Monday, October 20, 2003
Top-ranked Oklahoma up next for struggling Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado has lost four of its past five
games and the opponent doesn't get any easier this weekend when No.
1 Oklahoma visits Boulder.
Colorado's hope to defend its Big 12 Conference North Division
title all but ended with Saturday's 49-20 loss at Kansas State.
With the explosive Sooners on the horizon, Colorado (3-4, 1-2 Big
12) knows it can't afford to mope.
Oklahoma boasts the nation's leader in pass efficiency in
quarterback Jason White, who threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns
over the weekend against Missouri. It also has Antonio Perkins, who
tied a Division I-A record with his seventh career punt return for
The Sooners (7-0, 3-0) looked a little sluggish against the
Tigers, but they won easily after scoring three touchdowns in the
final seven minutes of the first half. They also have the nation's
"We're going to need to stick together," Colorado quarterback
Joel Klatt said. "We're going to need to be confident in what
we're trying to do and just play better, cut the mistakes out of
It hasn't been easy so far.
"We don't do a good job of keeping our heads up," running back
Brian Calhoun said. "We let things get to us a lot quicker than a
lot of other teams, and it gives us a meltdown toward the end of
"We have the No. 1 team coming into town," he added. "I don't
think anyone wants to get embarrassed."
Besides Klatt, one of the bright spots for the young Buffaloes
has been receiver Jeremy Bloom, who returned a kick for a touchdown
against Kansas State.
"I really haven't been in this position before," Bloom said.
"The first thing coach said to us when we went in the locker room
(after the Kansas State game) was, 'Keep your head up.' That's what
we have to do.
"There's a lot of football left, and obviously we have a
challenging game coming up. We have to work hard and be a better