CU is no charity case with loss to West Virginia |

CU is no charity case with loss to West Virginia

John Henderson
The Denver Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A Colorado program in need of a few gifts found a virtual Welcome Wagon in the form of the West Virginia Mountaineers on Thursday night. They gave the Buffaloes a few bricks and a little plaster, just enough to build a nice foundation heading into Big 12 play.

Instead, the Buffs couldn’t hammer a nail when they needed to and wound up watching another game crumble around them as West Virginia and tailback Noel Devine rolled 35-24.

The Mountaineers (3-1) have developed a rep as being more charitable than some United Nations agencies. They came in with 10 turnovers, all in the previous two games. But while Auburn thanked them for six of them in a 41-30 win, the Buffs couldn’t take advantage of all that charity.

Four West Virginia lost fumbles in the first 23 minutes turned into a whopping three Colorado points, a mere footnote in the wake of Devine’s career-best 220 yards. Before a national TV audience still saying “Holy Toledo!” every time they see a Colorado helmet, the 1-3 Buffs blew a realistic shot at redemption.

“Could we have won the football game? Sure,” Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said. “I’ll leave it at that. We didn’t make enough plays to win the football game. That’s one side of it. The other side of it, I was proud of the way we battled. That was our best effort, by far.”

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