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.