The scrimmage lasted an hour-and-sixteen-minutes and is the Buffs' final scrimmage before the spring game on Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m. at Folsom Field. The offense scored eight touchdowns, rushing for five in addition to Hansen's three through the air.
"He was good knowing where to go with the ball," said coach Jon Embree on Hansen's performance. "He did a good job of placing the ball; I thought his accuracy was pretty good for the most part. He made a couple good throws on the deep ball."
Hansen's three touchdowns went to Will Jefferson (45 yards), Paul Richardson (58 yards), and Rodney Stewart (six yards). The offense totaled 303 yards and 41 points in 33 plays with Hansen behind center. Embree is not ready to say that Hansen has locked down the number one quarterback spot, however.
"I want to evaluate this all the way through. If at the end of spring it's still like this, then we'll go with Tyler," Embree said. "Nick (Hirschman) still has time to close the gap and if he closes it, then we'll let this thing continue, but I'm not going to play these games like, 'Oh I don't know who's going to do it,' and all that stuff. Believe me, if Tyler continues like he has and Nick doesn't pick it up a little bit, then Tyler will be our number one."
Hirschman was 4-of-11 passing for 27 yards in the scrimmage, while Brent Burnette completed 1-of-5 passes for eight yards.
On the ground, Tony Jones and Josh Ford each rushed for 60 yards on 11 and five carries, respectively. Jones also rushed for a four-yard touchdown. Ford, a sophomore walk-on who transferred from Barton Community College, had the longest run of the day with a 39-yarder.
Stewart had 11 carries for 48 yards with three touchdowns rushing, while Cordary Allen had four carries for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Richardson led the offense with 85 receiving yards on four catches, including the 58-yard touchdown. DaVaughn Thornton caught four passes for 33 yards and Kyle Cefalo had three catches for 53 yards. Ryan Deehan added three catches for 39 yards.
"I would give our first group an A-minus, because we weren't perfect, but we did execute very well today," said Richardson on the offense's performance. "We worked well today as a unit. I just found out Tyler went 18-for-19 passing today, so that speaks volumes in itself."
Defensively, Doug Rippy and Conrad Obi led the Buffs with seven tackles apiece. All seven of Rippy's tackles were unassisted and he recorded one for loss. Obi had three tackles for loss, including one sack. Obi also forced the scrimmage's only turnover, knocking the ball loose from Hirschman where it was recovered by Tony Poremba. In CU's first scrimmage this spring on March 17, Rippy and Obi were also the defense's leading tacklers, recording 15 and nine tackles, respectively.
Poremba had an impressive scrimmage as well, recording five tackles including two for loss and a quarterback sack in addition to his fumble recovery.
Injuries to several defensive linemen limited the scrimmage as Nate Bonsu (thigh), Curtis Cunningham (elbow), Nick Kasa (knee), and Forrest West (shoulder) all sat out.
"I probably would have done a little bit more, maybe less Red Zone and more in the field," said Embree on the effect of the injuries on the scrimmage. "Our D-linemen, we had three guys inside, two-and-a-half outside; Kirk Poston did a great job battling through an ankle sprain. I was sensitive to that and they were tired, but like I told them, 'When we play on Saturdays, no one is going to care if that's what we've got.'"
Next Saturday's spring game festivities begin at 4 p.m. in Balch Fieldhouse leading up to the Alumni Flag Football Game at 4:30 p.m. The game will be played on Folsom Field with Bill McCartney and Gary Barnett serving as coaches. The spring game will kick-off at 6 p.m. with an autograph session following the scrimmage.