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BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Tyler Hansen #9 of the Colorado Buffaloes looks to throw the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the game at Folsom Field on October 17, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IOctober 20, 2009

October 19th

A tip of the hat to two Buffs

As the Buffs and their fans bask in the glow of the win over Kansas (was your work day just a little bit better today?), I’d like to give out a shout to two Buffs who have been maligned this season.

First, let’s hear it for kicker Aric Goodman . I received a text Saturday that Goodman was suffering from an abdominal strain, and might not be able to play against Kansas. Not only did he play, but Goodman was successful on both of his field goal attempts. Okay, the first kick, from 45 yards out, bounced in off right upright, but hey, it went in, tying the score in the second quarter. What’s more, Goodman had seven kickoffs, all of which made it to the endzone. Five went for touchbacks, with only two being returned (one to the 16; one to the 25).  For his efforts, Goodman was honored for the second time this season as the national kickoff specialist of the week by the College Football Performance Awards. All in all, for a kicker that none of us had much confidence in at the beginning of the season, a pretty good night! …

Second, a high-five for quarterback Cody Hawkins . If you watched the game, you know that Cody was there for Tyler Hansen all night. He was there to talk strategy; he was there to celebrate Tyler’s successes (which was better—the leap frog or the matador?). The cynic might say that Cody was doing it for show, that he didn’t want the cameras to catch him pouting. Even if that were true, then you would have to give credit to Cody for recognizing that his reactions would be captured on television. Personally, I think Cody’s reactions were genuine. I believe he is the consummate teammate, and was Tyler’s biggest fan on the sidelines …

In other news …

Rodney Stewart became the first Colorado player to be honored as the Big 12 Player of the Week. Speedy, who had 108 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas, shared the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors with Oklahoma State wide receiver Hubert Anyiam. On Saturday, Stewart became the 49th player in Colorado history to post 1,000 career rushing yards … (Last season, cornerback Cha’pelle Brown was the Defensive Player of the week after his interception return for a touchdown beat Eastern Washington, and kicker Aric Goodman was the Special Teams Player of the Week for his game-winning field goal in overtime against West Virginia) …

The Colorado/Missouri game has been picked up for television, but it is the 11:30 a.m. game on Fox Sports Net. The good news is that the game represents the eighth straight game regionally or nationally televised game (with Oklahoma State and Nebraska already scheduled for national coverage, the Buffs will be on television for at least ten games this season). The bad news is that the game is on Halloween, and would have been a great candidate for this season’s “Blackout” game. The game still might be chosen, but it won’t have the same look in the morning as it would have at night …

Big 12 quarterback shuffle … Nebraska, on the heels of a 31-10 loss to Texas Tech at home, Nebraska may see a change at quarterback. Starter Zac Lee was ineffective against the Red Raiders, so freshman Cody Green was inserted. Head coach Bo Pelini said today that the decision as to which player would start against Iowa State Saturday would be a “game-time” decision. “We’ll see how it goes and how they practice and how they perform,” said Pelini. “There’s a lot of variable. A lot of things could happen.” … Texas quarterback Colt McCoy said he will play against Missouri Saturday, despite a bruised right thumb which will likely lose its nail. “It’s sore, but it’s not going to keep me out,” said McCoy. “It’s football.” … Oklahoma will be without quarterback Sam Bradford this Saturday against Kansas, and perhaps beyond. Saturday against Texas, Bradford re-injured the same shoulder which has kept him out for much of the season. ”I think the fair thing to say is right now, he’s not going to play this week,” said Sooner head coach Bob Stoops. “I just assumed everyone understood that. From there, the path hasn’t been determined yet.”

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