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October 8, 2005

Buffs dominate A&M

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BOULDER, Colorado -- Joel Klatt had no problems picking Texas A&M's defense apart.

Klatt threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns as Colorado cruised past the Aggies, 41-20, in a Big 12 Conference contest.

Klatt completed 28-of-36 passes without an interception for the Buffaloes (4-1, 2-0 Big 12 North), who jumped out to a 21-0 lead just over 11 minutes into the contest.

The Buffaloes opened the scoring on a 51-yard pass from Klatt to Hugh Charles just 1:57 into the game.

Four minutes later, Charles scored on a four-yard run, and Lawrence Vickers' three-yard TD burst made it 21-0 with 3:57 left in the opening period.

Klatt added TD tosses of one yard to Vickers in the second quarter and 36 yards to Quinn Sypniewski to open a 41-6 advantage with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter.

"They were more allowing us to throw the ball, especially after we got down the field a little bit the first series," Klatt said. "We were able to play action quite a bit and get our tight ends across the middle. That was really effective for us."

The Buffaloes had four players with at least 70 receiving yards as they collected 559 yards of total offense.

"I think it was pretty obvious our team was ready to play tonight," Colorado head coach Gary Barnett said. "I was extremely pleased with the focus they had going into this game. We had it all week in practice, I knew that they really wanted this football game for lots of reasons."

"We had a great plan," Barnett added. "I thought Shawn Watson called a great game, we got everybody involved. We were able to take advantage of some things we noticed on film with our offense.

The Colorado tight ends had a big night, as senior tight ends Joe Klopfenstein and Quinn Sypniewski combined for eight receptions and 169 yards.

"It seemed like our running game was successful in the beginning so we started calling play actions off of that and our tight ends were coming open off those type of plays," explained Klopfenstein.

Reggie McNeal went just 10-of-21 for 146 yards and was sacked twice for the Aggies (3-2, 1-1 South). He was held to minus-14 yards on five rushes.


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