No. 23 Clemson hands Colo. 4th loss in row

College Football

December 28, 2005

James Davis ran for 150 yards and a touchdown, Charlie Whitehurst scrambled for a score and No. 23 Clemson beat Colorado, 19-10, in the Champs Sports Bowl yesterday in Orlando, Fla., handing the Buffaloes their fourth consecutive loss.

Davis' 6-yard scoring run with 1:38 remaining sealed a fourth straight victory for Clemson (8-4) and capped a disappointing season for Colorado (7-6).

The Buffs made it close, though, something they didn't do in their previous two games - losses to Nebraska and Texas by a combined score of 100-6.

Backup quarterback Brian White replaced starter James Cox midway through the fourth quarter and led Colorado on a 69-yard scoring drive that made it 13-10. His 2-yard scoring pass to Quinn Sypniewski ended a streak of 14 quarters without a touchdown and gave the Buffs a chance.

White rolled right on third down, then threw left to Sypniewski, who was wide-open in the end zone.

But Davis and Whitehurst answered, moving the Tigers 61 yards in 4:07 to put the game away.

Davis and Whitehurst made big plays all game. Davis ran 28 times and eclipsed 100 yards for the fourth time this season - a school record for a freshman. He also was named the game's most valuable player. Whitehurst was 19-for-27 for 196 yards and an interception.

Insight Bowl -- Rudy Burgess rushed for two touchdowns to lead Arizona State (7-5) to a 45-40 victory over Rutgers (7-5) in Phoenix.

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