Does this story sound familar?
Craig Ochs, CU's strating quarterback gets injured and a back-up comes in and leads them to victory. The only difference Saturday was it was not QB Bobby Pesavento coming to the rescue like he did last year, but Senior QB Robert Hodge.
After Ochs suffered his third concussion in the past 14 months, Hodge came in and went 2 of 7 for 8 yards and rushed for 14 total yards.
While his numbers are not impressive, Hodge did what he needed to do and directed the CU offense to a 34-14 victory over the Aztecs. With Ochs listed as doubtful for the game with USC, Hodge has been named the starter.
The transfer from El Camino (Calif) Community College brings a new dimension to the Buffaloe's offense, a definite running threat. Hodge can run with the ball and expect the Buffs to take advantage of that and maybe run more option than they would if Ochs was the QB.
Some other news and notes coming out of Boulder:
- CBs Clyde Surrell and Phil Jackson both have sprained shoulders but are expected to play on Saturday. Both record a team-high 13 tackles against SDST.
-WR Jeremy Bloom is listed as probable with turf toe and so is DL Gabe Nyenhuis who suffered a neck stinger.
- The Buffs are now ranking #18 in the AP poll and #19 in the coaches poll.