No early troubles for Colorado this time

Colorado's defense struggled early last season. So did the offense. The result? An 0-2 start that keyed off a frustrating 3-9 season in Dan Hawkins' fourth season at Colorado.

No such problems this year on either side of the ball. With a new quarterback, Tyler Hansen, Colorado's flipped the script against their rivals, jumping out to a 17-0 halftime lead.

A year ago, the Buffaloes never rebounded from a 17-0 hole of their own in a 23-17 loss, made respectable by a late touchdown.

Hansen has completed 10 of 15 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 27-yarder to Scotty McKnight, one of the league's best receivers. Meanwhile, true freshman Pete Thomas has thrown two interceptions for the Rams. Colorado intercepted just nine passes all of last season.