Colorado's season slides from bad to worse
September, 12, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Glass Bowl continues to be a chamber of horrors for Big 12 teams.
|AP Photo/J.D. Pooley|
|After an 0-2 start, Dan Hawkins may regret his “10 wins with no excuses” statement.|
Toledo upset its third Big 12 team in four seasons at its home stadium as the Rockets hammered Colorado in a convincing 54-38 victory.
No matter how you spin this debacle, it was a humiliating performance for the Buffaloes.
Even after Colorado scored a couple of late touchdowns in garbage time to make the final score appear more presentable, it won’t make this one go down any easier.
Hawkins’ prospects for hanging on to his job took a hit when his team was blown out in the first half. And his son, Cody, endured a devastating helmet-to-helmet tackle on Colorado’s final touchdown run that knocked him out of the game.
Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt came into the game leading the nation in passing after one game. His built on those statistics with a strong effort as he passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns and added 109 rushing yards and two touchdown runs. Opelt had a hand in Toledo’s first six touchdowns.
Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman claimed his first victory as Toledo’s head coach. And if his team plays like it did Friday night, they will be legitimate challengers to win the Mid-American Conference’s West Division.
Before letting up on the last possession, Toledo moved the ball at will against the pedestrian Colorado defense. The Buffaloes allowed 624 yards in the game -- the most they have permitted since yielding 639 yards against Missouri in 1984.
Those struggles made Hawkins' job security appear more tenuous. After a disappointing home loss to Colorado State last week, the Buffaloes have started 0-2 for the second time in the last four seasons.
His “10 wins with no excuses” prediction for this season appears to have bitten him in the backside pretty quickly. His team might be mathematically eliminated from being able to accomplish that feat before October.
And if the Colorado message boards and fan forums are any indication, Buffalo fans aren't happy about that possibility after the first two weeks of the season.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State