No. 24 Missouri – Missouri Five-O
// Oct 9 - 2010 Season
October 9th - @ Missouri No. 24 Missouri 26, Colorado 0
Colorado went almost twenty full seasons without being shut out, scoring in every game played between November 12, 1988, and October 25, 2008.
The Buffs under Dan Hawkins lost the record streak, one of the top ten in NCAA history, with a 58-0 humiliation at Columbia, Missouri. Two years later, Colorado was shut out again, again in Columbia, Missouri, this time by the score of 26-0. The fact that the score was 32 points closer was of little consolation, as Colorado fell to 3-2, 0-1 in its final season in Big 12 play.
The game began almost as ominously as had the first 2010 road game, a 52-7 thrashing at the hands of the Cal Bears. Missouri returned the opening kickoff to its own 41-yard line, but the Colorado defense was up to the first challenge posed by the Buffs’ poor special teams play, holding the Tigers to a three-and-out and a punt. Unfortunately for Colorado fans, the Trey Barrow punt went out-of-bounds at the Colorado two yard line. Just had been the case againt Cal, the Buffs’ first drive of the game started inside their own five yard …
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It wasn’t enough that the Buff Nation had to be bombarded with stories about the 20th anniversary of the 5th down game. It wasn’t enough that Colorado was looking to avoid a five game losing streak to Missouri. It wasn’t enough that the Buffs had to lose to the Tigers.
No, Dan Hawkins had to do it in style.
A 0-26 loss to Missouri was bad enough, but the number of mental mistakes on offense and special teams were enough to place Dan Hawkins right back on the front burner of the coaches’ ”hot seat” discussion. For those of you that missed the game, Colorado had five special teams’ gaffes – a long kickoff return, a blocked punt, a missed field goal, a blocked field goal, and a fake punt which Missouri used to turn a contested game into a rout – which directly contributed to the loss.
Not to be outdone, the Colorado offense had five drives in the second half. Each and every one of the five drives went into Missouri territory … and the Buffs netted no points.
Few in the Buff Nation realistically expected Colorado to defeat Missouri. That was too much to ask. …
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The Colorado Buffaloes, high from a last minute win over Georgia, may well come crashing back to earth this week as the Missouri Tigers appear on the schedule.
An ugly return to reality? Or a golden opportunity?
No team in the Big 12 has owned the Buffs under Dan Hawkins more than Gary Pinkel’s Tigers. Missouri is 4-0 over Colorado since 2006, and has won each game in convincing fashion. Colorado fans are all too familiar with the numbers: a combined score of 177-40 (an average final score of 44-10); a 58-0 disaster the last time Colorado visited Columbia.
Last week, the stars were aligned for Colorado to upset Georgia … the Bulldogs were struggling; the Buffs were playing at home; Colorado had a bye week to prepare; the national championship team from 1990 was on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colorado’s title run; a national television audience; and a ”Blackout” in the stands to cheer on the Buffs.
This week, the stars are aligned for Colorado to get blown out by Missouri … the Tigers are 4-0; the Buffs are on the road; Missouri has had a bye week to prepare; there are daily stories about the …
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Friday’s Fearless Forecasts
As the Buffs get on a plane and head for Columbia, it’s time to unveil this week’s Fearless Forecasts. Last week, the Buffs came through with a win, and the FFF went three-for-three, raising this season’s mark to 10-for-12.
What you can count on this weekend …
- Colorado will be more successful on the ground this year against Missouri …
It will be hard not to. Last season, in a 36-17 defeat which wasn’t as close as the score might indicate, the Buffs rushed 24 times for a minus-14 yards. Tyler Hansen lost three fumbles, suffered an interception and a safety, and was sacked eight times for 73 yards in losses. Missouri rolled to a 33-3 halftime lead, then laughed its way through an insignificant second half.
This year, Colorado seems to have found a ground game, rushing for over 200 yards in each of the past two games. It is no small coincidence that the Buffs have utilized the same starters on the line for both contests. Across the line the Buffs now run out senior Nate Solder at left tackle, junior Ethan Adkins at left guard, junior Mike Iltis at center, junior …
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