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Buffs Trample Cyclones, Win Big in Coach Brian Cabral’s Debut
Posted By Matthew Stiles On Nov 14 2010 @ 12:12 am In Colorado | No Comments
The Colorado Buffalos (4-6, 1-5) finally learned how to finish as the Buffs built a twenty-point lead and held on to beat a feisty Iowa State squad (5-6, 3-4) by a score of 34-14. The offense was balanced and efficient, the defense dominated, and the special teams came up big as the Buffs finally played a complete game in interim head coach Brian Cabral’s first game at the helm.
Cody Hawkins put all the distractions of the week behind him looking poised and efficient while throwing for 266-yards and three tds. Rodney “Speedy” Stewart had another 100-yard performance on the ground, rushing for 123-yards as he eclipsed the 1,000 mark or the season. Freshman receiver Paul Richardson showed his performance against Kansas (11-for-141-2 tds) was not an aberration as he hauled in five passes for 121-yards. The trio sliced and diced the Iowa State defense behind a strong performance by the Buffs O-line.
CU’s defense smothered the potent Iowa State running game and hounded their quarterbacks all day. The Buffs held the Cyclones to -6 yards (not six yards, negative six yards net rushing) on the ground. Iowa State’s Alexander Robinson came into the game with over 800 yards rushing and three straight games of over 100-yards on the ground but could muster only 22-yards against a determined Buffs defense that also racked up eight sacks and forced two fumbles. The last fumble was scooped up by linebacker Michael Sipili who scampered 45-yds for a touchdown that sealed the victory.
Arthur Jaffee’s 89-yard kick-off return in the second quarter set up the Buffs first touchdown and kicker Aric Goodman went 2-for-2 on field goals.
The win over Iowa State was huge for the Buffalos as it ended a five game losing streak and keeps the Buffs slim hopes of going to a bowl game alive. This team, especially Cody Hawkins, was able to let loose and play football without the added pressure of trying to save former Head Coach Dan Hawkins job. If they can continue to play inspired football they will beat Kansas State next week and then anything can happen against a Nebraska team that has looked vulnerable of late, but for now these embattled Buffalos should saver the 34-14 victory over the Cyclones.
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