5 Questions, Buffs-Cyclones Revisited

Inside, 5 questions about the Colorado-Iowa State matchup revisited.

1) 1) How will Iowa State respond to Dan McCarney's resignation?

McCarney tendered his resignation (effective the end of the season) earlier this week. The Cyclones didn't have the feel of a team that was going to come back after Colorado led 20-7 at halftime. The coach, who led Iowa State from the bottom of the Big 12 North to North Division contention in recent seasons refused to use the potential distraction as an excuse for the team's loss, however.

2) ) Which team finds some confidence?

Colorado came out firing on offense and played well enough on defense to keep the momentum most of the first half. That never changed. On offense, the CU staff felt like they could do what they wanted, and quarterback Bernard Jackson looked more comfortable under center than he has all season.

3) Can Colorado find success in the passing game vs. the Iowa State pass defense?

The Buffs thought they could take advantage of Iowa State's pass defense, which came into the game ranked 101st in the NCAA. They didn't waste any time seeing if their theory held water. Jackson hit Alvin Barnett downfield for a 38-yard pass on the Buffs' first play. They went for paydirt on the next play, but Jackson overthrew Patrick Williams in the end zone. Two plays later, however, Jackson connected with Barnett again, this time for a 26-yard strike.

Jackson ended the day 13 of 19 for 200 yards and two scores, no interceptions.

4) Can the Buffs contain ISU punt returner Ryan Baum?

Baum came into the game with a conference-leading 16 yards per return average. It didn't matter. The CU offense was so effective, they didn't need to punt until their final series of the game, when the outcome was decided.

5) What will Mason Crosby do in his final turn at Folsom Field?

As fate would have it, Crosby had the opportunity to kick a 65-yarder, which would have tied the longest NCAA field goal with a tee. With just over five minutes left in the game, a Buffs' drive stalled at the Iowa State 48. Crosby's 65 yard attempt came up just shy of the crossbar. As it was, however, Crosby had a strong day. He kicked four field goals (47, 28, 41 and 42 yards). He now has 304 career points.

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