Colorado-ISU Postgame Quotes

Colorado went into Ames, Iowa, Saturday and fell to the Iowa State Cyclones 31-28. The Buffs now stand at 5-6 with one game remaining, a Nov. 23 match with Nebraska. Inside, quotes from players and head coach Dan Hawkins.

Colorado Head Coach Dan Hawkins
On the final play

"I don't know if I do have an understanding of what transpired at the end. I will seek an explanation, but I don't know right now. I've been in a lot of bizarre games, this might be close to the top. It's never over until it's over, and not everybody buys into that, but I've seen it all."

On the second half
"After the fourth down call [early in the second half], it was turnovers, dropped passes, big plays and penalties that killed us. There's a lot of guys who can sit down on Sunday and say I would have done that differently. But would've, could've, should've...."

"[ISU] has been getting better. They were down 21-0 and came back and made plays. [Gene Chizik's] in a situation a lot like ours, rebuilding."

Colorado Player Quotes
Hugh Charles
In general

"We took control of the game in the first half of play and we had a positive attitude coming out in the second half. We never should have put ourselves in the position to lose the game in the final seconds. To their credit they came out in the second half and they played very well."

"We came in here understanding all of the elements we would be facing including the winds. We just couldn't get it done today."

Longsnapper Justin Drescher
On the final play

"I snapped the ball when I heard the whistle and I guess it was just a little too late. "You've got to concentrate on what you're job is and I didn't get it done. It is what it is. They called it. They didn't count it, and we've got to move on."

Quarterback Cody Hawkins
On momentum

"Momentum is huge in a football game. We know that we need to get those first downs. It was there, but we didn't get the push that we needed."

"We've got a lot of young guys on this team. If you give up a big lead, you've got to get back in it."

"This is probably the most painful loss of the season for a lot of guys. We've got a lot to play for. We've got to bounce back."

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