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Late in the game, quarterback Cody Hawkins, the coach's son, was dinged up on a collision near the end zone. He fell in for the score, but was left feeling groggy.
Dan Hawkins said Cody is feeling better. Although, the hit to the head did give the dad side of him quite a scare.
"My father mode always pops up for every guy," Dan Hawkins said. "If you watch the tape -- and this is every quarterback -- they get blasted a lot. That's just the nature of their position."
The Buffaloes are trying to keep the redshirt year of Tyler Hansen intact. Last season, they stripped it from him midway through the year as he ended up platooning with Cody Hawkins.
Asked if he could envision such a scenario this season, Dan Hawkins simply said, "We'll see how that goes."
One of Colorado's main concerns is shoring up a defense that's been shaky so far, especially in the secondary. Colorado State's Grant Stucker and Toledo's Aaron Opelt have thrown for a combined 527 yards and five touchdowns.
That's why the Buffaloes are going back to the basics, cutting down on schemes and packages.
"What we're trying to do, to some degree, is make it so doggone perfect and so doggone exact that sometimes you overdo it by a hair," Hawkins said. "You get tied into knots a little bit, of trying to do too much."
As for the emotions of the team, Buffaloes linebacker B.J. Beatty said they're sticking together.
"Everybody's keeping themselves up," Beatty said. "We're trying to move on to the next game, get us a win and get past these last two losses -- get motivation and get this 10 wins going."
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