Beatty knocked the ball lose from Georgia running back Caleb King and John Major recovered to all but seal a 29-27 win over the Bulldogs, the Buffs first back-to-back wins since 2008.
“We kind of saw this as a statement game knowing that we can compete with big teams,” Beatty said.
The Buffaloes took control of the game early by establishing their running game behind backs Brian Lockridge and Rodney Stewart and quarterback Tyler Hansen, who took to the ground several times for big chunks of yardage against an unprepared Georgia defense. The Buffs rushed for 235 yards, the third time this season the Bulldogs have given up more than 200 yards rushing.
But it was the defensive stand on what could have been the game-winning drive that shut the door on a Georgia quarterback. With Georgia on the 27-yard-line – well within kicker Blair Walsh’s range – down two and 1:59 remaining, the Bulldogs appeared poised to take the lead. But Beatty read a Georgia handoff well, got to King right as he received the ball and knocked the ball out of his hands.
“We knew they were going to try and run the ball and milk the clock and kick a field goal,” Beatty said of the play. “I knew I had the opportunity to come off the edge and maybe disrupt their handoff… I was thinking, ‘If I could get off the ball fast enough, I can get to that exchange and force it out.’ That’s all that ran through my head.”
Colorado is now 3-1 heading into its first Big 12 contest against Missouri. The win over Georgia gave Colorado a much-needed confidence boost heading into a game against a Tiger team that they haven’t defeated since 2005. In those games, Colorado has been outscored 177-40. Not to mention the Buffs haven’t won on the road since Oct. 27, 2007.
“There haven’t been many times when we’ve won two in a row while I’ve been here and it feels real good to put two weeks together,” Hansen said. “Now we have three to look forward to against a good Missouri team. Missouri has kind of had our number, so we are going to have to be real good on the road this week.”