5 Questions, Buffs-Bears Revisited

Inside, 5 Questions revisited about the Colorado-Baylor game, following the Bears' 34-31 win in triple overtime.

1) How will CU's secondary hold up?

J.J. Billingsley (knee) and Ryan Walters (stinger), CU's two starting safeties, missed the game. (Billingsley will miss Texas Tech, while Walters is listed as probable.) Ben Burney and Lionel Harris played in their absence, and held up decently. But overall, the CU secondary gave up too many big third-and-long plays. Baylor's first touchdown, a 17-yard reception by Trey Payne, came when CU blew its coverage. CU also failed to defend Trent Shelton on the receiver's 10-yard reception in the corner of the end zone in overtime.

Things could get ugly next week when Texas Tech – who runs a similar offense, and runs it much better – comes to town.

2) Does Thaddaeus Washington fit in?

After sitting much of last week's game for disciplinary reasons, Washington came in the second series of the game and played most of the rest of the way. He had eight tackles.

3) Can the Buffs break down that imaginary wall that has kept them out of the end zone too often this season?

CU scored on its opening drive when Mell Holliday burst through the line for a 32-yard scamper. But it wasn't until the fourth quarter when CU broke the plane of the end zone again, this time a 9-yard run by Bryon Ellis. Colorado's offense looked sharp in the overtime — Bernard Jackson threw the team's first touchdown pass of the season (to Riar Geer) and Hugh Charles ran 25 yards for another touchdown — until Jackson threw an interception in the end zone to end the game.

4) What about special teams?

Other than a pretty solid outing from punter Matthew DiLallo, this was another weak performance on special teams. Mason Crosby was uncharacteristically off on Saturday. He missed a 36-yarder in the first half that, as it turns out, could have won the game for the Buffs. CU's coverage in punt and kickoff continues to be poor, for the most part.

5) Let's get down to it: Can the Buffs break through and get their first win of 2006?

Afraid not. Obviously, outside of the Nov. 4 visit from Kansas State, this looked like the Buffs' best chance to get a victory and gain some momentum. You've got to credit this staff and team for continuing to work hard, and even show improvements, this season despite the 0-6 record. But you have to wonder: Are the wheels about to come off this bus?

One thing's certain -- it's now imaginable that the Colorado Buffaloes could go winless in 2006.

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