Buffs prevail in opener

The anger and apathy surrounding the Colorado football program for the past year disappeared Saturday afternoon as the 2010 Buffs debuted in impressive fashion with a decisive 24-3 trimuph over Colorado State and record-setting performance from wide receiver Scotty McKnight.

Scotty McKnight led the Buffs with six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown and passed former Buff Michael Westbrook to become the all-time leading receiver in the program's history.

McKnight set the record by hauling in a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Hansen in the second quarter. The score gave the Buffs a 14-0 lead. McKnight is also in line to set the career receiving yards record and the receiving touchdowns record this fall, though both will require him having

Obviously it means a lot to be up there in that category, it's huge," McKnight said. "It's a testament to my hard work I think. All I really wanted was to win."

The Buffs won easily despite missing several opportunities and committing 10 penalties. Hansen completed 17 of 25 passes for 192 yards and two scores. He connected with Travon Patterson for an 18-yard touchdown to start the scoring in the game and for the season.

Hansen also ran for a score and threw an interception.

"It definitely feels good to get a win," Hansen said. "There was a lot of pressure with all the talk about last year and how the pressure is on us to get some wins.It felt really good to get out there and have control of the game from early on."

The Colorado defense played well, holding CSU to 245 yards of total offense and just 49 yards rushing.

The Rams' inability to run the ball led to true freshman quarterback Pete Thomas having to throw. Thomas had a few good moments, but it was apparent the Rams were somewhat handcuffed by a lack of experience across the offense. The Buffs took full advantage of that making three interceptions and sacking Thomas three times in the fourth quarter.

The Buffs also held the Rams to 1-for-12 on third-down conversions.

"You always want to go three-and-out," linebacker Jon Major said. "That was the strategy. It helps the offense out, too.

"You get your foot on the throat and you want to finish it and we did a pretty good job of that right away."

The Buffs now turn their attention to the first road game of the season next Saturday at Cal, which started its season with a 52-3 victory over coach Dan Hawkins' alma mater UC-Davis.

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