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CU-CSU Postgame Notes

Courtesy: CUBuffs.com
Release: September 01, 2007
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Quickly... CU is now 74-39-5 in season openers, with a 9-5 mark against CSU; Dan Hawkins is now 8-4, 1-1 at Colorado... QB Cody Hawkins won his debut to raise the mark to 6-1 against Colorado State for CU signal callers who had their starting initiations against the Rams; Hawkins is now 60-0 as a starting quarterback going back to Pop Warner ball.  He also had more passing yards today (201) than any Buff did last year (high was 200 by Bernard Jackson vs. Iowa State)... During CU’s pregame tailgate in the Invesco parking lot, Colorado governor Bill Riitter directed the CU Marching Band for a song in a “cameo” performance for his alma mater where he earned his graduate law degree... Terrence Wheatley’s 68-yard kickoff return in the third quarter was the longest by a Buff since Oct. 18, 2003, when Jeremy Bloom returned one 88 yards for a touchdown at Kansas State; Wheatley’s interception in overtime gave him 10 for his career, tying him for eighth on CU’s all-time pick list... Colorado scored in its 223rd straight game today (last shutout: 7-0 at Nebraska in 1988), adding to the fifth longest active streak in the nation and the 11th longest all-time... Credit CU’s 2-minute offense with two scores today, as CU has 114 scores in the last 177 times in the drill since the ’88 season; it included the 19th game winning or tying score.


Williams Owns First Plays of the Year.  Patrick Williams’ reverse gained 24 yards on CU’s first play of the year, the longest first rushing play of the season in CU history.  Williams caught a 42-yard pass from James Cox on last season’s first play of the year against Montana State, which was the longest initial pass play of the year in CU annals.  Thus Williams now owns both marks, which have combined for 66 yards.


Quickest First Score Since ’89.  Cody Hawkins’ 24-yard touchdown pass to Scotty McKnight with 12:52 left in the first quarter was CU’s quickest first score of the season since 1989, when Eric Bieniemy scored from a yard out against Texas just 1:15 into the game. (Bieniemy’s play followed a 75-yard jaunt by Darian Hagan to the Texas 1 on CU’s second play of the game.)  It was the longest first play from scrimmage for a score since 1999, when Roman Hollowell caught a 43yard pass from Mike Moschetti, also against CSU in Denver.


Series Stuff. Colorado extended its lead in the series to 58-19-2, and just when it was thought things couldn’t get any closer in this rivalry, the first overtime game was played.  The last six games in the series have been decided by a total of 25 points.


Overtime. Colorado is now 4-4 all-time in overtime games, as today’s marked the first in the CU-CSU series as well as Colorado’s first in a season opener.  A turnover has now played a significant role in five of CU’s eight overtimes:


                                                                                                                                                                ----Total Yards-----

          Date              Opponent              Score                 Regulation     Coin Toss         Choice       Offense   Defense   Notes

        10-09-99        MISSOURI               W   46-39               39-39         Missouri            Defense             25          13        Ends with Kelly INT

        11-26-99        NEBRASKA               L   30-33               27-27         Nebraska           Defense               9          25        CU trailed 27-3 early in 4th

        11-09-02        at Missouri               W   42-35               35-35         Missouri            Defense             25          18        Ends with Mossoni FR          

        12-28-02        Wisconsin                L   28-31               28-28         Wisconsin          Defense             -2             5        Alamo Bowl         

        10-11-03        KANSAS                  W   50-47               44-44         Colorado            Defense             25            7        Calhoun 3-25 rushing in OT

        10-23-04        at Texas A & M         L   26-29               26-26         Colorado            Defense             14          33        First CU turnover in OT ends it

        10-07-06        BAYLOR                   L   31-34 (3 OT)     17-17         Colorado            Defense             42          72        Ends in 3OT on Baylor INT

        09-01-07        *Colorado State        W   31-28               28-28         Colorado            Defense             16            7        Eberhart FG wins it after Wheatley INT


 - First Action. Several CU players stepped on the field for their first collegiate game today, including 11 freshmen (two true): CB Jalil Brown, WR Kendrick Celestine (true), PK Tyler Cope (true), QB Cody Hawkins, DE Marquez Herrod, WR Scotty McKnight, TB Kevin Moyd, OG Wes Palazzi, CB Jimmy Smith, TE Nate Solder and TB Demetrius Sumler.   In addition, SS Daniel Dykes played in his first CU game after transferring from Idaho and ILB Jake Duren after doing the same from UNC.


Can I Have A Schollie Now?  Not that he’s not going to get one, but WR Scotty McKnight had a great coming out party.  After suffering a broken ankle on the first day of spring practices, he rebounded to earn the top spot atop the grouping at the “Z” receiver position.  He had eight receptions for 106 yards and a score, the first to have a hundred yard receiving day since Evan Judge (a former walk-on himself) had 108 yards at Kansas State in 2005.


PK Kevin Eberhart (3-4 FG, 3-3 PAT; 9 points).  He is the first Buffalo to nail a game winning field goal in overtime, as he successfully restarted his career today after deferring to Mason Crosby early in 2003, the true frosh seasons for both.


ILB Jordon Dizon (15 UT, 5 AT, 20 TT).  Dizon’s 20 tackles (unofficial, pending coaches video) was a career-high, topping the 19 he had in the ’06 finale at Nebraska.  Thus, in his last two games, Dizon has accounted for 39 stops.


Special Guest.  CU freshman Michael Knorps, the victim in an on-campus stabbing last Monday, was a special guest of coach Dan Hawkins and athletic director Mike Bohn at today’s game.  He watched the game from the sidelines, and when the Buffs took the podium for the Centennial Cup presentation, he was waved up by PK Kevin Eberhart to join in the celebration.  Said DT George Hypolite, “I told him to keep fighting and that we had talked about what happened to him, and how he was already back from something so awful and how tough he was.  We get injured as football players and miss more time than what he has had to battle through.  He’ll be an inspiration for us the rest of the season.”


Colorado Injury Report.  Only one injury of significance, as TB Hugh Charles suffered a hamstring strain on the third play of the game.  He is listed as day-to-day for the Arizona State game.


Colorado State Postgame Notes


  • Junior running back Kyle Bell returned from a preseason knee injury that wiped out his 06 season and played his first game since the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, vs. Navy, Dec. 22, 2005. Bell today:
    • Established his career high with 40 rushing attempts. His previous best was 35 (for 123 yards), vs. Wyoming, Oct.22,2005.
    • Piled up the most carries by a CSU player since Oct. 12, 1985, when Steve Bartalo established the school record with 47 (for 152 yards, three TDs) in a 45-28 win at New Mexico.
    • Recorded the first 100-yard game by a CSU running back since that Poinsettia Bowl, vs. Navy (Dec. 22, 2005, Kyle Bell, 22-122-1).
    • Became the third CSU back since 1994 to rush for 100 yards against Colorado:
      • Kyle Bell (2007):  40-135
      • Marcus Houston (2003):  15-104
      • Kevin McDougal (1999):  22-190
  • Senior tight end Kory Sperry tied his career high with eight receptions (vs. Navy, 2005 Poinsettia Bowl, 8-117).
    • Sperry became the first CSU player with three touchdown catches since Dustin Osborn (7-102, three TDs) at Minnesota, Sept. 10, 2005.
    • Became the 10th CSU receiver since 1994 with more than 100 yards receiving against Colorado:
      • Kory Sperry (2007):  103
      • Johnny Walker (2006): 158
      • David Anderson (2005): 199
      • David Anderson (2004):  156
      • Chris Pittman (2003):  144
      • David Anderson (2003):  142
      • Pete Rebstock (2001):  103
      • Frank Rice (2000):  113
      • Darran Hall (1997):  132
      • Geoff Turner (1996): 157
    • Sperry moved into seventh place in the CSU record book with 14 career touchdown receptions. He also extended his school record for TD catches by a tight end.   
  • Senior quarterback Caleb Hanie was 20 of 27 for 229 yards, with three TDs and one overtime interception. He completed his first seven attempts until his eighth toss was dropped by true freshman Eric Peitz.
    • After going 20-for-23 in this game last season, his combined totals from both contests: 40 of 50, 462 yards, four TDs, one INT.
  • Peitz became the first true freshman to play in a game since 2005. Last season, the Rams were one of two Division I-A schools that did not use a true freshman.
  • Colorado State played just its second overtime game. The Rams now are 0-2 in OT, including a 25-22 loss vs. Fresno State, Oct. 13, 2001.
  • Sonny Lubick against the Buffs now is 4-4 in Denver, and 4-8 overall.
    • 4-8; 4-4 in Denver
  • Junior safety Mike Pagnotta recorded his second-career interception and his fourth-career quarterback sack.
  • Special teams coach Dave Arnold was taken to a local hospital following the game for precautionary reasons due to fatigue.