STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Colorado needed just 18 seconds
Saturday to hand Oklahoma State its first real test of the season.
Hugh Charles' 74-yard touchdown run on the first play from
scrimmage set the tone for the 34-0 victory that followed. Marcus
Burton's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final
24 seconds summed up the first home shutout of the Cowboys in 14
"That first play was huge," Charles said. "Anytime you can
get momentum like that, it is great."
The Buffaloes (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) outgained Oklahoma State
(3-1,0-1) 381 to 208 yards in the team's first conference victory
on the road against a Big 12 South Division opponent since it beat
the Cowboys in 2001.
The Cowboys, with redshirt freshman Bobby Reid making his second
start at quarterback, failed to move the ball on short pass
attempts and found its running game stymied. Coming off an open
week, Oklahoma State continued its ongoing struggle to convert
third downs, making only 2-of-17 attempts.
The rookie quarterback's struggles benefited Colorado, Buffs
defensive tackle James Garee acknowledged. But he said Colorado
also came ready to make up for last week's loss at Miami.
"We had a bad taste in our mouth and had to fix a lot of things
from last week," Garee said.
Charles finished with 132 yards rushing and had another
touchdown in the third quarter on a 15-yard run that gave Colorado
a 16-0 lead.
Oklahoma State's defense gave the Cowboys hope early on, holding
quarterback Joel Klatt to 151 passing yards, his lowest passing
total of the season.
But Klatt led a 49-yard drive and put Mason Crosby in position
for a 48-yard field goal that gave Colorado a 10-0 lead with 0:02
remaining in the first half. Crosby added a 42-yard field goal in
the fourth quarter.
Klatt connected with Joe Klopfenstein with an 11-yard touchdown
pass that expanded Colorado's lead to 24-0 with 9:28 to go in the
Oklahoma State hadn't been shut out at home since a win by
Kansas in 1991.
Colorado defeated New Mexico State 39-0 on Sept. 10, but coach
Gary Barnett isn't giving sole credit to a dominating Colorado
"I'm never quick to say that. You have to look at Oklahoma
State. They are struggling on offense," he said. "They have even
struggled in games that weren't against Big 12 teams. So I guess
you have to look at everything before you are able to say that."
Reid, who made his first career start two weeks ago against
Arkansas State, completed 14 of 29 passes for 116 yards and two
interceptions for Oklahoma State.
He shouldered much of the blame for the loss, saying he had
protection but made costly mistakes.
"I was being overanxious. I take the blame for everything that
happened and want to just get ready to play next week," he said.
Gundy said it was the first time his team had faced adversity
after a light opening schedule and that he wasn't ready to make
"We are not very good at what we are doing on offense, but in
the long run we feel like it is going to give us the best chance to
win games in the future," he said. "We just have to get better at