Colorado prepared for Boston College tailback Cedric Washington. Too bad the Eagles didn't do some homework on Cortlen Johnson.
Johnson had a career-best 201 of Colorado's 365 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns in a 62-28 rout of the 25th-ranked Eagles today in the Insight.com Bowl.
"I can't take all the credit," Johnson said. "The offensive line did a great job of opening up the holes, and the wide receivers were blocking well downfield."
Boston College (8-4) was unable to overcome Colorado's speed.
"I think that's one of the fastest linebacker and [defensive back] corps I've played against," said Washington, a 1,122-yard rusher who was held to 30 yards in 16 attempts. "The holes were closing up like that, in a second."
Johnson had 34 yards on Colorado's first drive to set up his 10-yard score, then contributed 30 yards in the second series, which ended with quarterback Mike Moschetti's two-yard touchdown.
Johnson gained 40 yards in three carries before his own two-yard scoring run that made it 42-7 with 5 minutes 59 seconds left in the half.
A sophomore in his first year as a starter, Johnson had 137 yards in the first half, more than in any game of his career save the 185 he gained against Iowa State.
"I was surprised we ran the ball as well as we did," Colorado Coach Gary Barnett said. "Cortlen really started to turn it on as the year went on. He kept looking better and better his last five or six games, and we became a better team."
"At the half, we agreed that we were going to take it one play at a time and play physical," Boston College Coach Tom O'Brien said. "We knew there wasn't going to be much opportunity to come back by halftime."
Ben Kelly set an Insight.com record with an 88-yard punt return, and the Buffaloes (7-5) scored on interception returns of 29 yards by Jashon Sykes and 21 yards by Rashidi Barnes.
It was Colorado's sixth consecutive postseason victory, the longest active streak in the country.
The Eagles got their first score on a 78-yard interception return by George White, and the last on a nine-yard return of a blocked punt by Doug Bessette with 5:55 to play.