Scores

Final

New Mexico St 0

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Colorado 39

(2-0, 2-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 10, 2005

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 0 0 0 00
COLO 7 15 14 339

Top Performers

Passing: J. Klatt (COLO) - 186 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Vickers (COLO) - 6 CAR, 45 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: P. Dombrowski (NMSU) - 3 REC, 77 YDS

Colorado 39, New Mexico State 0

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- There was no letdown in this one.

Colorado wrote the check for $400,000 and got what it paid for -- an ego-boosting 39-0 shellacking of New Mexico State on Saturday night led by three touchdowns from Lawrence Vickers.

Joel Klatt threw for 186 yards and two scores before being pulled in the third quarter. Vickers ran for two touchdowns and caught another for the Buffs (2-0), who posted their first shutout since 2002 and added this to their season-opening 31-28 win over Colorado State.

They now take a week off before getting a much more stringent test, at No. 14 Miami.

"Our thoughts going into Miami are to go down there and win," Vickers said. "It's a big game for us, a chance for our team to make a statement."

The Aggies (0-2), under first-year coach Hal Mumme, were no threat to Colorado, even with the pass-happy offense that had Buffs coach Gary Barnett worrying all week.

Did New Mexico State come out any better from this trip to Boulder?

"I don't know," Mumme said. "I guess we're richer."

New Mexico State quarterback Royal Gill finished 17-for-30 for 176 yards. The Aggies managed only 20 yards and one first down in the first half and Colorado took a 22-0 lead into an extended halftime that included a fireworks show.

Barnett challenged the team to focus on this week instead of looking ahead to Miami and, as the result showed, that's exactly what the Buffs did.

"They took the challenge of getting better, not getting caught up in listening to the wrong people about the wrong things," Barnett said.

Last week, New Mexico State called 70 pass plays and threw for 347 yards in a 34-17 loss to UTEP. But Colorado's defense was ready for the attack. The Aggies only ran 53 plays total and Gill didn't complete a pass longer than 15 yards until midway through the third quarter.

Gill's 54-yard completion to Paul Dombrowski in the third gave the Aggies the ball at CU's 26, but they fumbled the ball away two plays later.

Early in the fourth, New Mexico State had a 29-yard field goal blocked.

Later in the quarter, the Aggies drove to the CU 1, but after a 5-yard loss, Gill threw a floater into the end zone that got intercepted, preserving CU's first shutout since a 34-0 win over Baylor on Oct. 19, 2002.

"We challenged them to be relentless the entire game," Barnett said. "When they get down there, sometimes in those situations, you just let them score. We didn't."

Other problems for the Aggies included an interception thrown on a fake punt and a safety that came when the snap flew well over punter Brad Evans' head and he booted the ball out of the end zone to make it 15-0.

Klatt marched CU 63 yards for a touchdown after the free kick, capped by a 3-yard pass to Vickers.

Sixth-year senior Quinn Sypniewski scored his first career touchdown, an 11-yard catch from Klatt for a 29-0 lead in the third. A bit later, Vickers ran in from the 11 to make it 36-0 and end the night for the CU starters. The Buffaloes made a team record 14 first downs in the third quarter. Hugh Charles finished with 105 yards for his second straight 100-yard game.

The Aggies received $400,000 for this, a so-called "guarantee game," in which a team from the smaller school takes a guaranteed payoff in exchange for traveling to the bigger school, which gets the money generated from the home crowd -- and usually an easy win to go with it.

Last week, Mumme said he inherited the schedule from the previous coaching staff and didn't plan to play these type games in the future.

"I think anybody could look at us in warmups out there and look at Colorado and see a mismatch," Mumme said.

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