This was not how the CU coaches expected to start out the 2002 season, losing the opener to CSU 19-14.
It is also not how RB Marcus Houston expected to start the season.
After coaches had raved about his health in spring, summer and fall practices, the often injuried Houston tore a ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the CSU game.
After gaining 22 total yards on the drive, Houston made a cut back and believes he tore the ligament on that play. He was evaluated by the training staff and tried to return in the third quarter. But after one carry, he felt he couldn't go.
The timing is never great for an injury, but Houston's newest injuy comes almost exactly a year after a groin tear caused him to miss the first four games of the 2001 season. At that time the coaching staff was worried about his durability.
Houston will definitely miss Saturday's game with San Diego State and could miss several more.
CU trainer Steve Willard could not discuss the injury with the media because Houston and several other players had not signed a release form that would allow Willard to comment. Colorado had switched insurance providers this season and federal law prevents an organization's new insurance company from receiving client's health information from the organization's old insurance company.
For now, the Buffs much talked about three-headed monster rushing attack is down to two. Chris Brown, who finished with 92 yards and had fumble problems, and Bobby Purify, who averagee only 2.8 yards a carry, will have to step up. Also, don't be surprised to see RB Brian Calhoun getting more playing time. The freshman from Wisconson only carried the ball once against CSU, but coaches have been inpressed by his play throughout the fall.