Klatt Sets CU Touchdown Passing Mark

Joel Klatt had four touchdown passes in the win over Kansas, and set a CU career mark in the category with the effort. Inside, the senior quarterback's thoughts on the game.

Joel Klatt broke Koy Detmer's Colorado career touchdown passes mark Saturday. Klatt now has 42 (Detmer has 40).

Klatt moved closer to breaking Kordell Stewart's career passing yards mark, as well. After throwing 16 for 27 for 193 yards, Klatt now stands at 6,307 yards. He could eclipse Stewart's career mark of 6,481 next week at Kansas State.

Saturday marked the second time Klatt has thrown four TDs in a game, the other coming in his debut as a starter vs. Colorado State in 2003. Eleven of those touchdowns have gone to Joe Klopfenstein. The school record for a duo is 12, between Detmer and Rae Carruth (1992-96).

Q: Coach Barnett said the first half you came out flat. Could you feel that?
Joel Klatt:
It was a little bit a lack of focus. I felt the same thing. We just didn't have our edge in the first half. Credit Kansas for what they did in the first half – they were really playing fast and caused us to make some mistakes. That defense is a very stout unit. We were having a heckuva time sustaining any drives. We had some big plays that helped us out.

Q: What was said at halftime in your locker room?
JK:
It was to just get back to focusing on us and try not to let any exterior element into our game. We could've gone out there and lost our composure because of the penalties. We felt like if we just executed we had some things there. In the second half, I thought we executed much better.

Q: Of all the numbers that are starting to appear by your name (he broke the CU career passing touchdown mark Saturday), which is the most important number?
JK:
Five. Five wins. We still control our own destiny in the North. We've got four tough games coming up. Two at home and two on the road. What we've got to do now is prepare ourselves to try and eliminate one more team from the North division. That'll be our focus this next week as we play a very tough Kansas State team on the road.

Q: Do you feel like you know your team more now than you did?
JK:
I think that we responded to adversity as good or better than we have all year. We had to a little bit in that first game vs. CSU. This is really the first time where things weren't going our way and we changed the whole momentum of the game and really came out in the second half and did a lot of things well. I was really proud of our guys.

Q: Can you talk about the role special teams played in the win?
JK:
Coach said he was going to be aggressive, and obviously we were. It was the kind of boost our team needed. We were a little bit apathetic. We get getting behind the sticks on offense. We were first and 20, second and 20, and those are just very hard to convert. Coach, being as smart as he is, knew we just needed a little shot of life.

Q: On the fake field goal.
JK:
Pony, he's my roommate – Nick Holz. I'm not involved in special teams, but I think Coach gives him the option (to do the fake) if they overload one side. Pony made a good run there. I was teasing our strength coach that we need to get Pony in the Viper boards because he got caught at the 2.

Q: He said he didn't want to score because he wanted to let you get the TD passing record.
JK:
I don't believe him. He was trying to get in the end zone.

Q: On Quinn Sypniewski being wide open for the early touchdown.
JK:
I was surprised under center when I heard the check their defense was making vs. our formation. We were in a spread set and they checked a cover 3 look. It was a good concept we had on. We let Quinn run a little inside fade. I was kind of surprised they were doing that because we've run that concept a few times the last few weeks. It just puts the corner in a bind. I knew we were going to have a play there if (the corner) sat on the (receiver's route).