TOLEDO, Ohio — Colorado coach Dan Hawkins knows what needs fixing following an opening loss against Colorado State. He just has little time to get it done. The Buffaloes face a quick turnaround and a long trip before playing Toledo on Friday, giving them just four days between their first two games. "You can sit around and complain about late games, early games, Saturday or Sunday, whatever it is,” he said. "But that’s the way it is, let’s go, and if you handle it that way you’re usually pretty good.” The short week will only mean cramming in preparation time and a little less sleep for the coaches, Hawkins said. What will keep them up more than anything is trying to solve what went wrong with Colorado’s running game against Colorado State. The Buffaloes (0-1) had just 29 yards rushing. Sophomore tailback Darrell Scott, a prized recruit who was expected to do big things, carried the ball only once for 1 yard. Offensive tackle Ryan Miller said the line needs to eliminate the mental errors that caused too many missed blocks. "We could have been a lot more physical, but if you don’t know who to hit, it doesn’t matter,” he said. Hawkins agreed that the trouble with the running game started up front. He noticed the offensive line improved as the game went along. "I thought those guys did settle in a bit and get a better feel,” he said. "The communication, the tempo and all that got significantly better. We just need to get those guys going so they can adjust in a quicker fashion next game.” The Buffaloes should have an easier time running against the Rockets. Toledo (0-1) gave up 315 yards on the ground in a 52-31 loss at Purdue last week. The Boilermakers’ Ralph Bolden had 234 yards, including his first carry as a college starter that went for a 78-yard touchdown. Toledo’s first-year coach Tim Beckman expects Colorado to run a lot. "That’s exactly what they’re going to do when they see what Purdue did,” said Beckman, who spent the past two seasons as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.Comments
Colorado (0-1) at Toledo (0-1)→When: 8 tonight →Where: The Glass Bowl, Toledo, Ohio →TV: ESPN (Cox 29) →The buzz: Colorado is coming off a 23-17 loss to rival Colorado State Sunday night, the Rams’ first win in Boulder in 23 years. QB Cody Hawkins said the Buffaloes could flush that loss out of their system quickly with a winning trip to Toledo. But is three days of practice enough time to fix things? Toledo lost 52-31 to Purdue in coach Tim Beckman’s debut. The Rockets are 2-0 at home against the Big 12, having beaten Kansas in 2006 and Iowa State in ’07.