2007 Colorado Buffaloes football
Colorado Buffaloes wordmark.svg
Independence Bowl, L 24–30 vs. Alabama
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth
Record6–7 (4–4 Big 12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMark Helfrich (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorRon Collins (2nd season)
Base defense4–3 Cover 2
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 53,750)
Uniform
Big12-Uniform-CU-2007-2008.png
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Northern Division
No. 4 Missouri xy   7 1     12 2  
No. 7 Kansas x%   7 1     12 1  
Colorado   4 4     6 7  
Kansas State   3 5     5 7  
Nebraska   2 6     5 7  
Iowa State   2 6     3 9  
Southern Division
No. 8 Oklahoma xy$   6 2     11 3  
No. 10 Texas   5 3     10 3  
No. 22 Texas Tech   4 4     9 4  
Oklahoma State   4 4     7 6  
Texas A&M   4 4     7 6  
Baylor   0 8     3 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
Cody Hawkins before the spring game on April 14, 2007
Cody Hawkins before the spring game on April 14, 2007

The 2007 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Dan Hawkins in his second season at Colorado and played their home games at Folsom Field. Colorado finished 6–7 after losing in the Independence Bowl to Alabama. 2007 was Colorado's first consecutive losing season in 22 years,[1] but represented a vast improvement over the team's 2–10 mark in 2006.

Pre-season

Spring practice

Official CU Spring Game website

Prior to spring practice, there were two position changes planned: Cha’pelle Brown will move from cornerback to wide receiver, and Joe Sanders will switch back to tight end from outside linebacker.[2] Sanders started his career at tight end but two weeks into his first spring practice moved to inside linebacker (he missed the fall of his freshman year after undergoing shoulder surgery).

Nine players will not return from the 2006 squad: Paul Backowski (OL), Quinton Borders (OL), Dominique Brooks (S), Clayton Cammon (WR, walkon), Steve Fendry (TE), Isaac Garden (P/PK, walkon, graduated), Tom Grubin (C, walkon), Jeremy Hauck (OL) and Reggie Joseph (WR).[2]

The annual spring game occurred on April 14.[2] The game consisted of a mix between live scrimmages and 7-on-7 drills due to the shortage of healthy and eligible offensive linemen.[3] The offense was remarked as having made improvements compared to last season's spring game.[4]

Bernard Jackson before the spring game
Bernard Jackson before the spring game

Bernard Jackson, the starting quarterback from last season saw limited time at the position during spring practice and was used as a wide receiver, running back, punt and kick returner. Cody Hawkins (Red shirt Freshman) and Nick Nelson (JC transfer Junior) competed for the quarterback position. Hawkins completed 12-of-20 passes for 119 yards an interception and a touchdown in live action. In 7-on-7 drills, he completed 15-of-23 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson completed 3-of-10 passes for 30 yards and an interception and also had two rushes for 20 yards during live action. In 7-on-7 drills, he completed 21-of-28 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Awards

Infraction

In June 2007, the Buffaloes were placed under probation for two years and fined US$100,000 for undercharging 133 student-athletes for meals over a six-year span (2000–01 to 2005–06) resulting in the major infraction.[8] The football program, with 86 of the 133 student-athletes involved, also lost one scholarship for the next three seasons.[8]

Recruiting

National Signing Day was on February 7, 2007, and Colorado signed high school athletes from around the country. Colorado's overall team ranking was 35th by Scout.com[9] and 31st by Rivals.com.[10] Colorado had 31 scholarships available.

Official CU Signing Day Central

Uniform changes

Images of new uniforms

On June 2, 2007, Colorado announced changes to their uniforms.[17] Most notable is the incorporation of silver into the uniform combining the two school colors, silver and gold, for the first time.[17] The "COLORADO" across the chest and player names on the back are now smaller, and will be gold instead of white (the only color it has ever been).[17] The numbers will now be silver. The pants now have trim on the sides; silver on the gold pants and gold on the black pants.[17] The white pants have now been eliminated.[17] In addition to the design change, the new uniforms designed by Nike also improve technical parts of the uniform including innovative fit, weight reduction, increased ventilation and improved moisture management.[17]

Schedule

The schedule was ranked as the No. 10 toughest home schedule.[18]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 110:00 AMvs. Colorado State*FSNW 31–28 OT68,133[19]
September 88:15 PMat Arizona State*FSNL 14–3358,417[20]
September 158:00 PMFlorida State*ESPNL 6–1652,951[21]
September 221:30 PMMiami (OH)*
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 42–045,243[22]
September 2911:30 AM[23]No. 3 Oklahomadagger
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
FSN[23]W 27–2450,031[24]
October 65:00 PMat BaylorW 43–2332,376[25]
October 137:15 PMat Kansas StateESPN2L 20–4746,637[26]
October 203:45 PM[27]No. 15 Kansas
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
ESPN[27]L 14–1951,940[28]
October 2710:00 AM[27]at Texas TechABC[27]W 31–2649,084[29]
November 34:30 PM[30]No. 9 Missouri
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
FSN[30]L 10–5551,483[31]
November 1010:30 AM[32]at Iowa StateFCS[32]L 28–3145,487[33]
November 2310:00 AMNebraska
ABCW 65–5151,403[34]
December 306:00 PMvs. Alabama*ESPNL 24–3047,043[35]

Roster

Michael Sipili was charged with assault for being suspected for fighting with Taj Kaynor, defensive tackle, also involving Chris Perri, sophomore defensive tackle on June 22, 2007. Sipili and Perri were suspended for the first three games and Kaynor was suspended for the first game.[36] Sipili was later suspended from campus on September 21, 2007, for the fall semester over the incident forcing him to miss the entire season.[37] As a true sophomore, he will likely use this season as a redshirt and have 3 years remaining of eligibility.[37]

Starting running back Hugh Charles suffered a pulled hamstring on the first series of the Colorado State game, forcing him to miss the rest of that game and the Arizona State game the following week.[38]

(as of October 22, 2007)
Wide Receiver (x)
  •  4 Patrick Williams – Junior
  •  9 Josh Smith – Freshman
  • 48 Cody Crawford – Junior
  • 80 Jarrell Yates –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
Wide Receiver (z)
  • 21 Scotty McKnight –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 83 Dusty Sprague –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •  1 Stephone Robinson –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •  5 Kendrick Celestine – Freshman
Offensive Line
Left Tackle
  • 77 Tyler Polumbus –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 73 Ryan Miller – Freshman
  • 79 Sione Tau – Freshman
  • 71 Matthew Bahr – Freshman
  • 63 Ethan Adkins – Freshman
Left Guard
  • 51 Kai Maiava – Freshman
  • 65 Wes Palazzi –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
Center
  • 75 Daniel Sanders – Junior
  • 51 Kai Maiava – Freshman
  • 56 Keenan Stevens –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
Right Guard
  • 76 Edwin Harrison – Senior
  • 72 Devin Head –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 51 Kai Maiava – Freshman
Right Tackle
  • 73 Ryan Miller – Freshman
  • 76 Edwin Harrison – Senior
Tight End (numerical order)
  • 87 Riar Geer –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 84 Tyson DeVree –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 13 Joe Sanders –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 92 Nate Solder –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 33 Patrick Devenny – Sophomore
Quarterbacks
  •  7 Cody Hawkins –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  •  3 Nick Nelson – Junior
Tailbacks (numerical order)
  •  2 Hugh Charles – Senior
  •  8 Demetrius Sumler –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 27 Byron Ellis – Senior
  • 20 Brian Lockridge – Freshman
  • 23 Kevin Moyd –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
Fullbacks
    • 41 Jake Behrens –
      Redshirt
      Sophomore
  • 43 Samson Jagoras – Senior
  • 32 Maurice Cantrell – Junior
 
Defensive line
Left Defensive end
  • 91 Maurice Lucas – Junior
  • 90 Marquez Herrod –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
Defensive tackle
  • 86 George Hypolite – Junior
    • 78 Jason Brace – Sophomore
    • 69 Eric Lawson –
      Redshirt
      Sophomore
Nose tackle
  • 94 Brandon Nicolas – Junior
  • 99 Chris Perri – Junior
  • 97 Taj Kaynor –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
Right Defensive end
  • 47 Alonzo Barrett –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  • 99 Chris Perri – Junior
Linebackers
Mike (Inside) Linebacker
  • 45 Jeff Smart –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore
  • 57 Jake Duren – Sophomore
Will (Inside) Linebacker
Sam (Outside) Linebacker
  • 40 Brad Jones – Junior
    • 59 B.J. Beatty –
      Redshirt
      Freshman
    • 35 Nate Vaiomonuga – Freshman
Defensive backs
Left cornerback
  • 26 Terrence Wheatley –
    Redshirt
    Senior
  •  6 Gardner McKay – Junior
  •  3 Jimmy Smith –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
Free safety
Strong safety
  •  9 Daniel Dykes – Junior
  • 25 Lionel Harris – Senior
  • 30 Joel Adams – Junior
Right cornerback
  • 42 Benjamin Burney – Junior
  • 29 Cha'pelle Brown – Sophomore
 
Punters
  • 14 Matt DiLallo –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
  • 95 Tom Suazo – Junior
  • 39 Kevin Eberhart –
    Redshirt
    Senior
Kickers
  • 39 Kevin Eberhart –
    Redshirt
    Senior
    (FG)
  • 89 Tyler Cope – Freshman (KO)
Out/Injured
  • 10C Bernard Jackson
    Redshirt
    Senior
    (Academics)
  • 34C‡ R.J. Brown – Junior (Head)
  • 54 ‡ Marcus Burton – Junior (academics)
  • 61 Erick Faatagi – Junior (academics)
  • 86 ‡ Cameron Ham –
    Redshirt
    Freshman
    (leg)
  • 49 ‡ Drew Hudgins – Junior (Achilles)
  • 98 ‡ Michael Sipili – Sophomore (Suspended)

C = Captain
‡ = Out for season
(SUSP) = Suspended for game(s)

Positions listed by (numerical order) mean no
preference by the coaching staff
who is a starter and/or playing time
Tight Ends and Tailbacks

Coaching staff

Dan Hawkins
Name[39] Position Years
at CU
Alma mater (Year)
Dan Hawkins Head Coach 1 University of California, Davis (1984)
Ron Collins Defensive Coordinator 1 Washington State University (1987)
Mark Helfrich Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
1 Southern Oregon University (1996)
Jeff Grimes[40] Offensive Line 0 University of Texas at El Paso (1991)
Eric Kiesau Passing Game Coordinator
Receivers
1 Portland State University (1996)
Romeo Bandison Defensive Line 1 University of Oregon (1994)
Greg Brown Secondary 4
(1991–93)
University of Texas at El Paso (1980)
Brian Cabral Linebackers 18 University of Colorado at Boulder (1978)
Darian Hagan Running Backs 2 University of Colorado at Boulder (1991)
Kent Riddle Tight Ends
Special Teams
1 Oregon State University (1991)
Mark Nolan Recruiting Coordinator 1 Willamette University (1995)
Jashon Sykes Recruiting Coordinator 1 University of Colorado at Boulder (2002)

Game summaries

Colorado State

1 2 3 4OT Total
Rams 7 7 14 00 28
Buffaloes 14 3 8 33 31

See also: 2007 Colorado State Rams football team and 2007 Mountain West football season

The 2007 Qwest Rocky Mountain Showdown was back in Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, CO with the kickoff at 10:10 am MDT.[41] Both the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams were coming off losing seasons. Colorado State won last season's game and the series was tied at 4–4 over the last 8 games coming into the game. Colorado State returned running back Kyle Bell who missed last season due to an injury. Colorado started quarterback Cody Hawkins, head coach Dan Hawkins' son and a redshirt freshman in his first start at the college level.

Colorado had been favored entering the game.[42] This was Colorado's 200th game against current members of the Mountain West Conference, with a 137–55–7 record.[41] Colorado was 73–39–5 in their 117-season openers and had won five of its last eight season openers entering the game.[43] Colorado was 8–5, prior to the game, against intrastate rival Colorado State when the Rams have been the opposition in the season opener.[43]

The game was not sold out, with the low sales possibly due to the losing records of both teams last season.[44] There were about 9,000 tickets still available a week before the game.[44] Invesco Field has a capacity of 76,125.[44] A crowd of 68,133 ultimately attended the game.[41]

Colorado made a come from behind victory to force overtime and then win the game.[45] The game started with the first three series scoring touchdowns. Cody Hawkins completed 18 of 31 passes for 201 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.[45] Colorado State's Kyle Bell rushed for a career-high 40 times for 135 yards and a touchdown.[45] Colorado State's quarterback, Hanie went 20-of-27 and threw three touchdown passes to tight end Kory Sperry and one interception, in overtime.[45]

Colorado State won the coin toss in overtime and elected to go first.[45] Terrence Wheatley made an interception to end the Rams' OT side.[45] Kevin Eberhart, senior place kicker, had a good game going 3 for 4 with a career long 38-yard field goal before halftime, a 22-yard field goal with 13 seconds left to send the game into overtime and the game winning 35-yard kick in overtime.[45]

Colorado lost their starting running back, Hugh Charles early in the first quarter with a pulled hamstring.[45] The backup, Demetrius Sumler rushed 16 times for 85-yards.[45]

External link: https://web.archive.org/web/20070827084821/http://www.qwestrockymountainshowdown.com/

Arizona State

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 14 0 0 0 14
Sun Devils 0 19 14 0 33

See also: 2007 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

Colorado lost last season to Arizona State (21–3), the only time the teams have previously played each other. The game was scheduled to start at 8:28 p.m. Mountain Time.[46] Entering the game, Colorado had a 9–2 record in the state of Arizona, including 8–0 against the Arizona Wildcats and 1–2 in the Fiesta Bowl.[46] A sellout crowd larger than 71,000 was expected to be in attendance.[46] Colorado had won their last two road games against Pacific-10 Conference opponents before this game; Washington State Cougars in 2004 and UCLA Bruins in 2003.[46]

Arizona State entered the game 1–0, with a win the previous week over the San Jose State Spartans.[47] Head coach Dennis Erickson was going for his 150th win in his 215th game.[47] Coming into the game, Arizona State was 3–2 all time against the Big 12 Conference.[47]

The Buffaloes scored two touchdowns in the first quarter including an interception return for a touchdown by Terrence Wheatley, while holding the Sun Devils scoreless. ASU responded with three touchowns in the second quarter, but they missed their second extra point (wide left) and their attempt at a two-point conversion after their third touchdown, so they took a 19–14 lead into halftime. Colorado did not score for the rest of the game. Arizona added two more touchdowns in the third quarter.

The actual crowd attendance was 58,417.[20]

Florida State

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 7 3 6 0 16
Buffaloes 0 0 0 6 6

See also: 2007 Florida State Seminoles football team

Colorado welcomed Florida State (1–1) for their home opener. Florida State won the only previous game between the two schools on September 20, 2003.[48]

Florida State came into the game with a win the previous week over the UAB Blazers and a loss in the season opener against the Clemson Tigers. The game was scheduled to start at 8:10 p.m. Mountain Time and aired on ESPN.[49] There were approximately 3,000 tickets remaining 3 days before the game.[49] Florida State was 15–11 all-time against Big 12 Conference teams coming into the game.[48]

Colorado was 7–5 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference teams[48] and 0–4 when playing on September 15 before the game.[48] There were only 4 current Colorado players that dressed for the previous match-up in 2003: Eberhart, Wheatley, Robinson and Sanders.[48] Colorado students and fans were planning to "black out" the stadium by wearing black clothing.[50]

Actual attendance was 52,951.[21] Colorado's Eberhart missed two field goals of 37 and 46 yards.[21] Colorado scored a touchdown with 3:36 left in the game to keep their record scoring streak alive; the latest score in a game to keep the streak alive.[51] Colorado has not been shutout in a football game since November 12, 1988, when they played the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[51] They have not been shutout at home since November 15, 1986, by the Oklahoma Sooners.[51] Terrence Wheatley left the game with a knee injury during the 4th quarter, with his future status undetermined.[51]

In the week after the game, Matt DiLallo was named to the Ray Guy Award watchlist.[52]

Miami University

1 2 3 4 Total
RedHawks 0 0 0 0 0
Buffaloes 7 21 7 7 42

See also: 2007 Miami RedHawks football team

Colorado beat the Miami University RedHawks by a score of 42–0. It was first time the RedHawks were shut out since a 1993 loss to Ball State. In sophomore quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh’s first start of the season for Miami, he completed 11 of 32 passes for only 95 yards. The Colorado defense was never able to sack Raudabaugh, but they did not allow him time to set his feet for passes. Colorado out gained Miami 634–139 in total yardage. The Buffaloes’ offense rushed for 359 after only running for 134 total yards in three previous games.[53]

Oklahoma

See also: 2007 Oklahoma Sooners football team

Oklahoma Sooners at Colorado Buffaloes
1 2 34Total
Oklahoma 7 10 7024
Colorado 0 7 31727

at Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado

  • Date: September 29
  • Game time: 11:30 a.m. MDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy • 68 °F (20 °C) • Wind 6 NE
  • Game attendance: 50,031
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • Automated ScoreBook
Game information

Oklahoma was first to score by capitalizing on a D. J. Wolfe interception returned to the Colorado 11. Sam Bradford connected with Juaquin Iglesias for the 13 yard touchdown. The Buffalo's scored next by driving the ball 70 yards capped off by a 25-yard touchdown rush by Hugh Charles. The Sooners responded 49 seconds later thanks to a 34-yard touchdown run by Allen Patrick. The Sooners added 3 more as a result of a 28-yard Hartley field goal to return to the locker rooms at halftime with a 17–7 lead.[54]

Baylor

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 10 20 10 3 43
Bears 0 9 7 7 23

Kansas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 3 10 7 0 20
Wildcats 17 6 17 7 47

Kansas

See also: 2007 Kansas Jayhawks football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Jayhawks 0 3 10 6 19
Buffaloes 0 0 7 7 14

Texas Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 7 7 17 0 31
Red Raiders 0 6 13 7 26

See also: 2007 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

Missouri

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Tigers 7 24 17 7 55
Buffaloes 10 0 0 0 10

See also: 2007 Missouri Tigers football team

Iowa State

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 21 0 7 28
Cyclones 0 0 21 10 31

See also: 2007 Iowa State Cyclones football team

Colorado seemed to have this game under control with a 21—0 lead at halftime. However, Iowa State rallied back in the second half for the victory. Coach Hawkins made a controversial call going for a first down on 4th and 1 on Colorado's own 43—yard line after Iowa State refused a 10-yard holding penalty in the third quarter. The Buffaloes fell short of making the first down when Demetrius Sumler was stopped by Jesse Smith.[55] Iowa State would score their first points of the game three plays later.[55]

Bret Culbertson of Iowa State kicked a 24—yard field goal with 12:21 left in the game to put the Cyclones up 31—21.[56] Kevin Eberhart of Colorado had earlier missed a 43—yard field goal.[56] Colorado then fought back and Scotty McKnight scored a 9—yard touchdown pass from Cody Hawkins with 2:40 left in the game.[56] The defensed forced a 3 and out after the kickoff to get the ball back with 46 seconds left in the game on their own 28 yard line.[56] In 5 passing plays, 4 complete, they moved the ball 34 yards to the Iowa State 33 yard line.[56] With no timeouts, they rushed the field goal unit on to the field and Eberhart made a 50—yard field goal with 1 second left on the clock.[56] However, Colorado was penalized 5 yards for snapping the ball before it was whistled ready for play (officially Offensive Delay of Game) which nullified the field goal.[56] With 1 second left on the clock, Eberhart again made the 55—yard field goal try, but the officials ruled the ball had not been snapped before time expired.[56] The field goal was again nullified and the game was over.[57]

Nebraska

1 2 3 4 Total
Cornhuskers 14 21 0 16 51
Buffaloes 17 7 20 21 65

See also: 2007 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 14 3 7 24
Crimson Tide 20 7 0 3 30

Main article: 2007 Independence Bowl

See also: 2007 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

Colorado earned a bowl bid to the Independence Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 2, 2007.[58] This was third football game ever between the two schools, with the teams having split the previous two games.[58] They were also both bowl games, the 1969 Liberty Bowl, where Colorado won 47–33, and the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl where Alabama won 30–25.[58]

Alabama scored on their opening drive off of a Leigh Tiffin field goal to lead 3–0. Colorado's first offensive play of the game resulted in an interception by Rolando McClain. Once again, Alabama relied on another field goal from Tiffin to push their lead to 6–0. Later in the quarter, Alabama's John Parker Wilson would throw a touchdown to Keith Brown and Matt Caddell to push the Crimson Tide to a 20–0 lead after one quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson would connect to Nikita Stover on a 31–yard touchdown pass and the Crimson Tide lead 27–0 after just under 20 minutes played in the game. The Buffaloes would control the majority of the second quarter after Wilson threw an interception. Buffaloes freshman quarterback Cody Hawkins threw touchdown passes to Tyson DeVree and Dusty Sprague to close the gap, as the Crimson Tide lead 27–14 at halftime. The only score in the third quarter would come from Kevin Eberhart on a Colorado field goal. Leigh Tiffin kicked a field goal as the Crimson Tide lead 30–17, though Cody Hawkins and Tyson DeVree would connect on another passing touchdown. In a desperation attempt with 0:01 left in the fourth quarter, Colorado would attempt several laterals but would fall short of midfield.

Alabama's victory sent them to a 7–6 overall record as they avoided a second consecutive losing season. Colorado had its second consecutive losing season for the first time in 22 years.[1]

Statistics

Colorado does not include bowl game statistics as part of their season total statistics. The statistics below therefore are for the 12 game regular season and do not include any statistics recorded during the bowl game against Alabama.

Source for all statistics below: https://web.archive.org/web/20110606161411/http://www.cubuffs.com/pdf3/100956.pdf?ATCLID=1207369&SPSID=3844&SPID=255&DB_OEM_ID=600

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 331 353
  Points per Game 27.6 29.4
First Downs 234 236
  Rushing 90 75
  Passing 124 148
  Penalty 20 13
Total Offense 4524 4673
  Avg per Play 5.07 5.63
  Avg per Game 377.0 389.4
Fumbles-Lost 26–10 18–6
Penalties-Yards 84–696 80–656
  Avg per Game 7.0–58.0 6.7–54.7
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 63-2495 71-2875
  Avg per Punt 39.6 40.5
Time of Possession/Game 31:24 28:36
3rd Down Conversions 67–194 60–173
4th Down Conversions 13–26 9–16
Touchdowns Scored 38 42
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 15–23, 54yd 16–19, 52yd
PAT-Attempts 38–39 37–39
Attendance 303,051 232,001
  Games/Avg per Game 50,508 46,400

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4OT Total
Opponents 52 115 123 630 353
Buffaloes 82 96 79 713 331

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Hugh Charles 11- 185 1022 33 989 5.3 8 41 89.9
Demetrius Sumler 11- 100 351 16 335 3.4 4 30 30.5
Brian Lockridge 8- 38 227 14 213 5.6 1 47 26.6
Byron Ellis 12- 32 133 2 131 4.1 2 28t 10.9
Dusty Sprague 12- 10 68 0 68 6.8 1 19 5.7
Patrick Williams 12- 6 39 2 37 6.2 0 24 3.1
Josh Smith 10- 10 43 9 34 3.4 0 13 3.4
Jake Behrens 9- 5 33 0 33 6.5 0 23 3.7
Kendrick Celestine 11- 6 37 10 27 4.5 0 17 2.5
Kevin Moyd 6- 4 18 2 16 4.0 0 9 2.7
Stephone Robinson 11- 5 9 4 5 1.0 0 6 0.5
Samson Jagoras 12- 1 0 2 −2 −2.0 0 −2 −0.2
Nick Nelson 3- 6 13 15 −2 −0.3 0 7 −0.7
Cody Hawkins 12–12 40 89 100 −11 −0.3 3 12 −0.9
TEAM 9 0 73 −73 0 −1
Total 12 457 2082 282 1800 3.94 90 47 150.0

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Cody Hawkins 12–12 117.4 424–239–15 56.4 2693 19 65 224.4
Nick Nelson 3- 80.8 6–3–0 50.0 22 0 10 7.3
Scotty McKnight 12- 1–1–0 100.0 9 0 9
Brian Lockridge 8- 1–0–0 0.0 0 0 0
Matt DiLallo 12- 1–0–0 0.0 0 0 0
TEAM 3–0–0 0.0 0 0 0
Total 436–243–15 55.7 2724 19 65 227.0

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Scotty McKnight 12- 43 488 11.3 4 40 40.7
Tyson DeVree 11- 28 308 11.0 6 29 28.0
Dusty Sprague 12- 27 336 12.4 2 28 28.0
Patrick Williams 12- 27 265 9.8 0 31 22.1
Hugh Charles 11- 24 233 9.7 1 33 21.1
Josh Smith 10- 23 451 19.6 0 65 45.1
Riar Geer 12- 14 128 9.1 2 32 10.7
Byron Ellis 12- 12 39 3.3 1 9 3.3
Kendrick Celestine 11- 11 151 13.7 0 37 13.7
Joe Sanders 12- 8 71 8.9 0 14 5.9
Cody Crawford 12- 7 73 10.4 0 20 6.1
Demetrius Sumler 11- 6 41 6.8 1 12 3.7
Stephone Robinson 11- 5 65 13.0 0 35 5.9
Nate Solder 12- 3 50 16.7 0 23 4.2
Samson Jagoras 12- 2 12 6.0 0 4 1.0
Cody Hawkins 12- 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.8
Patrick Devenny 6- 1 3 3.0 1 3t 0.5
Jake Behrens 9- 1 1 1.0 1 1t 0.1
Total 243 2724 11.2 19 65 227

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Jordon Dizon 12 120 40 160 7–13 4–29 3 10 2–79 39.5 1 42t 0 1 0
Daniel Dykes 12 60 23 83 0–0 0–0 3 4 1–0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Jeff Smart 12 43 37 80 4–16 0–0 5 8 0 1 0
Brad Jones 12 45 27 72 2–4 2–4 3 9 0 0 0
Ryan Walters 11 31 32 63 0–0 0–0 5 5 1–0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Benjamin Burney 12 37 18 55 4–27 0–0 8 0 0 0
George Hypolite 12 34 10 44 5–11 6–42 1 8 1–6 6.0 0 6 0 0 0
Cha'pelle Brown 12 34 8 42 2–4 0–0 12 1 1–51 51.0 0 51 0 0 0
Terrence Wheatley 10 32 10 42 1–2 0–0 10 2 5–65 13.0 1 35t 0 1 0
Brandon Nicolas 12 28 9 37 8–16 3–17 2 3 0 0 0
Alonzo Barrett 12 29 7 36 5–16 1–6 2 7 1–4 4.0 0 4 0 0 0
Maurice Lucas 12 24 6 30 3–3 2–16 1 2 0 0 0
Lionel Harris 10 18 5 23 1–4 1–12 1 0 2–30 15.0 0 32 0 0 0
Gardner McKay 12 16 0 16 1–3 0–0 5 0 0 1 0
Jake Duren 9 8 5 13 1–1 0–0 1 0 0 0 0
R.J. Brown 3 7 5 12 1–1 0–0 0 1 0 0 0
Chris Perri 9 5 2 7 2–4 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
Marquez Herrod 8 3 1 4 1–4 0–0 0 1 0 0 0
Jimmy Smith 6 3 1 4 0–0 0–0 1 0 1–31 31.0 1 31t 0 0 0
Jalil Brown 3 1 2 3 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
B.J. Beatty 2 1 0 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
Taj Kaynor 8 0 1 1 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Brace 11 0 0 0 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Lawson 4 0 0 0 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
Nate Vaiomounga 4 0 0 0 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 579 249 828 48–129 19–130 63 126 15–266 17.7 3 51 0 8 0

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Matt DiLallo 61 2447 40.11 57 3 22 1
Tom Suazo 1 48 48.0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 1 −6 −6.0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 62 2495 39.60 57 3 22 1
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Chase McBride 33 316 9.6 0 43
Alonzo Barrett 2 32 16.0 0 17
Stephone Robinson 4 54 13.5 0 42 1 10 10.0 0 10
Daniel Dykes 1 7 7.0 0 7
Jordon Dizon 0 5 0 5
Gardner McKay 0 −3 0 −3
Terrence Wheatley 37 919 24.8 0 68
Hugh Charles 14 364 26.0 0 34
Byron Ellis 5 71 14.2 0 19
Scotty McKnight 1 21 21.0 0 21
Tyson DeVree 1 0 0.0 0 0
R.J. Brown 0 2 0 2
TEAM 1 −7 −7.0 0 −7
Total 40 411 10.3 0 43 60 1380 23.0 0 68

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