Division I-AA Montana State stuns Colorado

Updated: September 2, 2006, 9:36 PM ET

BOULDER, Colorado -- This was not the beginning Colorado had in mind when it hired Dan Hawkins.

Playing against a Division I-AA team for the first time, Colorado could not hold a halftime lead and stumbled offensively in a shocking 19-10 loss to Montana State.

The Buffaloes ended the 2005 season with four straight losses and finally ended the tumultuous Gary Barnett era with the hiring of Hawkins, an offensive-minded coach who took Boise State to national prominence.

So far the Hawkins era includes becoming Montana State's first Division I-A victim in 22 years. The Bobcats defeated Fresno State in 1984.

"We got outplayed, we got out coached and we've got to give a lot of credit to Montana State," Hawkins said. "They came in and they played better than we did and it showed.

"We understand that most people here will jump on our loss, but we all find out about ourselves when we're losing, and in some respect it might be a blessing. We've got to work a little bit harder and come together a little bit more. It's only devastating if you let it be devastating."

Mason Crosby opened the scoring with a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter and James Cox scored on a one-yard run with 9:20 left in the second quarter to give Colorado a 10-6 lead that it took into the break.

The Buffaloes never got on the board again and Montana State took the lead for good on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cory Carpenter to Michael Jefferson with 10:36 left in the third quarter. Jeff Hastings added field goals from 19 and 41 yards in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Carpenter completed 23-of-31 passes for 229 yards.

"Let's face it. Something like this is very rare and probably couldn't be replicated by us," Montana State coach Mike Kramer said. "I think we're really good, we made some plays in the fourth quarter that they didn't.

"I don't know if we played 100 more times, that 99 of them could have been different. This game tonight wasn't about height, weight, or speed. It was about belief systems and we found a way to get it done."

Colorado managed only 12 first downs and was limited to 216 total yards. James Cox was 8-of-22 for 110 yards and Mell Holliday rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries for the Buffaloes.

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