While Saturday's rout was decisive, Colorado put up a good fight early on.
On UT's second series in the first quarter, CU sophomore cornerback Terrence Wheatley stepped in front of UT receiver Bryan Carter, picked off Vince Young's pass and ran untouched 37 yards for the game's first touchdown.
Both defenses tightened over the next 20 minutes, and the Buffs picked off Young again, when Lorenzo Sims grabbed his third interception of the season.
However, the Texas offense put together an impressive scoring drive in the second quarter, largely on the back of Cedric Benson, who rushed for 51 yards on the 12-play, 91-yard drive. Young scored UT's first touchdown at the end of the march, a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Texas — which improved to 7-1 on the season with the win — wasn't done. The Longhorns followed up their touchdown with a strong defensive stand, forcing Colorado to punt four plays later.
Though John Torp boomed a 55-yard punt, Texas once again had its way with the CU defense on the Longhorns' next possession. They pushed the Buffs backwards during a 10-play, 61-yard scoring drive, which ended when Benson easily ran three yards into the end zone.
Texas was eventually effective on offense in the first half because they kept the Colorado defense on the field so long. UT had the ball 20:34 of the first 30 minutes, and the CU defense grew tired midway through the second quarter.
Still, CU was down only 14-7 at halftime. But on CU's first drive of the third quarter, UT strong safety Michael Griffin blitzed Joel Klatt and forced a fumble on a 2nd and 10. Longhorn linebacker Aaron Harris recovered deep inside Colorado territory. Texas scored two plays later when Young waltzed in from 9-yards out, giving UT a two-touchdown lead.
Griffin came through with a big play on CU's next possession, when he picked off a Klatt pass that had been batted up in the air. Texas scored five plays later.
As they have all season long, penalties and turnovers took CU out of several positive situations. The Buffs were flagged for seven penalties, for 40 yards, including six false starts on the offensive line. CU ended the game with three turnovers.
The Buffs had held onto slim hopes of still battling for the Big 12 North Division title prior to the game. Though they are not mathematically eliminated from the race, the Buffs' goal has switched squarely to getting themselves bowl eligible. But if they play as poorly as they did Saturday, finding two victories in their three remaining games — at Kansas, vs. Kansas State, and at Nebraska — will be difficult.