The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, The Outlook

Colorado is on target to obliterate its team record for penalties in a season (97). However, after CU's 23-20 win at Kansas State, the Buffs still have a shot at a 10-win season, something only seven Colorado teams have accomplished.

Colorado needed a 50-yard Mason Crosby field goal with under 10 seconds to play to beat Kansas State 23-20 in Manhattan Saturday. The win puts the Buffs at 6-2 overall, 4-1 in conference and in sole possession of first place of the Big 12 North division.

The Good: Hey, despite the fact CU seemed bent on giving the Wildcats the win by way of numerous, drive-killing (or drive-sustaining, when KSU had the ball) penalties, it's a win….on the road …against a Big 12 North opponent.

• Along with Crosby, who also booted a 52-yarder in the game, give junior Vance Washington a game ball. Washington got down field on the punt late in the 4th quarter and knocked the ball loose from Kansas State return man Jermaine Moreira. (Moreira was injured on the play and left the stadium in an ambulance. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder had no update on his condition immediately following the game).

• The CU defense kept its record of holding opposing rushers under 100 yards intact. No player has put up triple digits on CU on the ground this season. CU allowed KSU as a team, 81 yards on 37 attempts for a paltry 2.2 yards per carry.

• True freshman defensive end Maurice Lucas started his first-ever game in place of injured Alex Ligon and seemed to always be a half-step away from catching KSU QB Allen Evridge. He ended with four tackles. Lucas will continue to get better each game he plays.

• Quarterback Joel Klatt was 17 of 34 for 272 yards. He broke Kordell Stewart's CU career passing yardage mark, and now holds the record with 6,579 yards. Klatt, the third-year starter, now has set 32 school records. He has thrown 91 passes without an interception.

• Punter John Torp had another solid day punting (despite a 20-yarder into the wind in the first quarter). Torp's biggest play, however, came on a fake punt in the second half when he ran for 17 yards and moved the chains.

• The Buffs found a way to win in the 4th quarter for the second time this season, the first coming in the opening week win over Colorado State.

• With the win, its 6th of the season, Colorado is bowl eligible.

The Bad: For what seems like the seventh game out of eight this fall, Colorado committed too many penalties. They lost 116 yards on 11 penalties. That gives CU 84 penalties in eight games. Most troubling, several came at very inopportune times Saturday. Until Washington caused the fumble and Crosby converted the field goal, it appeared that penalties were going to play a major role in handing the Buffs a loss. It now looks inevitable that this year's squad will obliterate the CU record for penalties in a season, which is 97, set in 1996.

The Ugly: The Wildcats have been eliminated from the Big 12 North race. At 4-4 overall, Kansas State must win two of its next three games — at Iowa State, at Nebraska and vs. Missouri — in order to become bowl eligible. Don't count on it.

The Outlook: Missouri lost to Kansas Saturday. Nebraska lost to Oklahoma. Iowa State beat Texas A&M.

Here are the current North division standings (conference games only):
Colorado 4-1
Missouri 3-2
Nebraska 2-3
Iowa State 2-3
Kansas State 1-4
Kansas 1-4

Colorado plays Missouri, at Iowa State and home vs. Nebraska to end the regular season.

• If CU wins its next three games, the Buffs will have nine wins, with two games to play — the Big 12 title game and a bowl — to reach the 10-win plateau. Only seven CU teams have won at least 10 games. Three have won 11 in a season.

10-win seasons: 2001, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1990, 1989 and 1971.

11-win seasons: 1994 (11-1), 1990 (11-1-1) and 1989 (11-1).


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