5 Questions, Buffs-Jayhawks Revisited

Inside, 5 questions about Saturday's game between Colorado and Kansas revisited. The Jayhawks defeated Colorado 20-15.

Colorado moved the ball on offense, but — as has been it's M.O. most of the season — failed to convert the yardage into touchdowns. The Buffs scored no offensive touchdowns, andKansas defeated the Buffs 20-15. Colorado is now 1-8 overall and 1-4 in conference. The Jayhawks kept their bowl hopes alive with a 4-5 record.

1) Do we see a little bit of James Cox?

Colorado went with a two-quarterback system beginning in the first quarter. Bernard Jackson and James Cox shared duties on each series until Cox suffered a broken hand late in the second quarter. He never returned and Jackson played the second half. (Tight end Patrick Devenny changed his jersey and assumed the emergency backup role with Cox out. Chances are, he'll do that the rest of the season in order to save Cody Hawkins' redshirt season.)

Cox was 1 of 5 on his pass attempts, and his completion went for a 12-yard first down to Cody Crawford.

Jackson was 9 of 22 for 133 yards and an interception. He rushed 13 times for 67 yards. But the CU offense stalled each time it got into Kansas territory. Mason Crosby was 3 of 3 on field goals. CU failed to convert a 4th and short in the second half, as well.

2) Can the Buffs pressure KU quarterback Adam Barmann?

With starter Kerry Meier out with an injury, veteran Adam Barmann drew the start. Colorado got decent pressure on the senior, and after throwing two interceptions, he was replaced in the second half by true freshman Todd Reesing. It was Reesing's first action for the Jayhawks, and he sparked the KU win. After throwing an interception on his first attempt, Reesing picked apart the Buffs the rest of the afternoon. He threw for 106 yards, and two touchdowns, and ran for 76 more.

3) Does Stephone Robinson lose his return job?

Yes. In the wake of Robinson's season-long struggles, junior walk-on Chase McBride got the call at punt return. He returned one for four yards. Terry Washington took over the kick returns, and returned two for 47 yards. Neither put the ball on the turf.

4) Which team finishes?

After giving up leads and losing in heartbreaking fashion seemingly all season, Kansas was the comeback team Saturday. The Buffs led 9-0 with just under five minutes left in the third before Reesing led the comeback. However, with Kansas leading 20-9 late in the fourth, CU safety Ryan Walters gave the Buffs hope with a big play. He picked up a Reesing fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown. Alvin Barnett dropped a 2-point conversion attempt which would have pulled the Buffs to within a field goal of Kansas. The Jayhawks were forced to punt on their next possession, but CU couldn't get into the end zone, giving KU its first over Colorado since 2000.

5) What is the Buffs' mentality given hopes for postseason play are all but gone?

It's difficult to say. Once again, the Colorado defense played well enough for CU to win. They came up with four turnovers and kept KU tailback Jon Cornish, the league's leading rusher, to 80 yards on the ground.

But as they have so often this season, CU's offense sputtered.

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