Hansen helps trigger Colorado turnaround - Big 12 - ESPN
Just keep winning, then we can start talking about the Big 12 North. Gotta win on the road before anyone equates Colorado with challenging for any conference crown:
"It was an awesome experience and a great victory for our team," Hansen said. "Hopefully, we can build momentum from it where we can hope to take the Big 12 North. Coach Hawkins said we were right there -- really close. We just needed a little spark and I guess I was the spark."
CU coaches push QB Hansen to think pass first, run second - The Longmont Times-Call
It sounds like Coach Kiesau is also rejuvenated with the quarterback change. These quotes sound good from the offensive coordinator:
"What I’m trying to get him to understand is that when he’s going against the scout team, it’s not the same speed as it is in the game," Kiesau said. "I’m trying to get the timing down to how it’ll be in the game, and you can see him — he’s throwing balls before guys get out of their breaks, and they’re almost shocked the ball’s coming. But I’d rather have that now than on Saturday and have them not be used to the speed of the game." Hansen, Kiesau said, was "on fire" Wednesday, anticipating those breaks and delivering the ball in prompt fashion.
GRINDING IT OUT: Kansas State has shown the ability to grind it out offensively through seven games as the Wildcats have collected 132 first downs and averaged 184.0 rushing yards a game. Of K-State’s 27 scoring drives this season, 16 have covered 50 or more yards and eight have consisted of 10 or more plays. Because of the consistent rushing attack and the ability to sustain drives, K-State has possessed the ball for an average of 34:41 per game this season, a figure that currently ranks first in the Big 12 and second in the nation.
Coaches said health was the main reason Scott has struggled this season, with only 23 carries through six games. "He can't get down or frustrated over his playing time because he hasn't been 100 percent since he's been here," running backs coach Darian Hagan said Tuesday. "He's running tentative because his knee isn't where it should be."
Cheers if … K-State can give itself good field position. When faced with short fields last week against Texas A&M, the Wildcats’ offense scored at will.
Jeers if … The Wildcats let Colorado run the ball effectively. "That’s the worst thing that could happen to us," K-State coach Bill Snyder said.
Denver Johnson also said redshirt freshman tackle Bryce Givens, who sat out last weekend, will be available this week but won't start. Sophomore Ryan Miller, said Johnson, will remain at right tackle "for the immediate future."
"Rodney is pound for pound as good as anybody," Texas coach Mack Brown said on a teleconference. "He's hard to tackle. He has a low base but is also very strong. He's got all the elements that make you a good football player. He's much like the little guy (Darren Sproles) at Kansas State who played so well."
The wild card here is Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen, who provides more mobility than recently benched Cody Hawkins. Hansen is a threat to escape the pocket under pressure, and he forces defenders to stay in coverage when a play breaks down.
But Snyder was familiar with the Mark Mangino quote, the one in which the Kansas coach said Tyler Hansen was the deciding factor in KU's loss at Colorado last week. "I think Mark said after the ball game the difference was Tyler Hansen," Snyder said. "I looked at the stats and I thought, well, they're not dynamic in that respect. But then you watch the game and you say, 'Wow.' The guy can fly around."
Austin Murphy of SI.com thinks Nebraska will be a second half flop while two others think that Kansas will flop in this second half. Well, that leaves four others:
Awestruck as I am by Ndamukong Suh, the Cornhuskers are looking at at least a couple more losses if they can't get better quarterback play.