3:00 PM ET, November 11, 2006
Folsom Field, BOULDER, CO
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Dan McCarney's voice was all but gone.
The Iowa State coach had screamed himself hoarse during the Cyclones' 33-16 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday.
But McCarney, who announced Wednesday he'll step down following the season, wasn't going to allow emotion to creep into his crackling voice after the game.
And he succeeded -- for a little bit.
McCarney was on the verge of tears after being asked about his pre-game stroll Saturday. He drank in all the sights, sounds and smells during his final road game for Iowa State.
"I had a great 12 years," McCarney said after pausing to collect his emotions. "It's going to be hard to say goodbye. I've loved every minute."
Maybe not every minute of this particular game. The Buffaloes (2-9, 2-5 Big 12) entered the contest with the worst scoring offense (14.9) in the Big 12 but scored on their first seven possessions. Colorado had a season-high 463 yards of offense.
Colorado quarterback Bernard Jackson was 13 of 19 for 200 yards and two touchdown passes. He also ran for 69 yards and a 5-yard touchdown on a sneak in the second quarter.
"That is exactly how our offense is supposed to be happening," Jackson said.
McCarney refused to pin his team's sluggish play on his resignation.
"Those kind of things are just excuses," McCarney said. "We had just as much preparation time as Colorado did. They played like a team that's won a lot of games this year."
Colorado kicker Mason Crosby came back for his senior year for games just like this. Crosby hit four field goals to become the first Colorado player to eclipse the 300-point mark in his career. It's the fourth time he's kicked four field goals in a game and the second time doing it against Iowa State (3-8, 0-7).
"He's the best kicker in the history of college football," McCarney said.
McCarney wasn't upset when Colorado sent Crosby out to attempt a 65-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Crosby had the accuracy, but it was a yard short.
"I got it up just a little too high," Crosby said. "It was close."
It's not often the crowd will give a kicker a standing ovation for a miss.
Meyer finished 17 of 28 for 192 yards. He also caught a 19-yard pass from receiver Austin Flynn on a gadget play.
The Cyclones opened the game with a patchwork offense due to injuries. The Cyclones were without their top two running backs -- Stevie Hicks (right knee) and Jason Scales (sprained left ankle) -- and receiver Todd Blythe (virus).
Fullback Ryan Kock was moved to tailback and set a career-high for yards (38) on the opening drive. He finished with 82 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He didn't know until just before the first play he'd be the tailback.
"They called my number and I did the best I could," Kock said.
Davis' 21-yard touchdown grab was his first catch since suffering a collapsed lung against Kansas State on Oct. 28. He missed last weekend's game against Kansas.
The Buffaloes came out throwing deep on the opening drive. Alvin Barnett hauled in a 38-yard catch to open the game and had a 26-yard touchdown grab three plays later.
Colorado's Mell Holliday rushed for a career-high 126 yards in his final home game.
Before the game, Colorado honored 23 seniors playing their final game at Folsom Field. These are players who've ridden a roller-coaster of emotions with a recruiting scandal, Gary Barnett's firing last December and the start of a new coaching era with Dan Hawkins.
Senior Thaddaeus Washington said the team is headed in the right direction.
"We've been down for a while and it's an up time now," said Washington, who played despite having his two front teeth chipped in half last weekend. "We came out playing for each other."
The Cyclones will be playing for McCarney next Saturday against Missouri in their season finale.
"I'm hoping that everyone's going to be emotional and have a heck of a game," linebacker Tyrone McKenzie said.
McCarney downplayed his final home game.
"This is for the kids that will put on the uniform for the last time," he said. "I'll coach again."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-12||6-12|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-0|
|TD||13:32||ALVIN BARNETT 26 YD PASS FROM BERNARD JACKSON (MASON CROSBY KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:33||JON DAVIS 21 YD PASS FROM BRET MEYER (BRET CULBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yards.
|FG||1:47||MASON CROSBY 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 41 yards.
|TD||6:52||BERNARD JACKSON 5 YD RUN (MASON CROSBY KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 95 yards.
|FG||0:32||MASON CROSBY 38 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yards.
|FG||9:43||MASON CROSBY 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||5:06||PATRICK WILLIAMS 39 YD PASS FROM BERNARD JACKSON (MASON CROSBY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 39 yards.
|FG||0:00||BRET CULBERTSON 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 71 yards.
|FG||9:20||MASON CROSBY 42 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||3:58||RYAN KOCK 5 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yards.