Colorado continues its turnaround

November, 20, 2010
11/20/10
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Brian Cabral is making a strong case to succeed his predecessor, Dan Hawkins.

He denied Iowa State in its bid for a bowl game a week ago, earning Colorado its first win.

This week, his Colorado team was even more impressive, beating an already bowl-eligible Kansas State team 44-36 to keep the Buffaloes slim bowl hopes alive.

Kansas State couldn't stop the Buffaloes offense in the second half, allowing 21 points, but finally got one big stop when it needed it, forcing a punt in the final minutes, which pinned the Wildcats on their own five-yard line.

Earlier this year, Carson Coffman engineered a 67-yard drive to beat UCF and keep K-State unbeaten, but a 95-yard, game-winning drive was too difficult, and the Buffaloes held on.

Cabral also looks like somewhat of a prophet after his comments earlier in the week.

"I thought there was great energy," Cabral said of the win last week. "I thought that there was something that was there Saturday that they haven’t felt for a long time."

Clearly, that energy has carried over to this week.

I said last week that Colorado was clearly a new team under Cabral, but even I didn't see the Buffaloes winning this game. Last week, Paul Richardson and Cody Hawkins carried them to a win. This week, it was Rodney Stewart (195 rushing yards, 2 TD). Now, the 5-6 Buffaloes will get one game to play for their bowl lives.

Though that accomplishment in the wake of Hawkins' departure is impressive on its own, the question with any number of answers persists: where would Colorado be if that debacle against Kansas had never happened?

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