Colorado's looking ahead to Missouri; mostly because there's not much worth looking back on from the past 4 years. That said, the Men's Basketball team has 2 players on the Wooden list. Go Buffs!
Fortunately, the Buffs have been a different team since being mauled 52-7 at California in Week 2. Since then, they've defeated Hawai'i (31-13) and UGA, putting together what Hawkins considers six decent quarters of football. (For good reason, he's discounting the first half against Hawai'i.)
What's made the difference? "Momentum, confidence, getting off to a good start and having some positive things go your way early on in the game," Hawkins said. "The great thing I thought with this past game against Georgia was we did come out fast, then they came back, then we were kind of able to regain the momentum . . . .
"So I think that showed a little bit of maturity from our guys. But I think that's a lot of it - getting positive things going early. Our mentality has always been last week has nothing to do with this week. We try to get better, try to get in there on Sunday and be pretty clinical about things and look at what we did well and what we have to improve on, fix those things and keep getting better and move on."
"We always want to run the ball," Hansen said. "We want to run the ball and control the clock and keep their offense off the field." Four games into the season, the Buffs are doing that. Their 169.25 yards per game on the ground rank 53rd in the country.
"First it goes down to the linemen," running back Brian Lockridge said. "If they’re doing well, the whole team is doing well. If we get the running game going, it opens up a lot for the pass game, and that’s what we did (against Georgia). It worked."
Rodney Stewart has 402 yards (100.5 per game), while Lockridge has had a nice season to this point with 146. Hansen has been great on the run, too. He has just 65 net yards on the season, but take out the yards he’s lost on sacks, and he’s posting 4.9 yards every time he runs.
Combined with Saturday’s game against Georgia, the Buffs have 418 rushing yards on 80 attempts in their last six quarters.
"Not proud at all," Brown said of his performance. "I gave up some big plays to A.J. Green. I know he’s a great receiver and I had eight tackles and an interception, which is something positive to take, but I know I can play a lot better than I did today."
For the past two years, Rodney Stewart has led the University of Colorado football team in rushing yards. On Saturday night against Georgia, however, Stewart stood on the sidelines while Brian Lockridge ran the ball nine times on CU’s game-opening touchdown drive.
"It don’t really matter who starts," Stewart said. "I know the coaching staff believes in me." Seeing Lockridge start may have been what Stewart needed. The junior ran for 149 yards on 19 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards. He wasn’t tackled behind the line of scrimmage on any of his 19 rushing attempts.
"Yeah, I think it did a lot," Hawkins said when asked if the move lit a fire under Stewart. "We keep talking all the time about competition. When you know you’ve got to be at your very best to get snaps, it’s a good thing."
After the jump, Kyle Ringo doesn't like CU fans storming the field. All I can hear is, "You dang kids get offa my lawn!"
"The way that we are built we are not trying to stop it," said Tom McGann, director of game management and operations for CU. "We are not actively trying to stop it. What we look to do is set a presence where hopefully if they`re deciding and it`s not a 'We`re doing it` thing, maybe we can stop it. But if they`re going to come -- and we knew they were going to come in this game -- we`re basically there to have no one get hurt and make sure no one interacts with the visiting team."
Coach Dan Hawkins said he is mindful of the need for respect and safety for opposing players, coaches and the officiating crew, but he also appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of CU fans. He said storming Folsom Field after wins is becoming a tradition in Boulder.
"To me it`s just become sort of a tradition here a little bit," Hawkins said. "I think our student section is pretty dynamic and a big part of Folsom Field. I think it`s become more of a tradition and a fun thing and I hope it continues to stay like that." 41 -- The percentage of time the Missouri defense allows a first down on third downs. It`s a number worth mentioning this week because Colorado is second in the league converting 50 percent of its third downs offensively.
For the first time in school history, two CU men's basketball student-athletes were named to The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list in the same year, announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Duke, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Purdue, Syracuse ... and Colorado?
That`s right, the Buffs are one of only six programs to have at least two players named to the John R. Wooden preseason top 50 list.
...The only other CU players to make the prestigious preseason Wooden list are David Harrison (2003-04), Chauncey Billups (1995-96), and Donnie Boyce (1994-95).
The No. 17 University of Colorado women's golf team sits in second place through 36 holes in the Fourth Annual University of Missouri Johnie Imes Invitational here Monday. Junior Jess Wallace is tied for second place, one shot off the lead entering Tuesday's final round.