CU will try getting healthy against Baylor

Updated: October 3, 2003, 2:48 PM ET

WACO, Texas -- After a rocky first month, the Colorado Buffaloes couldn't have asked for a better way to open Big 12 play.

First came a bye last week, giving injured quarterback Joel Klatt and running back Bobby Purify time to heal. Now, on Saturday, the Buffs play the Baylor Bears.

Based on recent history, it is about as lopsided a matchup as the conference has.

Colorado has won the North division the last two years, going 14-2 in league play. Baylor is 1-15 in that span, finishing last in the South both times.

Although both went 2-2 in non-conference action thus far this season, the similarities end there.

The Buffs opened with two thrilling victories, zooming to No. 17 in the poll. Then Klatt hurt his throwing shoulder in the first half against Washington State and CU was blown out. Another lopsided loss followed at Florida State.

"We better be doggoned glad we have another game to play after those two," coach Gary Barnett said. "It doesn't make any difference who we play, our team is going to go down there humble and fighting, scratching and clawing."

Barnett said he would decide Saturday whether Klatt will start, or even play at all. He's thrown in practice this week, though without his usual velocity after keeping his arm to his side for nearly two straight weeks.

Sophomore Erik Greenberg, who is back in school after a two-year Mormon mission in Bolivia, replaced Klatt against Washington State and started against Florida State. Freshman James Cox also played against the Seminoles.

"We'll prepare the other two guys as if they were going to play," Barnett said.

Purify will sit out this game and probably the next, against Kansas. The target date for his return is the Oct. 18 showdown against Kansas State.

First-year Baylor coach Guy Morriss saw his team lose the opener to Alabama-Birmingham in the final minute, then get stomped by North Texas. The Bears struggled to beat winless SMU. They looked a little better in their next victory, but it came against Division I-AA Sam Houston State.

Even wounded, Colorado is no Sam Houston State.

"We will have a fight on our hands," Morriss said. "Colorado will be a measuring stick for this team. Our kids understand the challenge. We have to line up correctly and give great effort."

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