The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, The Outlook

Colorado's special teams jumpstarted the Buffaloes in their win over Kansas. At 5-2 overall, 3-1 in conference, the Buffs are very much in control of their own destiny in the race for the Big 12 North.

The Good: Colorado special teams outscored Kansas' offense 16-13.

Game Ball: Senior fullback Brendan Schaub earned a scholarship in August. Saturday he turned in a play that changed the game when he blocked a Kansas punt. Safety Dominique Brooks picked up the loose ball and ran 28 yards for a touchdown to give CU a 23-13 lead.

"All game we kept holding them up," Schaub said. "We knew we had to get Stephone (Robinson) a good return. We checked it to where the right side was trying to make a play. The guard kept thinking I was going to hold him up and kept getting out of there real quick. It made it hard for me to hold him up (block him). So when we audibled it to block, he did the same thing. He flew out of there, which created a gap. I just flew through the gap and went one on one with the punter."

Out of the dog house, in to the end zone
Brooks was suspended from the team in August, just after he sustained a high-ankle injury. The former starter sat out the first four games, and has played mostly special teams the past three. His touchdown Saturday was huge.

"It felt good just to feel like I'm contributing," Brooks said. "Last year, I was a starter, and this year I really haven't been able to see the field on defense. Special teams, that's the field, so I'll try to take that and see what I can do."

JK and JK
Joel Klatt and Joe Klopfenstein are poised to become the top touchdown-producing duo in CU history. They've connected on 11 touchdowns so far, just one shy of Koy Detmer and Rae Carruth's record of 12.

Even though Klatt will leave Colorado with most of the school's passing records to his name, leaving the likes of Detmer and Kordell Stewart in his wake, he remains a lightning rod for many CU fans. Some see him as an under talented overachiever prone to mistakes. Others, including Gary Barnett, think Colorado wouldn't have won 13 games the past year and a half without him.

One record Klatt won't have when he's done, however, is career victories as a starting quarterback. He's currently tied for fourth with Ken Johnson with 17. He trails Gale Weidner (20), Stewart (27) and Darian Hagan (28).

Stars of Tomorrow
Defensive end Alex Ligon went down with a knee sprain in the first half. True freshman Maurice Lucas played the rest of the way in his place. It took Lucas, whose first collegiate action came last week at Texas, a while to get used to the pace. But he eventually settled down. He recovered a fumble, had four tackles and a quarterback hurry.

"It's a little slower now," a wide-eyed Lucas said after the game. "I'm starting to catch up (to the speed of the game) since I got that experience."

Along with Lucas, freshmen cornerback Gardner McKay, linebacker Brad Jones and linebacker Marcus Burton saw a lot of action Saturday. So did true freshman defensive tackle George Hypolite. Sophomores Lionel Harris and Joe Sanders subbed in around the five-minute mark.

What About Crosby?
Did you catch Mason Crosby hustling down field and throwing a block for pal Nick Holz on Holz's near touchdown on the fake field goal? Crosby's not supposed to put himself in jeopardy as a blocker on the play, but nearly sprung Holz into the end zone anyway. Crosby was mad he couldn't quite finish his block.

Seven and Counting
Colorado has not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. The only season on record the Buffs have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all year was 1965.

In CU's five wins, they've held their opponents under 100 yards on the ground. Kansas managed just 61 yards rushing on 34 attempts.

The Bad: Ralphie didn't run before kickoff. Official word was she was "feeling temperamental." Colorado didn't do much running, either, though Holz's 21-yard run on the fake field goal helped the Buffs into triple digits. CU ended with 29 rushes for 104 yards.

Kansas' front seven is pretty good.

"They're a great run defense," said CU offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. "They're very sturdy up front."

Kansas bottled up the CU run game in the first half. Starting tailback Hugh Charles finally broke some big gains in the second half and ended with a respectable 14 for 75, a 5.4 yards per carry average.

The Ugly: Colorado is still on pace to break its mark for penalties in a season. They committed 10 for 97 yards Saturday, most coming in the first half.

Thaddaeus Washington seemed to lose control a bit in one stretch, committing a bad offsides penalty, then following that up with a personal foul. Barnett said if the team had more depth, he'd sit players who kept committing the foolish penalties. It seemed like he was talking about Washington, who was replaced for a series by freshman Marcus Burton. Thing is, Washington is Colorado's leading tackler. He led the Buffs again Saturday with 12 stops, including eight solo.

The Outlook: Colorado controls its own destiny in the North race. Missouri beat Nebraska in Columbia, which means the Buffs and Tigers are atop the Big 12 North with identical 5-2 overall records and 3-1 conference marks. They meet in Boulder Nov. 5.

Before that, Missouri plays its arch rival Kansas in Lawrence Saturday, while Colorado travels to Kansas State (4-3/1-3). The Wildcats are struggling despite replacing quarterback Allen Webb with freshman Allan Everidge. KSU lost at home Saturday to Texas A&M.

NOTES

Two Official Visitors
DT prospect Jerad Martin (Davie, Fla.) and CB Vincent Joseph (Long Beach, Calif.) were at the game on official recruiting visits. There was also the usual contingent of high school players on unofficial visits.

Colorado-Kansas State Kickoff Time
The Buffs-Wildcats game Oct. 29 will not be televised. It will kick off at 12:10 p.m. mountain time.

Injuries
S Ryan Walters, shoulder sublexation; DE Walter Boye-Doe, shoulder sprain; DE Alex Ligon, ,knee sprain; OL Edwin Harrison, ankle. The players' status for next week is to be determined. However, we may not get an update, since it's now Kansas State week, and KSU doesn't give out injury information. In the past, the Buffs have not made injury status public during Kansas State week.

Saturday's Attendance: 48,025.


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