Boulder, Colo. -- From the start Colorado football coach Gary Barnett said the Buffs could be pretty good defensively.
He said it after CU allowed 41 points to Colorado State, then again after the Buffs surrendered 35 to lowly San Jose State.
Now, after stuffing Kansas, maybe the naysayers will believe Barnett knew what he was talking about all along.
"I never really thought they could move the ball on our defense," Barnett said after CU allowed just 172 total yards in a 51-17 spanking of the Jayhawks on Saturday at Folsom Field. "It's a very comfortable feeling, and it's not a feeling I've had the first two weeks. We're getting closer to becoming the kind of defense we want to be."
Given Saturday's showing, that should be frightening for CU's upcoming foes.
Kansas gained just 26 yards on 25 carries, gained just nine first downs and committed four turnovers.
Last year, in a stunning 33-17 victory, KU's David Winbush rushed for 268 yards by himself.
"It was awesome," CU linebacker Ty Gregorak said. "Last year Kansas did everything in their power to embarrass us on the ground. Honestly, I felt bad for Winbush. He should not have been running like that last year. This group of guys was there for last year's game, we do not forget."
Winbush was targeted Saturday. He finished with 12 yards on 11 carries before leaving with a sprained ankle.
"Our goal is to swarm, fight, stop the run and score touchdowns," Colorado linebacker Jashon Sykes said. "David Winbush told me after the game that we were swarming at him and it really affected his running. That put a smile on my face."
CU's offense put at least a grin on Barnett's. Though CU gained 442 total yards and averaged 5.3 yards per play, the Buffs had to settle for a school-record five field goals by Jeremy Aldrich.
"We were very opportunistic on offense," Barnett said. "We've still got to work on getting the ball in the end zone in some of those crucial situations, but Jeremy Aldrich bailed us out today."
So did Zac Colvin, the backup quarterback who came in for starter Mike Moschetti just before the half. Moschetti, who set the school record with 15 straight completions dating back to last game before he was forced out with a knee sprain, completed 17 of 22 passes for 216 yards and two TDs before the injury.
Colvin was 6-for-11 for 81 yards.
"It was good for Zac Colvin to come in and get some snaps," Barnett said in a not-so-ringing endorsement of his backup QB. "He was a little shaky early on, but he came through at the end. That's who we go with. It doesn't matter whether I'm comfortable with it or not. That's who we're going to play if Moschetti can't go.
"Sometimes in battle your best warriors go down early. You've just got to win the game with the guy who picks up his rifle. we haven't buried Moschetti, by the way. Lets not put him in the ground here."
Moschetti was carted to the hospital for a magnetic resonance imaging on his knee. The MRI was negative, and he is questionable for next Saturday's game at Washington -- against former CU coach Rick Neuheisel.
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