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