• First Action. Several CU players stepped on the field for their first collegiate game today, including 11 freshmen (two true): CB Jalil Brown, WR Kendrick Celestine (true), PK Tyler Cope (true), QB Cody Hawkins, DE Marquez Herrod, WR Scotty McKnight, TB Kevin Moyd, OG Wes Palazzi, CB Jimmy Smith, TE Nate Solder and TB Demetrius Sumler. In addition, SS Daniel Dykes played in his first CU game after transferring from Idaho and ILB Jake Duren after doing the same from UNC.
The trio of Hawkins, McKnight and Sumler combined for much of CU's offense. Hawkins had 201 passing yards, Sumler rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries (5.3 ypc) and McKnight caught 8 passes for 106 yards, including a touchdown.
• Mr. First Play. After his 24-yard rush to open the game…Pat Williams now holds the CU record for longest rush and longest reception (42 yards, 2006) on a season's first play from scrimmage.
• The Buffs had more yards (203) and more first downs (10) in the first half on Saturday, than they had the entire game vs. CSU last season (146 yards, nine first downs).
• Third down defense? The Buffs' defense came up with huge plays on two CSU fourth downs, but third-down defense was pretty bad. CSU converted 11 of 19 third downs.
• Both quarterbacks were hot early. The first incompletion in the game came at the 9:37 mark in the second quarter (Hawkins missed his target). Before that, Hawkins and Hanie were a combined 13-of-13 passes.
• Senior linebacker Jordon Dizon had 20 tackles (unofficially, pending coaches' video look). If the number stands, it's a career high for Dizon. He had 19 in the 2006 finale against Nebraska. That would give him 39 in the past two games.
• Senior captain Bernard Jackson was not academically eligible for the game. He was on the sideline for the game. Senior offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus took his place as one of three captains who met with CSU team captains at midfield for the coin toss prior to kickoff.
• Colorado debuted their new uniforms on Saturday. The all-black versions. Though they've worn the all blacks 32 times, it was only the third time in program history the Buffs have worn all black for a non-league game.
• Scouts in the house included guys from Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Miami.
• Speaking of injuries, CU had a special guest at the game. CU freshman Michael Knorps, the victim in an on-campus stabbing last Monday, was a special guest of coach Dan Hawkins and athletic director Mike Bohn at today's game. He watched the game from the sidelines, and when the Buffs took the podium for the Centennial Cup presentation, he was waved up by PK Kevin Eberhart to join in the celebration.
Defensive tackle George Hypolite had some words of encouragement for Knorps: "I told him to keep fighting and that we had talked about what happened to him, and how he was already back from something so awful and how tough he was," Hypolite said. "We get injured as football players and miss more time than what he has had to battle through. He'll be an inspiration for us the rest of the season."