Notes and Quotes From CU's Win Over NMSU

CU quarterback joined elite company with his effort Saturday. Also inside, Lawrence Vickers, J.J. Billingsley and Thad Washington talk about the win over New Mexico State, and look forward to Miami.

Lawrence Vickers had three decisive touchdowns in the win. He rushed for 45 yards on six carries (7.5 ypc), and caught three passes for 32 yards.

Q: Three touchdowns. How did that feel?
Lawrence Vickers:
It feels real good. You know, that's a record for me. I just shout out to the o-line. They were energetic, ready to go. They were ready for the plays and when you've got an o-line that's ready to get to it, you can't do nothing but follow what they're doing and take it to the house.

And you gotta quarterback putting everything on the money, takin' it to the next level each week. That was the main thing that we wanted to do, come out and put the dagger in them after halftime. That's what happened.

Q: Did you know going into the game that you would get as many touches as you did?
No I didn't know that at all. I knew we had a couple plays set up for me to make a couple things happen. I'm always willing and ready to do that. Being Mr. Versatile, as they say. But my main thing today, I wanted to be real physical in my blocking. I wanted to go out and dominate and block. I wasn't too much worried about my offense, I was just wanting to give Hugh or Byron a little crack so they could take it. It just so happened my number was called.

Q: Is the CU offense right about where you hoped it would be after two games?
Most definitely. For the simple fact that our main thing was to focus on taking it to the next level. We want to be up there with the elite people, then we have to take it to the next level. That's what we did this week.

Q: Have you been aware of what Brian Calhoun has been doing at Wisconsin and that people compare he and Hugh Charles?
No, I haven't thought about it. My main focus is on this football team.

Q: How has Hugh been?
Hugh has took the game to the next level as far as the tailback. He's quick and fast. People are scared to let him get to the outside. So that opens up the inside. At anytime he could take it to the house.

Q: Was it nice to see Quinn get his first touchdown?
Oh yeah. Actually, I didn't get a chance to see it. I just heard that he snagged it over (the defender's) head like he was playing basketball. And one of the police officers was saying he was going to take Quinn to jail for stealing, cause he stole the ball from the dude.

Q: What are your thoughts now going into Miami?
Our thoughts going into Miami is to go down there and win. It's going to be a big game for us. It's a game for our team to make a statement.

I'm pretty sure people will say we're going to lose. But our main focus is not to listen to them, but to listen to what our coaches tell us and to prepare, take care of our bodies. And we have a week to heal our wounds and come back fresh for Miami. We're going to have Brian Iwuh back, Brian Daniels will be back. We want to go down there and take it to them.

Washington played mostly in run defense situations. He had two tackles.
Q: How important was it for you guys to keep them out of the end zone?
Thaddaeus Washington:
It was a great challenge, just to keep them out of the end zone. We had to keep our poise, we had to stay focused. That's what we did tonight. The guys just came out to play tonight.

Billingsley had two tackles, plus two tackles for loss and a sack.
Q: How important was it to you guys to get the shut out?
J.J. Billingsley:
Everybody said we were going to be challenged with the pass. The coaches were saying that all day and we were getting tired of hearing it. We came out and did what we had to do and shut them down.

On His Sack
I just shot the gap when he snapped the ball. I thought he threw it actually. When I got him down and looked at his hands, I saw the ball. I was kind of shocked.

Q: Can you guys go down to Miami and get a win?
I'm sure we can. I'm positive we can. We've got to do everything right. Come to play.

Linebacker Akarika Dawn drew the start and led CU with 7 tackles (all solo), as well as 2 tackles for loss and a sack. …The Buffs opened with two linebackers, Dawn and Jordon Dizon, as well as its normal four defensive backs, plus safety Tom Hubbard on defense. …CU held New Mexico State to just 181 total yards of offense, and 5 total rushing yards. That's the seventh lowest by an opponent in Colorado history. … The shutout was the first by CU since a 34-0 win over Baylor in 2002. …The Buffs had 14 first downs in the third quarter, a school record for most in a quarter. … The 8:10 p.m. kickoff was the latest in CU history. It finished at 11:27, the latest ended in Folsom history. It was widely projected the game would last past midnight, but NMSU only managed 34 pass attempts. If the Aggies had attempted 70, as they did the week before, the game would have approached midnight. CU held NMSU to just five first downs, two through three quarters.

Klatt breaks CU completions mark, breaks 5,000 yards barrier
Quarterback Joel Klatt became the all-time CU leader in completions Saturday. He now has 465 completions, passing Kordell Stewart (457). He also joined Stewart (6,481) and Koy Detmer (5,390) as the only CU players to break the 5,000-yard barrier in career passing yards. After throwing for 186 yards against NMSU, Klatt has 5,148 in his career.

"It is really quite an honor, and in the future when I am sitting with my kids that will be a cool thing to talk about," Klatt said. "But for the present time it is just a great thing that the Buffs got the win."

First action
True freshmen CB Gardner McKay, S Ben Burney, DT, George Hypolite, and redshirt freshmen LB Maurice Cantrell and WR Chase McBride saw their first action Saturday.

DL John Guydon, knee sprain, probable for Miami; TE Quinn Sypniewski, wrist sprain, probable; DL George Hypolite, ankle sprain, probable; Stephone Robinson, shoulder bruise, probable; Hugh Charles, foot contusion, day to day.

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