Buffs Defense Dominates Scrimmage

Everyone knows that during spring drills the defense is usually ahead of the offense. <P> But in their second scrimmage of the spring, the Buffalo defense looked like they were ready for Nebraska tomorrow, while the offense looked like they weren't ready for Baylor.

The CU defense held the offense to 0 or minus yards on 14 of their first 18 plays and the CU running backs only gained 58 yards on 20 carries.

Freshman linebacker Grant Grubich had another big day, totaling five tackles and several big hits. This is after he led the defense in Mondays scrimmage, which included a big stop on 4th and goal.

Safety Medford Moore added five tackles of his own.

"Certainly this is very encouraging for our defense," said Head Coach Gary Barnett. "But it is some tough sledding for the offense now, especially since we are trying to replace some guys on the line."

The Buffs lost the cornerstones of the offensive line when both Andre Gurode and Victor Rodgers finished their CU careers after the 2001 season.

Toured the end of the scrimmage, the offense did find a groove led by QB Craig Ochs.

Ochs followed his three touchdown performance on Monday with three more today. He hit Jr. WR Derek McCoy on scoring strikes of 30 and 20 yards and tossed another to Cal.-State Northridge transfer D.J. Hackett.

In his first two scrimmages, Hackett is apparently fitting into the CU system well. He finished with three catches for 14 yards and a TD, but more importantly is gaining the trust of his quarterback Ochs. While at Cal. State Northridge, Hackett scored a TD in his last 13 games before the University decided to drop the program.

RB Marcus Houston led all rushers with 26 yards on eight carries.

The Buffs will now have 11 days off for spring break and will resume spring drills on April 3rd.