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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Week 11 report

This is the first report for the Buffs Report.

Currently we just completed week 11 of the 2008 college football season. Colorado played the Iowa State Cyclones at Folsom Field in Boulder Colorado. This contest was a hard fought battle between two teams that are struggling to make strides in the Big XII conference.

Iowa State came into the contest with a record of 2-7 and 0-5 in the Big XII. Colorado's record is 4-5 and 1-4 in the conference. Colorado leads 47-14-1, including a 23-6-1 mark in Boulder. The Cyclones have won two of the past three. The series began Sept. 12, 1946 with a 13-7 CU victory in Boulder.

The last meeting

Colorado fell apart after taking a 21-0 lead into halftime and lost in controversial fashion 31-28 when two apparent game-tying field goals were disallowed in the final seconds.

The Buffs gave up 31 consecutive points in the third and fourth quarters before staging a comeback and giving place-kicker Kevin Eberhart two chances to tie. Eberhart and field goal team sprinted on the field in the final seconds and hit a 50-yard field goal, but officials called a delay of game penalty on the Buffs for snapping the ball before it was marked ready for play.

Eberhart then made a 55-yard attempt, but officials ruled the snap didn't happen in time before the final second ticked off the clock after they had marked the ball ready for play.

The Coaches

Gene Chizik is 5-16 in his 2nd season as had coach for the Cyclones. Dan Hawkins is 12-22 as coach of the Buffs and 104-45-1 for his career.

The Game Summary

Tyler Hansen started the game against Iowa State and was very ineffective. Hansen struggled to move the Buffs offense and completed 4 of 12 for 48 yards passing with no touchdowns and 1 interceptions but he did contribute to the rushing game with 9 carries for a total of 48 yards.

Cody Hawkins relieved Hansen with the start of the 3rd quarter and had a career day against ISU throwing for 226 yards and 4 touchdown passes 2 of which went to wide receiver Scotty McKnight. Wide recievers Cody Crawford and Patrick Willams also had one touchdown reception each.

The Buffs trailed 24-13 after ISU's Alexander Robinson's 1-yard touchdown run with 9:14 remaining, but Hawkins threw a 14-yard strike to Williams. Colorado converted the 2-point try to make it a 24-21 contest with just over 7 minutes remaining.

Hawkins then hit a wide open Cody Crawford in the back of the end zone for the winning score with 1:30 left.

ISU drove the ball down to the 1 with 3 seconds remaining, but Alexander Robinson was stuffed by Daniel Dykes and Jimmy Smith for a loss.

Another factor in this game was the inept CU kicking game. CU had one extra point blocked and Jameson Davis replaced Aric Goodman with the field goal kicking duties after Goodman has missed seven in a row. Davis did not fair any better after pushing a 38-yard attmept to the left on the opening drive and later badly missed a 29-yard attempt very wide right.

ISU led at half time 10-0 and has now given up over 400 yards of offense in 7 straight games. The Buffs finished the day with 422 yards.

Darrell Scott made his first startd as he took over for Rodney Stewart who is out for the season after fracturing his fibula when he was tacked by a "horse collar" tackel against Texas A&M last weekend.

Scott had touble running in the first half rushing for just 18 yards but was able to turn it up a bit in the second finishing the day with 87 yards on 19 carries. Scott has be hindered with various injuries this season.

Attendance was 46,440

Next week

CU faces number 13 Oklahoma Sate in Boulder. OSU comes into the game with a record of 8-2 4-2 in the conference.

special thanks go to espn and the daily camera


Damien said...

Very nice rundown.

bellevuebuff said...

Barely escaping with a win against one of the worst defenses in the country does not bode well for the next two games. I don't see another win for us the rest of the season.

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