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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

UW QB Jake Browning is at 2.2 yards per attempt against a Colorado secondary allowing a nation-best 5.4 yards per attempt.

Ohio regains possession with INT

Freshman CB Kylan Nelson dives to intercept Zach Terrell's overthrown pass early in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats trail No. 17 Western Michigan 26-20 in the MAC championship game.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado responded well late in the first quarter after QB Sefo Liufao left the game with an ankle injury. First, the Buffaloes stopped Washington on fourth down in their own territory, then responded with an impressive touchdown drive led by backup QB Steven Montez to tie the game at 7. Obviously, the Buffs would prefer a healthy Liufao, but Montez played well in relief earlier this year and doesn't represent a significant drop off.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington has been able to run -- 5.6 per carry -- but Colorado has shut down Jake Browning with its nation-leading secondary through one quarter, holding him to one completion for 11 yards. Will the Buffs gamble on their star DBs and commit more defenders against the run?

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Those who haven't seen much of Phillip Lindsay are in for a treat tonight. Colorado's running back dynamo is the first Buffaloes player to rush for at least 15 touchdowns since Chris Brown in 2002.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

How will Colorado's QB change affect this game? Earlier this year, back-up Steven Montez was the first Buff in history to throw for 300 yards and pass for 100 more in a game. He is a touted youngster who has already proven capable, and he just led the game-tying TD drive.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Montez is very mobile. If Sefo Liufau keeps limping and needing more tape at the trainer's table, expect Montez to stay in. Colorado's offense is predicated on QB mobility.

Ohio pulls within 26-20 of W. Michigan

Papi White makes a leaping catch of a Greg Windham pass behind single coverage for a 31-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado starting QB Sefo Liufau hasn't gone to the locker room, but he is away from his teammates, limping on the right sideline. It looks like he is trying to walk off an injury to his right ankle as he tosses some warm-up throws. Backup Steven Montez is staying in for now.

Colorado's Liufau exits game after taking sack

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau stays down after taking a sack in the first quarter against Washington, and would have to leave the game.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Trainers are taping Colorado QB Sefo Liufau's right leg while backup Steven Montez is on the phone with the booth. Montez grabs his helmet and puts it on.

Washington opens scoring with rushing TD

Washington strikes first in the Pac-12 title game against Colorado with on a 1-yard TD run from Lavon Coleman.


Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

I was just thinking how Sefo Liufau is so good at protecting himself. He slides more than any quarterback I've seen this year. And then his ankle gets bent on the next play. Nothing he could do to protect himself.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

With QB Sefo Liufau hurt, Colorado's backup is Steven Montez, who has seen significant action this season and played well: 8.0 yards per attempt, 9 TD passes.

ESPN Stats and Information  

This is the 8th time that Washington has scored a TD on its opening drive, tied with New Mexico, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, Western Kentucky and UTSA for the most in FBS.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington's first drive featured a pass interference penalty and 50 yards rushing, no yards passing and a touchdown. If the Huskies run well and force the Buffaloes to crowd the box, that will open up the potent deep passing game involving QB Jake Browning and receivers John Ross and Dante Pettis.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

This is a match-up between Washington's offensive efficiency -- historic by some metrics -- and Colorado's league-leading defense. The Huskies land the first punch, tearing down the field for a score on only seven plays.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

First drive of the Pac-12 championship game.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado wins the toss. The Buffs are now an astonishing 12-1 in the coin toss this season. Their only coin flip loss was at USC.

Interception sets up Ohio TD

Bradd Ellis picks off a tipped pass by Zach Terrell and returns it 32 yards to set up Jordan Reid's second TD catch of the game. The Bobcats miss the PAT kick and trail Western Michigan 23-13 early in the third quarter.