2006 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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2006 Colorado Buffaloes football
Conference Big 12 Conference North
2006 record 2–10 (2–6 Big 12)
Head coach Dan Hawkins
Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich
Defensive coordinator Ron Collins
Base defense 4–3 Cover 2
Home stadium Folsom Field
(Capacity: 53,750)
Seasons
« 2005 2007 »
2006 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
Nebraska x   6 2         9 5  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Kansas State   4 4         7 6  
Kansas   3 5         6 6  
Colorado   2 6         2 10  
Iowa State   1 7         4 8  
Southern Division
#11 Oklahoma x   7 1         11 3  
#13 Texas   6 2         10 3  
Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
Texas Tech   4 4         8 5  
Oklahoma State   3 5         7 6  
Baylor   3 5         4 8  
Championship: Oklahoma 21, Nebraska 7
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2006 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The previous year's team won the Big 12 North Conference. That marked the fourth Big 12 North championship for the Buffs in the past 5 years. The team has its 23rd new head coach Dan Hawkins. The Sporting News gave out the only A+ to Colorado in the category of coaching hire.[1] The Buffaloes will play their home games in Folsom Field.

They finished the season 2–10 (2–6 in the Big 12 Conference) and had some major disappointments. Mason Crosby did not perform as well as last season (19 for 27) and the Hawkins era didn't start as many had expected with his success at Boise State. The offense appeared to struggle to learn the new system and early quarterback uncertainty did not allow the team to have consistency. The defense performed excellently at times and was good overall, but without the offense producing points, Colorado would lose, though many games were close.

Pre-season[edit]

Ralphie is ready for a new season

With a new head coach, a new offensive system and the loss of several key players such as Joel Klatt (QB), Joe Klopfenstein (TE), Quinn Sypniewski (TE), Lawrence Vickers (TB) and John Torp (P), Colorado faced some challenges to hang on to their Big 12 North Title. (Jeremy Bloom, listed in the 2006 NFL Draft as being from Colorado had not played football for Colorado since the 2004 season and thus is not a loss for this year)

Colorado did not appear in any of the Top 25 pre-season rankings (#26 in Collegefootballnews.com[2]), and was selected to finish third in the Big 12 North[3] with 2 selections to finish first in the Big 12 North.

Colorado played their first Division I-AA opponent ever, Montana State, on September 2. Colorado was one of the last 9 Division I-A schools to have never played a Division I-AA or Division II school. The California Golden Bears also will lose that status this year leaving 7 teams left (Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, USC Trojans, UCLA and Washington Huskies).[1]

Tyrone Henderson and Gerett Burl, starters in the 2005–06 season, were permanently released from the team prior to fall practice. Both were in CU's top 5 tacklers for last season, having started 25 games between them.

James Cox was named the starting quarterback to replace Klatt on August 20.[4] Despite having missed most of spring practice with a broken thumb, Coach Hawkins picked the senior over juniors Brian White and Bernard Jackson saying his seniority wasn't a factor and he simply wanted the best players on the field. With one year left of eligibility, Cox has seen playing time the previous 3 seasons behind Klatt, with two starts to his credit: the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl and in 2004 against Iowa State. In the 14 games he has played in prior to the 2006 season, his stats are 42 of 79 attempts for 423 yards with 3 interception and 2 Touchdowns passing and 37 yards rushing in 20 attempts with 1 TD (5 sacks for 28 yards).

The captains for 2006 were Mason Crosby, Brian Daniels and Thaddaeus Washington.[5]

Pre-season awards[edit]

See[6] for full information on pre-season awards. Note: Only first team All-American or All-Conference listed.
  • Mason Crosby
    • Lou Groza[7]
    • All-America (Athlon, ATS Consultants, CBS Sportsline.com, collegefootballnews.com, Lindy's Big 12 Football, Football.com, Football News, Nationalchamps.net, Phil Steele's College Football, Playboy, Rivals.com, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Street & Smith's)[8]
    • All-Big 12 Football Team[9] (Athlon, ATS Consultants, Big 12 Summer Media Poll, CBS SportsLine.com, collegefootballnews.com, Huskers Illustrated, Lindy’s Big 12 Football, Phil Steele’s College Football, The Sporting News, Street & Smith’s, USA Today Sports Weekly)[8]
  • Mark Fenton
    • Outland Trophy[8]
    • Rimington Trophy[8]
    • Lombardi Award[8]
    • All-America (Street & Smith's)[8]
    • All-Big 12 Football Team[9] (Athlon, ATS Consultants, Big 12 Summer Media Poll, CBS SportsLine.com, collegefootballnews.com, Huskers Illustrated, Lindy’s Big 12 Football, Phil Steele’s College Football, The Sporting News, Street & Smith’s, USA Today Sports Weekly)[8]
Hugh Charles before the 2007 spring game, April 14, 2007.
Jordon Dizon before the 2007 spring game, April 14, 2007.
  • J. J. Billingsley
    • All Big 12 Conference (Athlon, collegefootballnews.com, Lindy’s Big 12 Football, USA Today Sports Weekly)[8]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 1:30 PM Montana State* Folsom FieldBoulder, CO BV L 10–19   45,513[13]
September 9 3:00 PM vs. Colorado State* Invesco Field at Mile HighDenver, CO (Rocky Mountain Showdown) CSTV L 10–14   65,701[13]
September 16 5:00 PM Arizona State* Folsom Field • Boulder, CO TBS L 3–21   47,723[13]
September 23 10:30 AM at #7 Georgia* Sanford StadiumAthens, GA LFS L 13–14   92,746[13]
September 30 10:30 AM at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, MO FSN L 13–28   57,824[13]
October 7 1:30 PM Baylordagger Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 31–34 3OT  47,065[13]
October 14 1:30 PM Texas Tech Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 30–6   50,233[13]
October 21 5:00 PM at #20 Oklahoma* Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK FSN L 3–24   84,443[13]
October 28 12:00 PM at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 15–20   39,313[13]
November 4 1:30 PM Kansas State Folsom Field • Boulder, CO FSN L 21–34   42,696[13]
November 11 1:00 PM Iowa State Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 33–16   43,056[13]
November 24 1:30 PM at #19 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC L 14–37   85,800[13]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Roster[edit]

(as of November 20, 2006)
Wide Receiver
  •  1 Stephone Robinson – Junior
  •  4 Patrick Williams – Sophomore
  •  9 Blake Mackey – Redshirt Senior
  • 17 Alvin Barnett – Junior
  • 48 Cody Crawford – Sophomore
  • 80 Jarrell Yates – Redshirt Freshman
  • 83 Dusty Sprague – Junior
  • 85 Nick Holz – Redshirt Senior
Offensive Line
  • 57 Bryce MacMartin – Senior
  • 58 Mark FentonRedshirt Senior
  • 60 Paul Backowski – Redshirt Freshman
  • 63 Jack Tipton – Senior
  • 66C Brian DanielsSenior
  • 68 Jeremy Hauck – Redshirt Freshman
  • 72 Devin Head – Redshirt Freshman
  • 75 Daniel Sanders – Sophomore
  • 76 Edwin Harrison – Junior
  • 77 Tyler Polumbus – Junior
Tight End
  • 30 Paul Creighton – Redshirt Senior
  • 46 Dan Goettsch – Redshirt Senior
  • 84 Tyson DeVree – Junior
  • 87 Riar Geer – Redshirt Freshman
Quarterbacks
 
Tailbacks
  •  2 Hugh Charles – Junior
  • 23 Kevin Moyd – Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Byron Ellis – Junior
  • 37 Mell Holliday – Redshirt Senior
Fullbacks
  • 32 Maurice Cantrell – Sophomore
  • 41 Jake Behrens – Redshirt Freshman
  • 43 Samson Jagoras – Junior
Defensive line
  • 33 Walter Boye-Doe – Senior
  • 47 Alonzo Barrett – Junior
  • 51 Alex Ligon – Redshirt Senior
  • 53 Abraham WrightRedshirt Senior
  • 78 Jason Brace – Freshman
  • 86 George Hypolite – Sophomore
  • 91 Maurice Lucas – Sophomore
  • 94 Brandon Nicolas – Sophomore
  • 96 Marcus Jones – Redshirt Senior
  • 97 Taj Kaynor – Redshirt Freshman
Linebackers
  • 13 Joe Sanders – Junior
  • 19 Ben Carpenter – Redshirt Senior
  • 34 R.J. Brown – Sophomore
  • 40 Brad Jones – Sophomore
  • 44 Jordon DizonJunior
  • 45 Jeff Smart – Redshirt Freshman
  • 49C Thaddaeus WashingtonRedshirt Senior
  • 54 Marcus Burton – Sophomore
  • 55 Jason Ackermann – Redshirt Senior
  • 56 Chad Cusworth – Redshirt Senior
  • 98 Michael Sipili – Freshman
 
Defensive backs
  •  5 J.J. Billingsley – Redshirt Senior
  •  6 Gardner McKay – Sophomore
  • 10 Terry Washington – Senior
  • 15 Ryan Walters – Sophomore
  • 20 Terry Wilson – Sophomore
  • 22 Lorenzo Sims Jr. – Senior
  • 25 Lionel Harris – Junior
  • 26 Terrence Wheatley – Junior
  • 29 Cha'pelle Brown – Freshman
  • 30 Joel Adams – Sophomore
  • 36 Reggie Foster – Redshirt Freshman
  • 42 Benjamin Burney – Sophomore
Punters
  • 14 Matt DiLallo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 16 Mason Crosby – Senior
  • 90 Isaac Garden – Junior
Kickers
  • 16C Mason CrosbySenior
  • 39 Kevin Eberhart – Junior
  • 90 Isaac Garden – Junior
Injured
  • 10 (QB)‡ James CoxSenior (thumb)
  • 13 (WR)‡ Michael Kachmer – Redshirt Freshman (knee)
  • 18 (S)‡ Dominique Brooks – Senior (knee)
  • 21 (DB)‡ Vance Washington – Redshirt Senior (knee)
  • 73 (OL)‡ Erick Faatagi – Junior (knee)
  • 88 (TE)‡ Devin Shanahan – Redshirt Freshman (knee)
C = Captain ‡ = Out for season

In addition there can be as many as 60 players not in the depth chart/practice squad.

Coaching staff[edit]

[14]

Name Position Years
at CU
Alma mater (Year)
Dan Hawkins Head Coach 0 University of California, Davis (1984)
Chris Strausser Assistant Head Coach
Offensive Line
0 California State University, Chico (1989)
Ron Collins Defensive Coordinator 0 Washington State University (1987)
Mark Helfrich Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
0 Southern Oregon University (1996)
Eric Kiesau Passing Game Coordinator
Receivers
0 Portland State University (1996)
Romeo Bandison Defensive Line 0 University of Oregon (1994)
Greg Brown Secondary 3
(1991–93)
University of Texas at El Paso (1980)
Brian Cabral Linebackers 17 University of Colorado at Boulder (1978)
Darian Hagan Running Backs 1 University of Colorado at Boulder (1991)
Kent Riddle Tight Ends
Special Teams
0 Oregon State University (1991)

Game notes[edit]

Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Montana State 3 3 7 6 19
Colorado 3 7 0 0 10
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game attendance: 45,513
  • TV announcers (Buff Vision): Mark Johnson (Play-by-play), Larry Zimmer (Color) & Bobby Anderson (Sideline)

Colorado's season began against Division I-AA opponent Montana State on September 2. Colorado needed to add an opponent with the schedule increase to a 12 game regular season and could not find another I-A opponent. Montana State was ranked No. 19 in the I-AA Pre-season Poll.[15] MSU finished 7–4 in the 2005 season. Starting off with this soft opponent will allow the Buffaloes to gage how the players have adopted the new system. However, Colorado has played Montana State 3 times with the last time in 1927. MSU leads the series 2–1–0 with the series tied (1–1) in Boulder. Although the schools have not played football against each other in 8 decades, they are rivals in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association competing weekly.

Prior to this game, Colorado has won its last 20 season openers when it scores first, 4–14–1 when its opponent scores first in season openers and 73–38–5 in the 116-year history. In Boulder season openers, Colorado is 53–18–1 and 36–17 in Folsom Field. Dan Hawkins is 7–3 in season openers at the Division I-A level. Colorado coaches are 9–12–1 in their first game as head coach. The last coach to win his premiere was Rick Neuheisel, and before that was in 1932.

Colorado paid US$275,000[16] to Montana State for the game which showed Colorado had not yet figured out the new system. James Cox went 8–22 for 110 yards passing and Colorado had 106 yards rushing. The defense held two goal line stances to allow only field goals but the offense could not produce the needed points late in the game. Despite this limited success on defense, Freshman CB Cha'pelle Brown consistently failed to defend against the pass and Senior safety J. J. Billingsley missed too many tackles.[17] Mason Crosby missed a 63-yard field goal that was well short. This loss extended the losing streak to 5 games.

For detailed information on the game stats see CUBuffs.com Game Stats and Play-by-Play summary see CUBuffs.com Play-by-Play summary.


Colorado State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 7 3 0 0 10
Colorado St 7 7 0 0 14

The 2006 Rocky Mountain Showdown took place on September 9 at a neutral site, Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. Colorado State University finished 6–6 in 2005. It was the 78th meeting, with the Buffaloes leading the series 57–18–2. The last ten games the Buffaloes won 7–3. They last played each other in 2005. The last four games were decided by 18 points total.

The game was broadcast on CSTV. Colorado could have lost out on US$400,000 from the Big 12 Conference since the game may not have met the classification of being nationally televised due to the limited market of CSTV.[18] Big 12 pays its members if a televised game reaches 42 million homes. CSTV is available in 54 million homes, but only has 15–20 million subscribers. If the game meets the mark with last-minute deals with other networks, CSU is guaranteed $50,000 of the money in the contract. Failing to meet the number will not only cause the loss of money, but may affect future contracts and the future of the Rocky Mountain Showdown. On Thursday before the game, the Colorado Buffaloes announced that OLN would simulcast the show, increasing the coverage of the game.[19]

In a surprise, Bernard Jackson got the start at quarterback (QB) instead of Cox. Cox saw limited action throughout the game. Jackson scored on a 3-yard touchdown (TD) run on a naked bootleg play to open the game and Colorado State answered later in the first quarter with their own QB, Caleb Hanie, scoring a 5-yard TD on an option play. Mason Crosby kicked a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter but the Rams then scored another TD with a 6-yard pass to TE Kory Sperry. The Buffaloes mis-managed the clock at the end of the first half and failed to get Crosby a chance at an approximately 52-yard field goal.

Crosby missed a 61-yard field goal to wind up the opening drive for the Buffaloes in the second half (he had made it when the play initially went but it was whistled dead because Colorado State had taken a timeout – it would have been the longest of his career). Colorado State's Jason Smith missed a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Colorado failed to answer the Rams in the second half. The defense played quite well, recording many sacks and limiting the Rams. The missed field goal and missed chance at a field goal along with a near perfect performance by Hanie proved costly to the Buffaloes.

Following the game, Brian White told Hawkins he was quitting the team.[20] He intended to transfer to another school where he can receive more playing time. Tight end Patrick Devenny may move to the QB position to fill the hole for the season.

Arizona State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona State 7 7 0 7 21
Colorado 3 0 0 0 3

This was the first meeting between the two schools. Arizona State went 7–5 in 2005. The game was broadcast on TBS. Colorado's only score came on a fumble recovery deep in Arizona State territory. Colorado failed to move the ball effectively and had fumble problems throughout the game. This marks the seventh straight loss (including last season) for Colorado, which they haven't done since 1980. Jackson remained as the starting quarterback.

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 3 7 3 0 13
Georgia 0 0 0 14 14

This was the first meeting between the two schools. Georgia went 10–3 in 2005. The two teams are scheduled to play each other again in 2010. CU Quarterback Cox missed the game due to the death of his father.[21] Coach Hawkins son, true freshman Cody Hawkins, was the backup to Jackson and redshirt freshman Patrick Devenny, who converted from quarterback to tight end this fall, was the emergency backup. Georgia was 3–0 and ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll coming into the game. This was the first game against a SEC opponent for Colorado since 1980. Colorado has not lost 8 straight games since the 1962–63 seasons. Ralphie is also making the trip with an ESPN producer and cameraman documenting the trip to appear on College GameDay Saturday.[22]

The game was televised as part of the SEC syndicated package produced by Lincoln Financial Sports and was also picked up locally in the Denver/Boulder market on KTVD My20 (Comcast's Channel 3 in Denver area), KRDO-TV (Colorado Springs) and KJCT-TV (Grand Junction) also picked up the broadcasts for their markets.[22]

Colorado lead for the entire game until Georgia backup quarterback Cox (no relation to James) came in the 4th quarter and threw two touchdown passes, the second with 41 seconds left in the game to pull out the Buffaloes upset hopes. Colorado center Mark Fenton suffered a broken fibula during the second quarter of the game.[23] He will miss most or all of the rest of this season. Bryce MacMartin is the replacement.

Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 3 3 7 0 13
Missouri 14 7 7 0 28

This game signaled the start of conference play for the Buffaloes. University of Missouri went 7–5 in 2005. This was the 71st meeting between the two with Missouri leading the series 36–31–3 coming into the game. However, Colorado has taken 7 of the last 10 games. They played each other in 2005 where Missouri went 7–5 that season.

Missouri was 4–0 coming into this game and was ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the Harris Poll. Colorado was in its longest losing streak since the Eddie Crowder era and had not been 0–4 to start the season since 1986. Both defenses were excelling: Missouri, ranked fifth nationally against the run in allowing 43.8 yards per game and had limited its opponents to 1.59 yards per carry; Colorado was ranked 16th, as opponents had averaged 75.3 yards per game and just 2.26 yards per attempt.[24]

Baylor[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Baylor 0 10 0 7 7 7 3 34
Colorado 7 0 3 7 7 7 0 31
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game attendance: 47,065

The Big 12 South's Baylor came to Boulder for the 14th match-up between the schools and Colorado's Homecoming game. They last played in 2003, and Colorado led the series 8–5 and Colorado had also won 7 of the last 10 games. Baylor went 5–6 in 2005.

Baylor won in 3 overtimes, kicking a field goal in the 3rd OT while the Buffaloes' Jackson threw an interception to end the game. This ties the Colorado record for consecutive losses (10) which last happened in the 1963 to 1964 seasons. This was Baylor's second Big 12 Conference road win ever.

Texas Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas Tech 0 0 0 6 6
Colorado 7 13 3 7 30
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Fplsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 50,233

Texas Tech played Colorado during Family Weekend at CU. This was only the 8th meeting between the schools with Texas Tech leading the series 4–3–0 coming into the game. The schools last met in 2003. Texas Tech went 9–3 last season.

Buffalo fans stormed the field after Colorado's win over Texas Tech. Dan Hawkins' first victory at Colorado and the Buffaloes first of the 2006 season ending the losing streak tying the Colorado record of 10 straight. The defense shut down Tech's passing game with three interceptions and holding them to 6 points when their per game average was 31.7 going into the game. The offense started performing to their capabilities producing a 119 yard rusher in Hugh Charles which is the most that Tech has given up this season. Crosby also performed well kicking 3 field goals, including a 56-yard field goal which is the second longest in NCAA Division I this season.

Crosby and sophomore free safety Ryan Walters were named Big 12 Players of the Week for their performance in the game.[25] Walters caught two interceptions, the first of his career, both on third down in CU territory.

See also: CUBuffs Game Summary, CUBuffs Photo Gallery and CUBUffs.com detailed stats


Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 0 0 0 3 3
Oklahoma 10 0 0 14 24

This was the most difficult opponent in 2006 for the Buffaloes, since Oklahoma had been selected No. 1 in 4 preseason polls. The main threat, Adrian Peterson on his run for the Heisman Trophy, was injured the previous week. Oklahoma had a disappointing 2005 going 8–4. This was the 57th meeting with Oklahoma dominating the series 38–16–2, but Colorado has taken 5 of the last 10 (5–4–1). They last played each other in 2004. Oklahoma is ranked No. 20 in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll going into this game.

Colorado managed to hold Oklahoma close for most of the game. Crosby kept Colorado's scoring streak alive (208 straight games) for the 6th time in his career. But in the end, Colorado's woes on offense continues while the defense kept the game respectable.

Kansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 3 6 0 6 15
Kansas 0 0 7 13 20

This was the 66th match-up between the schools, with Colorado leading 41–21–3 and 8–2 in the last 10. They last played in 2005. Kansas went 7–5 last season.

Mason Crosby had an excellent day kicking and providing the only scoring going 3 for 3 on field goals including 26, 32 and 37 yards putting Colorado up 9–0 at halftime. James Cox broke his right thumb in the second quarter making Patrick Devenny the QB backup. Colorado may go winless on the road for the first time since 1984 since their only game left on the road is against ranked Nebraska.[26] Kansas started a new quarterback for the second half that proved to be the difference in the game. Freshman Todd Reesing came in and rallied Kansas throwing for 2 touchdowns and running for another to beat Colorado.

Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0 17 0 17 34
Colorado 0 0 7 14 21
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game attendance: 42,696
  • TV announcers (FSN): Joel Meyers (Play-by-play), Dave Lapham (Color) & Jim Knox (Sideline)

Kansas State also has a new head coach, Ron Prince, this season. They went 5–6 last season. This was the 62nd match-up between the teams with Colorado in the lead 43–17–1, but they have split the last 10 games (5–5). They last played in 2005.

Despite having the two longest running plays of the season, Colorado failed to rally to meet Kansas State.

Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa State 7 0 3 6 16
Colorado 10 10 10 3 33
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game attendance: 43,056

Iowa State went 7–5 in 2005. This was the 60th match-up between the schools and Colorado is dominating 46–13–1 in the series and 8–2 in the last ten (prior to this game). They last played in 2005.

Colorado got its second win of the season. Iowa State's head coach Dan McCarney announced the week before the game he was resigning his position. Crosby went 4–5 in field goals and 3–3 in PATs. This was the last home game of the season and the last home game for Colorado's seniors. Jackson had a career performance day throwing for 200 yards, including 2 TDs and running for another 69 yard TD.[27] However, Hawkins stated that Jackson has no guarantee of being the starting QB next season.

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 7 0 7 0 14
Nebraska 7 7 7 16 37

This was the 65th meeting between the teams with Nebraska clearly in control of the series 45–17–2 and 7–3 in the last 10. Nebraska went 8–4 last season and beat Colorado 30–3 in part of the tailspin of Colorado of the 2005 season. Colorado failed to prevent just its third 10-loss season in 117 years of intercollegiate football (going 1–10 in 1980 and 1984) as well as to end a 13-game losing streak to ranked teams. Nebraska had already captured the Big 12 North Division title and a bowl game yet to be determined. Colorado won’t be going to a bowl for just the fifth time since 1984, and this is just school’s fourth losing season in that time frame (1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006).[28]

Post season[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Brian Daniels (OL) Senior
  • Mason Crosby (K) Senior
    • Walter Camp All-American, All-Big 12 Conference[31]
  • Benjamin Burney (S) Sophomore
    • Academic All-Big 12 Team, First team[30]
  • Ben Carpenter (LB) Senior
    • Academic All-Big 12 Team, First team[30]
  • Byron Ellis (TB) Junior
    • Academic All-Big 12 Team, First team[30]
  • Dusty Sprague (WR) Junior
    • Academic All-Big 12 Team, First team[30]

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

CU Opp
Scoring 196 267
  Points per Game 16.3 22.3
First Downs 183 222
  Rushing 100 73
  Passing 74 134
  Penalty 9 15
Total Offense 3557 4091
  Avg per Play 5.0 5.1
  Avg per Game 296.4 340.9
Fumbles-Lost 26–8 18–12
Penalties-Yards 63–559 84–674
  Avg per Game 46.6 56.2
CU Opp
Punts-Yards 56-2353 50-2040
  Avg per Punt 42.0 40.8
Time of Possession/Game 29:01 30:39
3rd Down Conversions 54/159 (34.0%) 85/178 (47.8%)
4th Down Conversions 2/13 9/17
Touchdowns Scored 19 32
Field Goals-Attempts 19–28 10–14
PAT-Attempts 19–19 31–31
Attendance 276,286 425,827
  Games/Avg per Game 6/46,048 6/70,971*

* – Includes game at neutral site Invesco Field in Denver, CO where Colorado State was the home team.

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Opponents 55 58 31 106 7 7 3 267
Buffaloes 53 49 40 40 7 7 0 196

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name Att Gain Loss Net TD Long Avg
Charles, Hugh 139 800 21 779 1 44 5.6
Jackson, Bernard 154 883 207 676 7 62 4.4
Holliday, Mell 105 526 13 512 2 52 4.9
Ellis, Byron 38 133 7 126 1 11 3.3
Williams, Patrick 7 31 9 22 0 14 3.1
Sprague, Dusty 1 11 0 11 0 11 11.0
Barnett, Alvin 1 0 2 −2 0 0 −2.0
TEAM 2 0 5 −5 0 0 −2.5
Cox, James 10 18 30 −12 1 9 −1.2
Robinson, Stephone 3 6 19 −13 0 6 −4.3
DiLallo, Matthew 1 0 20 −20 0 0 −20.0
Total 461 2408 333 2074 12 62 4.5

Passing[edit]

Name Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg
Jackson, Bernard 220–109–7 49.5% 1359 7 63 12.5
Cox, James 30–11–0 36.7% 124 0 42 11.3
Charles, Hugh 1–0–0 0% 0 0 0 0
Geer, Riar 1–0–1 0% 0 0 0 0
Team 1–0–0 0% 0 0 0 0
Total 253–120–8 47.4% 1483 7 63 12.4

Receiving[edit]

Name No. Yds TD Long Avg
Williams, Patrick 20 303 1 61 15.2
Geer, Riar 24 261 3 28 10.9
Barnett, Alvin 21 232 1 38 11.0
Crawford, Cody 15 222 0 23 14.8
Sprague, Dusty 11 179 0 63 16.3
Charles, Hugh 9 85 0 33 9.4
Cantrell, Maurice 2 38 0 20 19.0
DeVree, Tyson 4 36 1 6 9.0
Holz, Nick 3 29 0 9 9.7
Yates, Jarrell 1 29 1 29 29.0
Goettsch, Dan 3 28 0 17 9.3
Ellis, Byron 2 13 0 7 6.5
Robinson, Stephone 2 1 0 1 0.5
Total 117 1456 7 63 12.4

Defense[edit]

Name Tackles Fumbles Interceptions Sacks QB Hurry
Solo Ast Total TFL TFL Yds Forced Recovery Yds No. Yds BreakUp Blocked Kick No. Yards
Dizon, Jordon 63 58.0 79.5 11 42 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 31 2
Washington, Thaddeus 42 42.0 63 5.5 16 2 1 10 1 4 3 0 1 3 1
Jones, Brad 30 36 44.5 1 2 0 0 0 1 10 1 0 0.5 0 1
Wheatley, Terrence 36 15 43.5 4 10 1 2 0 5 26 7 0 2 5 0
Walters, Ryan 34 18.0 43 1 3 0 1 95 2 −2 2 0 0 0 0
Washington, Terrence 33 15.0 40.5 2.5 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Harris, Lionel 31 17.0 39.5 1 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Hypolite, George 23 24.0 35 8.5 34 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 2.5 17 2
Nicolas, Brandon 23 31.0 33.5 2.5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Wright, Abraham 24 18 33 13.5 98 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 10.5 88 2
Boye-Doe, Walter 20 22 31 5 18 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 10 4
Brown, Cha'pelle 18 19 27.5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sims, Lorenzo 21 6.0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Billingsley, JJ 19 13.0 23.5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Sipili, Michael 14 10.0 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Burney, Benjamin 14 4.0 16 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lucas, Maurice 3 10.0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ligon, Alex 5 4.0 7 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Barrett, Alonzo 4 5.0 6.5 1.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sanders, Joe 5 2.0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burton, Marcus 4 2.0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McCay, Gardner 4 2.0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brown, RJ 4 1.0 4.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carpenter, Ben 4 0.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moyd, Kevin 3 0.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brace, Jason 2 0.0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adams, Joel 2 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cantrell, Maurice 2 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cusworth, Chad 2 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jackson, Bernard 2 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drescher, Justin 1 1.0 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charles, Hugh 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DiLallo, Matthew 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Polumbus, Tyler 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brooks, Dominique 0 1.0 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnett, Alvin 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kaynor, Taj 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 495 376 660 64.5 262 15 12 114 11 40 31 0 24.5 162 17

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs Scoring / Field Goals
No. Yds Avg Long I20 TB No. Yds TB OB Avg PAT 10–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50–59 60+ FG-FGA Pct. Long Points
DiLallo, Matthew 47 2056 43.7 73 13 0
Crosby, Mason 1 43 43.0 43 0 0 47 2976 28 1 63.3 19–19 0–0 5–6 7–8 5–5 2–6 0–3 19–27 67.9% 56 76
Garden, Isaac 6 216 36.0 41 1 0 1 −20 0 1 −20.0
TEAM 1 26 26.0 26 0 0
Total 54 2315 42.9 73 14 0 48 2956 28 2 21.7 19–19 0–0 5–6 7–8 5–5 2–6 0–3 19–27 67.9% 56 76

Returns[edit]

Name Punt Returns Kick Returns Interception Return
No. Yds Long No. Yds Long No. Yds Long
Robinson, Stephone 15 76 36 14 248 26 0 0 0
Wheatley, Terrence 0 0 0 1 17 17 5 26 15
Washington, Thad 0 0 0 1 21 21 1 4 4
Williams, Patrick 0 0 0 1 13 13 0 0 0
Brown, Cha'pelle 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Billingsley, JJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Walters, Ryan 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 −2 0
Washington, Terrence 0 5 5 10 194 25 0 0 0
Harris, Lionel 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
McBride, Chase 6 41 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ellis, Byron 0 0 0 2 43 29 0 0 0
Charles, Hugh 0 0 0 3 47 18 0 0 0
Jones, Brad 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 10
Total 22 123 36 30 549 29 12 40 15

Trivia[edit]

  • Colorado has a 177–118–5 all-time record on artificial turf (at end of 2006 season) and played its 299th and 300th games on artificial surfaces when meeting Missouri and Kansas this season.
  • When Colorado played Nebraska this season, it was the Buffaloes 1100th football game ever.
  • In starting the 2006 season 0–6, Colorado tied the school record for consecutive losses at 10.
  • Head Coach Dan Hawkins' first win at Colorado was against Texas Tech on October 14, 2006 (30–6).
  • This was just Colorado's third 10-loss season in 117 years of intercollegiate football (going 1–10 in 1980 and 1984).
  • Despite a 2–10 season, the universities students rushed the field after both of their victories.
  • Colorado went winless on the road for the first time since 1984.

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