Rocky Mtn. Showdown: Buffs beat Rams 27-24 in OT

Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-20 13:32:00-04

If an exciting game at the neutral site in Denver could be considered invigorating for college football in the state, Saturday night's Rocky Mountain Showdown served that purpose. That's the "neutral" view. Given the nature of the intrastate rivalry, though, there were few neutral fans in the crowd of 66,253 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as Colorado, down 14-0 early, stormed back and eventually claimed a 27-24 overtime victory.

CU kicker Diego Gonzalez, who was short and wide with a 48-yarder that would have won it for the Buffaloes on the final play of regulation, made the 32-yarder in overtime that ended it.

On the first possession of OT, CSU kicker Wyatt Bryan's 27-yard attempt was low and got blocked, putting CU in the position of being able to settle for a field goal on its ensuing possession.

And Gonzalez came through this time.

Gonzalez, a junior from Monterrey, Mexico, conceded he "mis-hit" the kick that could have ended the game in regulation, but said of the overtime kick: "I was feeling pretty good. If I got a second opportunity, I'd win it."

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