CU-ISU Post-game Notes

Inside, notes from CU's 33-16 victory over Iowa State.

The Buffs moved to 2-9 overall, 2-5 in the Big 12. Iowa State fell to 3-8, 0-7.

• Senior linebacker Thaddaeus Washington was awarded the 9th annual Buffalo Heart Award following the game. The award is given each season to a player that best exemplifies heart, grit, determination and desire. It's voted by a group of fans, most of whom sit behind the CU bench.

• Senior offensive lineman Jack Tipton had appeared in just one game this season, but drew the start Saturday. Dan Hawkins said afterwards Tipton had earned the start after play at the tackle position had been inconsistent. Edwin Harrison started most of the season there, and Paul Backowski also saw time there.

• Senior Mark Fenton came in at center on CU's first series in the second quarter, the first time he'd played since getting injured at Georgia. He opened a big hole on his first play, which sprung Hugh Charles for 11 yards. Fenton traded series' with fellow senior Bryce MacMartin much of the day.

• Fellow senior J.J. Billingsley had been out of the lineup for several weeks with a knee injury, but returned to action vs. the Cyclones. He had a solid day: 5 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.

• Another senior who performed well was running back Mell Holliday. He had his best game rushing in a CU uniform. Holliday burst through the line for a 52-yard romp in the third quarter, and ended the day with 126 yards (first career 100-yard game) on 18 carries, for a 7.0-yard average.

• Colorado got its offense cranked up in the first half Saturday. Its 314 first half yards were the most in any half this season, and more than Colorado had gained in five games this fall. CU ended the day with 473 yards on offense, it's most all season. Saturday also marked the first game since the New Mexico State game last season the Buffs had at least 200 yards rushing (263) and passing (200). Bernard Jackson accounted for 269 total offensive yards.

• Junior walk-on Chase McBride finally got to show what he could do on punt return after taking the job from Stephone Robinson two games ago. McBride's 20-yard return in the third quarter was the second-longest CU return this season. It set up a Mason Crosby 41-yard field goal.

• Compared to last season when they were the most penalized team in the country, CU had done great in that department. Heading into the Saturday's game, the Buffs had been penalized just 45 times this season, and were on pace to be the least penalized CU team since the 1986 team had 60 flags in 11 games. But they were plagued with eight penalties in the first half, one of which took away a touchdown opportunity.

• The announced attendance was 43,056.