Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in OT

Nebraska place kicker Isaac Armstrong kicks but misses with his field goal attempt to tie the score in overtime of an NCAA college football game against Colorado Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 34-31 in overtime.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — James Stefanou's 34-yard field goal in overtime gave Colorado its first lead and the Buffaloes beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 on Saturday when punter Isaac Armstrong's 49-yard try sailed wide right.

The students stormed the field in celebration of the Buffaloes' second straight win over their old Big 12 rival, whom they rallied to beat in the closing minutes last year in Lincoln.

The Buffaloes rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and improved to 2-0 under coach Mel Tucker while keeping Cornhuskers' second-year coach Scott Frost from winning his first road game.

Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in OT

Colorado place kicker James Stefanou celebrates after kicking the go-ahead field goal against Nebraska in overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 34-31 in overtime.

Before Saturday, unranked Buffaloes teams were 1-22 all-time against ranked Nebraska teams with their only win coming in 1976 when the Cornhuskers were ranked third.

Rank this one right up there with that one.

It included the longest touchdown in Colorado's history, a 96-yard flea-flicker from Steven Montez to K.D. Nixon in a frenetic fourth quarter that featured 38 points and began with Nebraska up 17-7.

Pressed into kicking duties because the starting kicker, Barret Pickering, was out with an undisclosed injury, Armstrong was perfect on four extra points and nailed a 26-yard field goal that gave Nebraska a 17-0 halftime lead.

Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in OT

Nebraska cornerback Dicaprio Bootle, bottom, pulls down Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. in overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 34-31 in overtime.

When Adrian Martinez was sacked by Mustafa Johnson for a 7-yard loss on third-and-9, suddenly Armstrong was facing a 49-yard try.

It was never close, sending thousands of Buffaloes fans onto the field in celebration and leaving the stands a sea of red as a good 40 percent of the sellout crowd of 52,829 was cheering for the visitors in Nebraska's first trip to Folsom Field in a decade.

Martinez, who replied to Colorado's 96-yard TD with a 75-yard TD strike to running back Maurice Washington on the very next play, gave Nebraska a 31-24 lead with a 6-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 with 5:49 left in regulation.

Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in OT

Colorado defensive tackle Jalen Sami, right, stops Nebraska running back Maurice Washington in overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 34-31 in overtime.

Laviska Shenault fumbled after a 54-yard return when Cam Taylor-Britt punched the ball out, but the Buffs forced a punt and Montez hit Tony Brown with a 26-yard scoring strike with 46 seconds remaining in regulation.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nebraska: The Huskers dominated the first half, putting together TD drives of 96 and 95 yards that began with Martinez in his own end zone. But maybe the altitude finally caught up to a Nebraska team that's no longer used to it.

Colorado: The Buffaloes are now 2-0 in the Mel Tucker era with wins over rivals Colorado State and Nebraska and Air Force up next weekend.

UP NEXT

Nebraska hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in OT

Colorado place kicker James Stefanou, back, kicks the go-ahead field goal as Nebraska cornerback Lamar Jackson dives to block the kick in overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 34-31 in overtime.

Colorado hosts Air Force on Saturday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Cornhuskers never trailed in regulation but their loss in Boulder could bump them from the Top 25.

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