson covers in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 38-24. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
Colorado defensive back Isaiah Oliver, left, tips a pass intended for Washington State wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr., center, as Colorado defensive back Tedric Thompson covers in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 38-24. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Statement drive

Colorado deferred until the second half and capitalized, going on a 71-yard touchdown drive that ended with Sefo Liufau’s 7-yard touchdown run. The Buffaloes converted three third downs on the drive, putting the Cougars on their heels and keeping them there for the rest of the game.

Door left open

The Buffaloes could have taken control much earlier in the game, getting to 1st-and-10 at the WSU 41-yard line while leading 21-17. But the Cougars forced a turnover on downs, allowing just five yards on 4th-and-7, then retook the lead on the ensuing drive.

Three-and-over

Luke Falk was sacked with just under eight miutes left in the game, forcing the Cougars into a three-and-out down 31-24. Colorado responded with an efficient touchdown drive that effectively won the game.

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