5 Questions, Buffs-Tigers Revisited

Inside, five questions revisited following Saturday's game between the Buffs and the Tigers. Missouri won 28-13, and is undefeated, 5-0. Just the opposite, Colorado now stands at 0-5.

1) Can the Colorado defense contain Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel?
Daniel had excellent success, running the shotgun spread offense against the Colorado defense Saturday. He completed 23-of-35 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns. Colorado was able to intercept the sophomore QB twice (Chapelle Brown and Terrence Wheatley).

Daniel looked calm and in control the entire game, whether CU was rushing three or blitzing. (Abraham Wright had one sack).

"He's very efficient in there," head coach Dan Hawkins said on 760-AM radio following the game. "They've got some guys around him that understand (the offense), as well. I thought our defense at first was a little chaotic, but once they got settled down (we played better)."

Daniel's success, frankly, wasn't a big surprise. Colorado struggled when former opponents Montana State and Georgia played out of the shotgun spread look. CU needs to figure out in a hurry how to defend the scheme. Their four next opponents — Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Kansas — all use the look at least part of the time.

2) Will Bernard Jackson take another step?
For the second-consecutive game, Jackson's game took another step forward. The junior quarterback rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, and completed 13-of-27 passes for 190 yards. Even though the CU offense sputtered inside the red zone Saturday, you can't lay this loss at the feet of the Colorado quarterback.

3) Can the Buffs run on this Missouri defense?
Missouri was allowing just 43 yards on the ground coming into the game. Colorado was able to move the ball on the ground, however, as they rushed 36 times for 183 yards. In fact, CU outgained Missouri in total offense 373-353. Hugh Charles carried the ball 13 times for 87 yards.

4) Speaking of the passing game, what will Mark Helfrich have up his sleeve?
The Buffs finally had some success in the vertical passing game. Jackson found Dusty Sprague over the middle that went for 63 yards, the longest CU pass play of the season, and a career-long for Sprague.

5) What's the Buffs' emotional state following the heartbreaker in Athens?
They appeared in a good frame of mind all week leading up to the Big 12 opener at Missouri. And the team didn't throw in the towel even when they were down by 15 points in the fourth quarter. But you wonder if Hawkins is running out of postgame material after the Buffs are now 0-5 – for the first time since 1985. While Hawkins and his staff have been great at keeping the Buffs upbeat, surely, frustration is starting to creep into this team. ...this is the ninth-consecutive loss for the Colorado program dating back to Nov. 5, 2005, when CU beat, yes, Missouri.


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