5 Questions, Buffs-Sooners Revisited

Inside, 5 Questions revisited about Saturday's game between Colorado and Oklahoma, in which the Oklahoma defense shut down CU and defeated the Buffs 24-3.

1) How do the CU players respond after victory?

Coming off the Buffs' impressive win over Texas Tech last week, the CU offense had its least effective effort of the season Saturday in the loss at Oklahoma. The Buffs were manhandled up front almost all night, and the Buffs had no answer for OU's blitzes, whether it was from the Sooner linebackers or defensive backs.

More than any game this season, the Buffs appeared unprepared on offense. OU stuffed CU's run game all night. The Buffs managed just five first downs and 131 total yards – much of that coming late in the game. Key turnovers — an interception of Bernard Jackson and, especially, a Stephone Robinson fumble on a punt return — hurt.

While the CU defense played well, they eventually wore down.

2) How will Adrian Peterson's absence affect the game?

Overall, OU rushed for 166 yards. For the first time this season, CU gave up a 100 yards to an individual rusher as Sooner tailback Allen Patrick had 110.

3) How does Bernard Jackson fare vs. OU's defense?

After his best outing against Texas Tech, Jackson had his least effective outing of the season. He looked confused and tentative, and Jackson reverted to an old habit of tucking and running before it appeared that he needed to, in some situations. He led the Buffs with 54 yards rushing, but it never led to the Buffs getting into the end zone.

He was 3-of-14 for 39 yards passing. It's the lowest passing output by the Buffs since they threw for just 24 yards vs. Southern Cal in 2002.

4) What does Dan Hawkins do on fourth and short?

Mason Crosby missed a 56-yarder in the first half with CU trailing 10-0 in a situation Hawkins had gone for it in earlier games.

5) Which linebacking unit will have the greatest impact? Both linebacking units played well, for the most part. Thaddaeus Washington was credited for 17 tackles, while Jordon Dizon added 15.