BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Joey Johnson picked up a fumble by Mark Farris and raced 52 yards for a touchdown in the final minute Saturday, clinching Colorado's 31-21 Big 12 Conference victory over previously unbeaten and 19th-ranked Texas A&M.
The Buffaloes were clinging to a 24-21 lead when Farris completed four straight passes for 46 yards, moving the Aggies close to field goal range. From the shotgun formation, he dropped back but was hit from the blind side by linebacker Kory Mossoni and fumbled.
Johnson, a junior linebacker, scooped up the loose ball and rumbled untouched for his first career touchdown.
The win was the fifth straight for Colorado (5-1, 3-0 Big 12 North), which opened its season with a home loss to Fresno State but has moved into contention for the Big 12 title.
Derek McCoy and Cortlen Johnson scored touchdowns and Jeremy Flores kicked three field goals for the Buffs, who erased an early 14-6 deficit and improved to 4-1 all-time against A&M.
Farris threw three touchdown passes, but the Aggies fell to 5-1 for the season and to 2-1 in the Big 12 South.