Buffs must find ways of slowing down Hundley

Colorado must find ways of slowing down UCLA's standout sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley if the Buffs have any hope of pulling off the upset here this evening against the Bruins. Go "Inside" to see what some of the Buffs players have said about Hundley.

Colorado traveled to Burbank on Friday as the Buffs will work to give new Head Coach Mike MacIntyre his first taste of victory in Pac 12 action.

A win over No. 17 UCLA would qualify for as a signature win for Colorado and for MacIntyre.

The Buffs showed a lot of improvement in last weeks game against Arizona, leading the Wildcats in the first half and had its chances in the third quarter before falling to their depth and over running game from their quarterback and premier tailback.

This weeks big question for Colorado's defense and will play a key role on whether the Buffs can have success on the road in this evening's 5:30 p.m. mountain time is can the Buffs stop or slowdown the Bruins sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley.

Hundley has put up impressive numbers so far this season, including a 16-24-1 performance as he led his Bruins from behind on the road against a good Nebraska team early in the season.

So far Hundley has passed for 146 completions against 218 attempts, for 1,725 yards for 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

"He is a very good quarterback," Colorado Coach MacIntyre said earlier this week. "He can make a lot of things happen. We will have to have a great game plan against UCLA, but we will have to have some of our focus on stopping Hundley.

Colorado catches the Bruins as they return home to Pasadena for this weekend game against the Buffs after back to back losses by UCLA to Stanford 24-10 and a 42-14 loss to Oregon.

UCLA will enter the game 5-2 overall and 2-2 in league action, while Colorado is 3-4, 0-4 in PAC 12 action.

Several Buffs have made it clear this week the challenge they face in trying to stop or slow down Hundley.

"It's going to be a big challenge," CU senior defensive tackle Nate Bonsu told Buff media this week. "We will have to be sound in our assignments against him."

Hundley, a 6-foot-3, 222 pound athlete produced 27 yards rushing and 192 yards in passing, both numbers well below his season average.

Buffs junior defensive back Jered Bell also realizes how tough it will be this week in defending Hundley.

"He is the type of player that can make so many things happen," Bell said earlier this week. "We will have to know where he is at all times. I think our defensive coaches have put in a good game plan, now we will have to go out and execute it, if we can do that we will have a shot of playing well against him."

The Buffs only have five opportunities left this season, including tonight's game against UCLA to find three wins in those five games if their goal to win 6 and go to a bowl goal will be achieved.

Stay tuned to complete game day coverage from tonight's game against the Bruins.


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