11th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Colorado 62, Boston College 28

11th annual buffalo wild wings bowl
December 31, 1999

Attendance: 35,762

Stadium: Arizona Stadium

Offensive Player of the Game: Cortlen Johnson, Colorado

Defensive Player of the Game: Jashon Sykes, Colorado

Head Coaches: Gary Barnett, Colorado - Tom O’Brien, Boston College

Weather: Partly cloudy, 62 degrees

Television: ESPN

Payout Per Team: $750,000

Colorado returned two interceptions and a punt for touchdowns and added three scores on the ground – all in the first half – to cruise to a 62-24 win over Boston College.

The Buffaloes tied a bowl record with 45 first-half points and made their first bowl appearance under head coach Gary Barnett a successful one in the final Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl played at Arizona Stadium.
 
Cortlen Johnson rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead a punishing Colorado ground attack that featured 12 different players touching the ball for 347 rushing yards.
 
After jumping ahead 14-0 on a 10-yard scoring run by Johnson and a 2-yard keeper by quarterback Mike Moschetti, the Buffs defense and special teams took over.  Linebacker Jashon Sykes and defensive back Rashidi Barnes both brought back interceptions for scores and Ben Kelly returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown for an insurmountable 35-0 lead.
 
Kelly weaved his way through defenders on the punt return, his sixth career kick return for a touchdown.  He also brought back the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the Aloha Bowl the previous year in a win over Oregon.
 
Boston College got a little redemption when George White returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown with 7:22 to play in the first half, but Colorado answered less than two minutes later when Johnson completed a four-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run.
 
The Eagles added three touchdowns in the second half on a touchdown pass from Tim Hasselbeck to Jamal Burke, a blocked punt return for a score by Leonard Bessette and a recovered fumble in the end zone by Bryan Arndt.
 
Moschetti completed 14-of-24 passes for 149 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Roman Hollowell late in the third quarter.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Colorado
21
24
10
7
62
Boston College
0
7
7
14
28

Yardstick

CU
BC
29
First Downs
12
50-347
Rushes-Yards
35-96
176
Passing Yards
159
16-27-1
Passes
14-35-3
187
Return Yards
128
3-27.7
Punts
6-41.0
1-0
Fumbles-Lost
2-1
5-40
Penalties-Yards
6-62

How They Scored

CU
BC
7
0
Cortlen Johnson 10 yard run (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
14
0
Mike Moschetti 2 yard run (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
21
0
Jashon Sykes 29 yard interception return (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
28
0
Rashidi Barnes 21 yard interception return (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
35
0
Ben Kelly 88 yard punt return (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
35
7
George White 78 yard interception return (John Matich kick)
42
7
Cortlen Johnson 2 yard run (Jeremy Aldrich kick)
45
7
Jeremy Aldrich 26 yard field goal
48
7
Jeremy Aldrich 21 yard field goal
48
14
Bryan Arndt recovered fumble in end zone (John Matich kick)
55
14
Roman Hollowell 18 yard pass from Mike Moschetti (Mark Mariscal kick)
62
14
Zac Colvin 4 yard run (Mark Mariscal kick)
62
21
Jamal Burke 2 yard pass from Tim Hasselbeck (John Matich kick)
62
28
Leonard Bessette 9 yard blocked punt return (John Matich kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
CU
Cortlen Johnson 15-201, Marcus Stiggers 4-24, Mike Moschetti 8-23, Dwayne Cherrington 3-23, Vince Reed 6-15, David Andrews 3-15, Roman Hollowell 2-14, A.J. Page 2-8, Zac Colvin 2-7, Brandon Drumm 2-5, Judd Johns 2-5, Damion Barton 1-7
BC
William Green 11-32, Cedric Washington 16-30, Tim Hasselbeck 6-25, Dave Robbins 1-5, Brian St. Pierre 1-4.
Passing
CU
Mike Moschetti 15-25-1-167, Zac Colvin 1-2-0-9.
BC
Tim Hasselbeck 13-32-2-146, Brian St. Pierre 0-2-1-0, Dave Robbins 1-1-0-13.
Receiving
CU
Daniel Graham 3-51, Marcus Stiggers 3-41, Roman Hollowell 3-38, Javon Green 3-21, Dwayne Cherrington 1-9, Vince Reed 1-9, John Minardi 1-5, Cedric Cormier 1-2.
BC
Dedrick Dewalt 4-70, Ryan Burch 4-47, Cedric Washington 2-3, Bryan Arndt 1-19, Josh Cervi 1-13, DuJuan Daniels 1-5, Jamal Burke 1-2.