The PAC-12 kicked off the bowl season with a dominating win and an agonizing loss.
In the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Mike Leach and Washington State had the ball first and ten with an 8-point lead on their own 31 with just over two minutes to play. Colorado State was out of time outs. All WSU had to do was take a knee four times and run out the clock.
Instead, the Cougs, who were -10 yards rushing on the day, handed off to running back Jeremy Laufasa off tackle, who got stripped. The Rams recovered and marched quickly for a score, then Donnell Alexander dove to the pylon for the two-point conversion and a tie at 45-45.
:33 seconds to play, and the Cougars had a couple of timeouts, a kicker with a good leg in Andrew Furney. Only the Cougs' Teondray Caldwell fumbles the kickoff at his own 24. Colorado runs one play to center the football, spikes it, and Jared Roberts boots a 41-yard field goal for the win (Mark Rebilas USA Today Sports Images photo).