Buffalo Stampede! CU defense dominates Wildcats

Colorado's defense came up big recording 6 QB sacks and limiting Kansas State to 196 total yards, as the Buffs upset the #12 Wildcats. The win pushed CU into the AP Top 25 at #20 for the first time since 1998.

It was not the way CU wanted to go into the game with #12 ranked Kansas State. The Buffalo defense learned late Friday afternoon that they would be without starting linebacker Jayshon Sykes, who was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and could be lost for the season. The potent K-State offense had just burned the defending National Champion Oklahoma Sooners for 37 points the week before and quarterback Ell Roberson looked like he was coming into his own. Then came the Buffalo stampede. The CU defense dominated the line of scrimmage and limeted the Wildcasts to 196 total yards. Kansas State could not get their running game in gear and managed only 74 rushing yards. What was equally impressive was the way CU shut down star quarterback Ell Roberson. Lead by Tyler Brayton, CU chased, harrassed and basically assulted the quarterback all day long. Besides racking up 5 sacks, the pressure was so intense that Roberson missed on 13 straight passes. He ended up with only 107 yards passing and two interceptions. Joey Johnson stepped in for Sykes and had a solid game, including a tipped pass that lead to a CU interception. The only bad news for the Colorado defense came in the second quarter when CB Phil Jackson broke two bones in his hand making a play on a Wildcat receiver. "Our defense was relentless" commented Head Coach Gary Barnett, "we all believed in each other." Ell Roberson thought it was more what K-State did not do then what the Buffs did. "We just didn't get it done, that's what it comes down too." Meanwhile, the brusing CU ground attack continues to florish. Led by a dominating offensive line, workhorse runningback Chris Brown punished the Wildcats for 114 yards on 33 attempts. But it was an incredible catch by TE Danial Graham that accounted for the only CU touchdown of the day. Mid-way through the first quarter, Craig Ochs heaved a pass towards Graham who adjusted his body and made a juggling, one-handed catch for a 21-yard touchdown. Jeremy Flores added three fieldgoals, the last one coming from 22 yards out after Roman Hollowell rambled 53 yards on a punt return to the Wildcat 5. The victory improved CU to 4-1, 2-0 in the Big 12 and dropped the Wildcats to 2-2, 0-2 in conference play. The loss marked the first time that Kansas State has dropped back-to-back conference games since 1992 and ended the Wildcats four game winning streak against the Buffaloes.

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