The reputed worst team in major college football got off the canvas Saturday, set its jaw and smacked Washington State in the nose.
Colorado, widely mocked for a remarkably poor showing in an 0-3 start against bad competition, overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 35-34 at Washington State.
The Buffaloes, who met individually this week with coach Jon Embree, celebrated a rare road win while the bloom wilted on the previously flowering Mike Leach Era in Pullman.
Colorado (1-3, 1-0 in the Pac-12) capped a 13-play, 70-yard TD drive with a fourth-and-4 TD run on a QB draw from Jordan Webb with 11 seconds remaining to earn the victory after converting the tie-breaking PAT. Before that, it used the big play to get back into the game, scoring on a 70-yard pass from Webb to tight end Nick Kasa and an 84-yard run from RB Tony Jones.
Webb seemed to find a groove in the fourth quarter that had previously eluded the Kansas transfer. He finished with 345 yards passing -- 29-of-42 -- with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for a pair of scores, showing some gumption, despite being sacked five times.
Cougars QB Connor Halliday, stepping in for starter Jeff Tuel, who was out with a knee injury, completed 32-of-60 for 401 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, including a fourth-quarter pick that started the Buffs comeback.
The Cougars fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Buffaloes entered the game averaging just 289.7 yards per game, which ranked last in the conference. They piled up 531 against the Cougs.
Last year, it was Washington State that shocked the Buffaloes with a late comeback in Boulder. But this one was far more shocking.
Colorado will play host to UCLA on Saturday. Washington State will be in Seattle to play -- yikes -- Oregon.