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Receiver Johnson Stars as Colorado Wins, 45-21

From Associated Press

Charles Johnson, a senior wide receiver, scored three times in No. 10 Colorado’s 45-21 romp over No. 24 Baylor on Saturday.

Johnson, who had six catches for 151 yards in the first half, put the Buffaloes (2-0) ahead, 14-0, with a 69-yard pass-play touchdown.

Just 19 seconds later, Johnson scored again. One play after Baylor (1-1) committed its second turnover of the game, Colorado tailback James Hill took a pitchout around left end and, as he approached the goal line, was hit and fumbled into the end zone, where Johnson recovered for a touchdown.

As time expired in the first half and with Colorado already leading 28-0, Johnson made a diving end-zone reception of a tipped pass. It came on an alley-oop play as Colorado sent three receivers down the right side of the field, with Johnson lining up on the left and eventually joining the group in the end zone.

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Michael Westbrook leaped high over a pack of players to deflect Kordell Stewart’s 39-yard pass, and Johnson plucked it before it hit the carpet.

“We practice it once a week,” Westbrook said, “and that was just the way it’s drawn up. We definitely have the athletes to do it. I’m always the tip guy--unless I can catch it.

“This offense is a time bomb, waiting to explode.”

Baylor fell behind, 42-0, in the third quarter before scoring consolation touchdowns on three consecutive possessions.

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