For the second time this season the Buffaloes took the field against a team calling themselves the Aggies. And for the second time this year the Buffaloes took care of business and got playing time for their backups against the Aggies. This time, however, the win came against a much better Aggie squad than the first time. Texas A&M was picked by many to be Texas’ chief competition for the Big XII south title. Quarterback Reggie McNeal was on many Heisman Trophy watch lists. After Saturday the Aggies have many questions to answer. But so do the Buffaloes.
The Buffs defense put forth another strong effort, but one wonders how the game would’ve played out if the Buffs had gotten behind early. This appeared to be the case on the first drive of the game when McNeal hit receiver DeQawn Mobley down the sideline. Mobley had beaten is man and all he had to do was run to the endzone. Then he dropped the ball. Just like that in the open field. JJ Billingsly, hustling on the play, was able to fall on the ball. The Buffs offense took the field and showed that the play calling was going to be aggressive. Joel Klatt hit Hugh Charles for a 51 yard touchdown and Colorado never looked back.
The offense was impressive throwing the football. The tight ends got involved in a big way. Joe Klopfenstein and Quinn Sypniewski combined for 169 yard receiving and a touchdown. Lawrence Vickers showed once again why we call him a V-back. Vickers racked up 84 yards in total offense and two scores. Remember against Miami this trio combined for only a few touches. Sophomore running back Hugh Charles didn’t rush for 100 yards, but he didn’t have to. He provided Klatt with a deep threat in the passing attack and racked up 85 yards through the air and 2 total touchdowns.
On defense the secondary recovered from the early mishap. On several occasions McNeal was forced to scramble and throw the ball away due to good coverage down the field. The Buffs did give up 258 yards passing, but almost half of that was in 4th quarter garbage time. Texas A&M was never able to get a running game established despite the fact they are running more option with McNeal.
This might have been the best practice the Buffs could have had for next week against Vince Young and Texas. However, Colorado still committed 11 penalties for 91 yards. This is an area that needs to be fixed. We were able to overcome the penalties this time, but giving up a football field length of field position will usually give you a loss. Overall the Buffs should feel good about their performance and this win will give them a huge confidence boost heading to Austin. This win also got the Buffaloes back into the top 25 in both polls as they are currently ranked 24th in each.