2006 Colorado Buffaloes

Posted Dec 30, 2006

2006 Colorado Buffalo Season, Game Reviews, Scores and Recaps

Nov. 24
Nebraska 37 ... Colorado 14
Nebraska used a variety of trick plays and a huge day from Brandon Jackson to put Colorado away. Tied at 14 late in the third quarter after a 45-yard Mell Holliday touchdown run, the Huskers scored the final 23 points of the game on a two-yard Jackson run, an 18-yard Jackson catch, a seven-yard Kenny Wilson scoring run, and a safety on a sack of CU QB Bernard Jackson. Jackson connected with Riar Geer for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to answer a 7-0 Husker lead off a 15-yard Terrence Nunn catch.
Player of the game ... Nebraska RB Brandon Jackson ran 34 times for 142 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 42 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Nebraska - Passing: Zac Taylor, 19-28, 249 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Brandon Jackson, 34-142, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Jackson, 6-42, 1 TD
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 11-23, 131 yds, 1 TD
Mell Holliday, 8-67, 1 TD  Receiving: Cody Crawford, 5-79
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Colorado went down against Nebraska without the ability to stop the big run late. While getting Bernard Jackson more throws in under a heavy rush might be good for experience, the offense works far better when he's on the move. Of course, Dan Hawkins needs a quarterback who can throw, so the off-season will be vital to determine whether or not Jackson can be counted on as the man going into next year. As the loss to the Huskers once again showed, the receiving corps needs a complete overhaul..

2006 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2006 Record:
Preview 2006 predicted wins

9/2 Montana State L 19-10
9/9 Colorado St  L 14-10
9/16 Arizona State L 21-3
9/23 at Georgia L 14-13
9/30 at Missouri L 28-13
10/7 Baylor L 34-31 3OT
10/14 Texas Tech W 30-6
10/21 at Oklahoma L 24-3
10/28 at Kansas L 20-15
11/4 Kansas State L 34-21
11/11 Iowa State W 33-16
11/24 at Nebraska L 37-14

2005 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 6-5
2005 Record: 7-6

Preview 2005 predicted wins

9/3 Colorado State W 31-28
9/10 New Mexico St W 39-0
9/24 at Miami L 23-3
10/1 at Oklahoma St W 34-0
10/8 Texas A&M W 41-20
10/15 at Texas L 42-17
10/22 Kansas W 44-13
10/29 at Kansas St W 23-20
11/5 Missouri W 41-12
11/12 at Iowa State L 30-16
11/25 Nebraska L 30-3
12/3 Big 12 Championship
Texas L 70-3
12/27 Champs Sports Bowl
Clemson L 19-10

Nov. 11
Colorado 33 ... Iowa State 16
Bernard Jackson threw two touchdown passes, ran for a five-yard score, and Mason Crosby hit four field goals as Colorado rolled past Iowa State in a stunningly easy win. The Cyclones tied it at seven in the first quarter on a 21-yard Jon Davis catch, but wasn't able to get back in the end zone until late in the fourth quarter on a five-yard Ryan Kock run. Crosby's field goals came from 47, 38, 41 and 42 yards out.
Player of the game ... Colorado QB Bernard Jackson completed 13 of 19 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and ran nine times for 69 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Iowa State - Passing: Bret Meyer, 17-28, 190 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Ryan Kock, 18-82, 1 TD. Receiving: Milan Moses, 5-38
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 13-19, 200 yds, 2 TD
Mell Holliday, 18-126  Receiving: Alvin Barnett, 4-77, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Give Colorado credit for a smart, efficient game against Iowa State with Barnard Jackson, who's been more and more accurate of the last few weeks, limiting his mistakes and keeping the chains moving with his legs as well as his arm. For a team in need of something positive, to win on Senior Day might be the shot in the arm that could turn things around in the off-season showing that the team really can win. As good as it was to beat the Big 12's worst team, playing well at Nebraska would be even bigger.

Nov. 4
Kansas State 34 ... Colorado 21
Kansas State became bowl eligible after jumping out to a 17-0 lead on a Leon Patton touchdown run and the first of two Yamon Figurs touchdowns. Colorado got back within six after two Bernard Jackson rushing scores, but the Wildcats pit it away on a 74-yard connection from Josh Freeman to Jordy Nelson early in the fourth quarter. The Buffs closed out with a one-yard Tyson DeVree touchdown catch, but wasn't able to get any closer.
Player of the game ... Kansas State QB Josh Freeman completed 22 of 26 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 22-26, 251 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Leon Patton, 12-96, 1 TD. Receiving: Jordy Nelson, 5-117, 1 TD
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 10-18, 145 yds, 1 TD
Bernard Jackson, 17-105, 2 TD  Receiving: Cody Crawford, 2-42
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
The offense was going to be a problem all season long, that was a given, but the defense has started to melt down. It's not like Kansas State has a Texas Tech attack, but Josh Freeman was able to pick apart the Buffalo secondary like it wasn't even there. Even though Bernard Jackson might struggle with his passing, he showed what a weapon he can be running it. Hugh Charles and Mell Holliday also ran well, but there have to be points out of the drives. With a weapon like Mason Crosby, there's no reason there can't be more marches that lead to field goals.

Oct. 28
Kansas 20 ... Colorado 15
Colorado was up 9-0 at halftime on three Mason Crosby field goals, but the offense never got in the end zone as Kansas roared back in the second half thanks to freshman Todd Reesing, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for a three-yard score. His five-yard touchdown pass to Derek Fine put the Jayhawks up 20-9 with less than eight minutes to play. KU was driving again, when CU's Ryan Walters took a fumble 95 yards for a touchdown. The Buffs had one final shot, but couldn't get out of its own end.
Player of the game ... Kansas QB Todd Reesing completed seven of 11 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and ran seven times for 90 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Kansas - Passing: Todd Reesing, 7-11, 106 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Todd Reesing, 7-90, 1 TD
 Receiving: Brian Murph, 6-22
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 9-21, 132 yds, 1 INT
Hugh Charles, 15-78  Receiving: Alvin Barnett, 3-26
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
The problem with all the losses is the passing game; it's not getting any better. It's the end of October, and Bernard Jackson still can't throw the forward pass with any consistency. There's no questioning he's a dynamic talent, and there's no denying his running skills, but the offense needs to have something more to rely on than just hoping to move the ball on the ground while hoping for turnovers to take advantage of. Against Colorado, the O was in position to get up big early, but three great opportunities turned into field goals instead of touchdowns. If you can't throw on KU, you can't throw.

Oct. 21
Oklahoma 24 ... Colorado 3
Oklahoma got one of its best defensive performances of the season holding Colorado to 113 yards of offense, five first downs and only 39 passing yards. Allen Patrick, in place of Adrian Peterson, ran for 110 yards and a two-yard score, Paul Thompson threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Manuel Johnson, and Chris Brown ran for a fou-yard score with :17 to play. The only CU score came on a 39-yard Mason Crosby field goal late in the fourth. Thaddeus Washington and Jordon Dizon combined for 32 tackles for the Buffs.
Player of the game ... Oklahoma RB Allen Patrick ran 35 times for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 3-14, 39 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Bernard Jackson, 10-54. Receiving: Cody Crawford, 1-22
Oklahoma - Passing: Paul Thompson, 17-26, 105 yds, 1 TD
Allen Patrick, 35-110, 1 TD  Receiving: Malcolm Kelly, 7-64
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Just when it seems like Bernard Jackson has turned a corner on the way to becoming a productive quarterback, he has a dud of a game against Oklahoma. Granted, he was under pressure all game long and got no help from the running game, but you could probably have completed three of 14 passes for 39 yards. The loss to the Sooners showed the glaring lack of offensive playmakers. The D didn't have its best day, and the O did nothing to help make the situation any better. Now the the pressure is off with any bowl dreams shot, so maybe the team can play loose and find something to build on for next year. Beating Kansas next week would be a good start.

Oct. 14
Colorado 30 ... Texas Tech 6
Colorado came up with five turnovers from the defense and got two touchdown passes and a one-yard scoring run from Bernard Jackson to get Dan Hawkins his first win as the school's head coach. Jarrell Yates caught a 29-yard touchdown pass and Riar Geer scored from 28 yards out, while PK Mason Crosby connected from 56, 26, and 53 yards out. Texas Tech could only manage a 11-yard Danny Amendola scoring grab midway through the fourth quarter.
Player of the game ... Colorado RB Hugh Charles ran 17 times for 119 yards
Stat Leaders: Texas Tech - Passing: Graham Harrell, 26-39, 236 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Shannon Woods, 10-38. Receiving: Shannon Woods, 7-78
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 11-17, 151 yds, 2 TD
Hugh Charles, 17-119  Receiving: Riar Geer, 4-46, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Big exhale. The defense had been playing relatively well all year, and it came up with a near-perfect performance against Texas Tech with decent pressure, amazing run defense, and a great game from the secondary. More importantly, the offense worked with Bernard Jackson coming up with his most efficient all-around performance this season and Hugh Charles finally getting rumbling. This might be the game that opens up the floodgates. With Adrian Peterson out, the Oklahoma game next week doesn't appear to be as daunting. Can CU go on a run?

Oct. 7
Baylor 34 ... Colorado 31 3OT
Baylor's Ryan Havens hit a 22-yard field goal in the third overtime, and then the defense sealed the win with an interception from Joe Pawelek. The Bears took a 17-10 lead late in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard Paul Mosley touchdown run, but Colorado came back with a nine-yard touchdown run from Byron Ellis. In the first overtime, Mosley ran for a one-yard score, but Colorado got a ten-yard scoring grab from Rian Greer. Hugh Charles tore off a 25-yard touchdown run for the Buffs in the second OT, and Baylor answered with a ten-yard Trent Shelton touchdown grab.
Player of the game ... Baylor LB Joe Pawelek made 14 tackles, one tackle for loss, and sealed the win with an interception in the third overtime.
Stat Leaders: Baylor - Passing: Shawn Bell, 31-44, 272 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Paul Mosley, 20-85, 2 TD. Receiving: Dominique Ziegler, 7-71
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 9-24, 75 yds, 1 TD
Bernard Jackson, 15-93, 1 TD  Receiving: Riar Geer, 3-39
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Colorado has to try to fight through the storm and hope it gets a big break or three to finally break the losing streak. The running game steamrolled over Baylor, but once again, Bernard Jackson and the passing game were a detriment throwing three interceptions. The defense had several chances to come through with a big play, and didn't. Now the Buffs have to deal with Texas Tech and a road trip to Oklahoma which could mean an 0-8 start going into a road trip to Kansas. Colorado is better than it's been playing, but give head coach Dan Hawkins for keeping things positive. Eventually, the light will go on.

Sept. 30
Missouri 28 ... Colorado 13
Chase Coffman caught two first quarter touchdown passes and Martin Rucker caught another as Missouri jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead. Colorado came out of the locker room hot with a 63-yard pass to Dusty Sprague leading to a one-yard Bernard Jackson touchdown run, but that would be the last time the Buffs would threaten. Chase Daniel's fourth touchdown pass came on a nine-yard strike to Jared Perry late in the third for the final score of the game.
Player of the game ... Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 23 of 35 passes for four touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 23-35, 253 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Tony Temple, 18-70. Receiving: Martin Rucker, 6-66, 1 TD
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 13-27, 190 yds
Bernard Jackson, 15-93, 1 TD  Receiving: Riar Geer, 3-39
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Colorado's defense wasn't a rock against Missouri having major problems on third downs, but it wasn't awful. Unfortunately for the Buffs, the offense didn't come up with enough effective drives despite being able to crank out yards early thanks to the running of Hugh Charles. Bernard Jackson, who had a nice game against Georgia, regressed a bit as a passer. His running was still impressive, and now he has to use all his skills to start converting more third down chances. Baylor is going to throw and throw some more next week, so the secondary has to to do a better job than it did against the Tigers.

Sept. 23
Georgia 14 ... Colorado 13
Georgia survived thanks to a 20-yard touchdown catch by Martrez Milner with :46 to play. Colorado had one last chance, but the drive was snuffed out by a Tony Taylor interception. Joe Cox stepped in for an ineffective Matthew Stafford and sparked the team completing ten of 13 passes with two touchdowns on the perfectly thrown ball to Milner and a short pass to FB Brannan Southerland who took it 23 yards for a score. Colorado got up 13-0 on two Mason Crosby field goals along with a one-yard touchdown sneak from Bernard Jackson, but the offense couldn't close out the game with a fumble and a punt on the final two drives.
Player of the game ... Georgia LB Tony Taylor made 13 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and one interception
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Joe Cox, 10-13, 154 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Kregg Lumpkin, 12-52. Receiving: Martrez Milner, 4-64, 1 TD
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 14-26, 140 yds, 1 INT
Hugh Charles, 15-85, 1 TD  Receiving: Riar Geer, 7-71
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... How does Colorado overcome yet another painful loss? At the very least, the team proved it could hang around with a national title contender like Georgia, and it's all thanks to a defense that's playing its heart out. Bernard Jackson played like a real, live quarterback for the first time all year throwing as well as he ran against a speedy Dawg D. In the end, the offense couldn't close. It couldn't get the job done to crank out yards to finish Georgia off, and now it faces the daunting task of playing a Missouri defense that's been a stone wall so far.

Sept. 16
Arizona State 21 ... Colorado 3
Arizona State didn't explode against Colorado; it didn't need to. Rudy Carpenter threw two touchdown passes and Ryan Torian ran for an eight-yard score to overcome an earl y3-0 deficit on a 29-yard Mason Crosby field goal. The Sun Devils outgained the Buffs 430 yards to 219, but penalties and four turnovers kept the game close. Colorado helped with three turnovers of its own.
Player of the game ... Arizona State CB Justin Tryon made seven tackles one sack and recovered one fumble.
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 8-18, 86 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Hugh Charles, 20-109  Receiving: Hugh Charles, 2-30
Arizona State - Passing: Rudy Carpenter, 21-37, 248 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Keegan Herring, 9-82  Receiving: Zach Miller, 5-45, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Colorado's defense is getting the job done. It held Arizona State's high-powered attack down as much as possible considering there wasn't any help from the offense. Bernard Jackson isn't a D-I quarterback at the moment. If he's not running well, he's of no use to the offense. How long can CU suffer though his growing pains? At this point, it might be all season. Hugh Charles had his best rushing game of the year and needs to keep it up for the Buffs to avoid blowouts at Georgia and Missouri.

Sept. 9
Colorado State 14 ... Colorado 10
Colorado State QB Calib Hanie was nearly perfect completing 20 of 23 passes, but he wasn't able to lead the Rams to any second half points with the final points coming on a five-yard pass to Kory Sperry late in the first half. Hanie also ran for a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter to tie it up after Colorado started off the scoring on a three-yard Bernard Jackson scoring run. Mason Crosby kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Buffs in the second quarter for a 10-7 lead. The defenses dominated throughout with Colorado sacking Hanie six times with three coming from Abraham Wright. CSU came up with five sacks.
Player of the game ... Colorado State QB Caleb Hanie completed 20 of 23 passes for 233 yards and a  touchdown and ran for a short score. 
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 8-13, 70 yds
Rushing: Bernard Jackson, 18-30, 1 TD  Receiving: Patrick Williams, 5-37
Colorado State - Passing: Caleb Hanie, 20-23, 233 yds, 1 TD
Gartrell Johnson, 14-17  Receiving: Johnny Walker, 10-158
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... James Cox wasn't the answer at quarterback, and while Bernard Jackson certainly wasn't sharp against Colorado State, his mobility adds something to the mix the offense sorely needs. The Buffs will have to go through some growing pains with Jackson under center, but the defense appears to be good enough to carry things for a while and keep games from being blowouts. Unfortunately, there's just not enough firepower to hang with Arizona State, Georgia, or Missouri over the next three weeks. There's no running game whatsoever outside of Jackson.

Sept. 2
Montana State 19 ... Colorado 10
Dan Hawkins' debut was spoiled as Montana State got four field goals from Jeff Hastings and a ten-yard touchdown catch from Michael Jefferson. Colorado took a 10-6 lead midway through the second quarter on a James Cox touchdown run, but that was the last time the Buffs would score. MSU outpassed CU 238 yards to 110, but the Buff run defense held the Bobcats to 50 yards rushing.
Player of the game ...  Montana State WR Michael Jefferson caught ten passes for 87 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: James Cox, 8-22, 110 yds
Rushing: Mell Holliday, 12-50. Receiving: Patrick Williams, 2-51
Montana State - Passing: Cory Carpenter, 23-31, 229 yds, 1 TD
Evin Groves, 23-58. Receiving: Michael Jefferson, 10-87, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Oops. The Colorado defense wasn't bad against Montana State, but the offense was abysmal. James Cox is obviously not the answer at quarterback, but he didn't get a whole bunch of help from his receivers. The running game didn't do much of anything, either. It's not like the Buffs needed a wake-up call and it certainly was well motivated; they just didn't play well. This is a team in desperate need of something positive to happen after the way last year ended, and it had better beat Colorado State next week or it'll probably mean an 0-5 start with Arizona State, at Georgia, and at Missouri ahead.

2006 Colorado Preview

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After all the controversies, negative publicity, non-scandal scandals, and a general slimy perception of the Colorado program weren't enough to get Gary Barnett fired. Losses to Nebraska and Texas by a combined score of 100-6, however, did the trick.    

From the way the team was slammed on the field and by the press at the end of last year, you'd have thought Colorado was lucky to have won a game. Seemingly forgotten by everyone was that 1) the Buffs went to two straight Big 12 title games under Barnett and four in five years, 2) they were deeply banged up on the offensive line late in the season, and 3) Texas just so happened to be really, really, really good. 

Take away the two losses to the juggernaut Longhorns and Colorado's supposedly Temple-like defense allowed a mere 17.7 points per game. The four other losses came to Miami at Miami, at Iowa State in a fierce battle that wasn't taken over until late, the Nebraska debacle, and  without starting quarterback Joel Klatt in the Champs Sports Bowl against a tremendous Clemson team. That's not anything to panic over. 

However, if the big losses at the end of the regular season meant the end of the Barnett era and the breath of fresh air brought in by Dan Hawkins, then it was all worth it. One of the better fits of coach and school to be put together in a long time, Hawkins, the slightly goofy, extremely entertaining, always positive Zen master is the anti-Barnett, and the players appear to have immediately responded.

While the overall talent level could stand an upgrade after a few years of sub par recruiting thanks to all the controversies, Hawkins has succeeded with far less talent winning 53 games in five seasons at Boise State. How many Broncos were drafted over the last five years? Four, with only one, offensive tackle Daryn Colledge, going before the fifth round.

There are holes to fill and some questions, especially on offense. The line has to get healthy before the coaching staff can properly figure out what it has to work with. The quarterbacks were inconsistent this spring, partially because they were under pressure thanks to the banged up line, and the running game has little to no proven power. There is depth and talent in the backfield and at receiver with enough options to play around with once the quarterback situation is settled.

The defense is much better than it'll likely be made out to be with Thaddaeus Washington and Jordon Dizon leading a strong linebacking corps, Terrence Wheatley returning at corner to join All-Big 12 talent J.J. Billingsley in a deep secondary, and potential on the ends with several good players to rotate. There's no depth or size at tackle and the second corner spot will be a bit of a problem early on, but those aren't glaring issues.

While there will be some period of forgiveness since there's a perception that Hawkins has to clean up a mess, this is a good enough team to get back to the Big 12 title game. If not, it certainly won't be down for long and will certainly will be a more fun team all the way around.

The Schedule: It's not pretty with one of the hardest road schedules around going to Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. If that wasn't enough to worry about, the Buffs have to face four other 2005 bowl teams in Colorado State, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Iowa State. On the plus side, the showdown with the Cyclones is in Boulder joining Kansas State as part of a nice two game home stretch before what should be, in some way, a North title deciding showdown at Nebraska.

Best Offensive Player: Senior C Mark Fenton. The skill players are average at best, but the Colorado line should be strong when it's finally healthy. Fenton is the best of the bunch and will be one of the finalists for the Rimington Award and a sure-thing All-Big 12 center.

Best Defensive Player: Senior LB Thaddaeus Washington. He's big, strong, and as sure a tackler as there is in the Big 12. The 245-pound senior has cranked out 231 career stops with 142 of the unassisted variety. He has grown into a more complete player turning into a dangerous pass rusher last year.

Key player to a successful season: Junior QBs Brian White and Bernard Jackson. Assuming James Cox doesn't quite have the upside to win the starting job, White and Jackson will make or break Dan Hawkins' first year as they try to replace heart-and-soul three year starter Joel Klatt. White is a pure passer who needs to be far sharper than he was this spring, while Jackson is a wild-card with scary running skills.

The season will be a success if ... the Buffs finish second in the Big 12 North. The schedule is too brutal and the rest of the division has improved too much to reasonably expect a fifth Big 12 title appearance in six years. Coming in second, and being in the hunt late in November, would be a great achievement with an eye towards winning the championship in 2007.

Key game: Sept. 30 at Missouri. The Arizona State and Georgia games will get plenty of national attention, but the real season starts in Columbia in late September. Missouri is good enough to be the big sleeper in the Big 12 title race, not just the North. A win by the Buffs would set the tone with a chance to get on a big early run with the next two conference games at home against Baylor and Texas Tech.

2005 Fun Stats: 
- Colorado points allowed in two games vs. Texas: 112 - Colorado points allowed in the 11 other games: 195
- Rushing yards and touchdown runs allowed by Colorado in two games vs. Texas and the bowl loss to Clemson: 573 yards, 12 touchdowns - Rushing yards and touchdown runs allowed by Colorado in the ten other games: 730 yards, 6 touchdowns
- Penalties: Colorado 116 for 1,040 yards - Opponents 82 for 777 yards

The Last Time Colorado…
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Champs Sports Bowl vs. Clemson)
…missed a bowl game…2003
…pitched a shutout…2005 (New Mexico State)
…was shutout…1988 (Nebraska)
…scored 50 points…2004 (North Texas)
…went undefeated…1923
…won a conference title…2001 (Big 12)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…1996 (Koy Detmer)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2004 (Bobby Purify)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2003 (D.J. Hackett)
…had a first-round draft choice…2003 (DE Tyler Brayton)