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Updated: Saturday, November 16, 2002 8:51 AM EST
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Iowa St (7-4) at No. 18 Colorado (7-3)
IOWA ST. CYCLONES
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COLORADO BUFFALOES
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BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- No. 18 Colorado plays its final home game of the season on Saturday and the fans may be celebrating another trip to the Big 12 Conference title game.

The Buffaloes can clinch a second straight berth in the Big 12 championship game December 7 in Houston with a victory over the slumping Cyclones at Folsom Field.

Colorado (7-3, 5-1 Big 12 North) has won six of its last seven games, including a 42-35 overtime decision at Missouri last week. The Buffaloes conclude the regular season the day after Thanksgiving at Nebraska.

Chris Brown enhanced his Heisman Trophy candidacy last week, carrying 35 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Brown remains the nation's leading rusher with 161.7 yards per game.

Bobby Purify added 119 as Colorado rolled up 372 yards on the ground against Missouri. Quarterback Robert Hodge was an efficient 17-of-27 for 203 yards last week and works behind a line that has allowed only six sacks in the last six games.

Saturday continues a brutal stretch of schedule that has knocked the Cyclones (7-4, 4-3) out of the national rankings and Seneca Wallace out of the Heisman race.

Iowa State committed six turnovers and was penalized 12 times for 100 yards in a 58-7 loss at Kansas State last week. In its two previous road games, Iowa State lost to Oklahoma, 49-3, and Texas, 21-10.

"This has been the road schedule from hell," admits Cyclones coach Dan McCarney.

Colorado has won 17 of the last 18 meetings with Iowa State and leads the series, 43-12-1. The Buffaloes were a 40-27 winner last season as Cortlen Robinson became the first Colorado player ever to collect both 100 rushing and receiving yards in the same game.


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