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CU kicked out of bowl party

Huskers sink Buffs with late FG, interception for TD

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Fifty-seven yards separated the Colorado football team from Tempe, Ariz., Friday evening and Nebraska place-kicker Alex Henery covered it with one mighty swing of his right leg.

Deep in the fourth quarter with his team stalled on fourth-down-and-25, trailing by one and out of options, Henery trotted to near midfield at Memorial Stadium for a last-ditch shot at victory. If you need to read the next few sentences, you just don't know what kind of season it's been for the Buffs.

The senior from Omaha made the kick, set a new school record for longest field goal and helped swipe an Insight Bowl berth right out from under CU. The Buffs ultimately lost 40-31 after defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh returned an interception 30 yards for a score in the final minute.

"All I remember is hitting the ball," said Henery, who said he had missed all of his attempts from that distance in pregame warmups. "I don't remember much after that."

The loss rocked the Buffs, especially a small group of seniors who came so close to reaching the postseason they could almost taste before it was taken away.

"Proud of 'em," coach Dan Hawkins said afterward when asked what he told his team. "I was really proud of them. I don't think I've ever beenmore proud of one our teams. Our guys battled and scrapped. They gave it everything they had. There was not an inch left."

Perhaps the most disappointing part about the loss was that it came in what might have been the team's best overall game. The Buffs had scored more than 17 points in a Big 12 Conference game just once this season, but finished with 31. The defense made it difficult for a potent Huskers attack to get into the end zone forcing a field goal or turnover on four of six Nebraska trips inside the 20 yard line.

And CU's beleaguered special teams even played themselves to a near draw. They fumbled a kickoff and consistently gave Nebraska good field position on its returns, but Josh Smith had a fine day in the return game (193 yards) and Jimmy Smith turned the Huskers' fake field goal attempt into seven points for the Buffs.

"We knew they were going to try to do some type of fake to get some easy points," Smith said of his 58-yard fumble return just before halftime. "We knew it was coming. They called it out and I sniffed it out and we scored off of it."

It was the second time in three games Nebraska had tried the same fake field goal play and film study had the Buffs prepared for it. The Huskers had been successful with the fake in fourth-down-and-eight, gaining nine yards in ugly fashion against Kansas.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said had the Huskers lost the game, it would have been his fault for calling the fake, the result of which gave momentum back to the Buffs and evened the score.

The game-winning kick also bailed out quarterback Joe Ganz, whose costly fumble on a play-action fake on third-and-goal in the third quarter surely would have been remembered in a Nebraska loss.

Ganz finished the day completing 19 of 26 passes for 229 yards and the two scores. Tailback Roy Helu Jr. was the biggest problem for the Buffs. He touched the ball 30 times and gained a total of 215 yards.

Hawkins and his Buffs headed back to campus 5-7 this season with a long nine months of work to look forward to before their next opportunity to prove themselves.

It's now three years and counting for CU fans waiting for the Buffs' first winning season under Hawkins. Colorado's coach has guided the Buffs to a 13-24 record, including a 1-2 mark against the reviled Huskers. CU finished 2-6 in Big 12 play for second time in the past three years.

"I think clearly we're on the right path and guys are doing the right things and they've got a great future ahead of them," Hawkins said. "I thought we finished. We got a little more aggressive last week against Okie State and we got more aggressive this week and more confident.

"So I think the guys have a little more belief going into the offseason. When we get all healed up and grow up, we're going to be fine."

Had they won Friday, the Buffs likely would have been headed to the New Year's Eve Insight Bowl in Arizona.

Jerry Anderson, a member of the Board of Directors for the Independence Bowl, said his bowl preferred Kansas over Colorado because the Buffs just played in Shreveport, La., last season. Anderson said the Insight Bowl would have been the most likely destination for the Buffs.

The first half might have been the most entertaining 30 minutes of football all season with each team putting up 24 points and Colorado doing so with a slew of big plays including five of the 12 longest plays of the season.

The Buffs offense struggled all season, but it looked like a refined and polished unit on its first two possessions. The Buffs scored a pair of touchdowns in the first 4 minutes on two drives of two plays.

Quarterback Cody Hawkins found tight end Riar Geer down the seam on a 68-yard pitch and catch to begin the scoring on the second play from scrimmage. Hawkins connected with wide receiver Josh Smith on a 44-yard pass on the first play of the Buffs' second drive, and Demetrius Sumler scored on a 36-yard run on the next play.

The Buffs led 14-0 and a stunned crowd of 85,319 hemmed and hawed in frustration.

Nebraska rebounded quickly with 17 consecutive points. Ganz, who deemed Friday's contest "a redemption game" for his poor performance in Boulder last season, connected on two touchdown passes near the end of the first quarter. He hit Nate Swift over the shoulder on a two-yard play and found tight end Mike McNeill for a 53 yard score. McNeill badly beat linebacker Shaun Mohler on the play.

Comments

Posted by tdmcn on November 28, 2008 at 1:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To paraphrase a line from an AP story today on the resurgence of the bison........

"The Buffalo are coming and they are not amused!"

Go BUFFS!!

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

77-0 HUSKERS
can't wait to see SUH triad lil' hawk

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 1:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That didn't take too long. So much for your shutout. Go buffs (24-17)

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 1:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No lasers in this SELL OUT crowd1

Posted by TallyBuff on November 28, 2008 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

OK all you knuckleheads calling for Helfrich's head, that's what I am talking about when I say that he is the best OC we have had ever. He consistently puts guys in position to score points. This time the guys executed (unlike Az State, Fl State, etc.).

Go Buffs!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

...just some bad defense. Go Buffs. Glad you Husker posters polluted this site all week and now have to put your mouth on it! Too bad Marlon Lucky wont play. I always thought he was a heck of a player.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 1:58 p.m.

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Posted by bigbuffwv on November 28, 2008 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good start for the Buffs. Let's keep it going against their terrible defense. I'll take another 65-51 win.

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 2:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

...OK all you knuckleheads calling for Helfrich's head,...

be patient it won't take long to see why he needs to go..

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 2:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice start.

Now we need to keep it going.

Take a hike biggay. You are a loser troll.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 2:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i'll be here all day buddy...the game's just getting good!

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

now you will see the same stupid plays designed and called by Helfrich over and over

Get ready cause here they come

biggay take it easy on the corncobs

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 2:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

see

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 2:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You ain't a buddy.

A loser troll that should be up on a husker site.

Typical loser husker fan .

Posted by tklyons1 on November 28, 2008 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

3rd and goal. go Buffs

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 2:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i'd get on the husker site but there's too many Buff trolls on there

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

nice return i'm impressed, cu came to play

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 2:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

see heflrich needs to go. two nice plays a game and he never comes back to them

he is a loser

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Silly huskers trying to run trick plays, that'll teach em.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 2:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

HAHA-did ya hear Neuheisel coaches special teams at Lincoln now?

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 2:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What a lamer play by the huskers.

Why would you ever try something like that?

They just screwed their momentum....

Posted by buff4ever on November 28, 2008 at 2:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Everyone is CU land is LAO. NU is so bad they can't edven beat the Buffaloes! Pelini is a great coach, what a great call for a fake kick.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 2:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i love that so-called buff fans are heckling nebraska by saying they're so bad they can't even beat the buffs. colorado fans are the best. nice game by CU so far they've scored about 28 points more than i thought they would already

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 2:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Our defensive guy should have been called on that one.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 3:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Pelini-a little out of your league? Should have stayed a secretary in the SEC. You look like a pusss begging for calls too. Wipe your nose for crissakes your mom called and said you look bush on national TV.

Posted by NCBUFF on November 28, 2008 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good start Buffs!! Come out and have a BIG second half and get to a bowl!!

GO BUFFS!!!!

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 3:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

so are you big and gay or just gay!?

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

are you the husband or the wife in your relationship big gay guy?

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 3:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

houston - i just had to clean my computer screen...

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ludva - where are you? get on your iphone and come on in.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wow, knock a coach for standing up for his players. i would totally rather have a coach who would have just let that slide. and bufffan8, ur just hilarious.

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 3:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Fluffs will wear out in the second half. Their Spanx will start creeping up on them.

Posted by CoNFiNaLGuRu on November 28, 2008 at 3:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

2nd Half Now, Com'n Buffs!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gay-he looks pathetic after EVERY call that doesnt go his way. Not to mention he has a Big Bird "what the hell is going on" stare going. Are the orange slices ready?

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

roy hurdles helu baby

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

filthy
he does gripe a lot, but any good coach hass to say something after that headshot

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 3:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That trick play field goal attempt was a bone headed play. They successfully ran it awhile back, but Hawkins was ready for it this time. Ya can only run a trick play so many times, even if it is against CU. Good heads up coaching. Save Hawkins, we want him around for a long time.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 3:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Plus-He has a runny fu***** nose!! Your recruits (and parents) will love that when he goes to shake hands.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ralphy, terrible call no question but the kicker got too excited and took off early and totally gave it away

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe we were trying a new snot laser technique but wanted to perfect it against OSU. It works in other applications.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

you guys have the hawk as your coach. nice haircut, his mom do that for him?

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

nice fg, we should try a fake next time

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Now, now, kids; keep the topic on the football game. Speaking of which...snot laser, now that's funny.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 3:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

that's original-didnt know 6th graders in NE had computers. Can we please get some fresh material from these admitted "gays"? I know your kind is hard to embarass.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

learn to spell embarrass and you might be funny

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 3:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

so you're saying you like the hawk's haircut?

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 3:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Pelini looks like Sumler just beat his dog.

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 3:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Looks like a shoot out to me.

All the husker fans should just learn to shut up now....

Buffs are on their game and came prepared.

Posted by bigbuffwv on November 28, 2008 at 3:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

4th Quarter....It's OUR TIME!!!

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

black shirts? pelini cannot believe the worst offense in the big 12 is creaming them.

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 3:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

finish and give us something to cheer about. yes.

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 3:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

oh yeah.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

which bowl? Cant be the IBOWL again could it? Been out of town and not checked this little detail out. any helpers? Could it be the HTOWN BOWL???

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

texas bowl - right there in your backyard

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 4:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

play to win, call a play to win - not to hold on to a very tenuous lead.

Posted by Black_Rob on November 28, 2008 at 4:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Looks like Bo Peep is gonna break a blood vessel in his forehead.

Posted by Black_Rob on November 28, 2008 at 4:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's go buffs!

Posted by MFBarth721 on November 28, 2008 at 4:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I really don't understand why we never run out of the I-Form.

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 4:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why do we insist on running the same useless run up the middle plays? Yes its our o-line's fault they aren't getting a push up front but the OC should know this by now and stop relying on a group that can't perform your playcall.

Posted by tklyons1 on November 28, 2008 at 4:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Big D here. 3 and out. CU wins.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Remember when l'll ole houston suggested putting cody in slot and Hansen at QB for a different look.

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 4:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gotta get a stop right now. First down and we won't have much of a chance to try to score again.

Posted by tklyons1 on November 28, 2008 at 4:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here we go~BUFFS!

Posted by Black_Rob on November 28, 2008 at 4:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

oh snap!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Damn-this is fun. I wish y'all were over at the house right now. My kids think I am nuts!

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 4:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm gonna be sick. Can we trade kickers for this game winning drive?

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice Fg by the huskers

I guess old Nepa can't comment on how great his huskers are now.

Great game no matter what

Posted by 1GoBuffs1 on November 28, 2008 at 4:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stupid Cody

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 4:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

at least you guys got the whole "worst days as a buff are better than the best days as a husker" thing going for ya

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great game-How ironic that it comes down to a Cody hand off to the other team.

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 4:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cody does it again.

Nice game NU.

See you in Boulder next year.

Can't wait for Nepa to make his asinine comments again.

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think we just need a better QB . If the line is better next year we need to get a strong armed QB or hansen in there.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You mean biggay? at least he/she can admit it. Have a nice winter ice fishing. Buffs D was just a little thin. Gotta give Bird credit-he coached a prepared team for the first time all year. Sumler looked great-why we got away from him on the edge I dunno. Turnovers killed us. Good game by Nebraska.

Posted by buff75 on November 28, 2008 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear Cody, you have heart but YOU WILL NEVER BE A GREAT no Good COLLEGE QB.Note to Dan Hawkins, play your son next year and say bye bye to your job. I'm sick and tired of seeing his passes knocked down or intercepted. Better find a QB transfer quick Danny boy or get Hansen or Ballenger to step up PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hawkins you're walking on thin ice!!!
Go buffs

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I can't say I'm all that disappointed to be honest. We played like garbage most of the season and probably didn't deserve to go bowling anyway. Let's hope the players take their offseason workouts seriously, get healthy, and stay out of trouble until next year. Good game Huskers.

Posted by colokid84 on November 28, 2008 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Luv that MIDGET - We all saw it coming

Posted by siess on November 28, 2008 at 4:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree. Cody has a football mind but he simply does not have the physical tools to do the job.

Hawk better get his act together and get either Hansen or Ballinger in there. Probably hansen

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 4:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To everyone bashing Cody, he played like a champ all game. 3 picks all game, but one was when the game was over, 2 were from tipped passes. Great decision making and passing the entire rest of the game. Hansen was completely ineffective when he was playing. Stop bashing Cody, he's the best we've got and berating our team serves no purpose. Cody did not lose this game, our inept O-Line who could not run or pass block did.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Big Bird just signed a contract-he is here for the long term. Lets get off that rant. Cody has two more years-sorry boys.

Posted by TallyBuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, here's to hoping that both Hansen AND Ballenger can displace Hawkins this spring. There is a great deal of belly aching on this board among Buffs' fans, but despite the ugly stretch this season, this team finished strong, despite dropping the final two. I am amazed they did not throw in the towel. For a revenge game, the Huskers sure squeaked by today.

We have a long way to go before we are among the nation's elite, but the foundation is being poured. To those of you who are screaming for new coaches, scream yourselves hoarse. I hope the entire staff returns and that the coaches find a couple of great young GAs to replace the guys leaving. We need a kicker and Riddle needs to evaluate his ability to prepare the special teams squads. Beyond that, recruit, find those guys who want to be a BUFF, and keep scrappin!

Posted by BUFFSFANEAST on November 28, 2008 at 4:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WHERE WAS THE PRESSURE ON THAT NU FG KICK? SPEACIAL TEAM COACH SUCKS. ANOTHER GAME SLIPPED THROUGH ARE HANDS NEXT YEAR LOOKS BRIGHT THOUGH. GO BUFFS

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 4:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

gay big guy - only 364 days until the CU game. What are you going to do for the next 363 days? Oh wait, plow.

Posted by Bo_Knows on November 28, 2008 at 4:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow!!!! The better team definetely won but the Puffs played out of their minds!!! Some bonehead calls by myself didn't help!!! Nothing is better than beating a Puff!!! Raphie, she's what's for dinner!!!!!

Posted by 1980sBuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Arghh! Damn! That loss is totally on Cody. I have never seen a batted down ball returned for a TD twice in one game...unbelievable.
How many times has this happened to Cody this year? I've never seen a QB get so many balls knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Could this not have been improved upon in practice?
The Buff's played their hearts out in this game and deserved to win. Cody cost them at least 14 points single-handedly.
Coach...please....next year can we have a real big 12 QB as our 1st Stringer? Cody should not be in the mix...no matter how well he practices (or we will see more of this stuff...he's needs to be done).
I appreciate the effort young man. But that job needs to change hands. You did the best with what you had.

Posted by oldbuffer on November 28, 2008 at 4:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for an exciting game, Buffs. Too bad you had to lose on a 57 yard field goal. By all rights you come home a winner, but hats off to the kid for making it.

Next year let's hope the injury bug sets up shop somewhere else next year. The TV casters had it right when they talked about the injuries. Can't lose 5 linemen and both safeties, starting running back, etc. and have a winning season.

Study hard, stay eligible, work out with Pitman, and we'll see you next year. Thanks for playing your hearts out this season. Go Buffs.

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 4:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the 17 point favorite at home bailed out by a kicker. who would have thought it.

Posted by TUFFBUFF on November 28, 2008 at 4:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CODY IS HORRIBLE! I am SO PISSED right now! Can he even get it over the line?

Posted by cu_1982 on November 28, 2008 at 4:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

NEBRASKA: Good game, but your football team is not nearly as big and bad as you think. You were lucky to pull off a win over a young and very beat up CU football team.

CU (COACH HAWKINS): I know it must be tough to admit, but CU will never reach its potential with Cody as the QB. You should have played Hansen far more in the today's game - especially after the fumble recovery and CU only had to control the ball and get a few first downs. Hansen moves the ball far better than Cody - and Ballinger is better than both of them. You've recruited some great athletes - but next year, you need to swallow hard and put Cody where he belongs - no higher than # 3 QB on this team.

IT IS NOT FAIR TO THE REST OF THIS CU FOOTBALL TEAM TO CONTINUE THIS!!!!

Posted by colokid84 on November 28, 2008 at 4:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The post by "letsgobuffs" is Cody's mom - Only a mother could defend his pathetic performance.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 4:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

bufffan8, i live in chicago dipsh*t. what are you gonna do? better fire up the bong it's gonna be a cold winter

Posted by Bo_Knows on November 28, 2008 at 4:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice try bufffan8!!!! Have you looked around Colorado is full of farms!!!!! Colorado is full of Rednecks, hillbillies and hippies!!!! Puffs suck balls!!!!!!! What are you gonna do for the next 365 days? Whine!!!!!!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This game may have permanently altered Cody's DNA. He may grow a foot in the offseason.

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 28, 2008 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cody is just too small to play QB!

He leads the nation in interceptions by D-linemen!

We had plenty of time to get into FG range but Cody blew it again!

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

big gay boy - what ya gonna do for the next 364 days? tyhat was the question loser.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This string will set the BC record for posts.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

not many fields to plow in chitown genius

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

where are the farms in CO? I never go east of I-25.

Posted by houstonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

OK I am so tired of hearing how "horrible" Cody is. He does not have the world's strongest arm, and he certainly is no taller than 5'11", but the guy knows the whole offense, makes good decisions and generally plays well. Batted down passes? Maybe if our entire starting offensive line wasn't hurt it wouldn't be an issue.

Do you guys remember Bernard Jackson? James Cox? Robert Hodge? Terrible. You guys all used to say how bad Joel Klatt was too. Remember when you were screaming for Hawk to pull off Cody's redshirt? That is the problem with fans like you, there is always a "better guy on the bench". That is why you guys don't coach football (or probably manage anyone at your jobs either, considering how horrible a management style that would be).

Joe Montana is not on the Buffs roster. Hell, Colt McCoy would have had a tough time leading the Buffs to 6 wins this year with all of our injuries.

So, I guess my message is, get over it. If there was a better player on the roster he would be playing. There's not, and I think Cody is a good player.

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

plow - get it big gay boy!!! are you that f-ing dumb!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

houston - this is houston. Cody was the best player for the other team today.

Posted by bufffan8 on November 28, 2008 at 4:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

bo - who said anything about hillbillies? i asked big gay guy if he was going to plow for the nexct 364 days since the biggest day of the year in NE has come and gone.

Posted by TUFFBUFF on November 28, 2008 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CODY IS GARBAGE! If you know anything about football houstonbuff you would understand...he had plenty of time to throw on the last int...it wasn't even the lines fault...do you have a crush on Cody???

Posted by Black_Rob on November 28, 2008 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good game. Coulda gone either way. That NU kick was incredible.

Next year is gonna be good.

Posted by colokid84 on November 28, 2008 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry "houston", just being good and knowing the offense isn't going to cut it in this league

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hawkins was CU's best player today. wow he threw 3 ints that weren't his fault. 2 picks because of the D line's penetration causing batted passes, and 1 pick on a hail mary the last play of the game. you CU fans are something else

Posted by houstonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Did ANYONE watch the Iowa State game? If you did, how could you think Hansen gives the buffs a better chance to win?

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 28, 2008 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

houston - you're the guy who talked against coaching your own son? it just creates the wrong impression. i am not sure anyone is saying cody is horrible - just questioning whether he gives us the best chance to win.

Posted by greeleybuff on November 28, 2008 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

good post oldbuffer, 16 point underdogs and we were 2 yards of winning this game!! We played with 2 freshmen safeties and whole lot of youngsters.

The buffs are young!! Sumler looked good and our team will only get better. Thanks buffs for giving it your all!!

All you husk fans can get off your knees now.

Posted by TUFFBUFF on November 28, 2008 at 5:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not saying hansen is any better...just that Cody Sucks big time...oh 2 ins that weren't his fault biggay...were we watching the same game?

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wrong Houston-we are evil twin brothers. Ever see the episode in Star Trek where Spock has to pick the right Kirk? This is the same situation.

Posted by houstonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

that is one quality pop culture reference houston, nice!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cody was terrible we all know it. Why defend the guy? If you win you get the glory-when you suck you gotta take the abuse. That's life. When he hands the ball to a 300lb guy twice that IS his fault.

Posted by biggaybuffs on November 28, 2008 at 5:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

alright you trekkies have a nice night. don't drink the bongwater

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 5:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you Houston for being one of the few people on this board who have level heads. Cody is absolutely a great mental baller and a standup guy. His physical shortcomings are well known and acknowledged by just about everyone. I am willing to bet that the same fair weather fans will be calling for Hansen's or Ballinger's head next season when they aren't playing at the NFL level they expect.

To all the fans who are berating Nebraska as Hillbillies, passing blame around, and generally being sore losers: Stop, you're embarassing us and yourselves. We lost, let's take it like sportsmen. Do you REALLY want to be known for being more classless than Nebraska?

Posted by CaliBuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WOW, tough loss tonight. Great game by the Buffs. We showed a lot of heart. Hope we can improve next year.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The scary thing is - I think I know how you are Houston. Did you go to the WVU game and did we run into you and your buddy at IAH? This interweb thing might stick...

Posted by houstonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I just refuse to abuse a 20 year old amateur athlete who works hard, is a good teammate and has won games for us in the past.

If you want to get on Hawk's case for playing him, go ahead... but Cody Hawkins is not garbage.

I wonder if anyone on this board would tell him (or Dan Hawkins, or the O-Line, or the defense) that he sucks to his face? Probably not.

Posted by houstonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i WAS at the WVU game, but I was in Denver the week before, so it wasn't me at IAH.. I'm glad I picked the game to go to though. Did you go to A&M game? Glad I didn't

Posted by gochawk on November 28, 2008 at 5:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unbelieveable!I can't believe that they set the field goal record here tonite.

Posted by teamster on November 28, 2008 at 5:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Excellent game by CU. I knew they'd come into Lincoln with their A game. Don't give your quarterback, Cody, so much grief. I'm saying he grades out very respectfully if you reviewed tape in the film room. I didn't see a lot of poor play from his position.

Glad there were no serious injuries to anyone. See you next year in Boulder.

Posted by colokid84 on November 28, 2008 at 5:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Teamster- 2 interceptions from defensive linemen isn't "poor play"?

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We did not go to A/M. We are trying to revive our Alumni group for next year however. As for grades-what do you get when two handoffs go the other way for 14? Cody is here to stay so we can say whatever we want. DS has a long way to go-BTW. Our defense was great again-just ran out of gas against the run. Those guys were lucky we had Cody. Do we have a teamster on the site-do we really want to stir that can of worms??

Posted by StopTheInsanity on November 28, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CU played over there usual effort and should be commended for that. Nice job Buffs!

From where I sit, I would say NU wasn't at their best -- too many fumbles and bone head field goal attempts. Kept CU in the game to the very end.

It was certainly a great game to watch.

Posted by teamster on November 28, 2008 at 5:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Okay, so he's got a low throwing release. Yes, he isn't a perfect specimen. But I watched a young man that throughout the game made a lot of quick progressive reads and a super quick release. I thought our D-line would be on him earlier and more often. Cody did great. Stand by him.

Posted by tammd on November 28, 2008 at 5:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hey bufffan8, what will i be doing for the next 364 days? well, we got this bowl game coming up next month...

to the rest of the buffalo fans, i was impressed with the way CU showed up. i was impressed with your redzone defense. and cody hawkins was your best player tonight (jimmy smith made some plays) so you should cut him some slack. ints on batted balls to D lineman are tough to pin on the qb (as are garbage ones on the last play of the game), maybe if he had some protection it wouldn't have happened.

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 28, 2008 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Can't decide if colokid is a troll or just a spoiled brat who is used to always pointing fingers instead of accepting responsibility. As many of said, it is the line's fault for allowing that penetration. There is a huge difference between a poor throw/bad decision making that gets picked off and having a 6'5 monster in your face that tips it so someone else can get lucky with it. Both QB's had several tipped passes tonight. If you are going to blame this loss on Cody, at least have the decency to gripe that he's not 6 inches taller rather than calling him a bad player.

Posted by BuffTime on November 28, 2008 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Buffs played a great game. They came out guns blazing and kept it close the whole game. We had the win right up until 1:50 left in the game.

Incredible kick by the kicker and then everything after that was melt down. The Huskers ended the game being pumped up off that kick. Without that play and you all would be praising the entire team. Ganz had several balls knocked down too. How tall is he?

Summler showed he is a player and J-Fly made an incredible catch on the first play on the second drive!

Cu played tougher. NU was deeper. Next year will be VERY interesting indeed.

All in all it was a great game. Just wish it ended better for us.

Posted by KenG on November 28, 2008 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Could those 2 ABC announcers have been more in bed with NU? Seemed like every good play by CU was met with 'ho-hum' attitudes. The man-love they had for Coach P. was to the point I turned down the volume and turned on KOA. Kudos to the Buffs for hanging in there till the end.

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great game great game.

helfrich still sucks

go young buffs you came oh so close.

did not win but killed the spread.....

yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by focobuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The blatant ignorance shown by supposed football fans on this board sickens me. If Hansen gives us the best chance to win then why was he not out there from the outset. If you honestly think Hansen could have made the third down throws under pressure that Cody did, please stop smoking. If Hansen starts we score less than 15 points. You're kidding yourself if you think differently. This is one of Cody's best performances all year. Yes he's short and has no mobility but he is the best we have. Cody was, what, 8-10 on third down conversions? That is a statistic that I would take every game. I'd be willing to bet that even Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford don't average an 80 percent conversion rate on third down. Grow up guys and realize that Hawkins is paid millions of dollars to make these personnel decisions or he loses his job. This is just pure ignorance. It disgusts me.

Posted by houstonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It was a good game, well played (very few penalties and no killers that I can remember) and great kick to win for Nebraska. Hope the Buffs make some progress in the offseason and we get a little luckier with injuries next year.

Nebraska, good luck in your bowl game and do the conference proud. I'm hoping for an undefeated bowl record for the XII!!

Posted by walto_clown on November 28, 2008 at 5:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good game Buffs. Tough loss...right up there with 99 and 2000. I like CU's returning experience. I believe our future is bright.

Go Buffs!

Posted by gene.fadness on November 28, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As a Husker fan, let me say congratulations to the Buffs. Your last two games,though losses, have been good games. You gave it all today and came too damn close for comfort for me. Cody Hawkins is going to be an amazing QB as he matures and develops. Great, great game. NU and CU dominate the North in future years and eventually the Big 12!

Posted by brobertson on November 28, 2008 at 5:32 p.m.

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Posted by tammd on November 28, 2008 at 5:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

you are the prototypical CU fan. a wins a win. CU played better than expected. and i LOVE nebraska's chances in the years to come.

Posted by BuffTime on November 28, 2008 at 5:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

NU had twice the time of possession in this game. For the most part I think this is an overrated stat, but if you think how close the game was and how long the defense was on the field and how well they played, I think it speaks volumes to how well CU as a team played. With HALF the time of possession and form what I can see about half the number of plays, CU just barely lost. And Cody had more passing yards than Ganz after all that too.

Keep the faith. Our guys came close to pulling out a win today. Be proud of them. They deserve it.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 5:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Huskers-we appreciate ya'll being nice. Right now we just want to feel sorry for ourselves for a day or two. We know you love Cody-we would too if we were you.

Posted by BuffTime on November 28, 2008 at 5:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

NU played a good game. And most of their fans on this board today are showing great class and respect. It is pretty embarrassing how some CU "fans" are reacting to them though.

I like our chances next year and in years to come, but this was a clean game (only 5 penalties all game) and CU was very close to deservedly winning. If CU had won it would not have been on luck. They played lights out. The players were well prepared and executed nicely pretty much the whole game with only a few exceptions.

I too hope the Big 12 sweeps in all of their bowl games. I just wish CU could be part of that.

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 5:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey brobertson, this IS next year. Your team lost and you love the Big Red. Good grief, go study your 9th grad math and get over it. NU is not into moral victories, no Big XII team should be. Otherwise they should go to the Big Sky. A win is a win in my book, which means BOWL GAME.. Get it?

Posted by BuffTime on November 28, 2008 at 5:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Did anyone else notice NU used their 300 lb lineman (in this case a D-lineman, Suh) as a fullback rather successfully. Hmmm, yeah that would have sucked if CU did that.

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 5:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey broberson, go back to your 9th grade history book on Colrado and check out NU's dominance of this so called rivaly over its history. We own you, boy. The cream always rises to the top. Oh where or where is VR and Vegas Buffoon?

Posted by Buffaloed on November 28, 2008 at 5:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great effort by the Buffs but the best team won today. Next year with a QB that can run the offense and a healthy team it should be fun.

Posted by brobertson on November 28, 2008 at 6:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ralphyitswhatsfordinner : you sorry piece of corn husker crap. we hate you and the tractor you rode in on. ninth grade is where we left you holding your ninth grade text books.you got away with one today and you know it. have a great party in husker ville . its going to be your last. Corn is what's for dinner buddy. lot s of it. Your huskers will never be be what they once were, except for dinner. Go Buffs. F the Huskers forever.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 6:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BuffTime-agreed. What about a reverse when they had us dead up the middle for the last 3 quarters. QB draw twice in a row when we need yards? Are you high? We needed I formation/ counter play/ option--- something. You cant ask Cody to win on his own-he does not have the game. Sumler on the edge about 10 more times could have been the diff. This was more fun when we were 3-0.

Posted by NCHusker on November 28, 2008 at 6:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As I said earlier. The Buffs would play above themselves and NU would do all it could to keep them in it. Then, in the fourth, the hammer comes down. This hammer has two pronges...one h*ll of a leg and large paw.
As heart-stopping as that game was, if it was played in Boulder, CU probably takes it. Now go home and play Nintendo for xmas.

cya later ala' gator

Posted by UeberBuff on November 28, 2008 at 6:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It was a great game and I'm proud of how our Buffs played. Next year we'll be back healthy and more mature. I think our future is bright. Nebraska looked good too. Congratulations to them. We'll be back next year to beat them. Go Buffs!!!

Posted by BuffTime on November 28, 2008 at 6:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

While I don't think CU will dominated by NU again, I do think they will be a good football team again. This year I still think they are an average team. I have no idea who they have in the pipeline to run their offense next year so I have no idea how to project them. I can't imagine them being as bad as they got under Callahan.

I want both teams to be 11-0 going into their yearly game. I want CU to win and go on to the Big 12 title game every year and I want CU to compete for a national title game every year too. Hopefully we start that next year.

It is much more fun beating an 11-0 Husker team than beating a 5-6 Husker team.

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 6:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ralphyourdiner you weedball of spoiled cream.

VK is no longer with us, nor dr tom as they "killed each other in a blogg fight"

regardles creamdung you got real lucky today real lucky. 8 and 4 enjoy it it is you one up year. Iis people dung like you who make all huskers look bad.

you are creamville honey and what happened to your 70 to 0?

A lucky field goal and a bad call by a ref gave you the game.

go back to your trailer now, jiggle the tinfoil and watch who dun it.

cornloser

Posted by thesurfrider on November 28, 2008 at 6:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

tallybuff

please go fire helfrich

Posted by tammd on November 28, 2008 at 6:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

stay classy buff fans (brobertson, surfrider). it takes a real special person to get on a blog and talk smack after a LOSS.

Posted by HuskerG on November 28, 2008 at 6:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WOW - what a game! Outside of our loyalties to our teams, don't you friggin' love the game of college football? I guess it's a love/hate relationship - not much in the middle...

My observations:
- NU should feel very fortunate to come away with a win. After so many gut-wrenching defeats, the ball FINALLY bounced our way!!!

- CU played much better than I expected. Cody was on-target the first half - you can't deny that. Most of you need to climb off his back - I thought he played pretty darn well today. I agree with you, however, that he just doesn't have the height to be the starter for CU next year. All the heart in the world is admirable, but it'll only get you so far. Zach Potter is 6'7" - probably not gonna be able to chuck the ball over him too often without a deflection.

- The Blackshirts are still nowhere near their vaunted traditional label. Not taking anything away from CU, but the Blackshirts have a looong way to go.

- When you poke a buffalo with a stick, you're bound to get gored - refer to fake FG play. Bo - don't ever f-ing do that again!!!

- CU's red zone defense was solid. You stalled us just about every time we got inside the 25. I like the Buff's aggressiveness on D. I like the hits dished out by #12 - I respect that - this kid can hit.

- Where the hell was Hypolite all game??

- D. Scott - this kid may be a bust. Sorry to say it, but he acted like he was simply going through the motions out there. The Big 12 game speed and competition have stepped up waaay beyond his expectations and I think he's having trouble mentally dealing with it. Personally, I'd really like to see him do well, but I just don't think he's got the head for it - injured or not.

- I'm just glad we escaped with a win.

Good job and good game, Buffs!

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 6:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

can we get the details on actual events leading to the demise of the deceased?

Posted by lakotastargazer on November 28, 2008 at 6:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I could care less what the "shuckers" think, this is about the Buffs!
First, I think we need to re-evaluate our strength and conditioning program because of the number of injuries we had this season.
Second, Hawk needs to be reminded that: "This is the BCS! it's the Big XII! it ain't the WAC!!!" and in the Big XII, you run first to control the line of scrimage.
Finally, Hawk is offically on the "hot seat", anything less than an eight-win season, then he and Bohn should began to consider looking for another job, since it was Bohn who called Hawk a "home run" when he introduced him as the CU coach.

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 28, 2008 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe we should run some more of those QB draw plays for Cody! With his quick feet those are sure fire first-downs.

Posted by pgordon5446 on November 28, 2008 at 6:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

you know what, those announcers were right. You Husker Fans really do show some class! I think Buff Nation can take a page from NU Fans.

What a great game! I know NU says you have dominated us in the past, but in the last decade this has always been a heart-pumping affair that often brings the best outta both teams.

I look forward to the North gaining some power in the Big 12, and maybe these two teams squaring off each year with much more on the line than: A Bowl berth/ Gator Bowl Berth!

Go Big 12!
Go Buffs!!!

Posted by OrangeBowl on November 28, 2008 at 6:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Heck of a game.Good luck in your bowl game Huskers.The Buffs will never win more than 6 games a year with Cody Hawkins at QB.Hopefully Dan Hawkins saw the importance of a competent kicker today.Let's have a good year in '09,C U at the spring game.Go Buffs!

Posted by HorizonBuff99 on November 28, 2008 at 6:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All I want for christmas is to FIRE MARK HELFRICH QB draws with lil hawk when the game is on the line WTF!!!!!

Posted by cu_1982 on November 28, 2008 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A young CU team played a great and spirited game today.

Sorry to disagree with all of the folks who are standing behind Cody, but you are wrong. Cody is a great young man - would love to have him be my son.

That said, he is not the QB to lead CU back into the upper echelon of big-time college football. The rest of the young CU football team is incredibly talented. Dan Hawkins is a great recruiter. However, CU needs a better and much more athletic QB than Cody Hawkins. Personally, from the little we were able to see him this year, I thought Ballenger is the most athletic and promising QB on the CU roster.

Cody Hawkins is a competitor, a bright young man, and will probably be a big success at anything he chooses to do in his life. I just don't believe it will be as the QB for a top 10 college football team.

If you are into rah-rah football and still believe college football is an amateur game, then I suppose Cody is fine.

However, if you realize the millions of dollars at stake in college football today and expect the best out of your coaches and team, then you have every right to want the best - and in this case Cody Hawkins was not the best QB for this team. Ballenger could have been better - he just didn't get the chance to show it.

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 28, 2008 at 7:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The ABC guys called Cody "a little knat." As bad as he is, I thought that was a little demeaning.

Posted by HuskerG on November 28, 2008 at 7:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Also, Sumler is a stud - he'll be someone to account for the next couple of years...

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 28, 2008 at 7:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For three years now people have been saying that Cody's small size was going to hurt the program, but that prediction really came true today: who has ever heard of two DL INT's that cost 14 points. That's just too big of a handicap!

The rest of the team played great, but they cannot be expected to make up for the coach's son's deficiencies forever.

Cody should do the right thing next year and sit himself down - since his dad won't.

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 28, 2008 at 7:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

who won the Greeley West Wheatridge game? Why is Gavin Miller not getting a look from CU? He is bigger than any linebacker on the list.

Posted by colokid84 on November 28, 2008 at 7:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alas!! some wisdom has cometh via cu_1982 I have to agree with every word you have spoken. CHEERS!!

Posted by golfman1463 on November 28, 2008 at 7:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What an entertaining game, as a troll, I can admit it was doom and gloom until Henery hit one from 10 yards further than he ever had in his life. Potter and Suh have made big plays for that defense all year, it was no surprise that they came through yet again.

Both teams return a good portion of their talent, here's to unseating Missouri as the North champ. Both teams need to step it up next year and put this rivalry back on the map.

Posted by HuskerG on November 28, 2008 at 8:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

agreed - screw Mizzou. I'd like the think they're a flash in the pan - jury's still out on this one. They lose a ton of talent next year...

Posted by vegasbufffan on November 28, 2008 at 8:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Proud of our boys! A depleted OL & a DL. Almost all Freshmen and Sophomors, NO kicker to depend on and we almost beat them in their house.

I would not want to be Bo the bonehead, or the husker team when all of our injured 5 star players are back next year, and our young team has all this experience under its belt.

Very proud of Cody & his father the Hawk.

The anouncers were in bed with nu.

Go Buffs.

Posted by copcobuff on November 28, 2008 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cody should fall on his sword, take one for the team and ride the pine. Two picks to linemen is bad. Why can't Dad see that his son just doesn't have it? Please, one of you other guys take the job next year. Maybe Helfrich is afraid to lose his job if Cody doesn't play but if he plays anymore his should be afraid.

Posted by Flyfisher50 on November 28, 2008 at 8:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CU really played much better than I expected.
Nebraska started off very poorly ,but in the end started to play like they are capable of .
Good Luck buffs next year !
You do have a beautiful State.
GO BIG RED !

Posted by Huskerrick on November 28, 2008 at 8:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Buff Fans,
The Buffs deserve a lot of credit. They came into Lincoln with a young, injury plagued team and gave the Huskers all they could handle. Hawkins did a pretty good coaching job, especially on sniffing out the fake field goal. Not quite the result you were hoping for, but you should be happy they fought hard like they did. It just goes to show you never know what can happen in this rivalry game......

Posted by Buff_bronc_fan on November 28, 2008 at 8:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, I'm glad the Buffs showed up to play today and looked like a competitive Big 12 program, but am upset that I've resigned myself to moral victories at this point in the season...

I'm more relieved that the season is over than I am upset. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to see the team beat NU and become bowl eligible, but it's been a gut wrenching year to be a Buffs fan. In some ways, I feel like this season has been tougher to endure than the 2-10 year. Expectations were so high after starting 3-0; no one could have envisioned only getting 2 more wins the rest of the year.

This season has gone so badly that next year becomes hugely important. Another year of sub-500 football may be more than this program can endure in terms of remaining relevant in a wildly competitive Big 12.

Goals this off-season needs to be
A.)Get everyone healthy and eligible heading into next season. We simply aren't deep enough to endure the kind of attrition we've experienced this year...
And B.) Figure out who is going to play QB next year. It simply can't be Hawkins. He's proven himself to be an above-average backup, but he's physically not capable of taking this program where it needs to go. I love the kid and wish we had 50 other guys who work like he does, but he's simply not big enough. (Which is just unfair in the grand scheme of things when you look at other people who have all the physical tools and so much unrealized potential).

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 28, 2008 at 8:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

filthy - GW plays Wheatridge on Sat at 11am in the 4A championship game.

Creek plays Mullen at 2:30p in 5A.

Even though those high school teams have some quarterbacks who are almost as small as Cody, I don't believe any of them has a QB who is related to the head coach.

Posted by cu_1982 on November 28, 2008 at 8:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, but I'm not done yet. I've sat quietly watching this year without many comments - but today's game was the last straw for me.

Again - take nothing away from the heart and fight put on by the young CU team today.

My next beef is with Heflrich. This guy has got to go. In my 30+ years watching CU football, I have to say that Mark Heflrich is the most unimaginitive OC yet.

Did CU ever run a screen pass this year? Maybe we did't because Cody couldn't get the ball over the heads of the linemen - but please, PLEASE run a screen every now and then.

Also, how about some creativity on the line. How often did we pull tackles, cross-block, run any well designed mis-direction plays, counter treys, etc.?

When the game was on the line today, Heflrich calls QB draw twice. Poorly drawn up, poorly executed - and these 2 calls are a big part of the reason why CU lost today and is not headed to a bowl game this year.

No more practicing. No more reps for the young squad. Nothing to reward the young team for the valiant efforts.

And I blame a lot of this year's woes and losses squarely on the coaching staff - primarily the assistants who Hawkins has given his complete trust.

The defense played very well today and in general, I have very little to complain about with respect to the defensive coaching.

The OC and special teams coaches did a poor job this year and in my mind do not deserve to return - at least not in their current roles.

Hawkins is a good coach, but has a long way to go before he is a great coach. He needs to get a little tougher. Teach the team how to play a little more hard-nosed. Make your star players step up and play when injured, etc.

I love CU and wish the best for this team. They'll be very competitive the next couple of years.

But with some changes (OC and QB) - they could be great.

Posted by ralphyitswhatsfordinner on November 28, 2008 at 8:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice to see some classy posts here. CO came ready to play. I see Vegas Buffoon showed up again though to make excuses. All the good teams in the Big XII have alot of talent returning, except MO., so that doesn't mean squat. All the 5 stars don't mean crap if you can't develop them; just ask Callahan. Where or where is VR with his 30 point prediction?

Posted by HuskerG on November 28, 2008 at 8:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Key stat for me (other than the final score) is rushing yardage: NU - 178; CU - 42. 166 from Helu alone. I was expecting to hear Hypo's name called quite a bit today, but I don't recall his name even surfacing. Much of our rushing yardage gained was right up the gut, so I thought this was odd. I'll have to watch the game again to check out NU's blocking schemes against him, which obviously worked. He's a solid player and I look forward to seeing him play on Sundays. Overall, our o-line performed better than I thought they would, so kudos to them. We'll graduate Murtha and Slauson, which is the right side of our line - the other hogs will be back.

Also, I thought your secondary had a helluva game against a pretty experienced NU receiving core. Nate Swift, who is our top receiver, only had a couple of catches. In fact, our leading receiver was Helu. The Buffs seemed to be covering very well, which forced Joey out of the pocket regularly where he made some dumb decisions (and has all year).

Posted by HuskerG on November 28, 2008 at 9:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I guess Hypo did register a sack...

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 28, 2008 at 9:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about Cody's attempted tackle after he threw the killer INT? Absolutely the worst tackle since ... he did the same thing against EWU!

How can any other member of the team respect a guy that tackles like that? Especially since many of the other guys think Cody only plays because he is the coach's son.

Leadership starts by showing those you are leading that you can do what you are asking them to do.

Posted by futbol13 on November 28, 2008 at 9:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, its time to fold up the CU football tent and go home. I have to think we have at least five more years of getting punked by everyone in the North. Show of hands, who wants CU to join the WAC?

Posted by OrangeBowl on November 28, 2008 at 9:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

100% Agree w/you cu_1982.Upgrade OC,QB,Kicker and this is a pretty good team.Mahnke played the 2nd half w/separated shoulder&broken rib,it'd be nice if some of that toughness rubbed off on Darrel Scott.I get the feeling we'll never get the full story on whats going on with him,which is fine if Sumler and Speedy keep playing as well as they have.
After reading some of coach Hawkins quotes on CUBuffs.com its obvious he supports coach Riddle,so together they better figure out a better kicking situation next year.
They MUST upgrade at QB.Unfortunatly that means breaking in a new starter,but its obvious #7 is a big reason they'll be home for the holidays.
The 2009 schedule should produce no less than 8 wins,if they don't reach that mark bigger changes must be made if CU is going to compete in the Big 12.

Posted by copcobuff on November 28, 2008 at 9:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Little Hawk will be Big Hawk's eventual noose.

Posted by ibenjammin on November 28, 2008 at 10:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CU - you may get get a win eventually, but it may take you 5 tries to do it (oh wait - you have already been there, done that)

Posted by ibenjammin on November 28, 2008 at 10:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

47-18-2

And those are not Ralphies measurements.

Posted by 20buff on November 28, 2008 at 10:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here we are again Buff fans, having nothing to look forward to for the holidays except for a good recruiting class (which isn't exciting me yet). I agree that if Cody is the starter next year, we are looking at 5 maybe 6 wins again. If the Big 12 has taught us anything this year, it's that you must, I repeat MUST, have a QB with great skills. Unless Hansen shows us that ability next year, brace yourselves for a near future of mediocrity with the offense, I don't care how good the running backs are.

I do think we have a quality defense which kept us in many games, but the offense is inept, due to injuries, lack of talent at wide receiver and shaky play selection/execution at critical times (QB draw with Cody). And as much as I hate to admit, I will take Pelini's fiery "sour taste in the mouth" attitude after a loss, rather than Hawkin's usual "it's all part of life" mantra.

Posted by feardaram on November 28, 2008 at 10:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CU is the only team in colorado not playing in a bowl game. too bad.

Posted by bison on November 28, 2008 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Buffs need to get some grit and nastyness next year or join the WAC.. What happenned to linebacker U, and all of the tradition of Db's and D linemen in the NFL? We haven't seen a nasty defense here in years and that's where it should start. Who cares about Cody, DS, etc. if all we do is chase the scoring rabbit every game. The Buffs of the past(a long time ago!) used to hit people in the mouth because that's what Mac taught. I believe the buffs finished last in the big 12 in defense this year? if not close to last.... Get a real running game and forget the BS, not Boise St, west coast offense!! We haven't had a qb that could run that piece of sh_t offense since Koy Detmer!

Posted by vegasbufffan on November 29, 2008 at 12:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice to see some decent folks from nebraska for a change.

Unfortunately the regular human trash from nebraska outnumber you.

Posted by CABuffalo on November 29, 2008 at 1:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So much for the 70 -3 scoreline some boneheads were predicting. I'm proud of my Buffs and I'm sure they will come of age soon enough. 3 picks by Cody really rubs me the wrong way though. We need a few quality additions to the secondary and some playmakers on offense, as well as a top QB and we'll be good to go. I still don't think coach Hawk is the problem, but the jury is still out.

Posted by shoulder2shoulder on November 29, 2008 at 1:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great game, congrats to both team to putting up a great fight. Congrats to the Neb. kicker, what stones he has!!!!!!

Both coaches have their teams going in the right direction, but both have brain lock at times. CU against ISU last year and that fake FG today by nebraska?????????

Good luck to all!!

Posted by elwayisgod on November 29, 2008 at 3 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Whoever is calling the plays needs to be fricking fired and is a complete moron. Even though the game was out of reach at 9 points, why in the h3ll were they doing playaction fakes. Fricking morons up there period........ Even a dumba$$ like me knows playaction isn't going to work in that situation......Sorry but here's a question to ponder. After watching Texas and OU this year, does anyone think CU will ever be as good as either of those two teams are this year?

Posted by StopTheInsanity on November 29, 2008 at 5:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

s2s,

Pelini said in his post-game conference he got greedy on that fake field attempt and it was, in his words, "a bonehead call" that that could have cost NU the game. It certainly changed the momentum big time going into the half. I think the guy is still learning how to be head coach and won't make that mistake again.

Major props to the Buffs for the game they played. I have watched all the telecast CU games this year and think I'm safe in saying this effort was probably their top 1-2 games this year and they played their hearts out the whole game (and it was a great game to watch).

I would say that CU shows great promise for '09. I would be shocked to not see them win at least 7-8 games next year.

Posted by 1GoBuffs1 on November 29, 2008 at 6:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Cody IS the best QB we have on the roster! [right now]

You would think with the passing game guru's hawk and helfie we could land a 4 or 5 star QB.

Just an idea: Have Mahnke room with D Scott.

I definately like where this team is headed, a couple more good recruiting classes and I think we will be there.

Support your Buff$ through thick and thin!

Good game corn. It is more fun when this game means who wins the north.

Go Buffs!

Posted by t900 on November 29, 2008 at 6:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

With 2 mins left I thought I'd be writing to congratulate the Buff's on a hell of win! Turns out that was a little premature thinking! I have planned most of the week to return to gloat on the serious azz kicking we gave CU, but that didn't happen either!

The bottom line is we're not as good as I thought we were and CU certainly isn't as bad. That was a heck of an effort the entire game from CU and Hawkins Jr!!! I don't understand how CU fans can be so critical of Hawkins when he made some fantastic throws yesterday. He kept CU in the game time after time! Believe he had more passing yardage than Ganz did.

NU got out coached because we had some better players in the trenches and a hell of kicker. Bo needs to stop with CUTE when CUTE isn't needed. Our offense was greatly shut down in the Red Zone because Watson was afraid to throw the ball into the end zone!! Very disappointed in our play calling yesterday. We should have scored at least another 14 points. Got to give the CU defense a lot of credit because they played tough with their backs to the wall.

It was a great exciting game that easily could have gone the other way. Yep paybacks a bitc*! You knocked us out of a bowl last season and we simply returned the favor. What goes around comes around. There have been many strange games against CU and this was simply another one for the ages.....

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Buff fans and NU fans alike stop all the whining andBi&$^ching. Cody is good, not great, the buffs are good, not great and I think most would agree the Huskers are good, not great.

Somebody had to lose today. Blawing little Hawk, Big Hawk and the staff is pointless.

Coach Hawk is here through 2010, Little Hawk is here until he graduates.

Here's hoping D. Scott picks it up in the off season and shows us what all his pre season hype was all about.

We have alot of work to do as Fans and Supporters to make sure Folsom is packed next fall and that we support all of our Buffs.

Now for the hard (but mature) part, lets root for all of our Big 12 counterparts ver the next 45 days.

NU, see you next year for another great matchup in Boulder.

Until then, Good Luck!

Go Buffs.

Posted by bufflover on November 29, 2008 at 8:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

its heartbreaking when cu outplays and out coaches Nebraska and still loses. To be honest i dont know who the better team was. Cu has been plagued this year. has a horrible offense and pulled out 5 wins. Nebraska not so hurt and has a great offense but not so much on the defensive end. That could have been an ot game on a neutral field. Im sorry buffs, you played your hearts out as i cheered my heart out. we will win the red letter game next year.

Posted by BUFFAV8RNTX on November 29, 2008 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ANybody who has any football knowledge would clearly see that Cody actually had a pretty good performance. I didn't see many/any poorly thrown balls (yes there were throw aways, and mis-communication on route running) but did see a lot of strikes. Agree the stupid QB sneaks were poor decisions to say the least.

As far as the batted passes, well I don't think 1 or 2 inches of height is going to fix that, there has to be better protection, scrambling ability.

I think Josh Smith had a break out game, and showed glimpses of what we can expect the next tow years from him.

Posted by BUFFAV8RNTX on November 29, 2008 at 8:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

con't-

I think finally we saw a decent whole game performance from the Buffs, and the difference in the game was a lucky 57-yard field goal.

Considering the huge home field advantage yesterday, our starting line up of Fres/Soph 2nd stringers, and NU's upper classmen roster, I'd rather be in our position than NU's going into next year.

Posted by Buff_Fan_in_Nebraska on November 29, 2008 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What a game! I sat at the game by a bunch of Husker fans and was really impressed by the way they treated me. They were quick to point out what CU was doing right and what NU was doing wrong. It was nice to see at a rivalry game. A few asked me about D. Scott and they were excited to get to see him in action. I've not read it anywhere but after he did get in the game, he came up gimpy after getting tackled and was limping around on the sideline for awhile. I don't know if he got hurt again or what.

CU really played their hearts out and that was nice to see. The D was good in the redzone but had a hard time stopping the 5 yard gains on 1st down. I was really glad to see that Hawk kept them motivated after halftime.

I hope that there are no coaching changes for CU during the offseason. Although I haven't agreed with the play-calling at times, a change at this point could scare off recruits.

Posted by reallifeshocker on November 29, 2008 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

the colorado team actually out-played the best expectations. remember, nebraska has never had three years in a row of sub-standard (by any yardstick) recruiting. colorado has to live with thin linemen, a beat-up secondary (due to making too many tackles on free-running tailbacks and recievers), and generalized physical weakness overall. no genius here....get motivated players, and get them big and fast.

Posted by Huzkazwin on November 29, 2008 at 8:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The NU D front four were the issue for Cody. Not many passing lanes opened up by CU O line, and NU pass D is not a door knob either. Gotta agree that a few more screens, and a QB zone keeper might open a few more passing lanes. Obviously if CU was healthy, you would have at least 8 wins, including today. Thanks for the early holiday gift, we appreciate it and will enjoy the sun. It was a very entertaining game.

Posted by BUFFAV8RNTX on November 29, 2008 at 9:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Luvdahuskers,

OK, I'll give credit, the kid nailed it in a clutch situation, but I still content that needing a 57 yard field goal to pull out a win isn't going to have better than a 20% chance of success ever.

Thats some pretty big losses on O next year for NU. I don't know who you have in the ranks at QB, but I would imagine whoever wins will be "green" for a good while.

As for the RS FR, I don't think it was considered a good class for NU last year, but then again you really never know a recuiting class until a couple years go by.

Posted by BUFFAV8RNTX on November 29, 2008 at 9:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Defense was only responsible for giving up 3 points after the dry erase board was sacrificed.
"- ?

What about CU's 3rd quarter 9 play 65 yard TD drive?

Posted by rswright on November 29, 2008 at 9:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A great game by the Buffs with a heartbreaking end.

Posted by cu_1982 on November 29, 2008 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ALL CU WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS:

1. NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
2. NEW STARTING QB
3. NEW FIELD GOAL KICKER

IF CU GETS THIS, THEY WILL BE AN EXCELLENT FOOTBALL TEAM IN 2009. IF NOT, BRACE YOURSELF BUFF-FANS FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF FUTILITY.

Posted by Buffpride on November 29, 2008 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

WE SUCK no bowl game!!!!!!!!! We were a better team last year.

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not going to a Bowl game penalizes the program in many ways:
1. recruiting - probably the worst of all on highly recruited players (can watch you at a bowl game)
2. practice - you lose 3 weeks of practice including practice for next year's team
3. mo - momentum, team spirit, fan spirit
Buffalo football might be irrelevant

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 10:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Listen to what they are saying in Lincoln....

"Say what you want about Nebraska-Colorado not being a rivalry.

(We all know the Huskers’ biggest rival is, was, and always will be Oklahoma, no matter how many shades of red CU coaches and players can use to highlight the Nebraska game on their schedule.)"

Email this knucklehead from the Lincoln Star Journal and tell him about the rivalry against NU ans ask him how that is working out for Nebraska. 2008(OU 62 - NU 28)

OU (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) leads the series 43-37-3. Nebraska (5-3, 2-2) has lost three straight to the Sooners since a 20-10 win in 2001.

"Reach Brian Rosenthal at 473-7436 or brosenthal@journalstar.com"

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Now this guy is a classy guy...

Cody Hawkins, CU quarterback

Why give a game ball to a Buffalo? Because CU was an 18-point underdog. But the 5-foot-11 sophomore came out firing deep balls and propelled CU to a two-touchdown lead. That set the tone in what became a memorable tussle.

-- Steven M. Sipple

Posted by nolanjp on November 29, 2008 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

i've been down on the buffs all year and very disapointed with the way they have played, but yesterday i was very proud of how they represented cu. they played with emotion and kept coming back and never gave up. i was really impressed with mahnke the freshman safety. we'll be a lot better next year, at the end of the game it was the same thing that has hurt us all year long, the offensive line.

Posted by Buffpride on November 29, 2008 at 11:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Talk about kicking a guy when he is down. Cody got ran the hell over on that last play. He should have just jumped on the guys back for a piggy back ride for a trip to the end zone. Or hung on to his ankle for a dragging into the endzone. I dont know but that was pitiful.

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 11:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Transitional"? Give me a break. Just say the huskers have sucked and not what they once were. I hear the same things out of ND and Mich fans lately. Transitional, ha. Welcome to mediocrity Nebraska.

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 11:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

CU vs. NU is a rivalry. NU needs to accept the fact that their little sister to the southwest has risen from mediocraty and now gives the Huskers every bit of their heart and effort on every play and NU can never take the outcome of the CU/NU game for granted. (As evidenced by yesterday).

What gives with you guys. Most teams love and live for rvalry games. Why is NU afraid of admiting it?

Posted by GaryGraul on November 29, 2008 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Congrats, Buffs, you gave us a good game. We had to roll a 12 to win.
I don't see much hope for your near-term future though. A terrible season, followed by a mediocre one, followed by one somewhere in-between is not a good trend for a new coach. His old team has been far better since he left.
Unless you improve tremendously next year, it will have been a long time since you've been in a bowl game that anybody actually watched--not good for recruiting.
You're going to have start over again with a new coach, and I don't see what you have to attract a good one.
Our future, on the other hand, is looking good. We did much better than could have been reasonably expected. Before the season, 7-5 looked like an optimistic goal, considering that we had to play 5 teams ranked in the pre-season top 15 or so. Instead we were 8-3-1 (counting Texas Tech as a tie) and are likely to be in the Gator Bowl with great national exposure.
You may upset us once in a while (you always have, with the help of the officials), but you can't reasonably expect to beat us for a long time.
Go Big Red!

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They were in about the same awful shape that you were in allowing teams to score 50, 60, 70 points on you the last several years. This is therapeutic for you, you are not in a transitional period. And watch what you hope for when it comes to a bowl game. The best thing that could happen to you is to not play a florida team, who will be twice as fast on both sides of the ball. You think those first four Colorado offensive plays were bad last night? That was a 5'11 big 12 north quarterback with heavy ankles.

Posted by buffinhuskerland on November 29, 2008 at 11:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bottom line is this (I was at the game, and I live in Lincoln, and I know a lot about these two teams) Next year is the watershed moment in this series... Colorado MUST have an 8-9 win season and beat Nebraska, or else we are not going in the right direction... I think Hawk and Bo are the perfect guys to battle for the next 10-years... My opinion even though the team played great was the Offensive Play Calling... Darrell Scott deserves 4-5 "I" formation running plays, not the shotgun-read play that is so popular right now, that play is for Speedy next year... I also saw a great chance for a screen pass on that sack down about the 10 yard line, a screen can kill an over agressive team like Nebraska that is not disciplined... Also, when you are getting pressured late in the game, Cody needs the second layer throwing options, rather than short crossing routes, so that he does not get the ball batted down...
Nebraska is feeling better about themselves, but next year will be a wake up call!!! Nebraska will be fighting to be bowl eligible, and no matter what they think of the young QB's, they will be young and will struggle... The defense is still average at best, and besides Helu, they do not have any playmakers... Colorado looked the more athletic and fast team on Friday...The incredibly young CU secondary dominated all the routes that the Huskers ran... Proof is in the results, and next year is the moment of truth... Check out the schedules for both teams, and let me know your honest predictions for next year???
Good luck to the Huskers at a bowl game...

Posted by BuffTime on November 29, 2008 at 11:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Luvda, much better posts from you today. Only one major point of contention from me. NU isn't the only team that plays walk-ons or former walk-ons.

For example (there are others too) these guys initially walked on at CU and played in the game yesterday:

WR Scotty McKnight - Walk-on
WR Cody Crawford - Walk-on
K Aric Goodman -walk-on

I'm sure others can think of more.

Anyway, CU will be fine next year. Even if Cody is the starter next year (which I think would be a shock at this point considering the experience that Hansen has gotten and hopefully that Ballenger has mastered more of the playbook) I still think we win a minimum of 8 games next year.

CU secondary is the best in the Big 12. We've kept every team below their season average. In a passing league like the Big 12 that is a valuable asset to have. And our secondary is as young as the rest of the team.

Our O-line will be logarithmically better next year too. More depth, more experience, and likely bigger and stronger too. I know they are planning to add still more muscle to Solder who is already over 300 lbs.

We will remain loaded at both RB and LB for next year. Might even see one or more LBs converted to DE to use more of them at the same time.

We will be improved at WR as well, assuming Simas and Blackmon get it done in the classroom (not that Blackmon had an issue there)and remember we get Espinoza back from injury, and no one else gets lost. And that is without getting any new blood to the pipeline. I am still hopeful that we will pull in some more quality receivers.

All in all I think yesterday's game was very good. It showed potential recruits that CU is "oh so close" to being very good. Here's to hoping they were watching.

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 12:02 p.m.

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Posted by BuffTime on November 29, 2008 at 12:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So.... luvda is Gary Graul?

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hey tklyons
so 43-37-3 is not a rivalry but 47-18-2 is? and nebraska beat oklahoma 69-7 in 1997 and 73-21 the year before that, so what's your point? i think the only knucklehead is you

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wow
how many of you are using two names to post?
maybe its just me and one other person with dozens of names.

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

tammy, are you tyklons?

Posted by BuffTime on November 29, 2008 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh and who says a team can only have one rival?

Michigan has Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State as pretty big annual rivals.

Oklahoma has both Texas and Oklahoma State as their annual rivals (and when they play Nebraska as well).

CSU is a rival for CU (I don't care what you say, CU wants to beat CSU with a passion every time they play and CSU plays above themselves every time they play CU).

NU and CU are rivals by every reasonable definition of the term. What the game really needs is an annual bragging-rights trophy to take home after every win. Truthfully, I would like one for the CSU game as well. Bring home all the trophys every year!

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

futbol3, if NU sucks, what then is Colorado? it's funny that the last few years from nebraska look like every year for colorado minus a nice stretch from 89-96. SOME of you colorado fans never cease to amaze me (with your stupidity)

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

look Tammy, you allowed 60+ points by us last year, and got punked by the whole big 12(speaking of last few years)

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I suggest we send Tammy back and forth as the traveling trophy

Posted by GaryGraul on November 29, 2008 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

tkylons has dropped to a new low in sports commentary. It has taken advantage of the fact that I am forthright enough to use my real name to find something negative about somebody else with the same name.
I have met one other Gary Graul and heard or read about many others. There must be hundreds or thousands throughout the world. It will probably thrill tkylons to know that one was a leader of the American Nazi party whom my friends kidded me about for years.
BuffTime chipped in with a comment as ludicrous as tkylons' was despicable.
If either of you had the guts to give your real name, I'm sure I could dig up some dirt on somebody with that name. However, being a civilized human being, I would never do that, even to them.

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

nebraska's had some poor years lately by Nebraska standards but pretty good years by Colorado standards. Besides 7-7, 5-6 and 5-7, the other seasons have gone 10-3, 8-4, 9-5, and 8-4 since 2001. I think CU would be stoked to have that since 01 as that's 10 more wins than you have put together. sad considering it's easily the worst stretch in NU history since the late 50s/early 60s

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think Nebraska's future is women's volleyball.

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

great comeback clown

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

its the only thing Nebraska is doing well in sports.
you are punked in every other sport

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

not in football apparently dipsh*t

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

cow pattie throwing is not a sport
neither is Nebraska Cheerleader tipping

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

baseball's pretty solid, you'll see when we play...o wait you guys don't have a baseball team

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

it was that or skiing.
chicks dig the slopes

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i LOVE arguing with Colorado fans. i can use things that go way over their heads like FACTS and STATISTICS and they can only comeback with grade school-level wisecracks. it seriously is like arguing with a 10 year old

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope Nebraska gets the internet soon so these guys will go to their own site

Posted by gulysses3 on November 29, 2008 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

NU had a fairly typical game. They dominated the time of possession and the offense moved the ball well. They have been susceptible to big plays all year mainly due to inexperienced linebackers. They are using lots of walk-ons this year while red shirting a lot of players.

You've got to give CU credit for making the most of their possessions for the most part and performing defensively very well in the red zone.

I'm sure it would help Cody to be taller, but, you've got to protect any qb and the the strength of the NU team defensively this year is the defensive line.

While winning on a record field goal is certainly not to be expected, it felt like one of those games where the wrong team was ahead anyway. Of course, I'm a biased husker fan.

I'll tell you right now, rivalries are between the fans which then carries over to the teams. So, if you deny the rivalry between us, well, let's just say you are trying to make the other side mad, just to add to the rivalry;)

Here's hoping for improvement across the board for the B12 North.

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i bet you do considering how dumb i can make you look

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

but honestly you do an excellent job of that by yourself

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

and an infuse of people so cousins will quit get married and having TAMMD's

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have to give it to you on the Mens Gymnastics. Well done.

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

all joking aside, I have a very high respect for what Big Red is able to do given their recruiting hurdles (weather, small town, no beach or mountains)

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

oh please enlighten us on how great the CU athletics programs are. we've already seen the excellent football squad. i think nebraska most likely is superior to CU in every sport other than men's basketball (debatable this year as I think NU is vastly improved and Chauncey Billups hasn't played in a while) and skiing seeing as we don't have a team.

Posted by GaryGraul on November 29, 2008 at 1:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You posted a good list, luvda. Don't forget a Nebraska wrestling team that finished something like 5th in one of the two wrestling national championships last year and very high in the other, too.

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

so lincoln is a small town...what 2.5 x the size of boulder

and bong rips is not a sport (although i would definitely enjoy watching)

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

why didnt Nebraska have a skiing team?
they couldnt find a downhill lake.

sorry, couldnt resist. have hundreds of others.

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hey Gary i intentionally did not bring up the wrestling team and i'm sure most of these CU fans know why

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

if your football team practiced as much as you guys spend thinking of these stupid jokes, you might be going to a BCS bowl this year

Posted by filthymcnastiehoustonbuff on November 29, 2008 at 1:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is great. We get a bunch of snow bound losers all over our site because they get one win. Worse yet they compliment EACH OTHER on their great posts. BTW-Gary-you dont like any abuse get back on husker nation with all your animation-you guys read better when its with pictures anyway. All the good reads are over on this topic. The regulars will be back. Go Buffs!

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i would have left a long time ago but it's really hard for me to let all of these stupid posts slide. i wish i could resist but i just have to respond. honestly, mcnastie, read some of the crap your fellow CU fans have written and tell me it's not absurd...

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

alright, here's a fact I didnt think I would have to pull out today. youre down hill from us. youre drinking our wastewater lincoln.

Posted by GaryGraul on November 29, 2008 at 1:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with you, tammd. The CU comments are funnier than, but not as clever, as "Jackass."

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

it's probably not as hard as it sounds to recruit kids to come to Nebraska. you can always fall back on the whole most wins and most national titles (tied w/miami i believe) since 1970 thing

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

yeah, but waste water?

Posted by futbol13 on November 29, 2008 at 1:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

gotta go. my shift is over. good sparring with you guys. btw Gary Graul, I thought the whole Arson inference was way out of line. All the best, safe weekend all.

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

happy holidays buff fans

Posted by siess on November 29, 2008 at 1:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The NU fans that come up on this site obviously have only one way to get their jollies by posting on the CU site.

Luvda likes to act righteous but his real reason for being here is start something. tammd is just a scuzball.

If you guys showed a bit of respect I would not mind so much(other husker fans do show it) but there is always a snide comment and when you start that, you will be smacked down by others.

Ask yourselves really- why are you here?

Posted by tammd on November 29, 2008 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the nebraska site links these articles so i read them. i also read the stupid crap you guys post. i can't resist responding when i hear nonsense. that's why i'm hear, i didn't intend to come and get jollies or start anything. come over to the nebraska sites and you will be respected if you show respect. i saw disrespect here so i defended my team with FACTS that really cannot be argued. i was responded to with childish insults.

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I never said OU/NU was not a rivaly and I could really care less. You guys are so out of touch with reality that you forget that a team can have several rivalry games. How about CU vs. CSU, KU vs. KSU, KU vs MO etc.

By the way you guys need to get a life and get off our message board. We have the Broncos to root for and they are alot better than your NFL offering.

Posted by tklyons1 on November 29, 2008 at 2:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Forbes rankings of the most-educated cities
No. 1 Boulder

No. 2 Ann Arbor, Mich.

No. 3 Washington, D.C.

No. 4 San Jose, Calif.

No. 5 San Francisco

No. 6 Southern Connecticut

No. 7 Charlottesville, Va.

No. 8 Durham, N.C.

No. 9 Boston

No. 10 Fort Collins

Missed Lincoln, in fact the whole state of NE on this poll.

Posted by donintucson on November 29, 2008 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So tell me football fans, how do you complete a 68 yard pass to Riar Geer (sp) for a touchdown, on the second play of the game, and then throw to him ONE MORE TIME in the last 59 minutes + of the same game? How do you do that?

Spare me any explanations, there is none!

Go Buffs

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 29, 2008 at 5:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

there "are" none, don. buffs seemed prepared. lots of young guys stepping up. o-line played as tough as they could. play calling got tired, stale, predictable way too quickly. nu dominated the game really, but the young buffs held tough.

next year is big - signing, spring ball, spring practice. who emerges as qb? any coaching changes? i doubt it... hawk has hitched his wagon to helfrich and he may regret it, maybe not.

the big 12 will not get any easier next year. teams will be reloading - not rebuilding. great game young buffs. learn to finish.

Posted by HuskerG on November 29, 2008 at 5:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So when will the, "My Dad can beat up your Dad" comments start? Awesome spectacle of a game yesterday by both teams. NU was fortunate to sqeak out a win. Absolutely unreal game situation to take a sack which puts you out of FG position (almost) and get backed into a corner and come out swinging. Both teams showed a lot of heart yesterday. The difference is, last year's NU team would have folded, while this team scrapped. That's a key difference that Pelini brings this program.

God Bless college football!! Have a safe Holiday everyone...

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 29, 2008 at 5:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don, Fish, I hope you're right and we can look forward to a real competition for the QB spot, but everything Hawk has done so far makes it look like there will be no changes at the QB position.

Oh, we'll hear about the "wide open" competition from Kyle and Neill and there will be articles about Evans and Hansen, but ultimately the coaches son will be right back under center again next year. The only explaination we'll get is that Cody really, really knows the playbook!

Posted by letsgobuffaloes on November 29, 2008 at 6:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Amazing coincidence that the QB conspiracy theorists seem to also be completely blind. Other QBs have had chance in the game, and they were not Impressive. Hansen had one good game when K-state did not prepare for him, the rest of his playing time nothing much happened. There is no QB controversy, Cody is the best we have right now, period. Why would Coach Hawk risk an entire career to play his kid who doesn't have a shot at going pro? It would be one thing if he were trying to get Cody into the spotlight for scouts, but to think that he would risk his career just so his son can experience the glory days is ridiculous.

Posted by thefishheadsoup on November 29, 2008 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i think he will be risking his career if cody is the starter another year and the o stinks it up as they did this year. no doubt.

Posted by lance71 on November 29, 2008 at 7:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

to all that say cody is to short.....reesing,ganz,daniel,robinson,I do think cody should move outside the pocket more,and when inside more pump fakes,get the big oxen up in the air then complete the pass.

Posted by Bo_Knows on November 29, 2008 at 7:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All in all NU played rather crappy but the better team won! The Puffs played waaaaaay over their heads and made it a fun game to watch but the baby bison caught the mighty Big Red looking past them to the Gator Bowl! I can't wait to get tickets! The CU fans will be getting their shovels out to start digging out of the first snow storm around then!! I can't wait for next years game already because the Puffs will be throwing out new crap at the Husker Nation with similar results!!!! GO BIG RED FOREVER from the Republic of Boulder!!!!

Posted by thesurfrider on November 29, 2008 at 8 p.m.

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Posted by thesurfrider on November 29, 2008 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

luv and da

perfect. Omaha wasn't it? Could not even get into the lincoln campus?

glory days.

fix the tinfoil on the trailer antenna.

Oh by the way, saw VK yesterday. He says hi and you owe him 5 grand. But he does not want your trailer cause your mommy needs it.

WTF I'm writing to an idiot.

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on November 29, 2008 at 8:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

letsgo - It's not a conspiracy -- it's nepotism!

Maybe you didn't see the Texas game, Ballenger looked great!

Posted by GaryGraul on November 29, 2008 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You Buffs are the lowest of the low. No other newspaper in the country would allow your comments.
I'll be back in a year briefly when we beat you again. Happy wallowing until then.

Posted by vegasbufffan on November 29, 2008 at 11:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do we have so much hot air and BS, here because this is how you grow corn in the armpit of America??

You guys are here all year making idiotic comments non of us give a rats a-- about.

Example: The frivlous and idiotic point that
nu is not CU's rival. Who gives a rats?

And if that is the case, why so many
of you inbred's are here???
Remember we are not rivals?

Posted by phxbuff on November 30, 2008 at 1:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

good point vegas!

Posted by Mitchola on November 30, 2008 at 1:48 a.m.

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Posted by thesurfrider on November 30, 2008 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Posted by GaryGraul on November 29, 2008 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You Buffs are the lowest of the low. No other newspaper in the country would allow your comments.

Hmm the LA times did.

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/dec/...

Posted by thesurfrider on November 30, 2008 at 7:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nurse Tom is a wonderful man

Posted by siess on November 30, 2008 at 12:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry luvda.

If you took a poll most of us would say just take a hike. You are one of these rabid Husker fans that lives your life for the Huskers and even laments about bad calls over 20 years ago. Sounds to me that you don't have much balance and you DO start crap here.

I might like you in person but given your verbiage here I am not so sure. I am alum and I love my University. My kid goes there and that has just cemented that. I heard alot of smack from you on this board, and scummed myself to boorish behavior.

Balance, dude. I don't think you have it if you remember and lament about games twenty years ago.

Some of your FACTS are how you recall things.

I respect NU as most fans are respectful. It gets old after awhile though when you all show up with your birthright crap and act like you are on your way back. Pelini is no Osborn, and Hawk is no McCartney. I don't think your team is back, and probably will have a lower record next year. Pelini strikes me as a hothead and that is not impressive. Let's see how he does next year in Boulder. My bet is the Huskers will lose.

Posted by t900 on December 1, 2008 at 7:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey siess "NU as most fans are respectful. It gets old after awhile though when you all show up with your birthright crap and act like you are on your way back. Pelini is no Osborn, and Hawk is no McCartney. I don't think your team is back, and probably will have a lower record next year. Pelini strikes me as a hothead and that is not impressive"

You were doing ok until you started reaching with the Pelini crap! How in hell can anyone say Bo isn't another TO after 1 season? That's a ridiculous statement because we are 8-4 versus 5-7 with essentially the same players? Looks to me that Pelini is EXACTLY what we need to get back to elite status. Don't even use McCartney in the same sentence with TO... give me a break!! Not even on the same planet.

I was impressed the way Hawkins had his team ready to play. Why many CU fans have such a hardon against Hawk Jr is beyond me. The kid made some great plays and threw the ball better than Ganz did. So he can't tackle a 300 lb all world defensive lineman in the open field. Not his job anyway!!

Everyone loves their school as it should be. BTW.. ask around how CU fans were treated in Lincoln last Friday! You will find CU fans are generally treated with respect and without fear their cars will be vandalized. That's something every Husker fan should be proud of.

We're going to have a very very good team next season. Don't know where you're getting your information but it's not accurate. We have a QB question but then so did Texas until McCoy showed up as a freshman. We have one of the BEST prep QB's in the country (maybe the best in Texas) coming to Nebr this year. Let's see what Cody Green does before saying we don't have a good QB next season. Pelini is now landing some very solid talent. Like it or not the Huskers are on the way back to elite status over the next several years.

I'm looking forward to our game in Bolder next season! However we have to get ready for our BOWL GAME!! WO WO!! Good luck and enjoy all the bowl games this season.

Posted by siess on December 1, 2008 at 9:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, dude, McCartney was a great coach and was in the same league as Osborn. Both Christians, both had integrity, but Osborn had the advantage of the NU legacy and McCartney had to build that up by himself. You forget how awful the Buffs were back then. You also forget that Osborn was there for 25 years. McCartney was at CU for 12. It is a bit like apples and oranges. Now if Bill had just stayed.... oh well.

Pelini has had one good year and you are already putting him in the Stoops category. Sorry, gotta see it before I believe it. I don't. NU will be good, but probably never back to what they were under Osborn. Coaches like that don't come around very often. There are only a handful of Osborns, McCartney's , Stoops, Carrolls, or Sabans.

Part of the problem with Hawk Jr is that he is small- and his arm strength is just not there. He should be coaching and backing up, and put someone in there that can zing the ball. You did not watch him the whole year. He had some awful games. It is hard to say as the off. line had alot of injuries. he has to be that much better being the coach's son, which is an issue.

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