Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen was visibly upset when he was taken out of the game in the third quarter of a loss last week at Missouri and replaced with Cody Hawkins.

Coach Dan Hawkins explained his decision to pull Hansen and insert Cody Hawkins as an attempt to find a spark for an offense that failed to find the end zone through much of the first three quarters.

The Buffs got back to work on the practice fields Tuesday and Hansen made it clear in a huddle with reporters afterward that he feels he has something to prove this week when Baylor visits Folsom Field for the team's third consecutive night game (5:10 p.m., Fox College Sports).

"Well, naturally it's going to strike your confidence a little bit and you're going to be frustrated a little bit," Hansen said when asked how being replaced affected him. " So I just have to go out there and perform and kind of get a little mad and play with a little chip on your shoulder. Today, I think I had a little chip on my shoulder and people knew that. I feel like on Saturday I'm going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder.



Hansen wasn't playing particularly poorly against the Tigers. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 117 yards. He was called for intentional grounding in the middle of the first quarter and that resulted in a safety. Hansen explained hewas trying to throw to an area where a receiver should have been, but he thought the play call was a poor choice in the situation because it gave him only two options.

Tyler Hansen.
Tyler Hansen. ( Cliff Grassmick )

Hansen also had led the Buffs to a pair of come-from-behind victories after trailing by 10 points in the second half of the Georgia and Hawaii games and wanted the chance to make it happen a third time. Georgia coach Mark Richt had singled Hansen out just a week earlier as being a key element in the Buffs` victory.

Coach Dan Hawkins reiterated Monday during his weekly teleconference that Hansen remains the starter. Hawkins was asked twice during his meeting with the media on Tuesday whether he was concerned that he had created any doubt in Hansen`s mind. Hawkins answered the question the same both times.

"No, he`s good. He`s good," Hawkins said.

Hansen said he hopes to prove that coaches are making the right decision by sticking with him.

"It feels good, it doesn`t feel good to be told, you`d like to think that you`re the spark that needs to be out there," he said. "That wasn`t the case. I gotta go out there into this Saturday and earn my spot back, I guess. I`ll be playing for myself and my team and my teammates. I just have to go out there and perform."

Wide receiver Scotty McKnight, a team captain, also indicated he believes coaches are making the correct decision by staying with Hansen.

"I talked to Tyler about it just to kind of see how he is doing," McKnight said. "He seems OK. This is Tyler`s team and he`s the leader. This is his offense and I talked to him about that and that`s got to be him."

Hansen is completing 65 percent of his passes through the first five games this season, a big step forward from a 54-percent completion rate last year. He is also playing behind an offensive line that continues to struggle in pass protection, which has been one the Buffs` biggest problems.

Hansen said he has a good relationship with offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau and said Kiesau listens to his opinions and preferences during preparation for games each week. This week Hansen is hoping coaches will keep Baylor guessing a little more.

"I think we`re just so focused on the running game and establishing the running game and controlling the clock that we haven`t really taken much shots," he said. "I think we need to change up our tendencies a little bit because defenses are starting to -- Missouri at least -- are starting to figure us out a little bit. We run the ball first and second down and on third down, it`s third-and-8 and we`re throwing the ball.

"That`s kind of predictable and we`ve gotten into that a little bit. We need to change up our tendencies a little bit to perform."