Buffs lose their leader

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen won't play again in the regular season after suffering a ruptured spleen Saturday in the second quarter of a loss to Texas Tech at Folsom Field.

Colorado sports information director Dave Plati said Tyler Hansen could remain hospitalized for several more days until doctors determine it is safe for him to go home and back to being a student. It's still possible his spleen could be removed.

Hansen had led the Buffs to a 3-3 start to the season and the score was tied 7-7 when he left the game.

He was replaced by senior Cody Hawkins who finished the game and played relatively well, despite the loss.

The glass-is-half-full crowd can look at the situation with hope that Hansen heals quickly and that Hawkins' experience will allow him to play well enough to lead the Buffs to at least three wins in their final five games to become bowl eligible.

Hansen could be healthy enough to play in a bowl game.

Hansen's injury also means that one of two true freshmen quarterbacks, Nick Hirschman and Justin Gorman, are now a play away from being in the Buffs' next game at Oklahoma.

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