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Colorado senior quarterback Cody Hawkins has been named the Big 12's offensive player of the week after leading the Buffs to a surprising dominant victory over the Iowa State Cyclones, less than a week after his father was fired as the team's coach. With Dan Hawkins watching from the balcony of his old office, Cody played one of his best games as a Buffalo, throwing three touchdowns with no turnovers. Congratulations to Cody, this award is well deserved.
Cody Hawkins, Colorado, QB, Sr, Boise, Idaho
Cody Hawkins completed 16-of-24 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in Colorado's win over Iowa State. He picked up 11 first downs, including one on a quarterback sneak on a fourth-down play. Hawkins posted a career-best single game passer rating of 201.02. He now has 7,044 career passing yards, second all-time at CU behind Joel Klatt's 7,375 yards. With 643 completions, Hawkins needs 24 more to surpass Klatt for the top spot. He already holds school records in attempts (1,163) and touchdowns (55).
Hawkins was 16-of-24 through the air for the Buffaloes (4-6, 1-5 Big 12), who snapped a five-game losing streak and also won their first game for interim coach Brian Cabral. A long-time assistant, Cabral took over this week for the fired Dan Hawkins. Rodney Stewart ran for 123 yards on 36 carries for Colorado, while Paul Richardson caught five balls for 121 yards. Scotty McKnight added three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Austen Arnaud was 15-of-23 through the air for the Cyclones (5-6, 3-4), while Jerome Tiller hit 12-of-19 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. The two quarterbacks were sacked eight times, however, for 53 yards in losses. As a result, Iowa State finished with minus-six rushing yards. Collin Franklin caught 11 balls for 118 yards and a score in the losing effort.
Colorado opened the scoring when Aric Goodman booted a 24-yard field goal with 11:13 left in the first quarter.
Alexander Robinson got Iowa State on the board on an eight-yard run with 12:03 left in the first half.
Colorado regained the lead when Cody Hawkins found Ryan Deehan on a nine-yard throw at the 11:08 mark. He followed up with a 26-yard pass to Toney Clemons at the 2:27 point to make it a 17-7 game at halftime.
Goodman extended Colorado’s lead to 20-7 with a 39-yard field goal at the 9:03 mark of the third quarter before Hawkins found Scotty McKnight on a 25-yard scoring pass with 2:25 remaining in the period.
Michael Sipili extended the Colorado lead to 34-7 when he returned a fumble 45 yards to the end zone with 11:33 left in the game.
Jerome Tiller got Iowa State back in the end zone with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Colin Franklin with 8:11 remaining.
Colorado had the edge in time of possession, 34:02-25:58. Iowa State fumbled four times, losing two of them.
Cody Hawkins continues to have a very impressive game, leading the Colorado Buffaloes to 27-7 lead over the Iowa State Cyclones. ISU, looking for a sixth win to make them bowl eligible, has been dominated so far by the Buffs in Boulder.
Hawkins hooked up with Scotty McKnight, the quarterback’s third score of the game. With that touchdown catch, McKnight has 20 career touchdown receptions, tied for first in Colorado history.
On the scoring drive, RB Rodney Stewart went over 100 yards for the fifth time this year. Hawkins has 15-22 for 261 yards and three scores.
The Colorado defense has sacked Iowa State four times and held the Cyclones to just 2 yards on the ground.
The Brian Cabral era has started off very well. The defense has looked solid, the special teams has made plays, something they haven’t done all year, and Cody Hawkins has this Buffs’ offense moving.
Colorado has taken a 17-7 lead on the Iowa State Cyclones into halftime behind the arm of Hawkins. The quarterback is 11-15 for 195 yards and two scores, one to Toney Clemons and the other to freshman Paul Richardson. CU RB Rodney Stewart has 69 yards on 16 carries. All of this offensive production doesn’t happen without great play from the Colorado Buffaloes’ offensive line who has opened up holes all day and protected Cody Hawkins.
After Iowa State marched 83 yards to take a 7-3 lead on the Colorado Buffaloes, the home team was quick to respond. KR Arthur Jafee went 87 yards to the Iowa State 9 yard line. Two plays later, Cody Hawkins found TE Ryan Deehan for a touchdown, giving the Buffs the lead back.
Cody Hawkins continues to play well even though his father was let go as head coach earlier this week. Today he is 7-7 for 135 yards and a score.
The Brian Cabral era has gotten off to a relatively successful start sans a costly fumble when the Buffs were on the move in Iowa State territory.
On the first drive of the game, QB Cody Hawkins hooked up with freshman phenom WR Paul Richardson for a 51 yard completion to get the Buffs inside the Iowa State 20 yard line. The Buffs were able to get down to the seven yard line but were unable to punch it into the endzone. CU settled for a Aric Goodman field goal.
Colorado held Iowa State to just 24 yards in the first quarter and Alexander Robinson did not get a yard on the ground after one.
But Colorado was not able to capitalize as Rodney Stewart fumbled while the Buffs were driving in Iowa State territory. CU had 173 yards in the first half but not a lot of points to show for it.
It can’t get any worse for the Colorado Buffaloes as they square off against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday at Folsom Field. Coming off a humiliating fourth quarter loss to the Kansas Jayhawks that worsened their conference record to 0-5 then receiving news that CU fired head coach Dan Hawkins, the Buffs really have no place to go but up, right?
Not if you believe David Ubben of ESPN.com, who predicts
Iowa State 30, Colorado 24: Colorado is obviously a huge wild card here, but Iowa State knows what’s at stake: A loss here would probably keep them out of a bowl with Missouri the only team left on the schedule. The Buffs turn in a great effort, but seniors Austen Arnaud and Alexander Robinson turn in better ones with a pair of big days.
Programs that were at the top don’t stay at the bottom forever, so it will get better in Boulder. But it looks like that may have to wait until the move to the Pac-12.
(Sports Network) - The Iowa State Cyclones whip into Boulder this weekend for a Big 12 Conference clash with the Colorado Buffaloes, who are fresh off an incomprehensible loss and consequently under new leadership.
Iowa State carried a modest two-game win streak and plenty of confidence into last weekend's home clash with Nebraska. The Cyclones put forth a tremendous effort and pushed that tilt into overtime, but the end result was a heart- breaking 31-30 setback. Paul Rhoads and his ISU team is 5-5 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 action, needing just one victory over the final two weeks to earn bowl eligibility.
Last Saturday, Colorado led Kansas by 28 points with just over 11 minutes remaining in the contest, a seemingly insurmountable lead. What ensued will go down as the most shocking collapse in the history of the program, as the Buffaloes surrendered five consecutive touchdowns to the Jayhawks to lose in regulation by a 52-45 final. That defeat was the fifth in a row for Colorado, which is now 3-6 overall and 0-5 versus Big 12 competition. Obviously, the calls for head coach Dan Hawkins' job were deafening, and athletic director Mike Bohn announced on Tuesday that Hawkins was let go after nearly five seasons at the helm. Long-time assistant Brian Cabral takes over on an interim basis.
Colorado owns a 48-15-1 series advantage over Iowa State, but the Cyclones won last season's meeting by a 17-10 final.
Iowa State is generating 24.6 ppg and 324.8 total ypg, decent numbers for a team that is rather mediocre offensively. Austen Arnaud, the club's veteran quarterback, has completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 1,567 yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. The top receiver for the Cyclones is Collin Franklin, who has recorded 40 grabs for 384 yards and two scores. As for the ground attack, which is the strength of the offense, Alexander Robinson has posted 826 yards and eight touchdowns to date.
There is certainly room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball for Iowa State, which is yielding 29.8 ppg and 420.9 total ypg. The Cyclones have surrendered 34 touchdowns to opposing offenses through 10 tilts, including 18 rushing scores. A rather high average of 198.4 rushing ypg at a clip of 4.7 ypc are being surrendered. While ISU has posted a low total of 11 sacks, 13 interceptions have been registered to go along with nine fumble recoveries.
Against Nebraska, Iowa State posted 360 total yards while limiting the mighty Cornhuskers to 314 yards. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they committed three costly turnovers that played a major roll in the loss. After scoring a touchdown in overtime to pull within one point, Iowa State attempted to win the game on a fake extra point attempt. Unfortunately, Daniel Kuehl's pass was intercepted, sending the Cyclones to defeat.
Colorado rolled up 31 first downs and 464 total yards against Kansas, so the offense was certainly productive. Cody Hawkins completed 29-of-44 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, although he did toss a pair of interceptions. Paul Richardson paces the receivers with 11 catches for 141 yards and two scores, while Rodney Stewart spearheaded the ground attack with 27 carries for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Sure, the offense was productive, but there is no doubt that three turnovers hurt the cause.
The Buffaloes actually played quite well defensively before the start of the fourth quarter, but that's when everything went terribly wrong. It is important to point out that one of the five touchdowns scored by Kansas in that final frame came on special teams, and that the four offensive touchdowns mustered by the Jayhawks in the final 12 minutes all came on drives of less than 70 yards. Still, the Colorado defense collapsed, and there isn't any other way to look at it.
Hawkins has taken over at quarterback for Tyler Hansen, who suffered a season- ending spleen injury. He clearly played his best ball last weekend, but the interceptions are unacceptable. Colorado figures to lean heavily on Stewart this weekend, as the tailback has rushed for over 900 yards this season with eight rushing scores. A total of 95 points have been surrendered by the Buffs the last two times out, so the Colorado offense will have to be outstanding just to keep the team in the game.
A close game seems likely this weekend, and a narrow edge goes to the upstart Cyclones, spoiling the debut of Cabral. No longer is Iowa State a pushover.