After losing their season opener to in-state rival Colorado State, the Colorado Buffaloes badly needed to bounce back with a win over a MAC middle of the pack team like Toledo. So of course what happened? Colorado looks outclassed, and most surprisingly out manned and was thumped by the Rockets 54-38 at the Glass Bowl.
Before the season began, Buffs coach Dan Hawkins predicted his squad would win 10 games. That prediction was odd enough when he made it, considering that Hawkins has never had a winning season since coming to Boulder, let alone come close to winning double digits. Now that his team is 0 for 2 against some pretty weak competition, it might be time for "Hawk" to take stock.
One of the more classic football coach rants of all time came from Hawkins during a recruiting press conference when addressing one of his player's concerns about the lack of down time his players got. Among other things, he screamed,
"This is division one football! It's the Big 12! It ain't intramurals!...Go play intramurals brother!"
It might be time for Hawkins to take his own speech to heart.
Hawkins built what was a brilliant career while leading Boise State from obscurity into the public eye. During his tenure the Broncos went three straight years of 11 or more wins, and went undefeated three straight times in WAC play. His final record at Boise was 53-11 and an amazing 37-3 in conference play.
Contrast that to his days with the Buffaloes. Hawkins' best year in Boulder was 2007 when he went 6-7 and lost in the Independence Bowl. Under Hawkins, Colorado has gone just 13-26 and 8-16 in conference play. A far cry from when he was considered the next great young coach.
With a schedule that includes West Virginia before beginning a punishing Big 12 slate, Colorado's season appears over before it's really begun.
The Toledo Rockets racked up 624 yards of total offense. One Rocket receiver (Eric Page) had three catches for 138 yards. He had one catch for 60 yards and another for 70. Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 completions. He had just 11 completions that did not go for a touchdown. Opelt also ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61 yard touchdown dash.
Against Colorado State the Buffaloes surrendered 376 yards of offense, and lost 23-17.
Is Hawkins coaching at the level of the Big 12? Or is it closer to Intramurals?