October 14, 2006
Post Game Notes and Quotes
Below are random notes and quotes following the Buffaloes' game against Texas Tech on October 14th: It was 57 and cloudy at kickoff with little wind in the stadium. 50,233 tickets were distributed for the game with an estimated 5,000 no-shows.
Redshirt freshman Jarrell Yates' 29-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was also his first career reception.
He is the last CU player to have his first career catch go for a touchdown since James Kidd did so in 1993 against Baylor.
"Jarrell is a very hard worker in practice," quarterback Bernard Jackson expressed "His hard work paid off for him this week."
Yates was the primary target on the play.
"We ran a little stutter and go and thought we could get them on that," head coach Dan Hawkins added. "It was a good design by [offensive coordinator Mark] Helfrich and obviously good execution."
Mason Crosby's 56-yard field-goal with 5:47 left in the 2nd quarter was the second longest field-goal in the NCAA this season. He also returned to form with all of his kickoffs going back for a touchback.
Fullback Maurice Cantrell made his first career start last Saturday against Baylor and this week he touched the football for the first time in his college career. He hauled in a 20-yard pass on the opening drive and catch another pass for a 18 yard gain in the second half.
Jackson had a career long run of 35 yards in the second quarter. He was knocked out of the game late in the first half when he got the wind knocked out of him. Jackson also suffered a strained neck but returned for the start of the second half and was not listed on the post game injury list.
"The defensive player just hit me on the top of my head and I got the wind knocked out of me when I landed on the ball," Jackson recalled. "It took me a while to get my breath back."
Battling double teams for much of the game, Abraham Wright was still able to record his ninth sack of the season on a fourth day play with 8:33 left in the second quarter. The sack set the Buffs up with great field position on the Red Raiders' 47-yard line.
Ryan Walters returned to the lineup after missing the Baylor game with a stinger. The sophomore safety picked off two balls, the first two interceptions of his career.
"There is a reason he is starting," Hawkins said of Walters. "He is a very heady kid and he's a playmaker. It was nice to have him back there. I think he adds a little savvy to what we're doing."
The last time Texas Tech was shut out through three quarters was against Texas back in September of 1999. The Red Raiders finally scored with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter.
The Buffs are now 16-12-1 when wearing all black.
Hawkins is known as a motivational speaker, but it was getting hard to motivate a 0-6 team.
What does the win mean? "It probably means for me I get to be a little more creative [with my speeches]," he expressed. "Instead of being Zig Zigler, I can be Vince Lombardi for a week. They were probably going, 'How many more motivational ploys does this guy have up his sleeve?' Now, it certainly adds a breath of freshness and a little bit of confidence."
There were no new injures to report after the game. Safety J.J. Billingsley and center Mark Fenton are both listed as questionable. The hope to get them back to practiceon Tuesday.
The Oklahoma Sooners' star running back Adrian Peterson broke his collarbone on Saturday, meaning he will not play against the Buffaloes next Saturday.
"That is unfortunate and I really mean that," Hawkins said of Peterson's injury. "I'm a person before I'm a football coach and as a person I feel bad for him because he is a great player and he brings a lot to college football. As a competitor you always want to go against the best.
"That being said, they'll have other guys. It's Oklahoma and they'll have other players. But I feel back for him and I feel bad because he is an icon for college football."
At the end of Hawkins post game press conference, he made a statement with Bernard Jackson waiting to take his turn on the podium.
"I just want to say publicly that I'm proud of this guy over here because he never quit," Hawkins said while looking at Jackson. He's kept coming. He never quit. He stood up and was a man when it was appropriate to be a man. Nobody wants to be 0-6 but that kid right there has given his heart and soul to this and he has come a long way. I'm proud of you B-Jack, I'm proud of you buddy."
"It took me four years to get where I'm at now and for someone to recognize my hard work and dedication, it blows me away," Jackson replied.
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