Run and Shoot: First Half Recap

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First Half Recap

BOULDER, Colo. - At the end of one half the Buffs trail the No. 15 Kansas Jayhawks 3-0.

After 30 minutes in Boulder it has been, for lack of a better word... awkward. The Buffs have had their chances and failed to capitalize and Kansas has shown strong flashes, but still the score remains 3-0.

This is the second time this season the Buffs have been shutout in the first half. Against Florida State, CU did not score a point until a touchdown with 3:49 left to go in the game. The Buffs 229 scoring streak is on the line as coach Hawkins tries to correct several first half mistakes.

The Buffs saw their third scoring chance go to waste again as Hawkins elected to throw a hail mary at the end of the half instead of kick about a 55-yard field goal.

Colorado safety Ryan Walters forced a fumble with 1:26 remaining to give the Buffs one final shot before the end of the half. CU converted a fourth and short and with 35 seconds left, a Cody Hawkins pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Kansas defensive tackle James McClinton. McClinton then tried to return the pick and ended up fumbling the ball back to CU.

Hawkins was in business with five seconds remaining, but instead of kicking the field goal (Eberhart missed a a previous 46-yard attempt) he went for a Hail Mary and the ball went out of the back of the endzone.

The Buffs had only 130 yards and only 34 yards on the ground in the first half. After Hugh Charles fumbled in the first quarter it seemed coach Hawkins used the athletic running back less as the half went on.

Cody Hawkins had a solid first half but several dropped passes in key situations stopped several drives for the Buffs. Hawkins was 13-21 with 96 yards passing and the afore mentioned interception on a tipped pass. That makes 13 interceptions on the season for the young quarterback, but he has not made the poor decisions that hampered him last week.

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