The Buffs had a spring in their step a week ago after beating Colorado State to start the season, but there was no sign of that optimism on the faces of players trying to put the loss to the Bears behind them.
Quarterback Tyler Hansen, who suffered a left knee contusion on a touchdown run in the third quarter Saturday, spent more than an hour with team athletic trainers before leaving without doing interviews. He is expected to practice this week and start the home opener Saturday against an explosive Hawaii team.
Coach Dan Hawkins also did not speak to the media as he and most of his offensive assistants watched film well into the evening.
The 45-point loss has brought back all the negativity that surrounded the program last season as well as questions from fed-up fans of when, not so much if, the coach will lose his job.
The Buffs are badly in need of a winning streak heading into the next two games over three weeks in which the pressure to win will be even greater than usual because of celebrations surrounding the games.
The school is celebrating former linebacker Alfred Williams` induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this week and will honor the entire 1990 national championship team with a weekend of events surrounding theOct. 2 game Georgia, which is slated for national television.
Tailback Rodney Stewart was nursing aches and pains after a day in which he carried the ball 29 times for just 78 yards on the artificial turf surface at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.
"I`m going to have to take care of my body and get ready for next week," Stewart said.
The Buffs ranked 113th in the nation in rushing in 2009 and aren`t setting the world on fire with their running game so far this season either. Stewart struggled to identify what issues are preventing the Buffs from having more success.
One theory he proposed is that the playing calling might be too predictable.
"It`s probably the formations we`re in," he said. "They probably watched a little more film and they know what our run packages are and things like that. So they just key on it a little bit more."
Stewart said he wasn`t necessarily disappointed with his performance at Cal because the Bears have a lot of talent on defense and are capable of stopping a lot of teams, he said.
Stewart described the mood around the Colorado programs this way:
"People are upset, but I think a loss is a loss, no matter if you lose by one point," he said. "It`s just something we`ve got to come back from. Whether we win next week by one point or whatever. We`ve just got to win next week and just get over it."