Like 12 Buffs have before him since 1992, sophomore cornerback Terrence Wheatley returned his first career interception for a touchdown on Saturday. Wheatley's pick came in the first quarter and gave CU it's only score, and lead, of the game.
On the Pick
"I was covering (Tony) Jeffery. We knew some sort of quarterback sprint was coming and they only have two routes that the receivers run when they do that, one being a 15-yard out. I just waited for him to make his move, then I got in front of him to catch the ball."
Wheatley's general thoughts on the game
"Today we just couldn't get anything going. They started to wear us down and physically out played us. We have to go out against Kansas next week and be more physical than them."
The redshirt-freshman wide receiver was coming off his best game as a Buffalo in last week's loss to Texas A&M. And Sprague followed up where he left off, leading CU with five catches for 44 yards vs. Texas Saturday.
However, Sprague suffered a broken clavicle on one play and is likely out for the regular season. He could return for a bowl appearance, if necessary. Sprague issued a challenge to his teammates.
"Our team better stick together because I'm coming back," he said.
Sprague also talked about his injury.
"It's a little bit sore right now, but hopefully it will heal quickly and I'll be back with my team soon. On the play that I hurt it I caught the ball and then a guy was right there and kind of drove me into the ground. My shoulder hit first, and there it went."
The sophomore WR drew the first start of his career in place of Ron Monteilh (injured shoulder) and responded with his most productive game as a Buff, hauling in four catches for 40 yards.
On his play
"It's one of those bittersweet things — knowing that I did something well, but then having the team lose. In the end, it really doesn't mean anything at all."
On the pressure Texas brought
"Texas' defense was sending the house as well as the kitchen sink. If Joel would have had a split second longer, I think we would have been able to make some plays because receivers were starting to get open."
On Coach Gary Barnett's comment that he didn't have the team prepared
"That's just something that a coach is going to say after a game like this. This is on everybody. He can't put all the burden on himself, this is on the whole team. That's one of the reasons we took the names off this week, it's Colorado it's not the names on the back."
On the play of the defense
"We played our hearts out the whole game, and my hats go off to the defensive line for playing a hard game against a Heisman candidate. Our first interception, we were able to build on and I felt like we were playing well, but things started to not go our way."
On how physical a team Texas is
"They do run a lot and people's legs do get tired, but they're really just another team."
Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust
Colorado still sells itself as a tough, physical Big 12 North Division running team. Welcome to defense, Texas style. The Longhorns held the Buffs to three yards on 18 rushing attempts Saturday. Take away QB Joel Klatt's -17 yards he took on two sacks, and the number isn't much better — 15 carries for 20 yards. RB Bobby Purify had nowhere to go most of the game and ended with 13 yards on 12 carries. The team's three rushing yards is the lowest output since Alabama held the Buffs to –1 in the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl. That game, incidentally, was the first that CU featured a pass-oriented offense after running the option offense for years.
Head coach Gary Barnett introduced the idea of taking the players' names off the jerseys earlier this week. The players voted in favor of removing the names and playing "for the one name on the front — Colorado."
It's All About TOP, Baby!
When all was said and done, Texas held a 30:52 to 18:18 advantage in time of possession. Add insult to that injurious stat is the fact that UT ran 44 plays in CU territory for 199 yards; Colorado ran 16 plays in UT territory for 57 yards.
Best Buff Run of the Day?
Texas shut down the Colorado running game, allowing just three yards on the ground. However, the Longhorns had no defense for a streaker, wearing nothing but a G-string and a Colorado flag draped over his shoulder. The man jumped onto the field during a timeout in the third quarter, pranced to midfeild, lifted the Colorado flag and shook his behind at the Texas bench. He then ran toward two police officers, who escorted him from the field.
Mop Up Yards
How futile has the Colorado offense been in 2004? After the game was virtually over and CU had begun substituting liberally late in the fourth quarter, QB James Cox hit TE Joe Klopfenstein for a 45-yard reception. It was the longest play from scrimmage for the Buffs this season.
Torp On Target
P John Torp had several chances to hit some big punts after the Texas defense kept Colorado pinned on its own side of the 50-yard line. He came through, hitting for a 50.8-yard average on six punts. On the season, the junior has 40 punts for a 47.05-yard average. He was the No. 4 punter in the NCAA coming into the game.
Charles Honors Former HS Teammate
Freshman Hugh Charles wore an armband in tribute to Joe Marsh, a close friend and former teammate at Keller High School in Texas. Marsh, a freshman at the University of Houston lost his life recently in an automobile accident in Texas.
RB Bobby Purify, shoulder sprain (he now has shoulder sprains to BOTH shoulders), (doubtful/questionable); WR Dusty Sprague, broken clavicle, (out, could return for possible bowl game); CB Terrence Wheatley, shoulder sprain, (probable); LB Thaddaeus Washington, knee contusion, (probable); LB Walter Boye-Doe, ankle sprain (questionable); Brian Iwuh, ankle sprain (probable); (OLD INJURIES) RB Brandon Caesar will have surgery this week and will not return before spring; TE Quinn Sypniewski, broken leg, (back in one or two weeks).