Though some of his teammates reportedly call senior wide receiver Ron Monteilh "Big Play" Monteilh, he hadn't had a touchdown reception in his CU career before Saturday. Hauling in a 64-yard catch and run for the winning score vs. Kansas State earned him the nickname, nevertheless.
On the game-winning play
Ron Monteilh: We had three vertical routes to my side. It's not really designed to go to anyone in particular, just whoever pops open. I was supposed to go up the seam, but I noticed Joel rolling out and I had time to go up the sideline a little bit. Nobody was over there so I just executed my scramble rules.
I was thinking, nobody's over here so I better score. I just caught it, ran up the sidelines and made sure I stayed in bounds. I felt somebody behind me but I had to score.
On the fact that it was his first career touchdown
RM: It's about time it happened. I couldn't ask for a better time. It's real big for me, my last game here and the time running down. I just happened to pop open.
On what it means to still be in the hunt for the Big 12 North
RM: It means a lot. Not only to (be bowl eligible), but to have the chance still to play in the Big 12 championship. I don't know exactly what has to happen; I don't really worry about it. I just know we have to win this last game.
Bobby Purify's Heart
Senior running back Bobby Purify was given the Buffalo Heart Award after the game, the award voted on by the "fans behind the bench." The senior also got a ride on some fans shoulders after the game and was treated to a horde chanting "Bobby, Bobby, Bobby."
With his 155 yards on the ground and 12 receiving yards Saturday, Purify became the first player in school history to record 2,500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards. He is currently fourth on the CU all-time rushing chart with 2,879 yards.
Q: How are you holding up?
Bobby Purify: I'm all right. I'm just a little sore. But everybody's always sore after a game.
Q: What does it mean to win the Buffalo Heart Award?
BP: I didn't even know they did stuff like that. I really appreciate the support that (the fans) give me and that they have given me over the past few years. It's a great honor.
Q: You say when you play football, you're sore every week. Have you ever been as sore as much as this year?
BP: It's just like every other season.
Q: Did you say anything to Mike Duren after he tripped you up?
BP: (laughs) Yeah, we just talked about it a little bit. We can laugh about it now. If we would have lost, then it might have been a bigger deal. But it's all right.
I didn't even know it was my own man until I saw it on the Jumbotron, but he was going to get a block for me down field so it was all good.
Q: What's that like to hear the crowd chanting your name like that?
BP: I really didn't hear it during the game, but I heard it after (the game). When I'm playing, I'm in a zone; I'm focusing on what I gotta do. But after the game — you never expect people to chant your name like that, so it's a good feeling.
Senior defensive lineman Brandon Dabdoub drew the start Saturday, his first start of the season. He was called for encroachment on KSU's first play from scrimmage. However, Dabdoub made up for it in the fourth quarter when he sacked KSU QB Allen Webb for a 9-yard loss on second down. Dabdoub also batted down a pass on KSU's final drive.
On getting the start
Brandon Dabdoub: Coach Wilson told me I was going to start this week. It was an honor. It's been a tough year for me; I had to fight through a lot of injuries. But I'm just happy to put it all on the field and come out with a win over Kansas State. They get to stay home this year after running the score up on us last year.
This gives us a lot of hope. We definitely want to beat Nebraska. We don't like them and they don't like us. It's going to be a heated rivalry game.
On what was going through his mind on the sidelines on CU's last offensive series
BD: I was just like, ‘Get it to the 40, get it to the 30.' I was back where Monteilh was and saw him run that vertical. I saw him get open and then I saw Joel run out and then he threw it to him. I was so happy!
Colorado had one of its most consistent efforts on offense, and finally came up with some big plays — enough to put up 38 points on Kansas State.
Q: On going to the run on third and 10 from the 23 with 22 seconds remaining after passing on the previous two downs.
Shawn Watson: We had two things in mind. No. 1, we wanted to do something safe that would keep them off guard and allow us to pick up the first down so we could call a time out. If they stopped us, we were going to overtime.
We ran a safe play and we were able to run a time out. Then we were able to run our last play, which was a package special that went in for the touch.
The kids executed that play just awesome.
Q: What's going through your mind from up top as you see that last play develop?
SW: I never watch protection because I have to keep my eyes downfield to help Joel. (Monteilh) popped open just like it was designed to do. I saw it on the replay that Joel had to kick himself out of the pocket and make the throw. Ronnie was able to stay open. They did a great job.
Q: With that last series, were you thinking touchdown, or field goal?
SW: We were thinking field goal. Coach Barnett was awesome. He said, ‘Men, we're going to play to win this game, and not to go into overtime.' And we played to win.
Q: How do you feel for Monteilh, getting his first touchdown in that situation?
SW: It was awesome. I'm really, really happy for him. Ronnie's been such a steady guy for us since he came in here. For that to happen on Senior Day, putting us in a bowl game, giving us the opportunity to stay alive for a Big 12 title — it couldn't happen to a better guy.
Senior defensive lineman Matt McChesney had four tackles, and was part of the effort that held Darren Sproles to just 55 yards on 15 carries. It was McChesney and his fellow seniors' last game at Folsom.
On the play of fellow senior Bobby Purify
Matt McChesney: He is a practice (jersey) blue man. He's out there in blue and you can't touch him. But come Saturday he puts it on and goes to work. We've got a lot of guys on our team like that, who play banged up, but they don't care. They put the team before themselves.
Q: Is it a relief to get win No. 6 and get bowl eligible?
MM: Yeah, it's a relief. But now we have to put that behind. We can't dwell on it. (We need to look ahead). If we win in Lincoln, that's three out of five (over the Cornhuskers) for me. Before I got here, we hadn't beaten Nebraska in 11 or 12 years. We're going to Lincoln to win, that's the bottom line. Hopefully, we can go a little help and go play for all the marbles.
Crosby Nails Another
No Names Again
Jackson Sees Early PT
Senior Send Off
The senior class includes:
With his 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, Mason Crosby has hit five of 50-yards or longer this season, tying him for most in the nation this season with Ohio State's Mike Nugent
Uncharacteristically, Colorado threw the ball four of its first six plays, including the first two offensive plays of the game. CU was finding success on its initial series until a holding penalty killed the drive.
One week after earning praise for his heavy hitting in the Kansas game, linebacker Brian Iwuh led Colorado with 14 tackles against the Wildcats, seven assists and seven solo.
As they did two Saturdays ago at home, the Buffs played without their names on the back of their jerseys. In the road win Nov. 6 at Kansas, the team played with names back on.
Redshirt-freshman Bernard Jackson entered the game with 11 minutes remaining in the first quarter at wide receiver, the player's earliest work of his career. While Jackson, a former quarterback, had been used on trick plays earlier in the season, the Buffs ran the ball on the two consecutive plays Jackson was in. However, the runs proved to be a successful set-up as Jackson completed a reverse flea-flicker to Blake Mackey for 41 yards in the third quarter. It was a key play in the scoring drive.
As is custom, the members of the senior class were introduced prior to Saturday's home finale. All 12 ran through a tunnel of teammates prior to kickoff as the crowd cheered.
OL Terrance Barreau
DL Brandon Dabdoub
WR Mike Duren
PK J.T. Eberly
DT Matt McChesney
WR Ron Monteilh
RB Bobby Purify
OL Derek Stemrich
TE Quinn Sypniewski
DT McKenzie Tilmon
TE Jesse Wallace
OL Sam Wilder
Of the group, Barreau, Dabdoub, Duren, McChesney, Monteilh, Purify and Wilder started.
After saying earlier in the week he probably wouldn't play at Nebraska and would likely seek a medical redshirt and sixth year, TE Quinn Sypniewski will try and get ready to play Nov. 26 in Lincoln, school officials said Saturday. He is listed day to day with a high ankle sprain. All the others on the following injury list are probable for the game: RB Bobby Purify, knee sprain; OT Clint O'Neal, concussion; LB Jordon Dizon, concussion; CB Lorenzo Sims, concussion; DL Matt McChesney, elbow; OT Terrance Barreau, ankle; OT Edwin Harrison, ankle.
No Names Again
Jackson Sees Early PT
Senior Send Off
The senior class includes: