Colorado Cracks Top 25 Polls

For the first time since Sept. 13, 2003, Colorado is ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press and Coaches' polls. In the wake of its decisive 41-20 win over Texas A&M Saturday, Colorado was voted No. 24 in both polls.

CU was ranked NO. 17 the week prior to the Washington State game at Folsom in 2003. The Cougars beat the Buffs on their home turf that weekend, sending CU from the rankings. Now — 27 polls later — they're back. (See link to polls at bottom of story).

Colorado put on an offensive display Saturday vs. Texas A&M. Joel Klatt threw for 389 yards, completing passes to seven players, while the Buffs rolled up 559 total yards.

Just as impressively, the CU defense held A&M's explosive quarterback Reggie McNeal to –14 yards rushing and 146 yards passing. Texas A&M scored two touchdowns late in the game after CU had subbed in its second and third string. The CU first team offense has not allowed a touchdown in seven consecutive quarters.

Asked following the victory if he thought the Buffs should be ranked in the top 25 after beating the Aggies, CU head coach Gary Barnett said, "Oh, I don't know. I've been voting us 25th for the last couple of weeks, so I'll vote us 25th again tonight, probably."

Colorado, now 4-1 overall, 2-0 in conference, had been hovering just outside the top 25 the past two weeks. CU is one of only three Big 12 teams in this week's top 25, as both the AP and Coaches' polls voted Texas No. 2, while Texas Tech is No. 13 (AP) and 11 (Coaches).

Colorado grew used to residing in the top 25 during the program's era of dominance. CU was ranked in the top 25 each week from Sept. 14, 1989 through Oct. 11, 1997.

Of course, sports is a "what have you done for me lately" endeavor, and the Buffs have their work cut out for them if they intend to stay in the Top 25 Club. That's because they travel to Austin to play the Longhorns this Saturday (1:30 p.m. MT, ABC).

Stat Rankings
Through five games, Colorado boasts the No. 6 rushing defense in the country, giving up just 77.6 yards per game on the ground. CU is 55th in pass defense and 19th in total defense. CU has allowed opponents to convert third downs just 24 percent of the time. In the "need to get better" department, the Buffs are 11th in the Big 12 with just nine sacks, and are averaging 10 penalties per game.

Individually, here are some CU player stat highlights (Big 12):
Hugh Charles 3rd in rushing, 97.4 ypg
Joel Klatt 2nd in passing, 249.2 ypg
Klatt 5th in total offense, 257.8 ypg
Klatt 5th in pass efficiency, 139.2
John Torp 1st in punting, 47.9 ypp
Charles 4th in all-purpose yards, 125.2 ypg
Charles and Lawrence Vickers 5th in scoring (non kickers), 7.2 ppg
Mason Crosby 3rd in scoring (kickers), 9.0 ppg
Lorenzo Sims is 1st in passes defended (passes broken up, interceptions), 8

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