Colorado needs a quick fix for running game

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 11, 2009

/> 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.



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.

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