EUGENE, Ore. - Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay and receiver Devin Ross may have been on the sidelines during the Buffaloes' defensive play of the day Saturday, but Lindsay is sure they played a role.

"We were trying to put voodoo on the football to get the interception and it worked," Lindsay joked.

Hey, whatever works.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon sealed the Buffs' 41-38 win at Autzen Stadium with an interception of a Dakota Prukop pass with 48 seconds to play. Head coach Mike MacIntyre wasn't surprised to see the senior make the play.

"I've seen Ahkello do it so many times in practice to our guys," MacIntyre said. "He's like Stretch-O Man. I said, 'He's going to pick it.' It looks open but he's so long. What a heck of a play."

It was a heck of a turnaround for the CU defense, too. For a big chunk of the second half, the CU defense, which has been so good most of the year, was shredded by the Ducks. Oregon scored 21points in a span of 6 minutes, 8 seconds to turn a 16-point CU lead into a five-point deficit.

In the fourth quarter, however, the Buffs forced two Oregon punts and then got the game-sealing interception.

"That's pretty special, especially with that offense, with this crowd and that momentum," CU defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt said. "Our defense at times wasn't great, but that offense is hard. It's a hard offense to stop."

CU stopped the Ducks enough, however, to get a win. The interception also gave CU a forced turnover in 17 consecutive games - the longest streak in the country.


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Redemption

In the closing seconds of the first half, CU receiver Bryce Bobo appeared to make a sensational catch in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The play was reviewed, but he was ruled out of bounds.

Bobo's game-winning touchdown grab in the fourth quarter made up for it. That play was initially ruled incomplete, but after review was called a touchdown.

"Really I just had to come down with it, just like last time," he said. "Against (Colorado State in the opener), I dropped the ball and I had to come back and make another catch. They ruled mine out of bounds, the first one, and I had to come down with the second one."

Bobo and the Buffs thought the first one should have counted, too.

"I think Bobo should have had two top-10 SportsCenter (plays)," quarterback Steven Montez said. "They should put that on there even though they called it incomplete because that was a touchdown in my opinion. He played a great game. All of our receivers played really well. Very well."

Bobo finished with five catches for 72 yards, while Devin Ross had seven catches for a career-high 153 yards and a touchdown. Shay Fields caught five passes for 35 yards and a score.

Streak over

In the first quarter, kicker Chris Graham had an extra-point attempt blocked, ending CU's streak of 156 consecutive successful PATs. The streak, a school record, dated back to Nov. 26, 2011.

"My timing was off and I hit it low," Graham said. "It was just a bad kick."

Graham did make up for it with two field goals and hitting his other three extra points.

Notable

Oregon has lost two in a row for the first time since a three-game skid at the end of the 2007 season. ... CU has scored a touchdown on its first possession of each game. ... The Buffs have outscored the competition 72-14 in the first quarter this season. ... The Buffs won the coin toss for the fourth time this year. As usual, the Buffs deferred to the second half. ... True freshman Davis Price handled most of the kickoff duties. ... This was CU's first win against the Ducks in Eugene since Sept. 23, 1967.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.