October 23, 2007

Buffs hoping to end slide in Lubbock

BOULDER, Colo. - For 12 quarters, from the second half of their game against Florida State in week three through the first half of their game at Baylor in week six, the Buffaloes were playing as good as any team in the country. But since then, they have hit a mid-season slide.

One of the main reasons why the team has struggled recently has been turnovers. The Buffaloes have turned the ball over nine times in their last three games and they currently rank tied for last in the Big 12 in turnover margin.

"In terms of fumbles lost and fumbles gained, we're kind of about there with everybody else, where we're not good is interceptions lost and interceptions gained," explained head coach Dan Hawkins. "We're probably twice as much on the interceptions and twice as low on the interceptions gained [than most teams]."

With four games left on the schedule, the Buffaloes need two more wins to gain bowl eligibility. But Coach Hawkins doesn't want his players thinking about that.

"Right now we're playing in the 'Red Raider Bowl' in Lubbock and we're excited about it," he said half-jokingly.

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