Paul Richardson of CU takes off with his second touchdown catch.
Paul Richardson of CU takes off with his second touchdown catch. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )
Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson continued to turn heads and attract attention from defenders and fans alike Saturday in a loss to Texas Tech at Folsom Field.

Richardson became the first true freshman in CU history to catch two touchdown passes in the same game, collecting scoring throws from senior Cody Hawkins of 3 and 60 yards, both in the third quarter.

The 60-yard play wasn`t the original call. Richardson saw he was being pressed at the line of scrimmage by defensive back D.J. Johnson and he nodded to Hawkins, who recognized the gesture as a sign Richardson was going deep. Hawkins lofted the ball deep down the west sideline and Richardson hauled it in, avoided a tackle and ran to the end zone.

"It`s funny because every day on film we always have to grade ourselves and I`m always saying, 'Hey, throw it to 80, throw it to 80, throw it to 80,'" Cody Hawkins said. "I`ve been telling him the whole time that if I get in and get a shot to throw him the rock I`m going to do that."

Richardson finished with four catches for 79 yards and joined Michael Westbrook and Brody Hefner as the only freshmen with two touchdowns in one game. Those former Buffs were both redshirt freshmen on their big days.

"I knew that when I came in I was going to have to prove myself," Richardson said. "Over time I`ve gained a lot of trust. ... I knew it was my time to step up and I was there.


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Injuries hitting hard

It`s a bad time to be losing more key players as the Buffs prepare to head back on the road where they haven`t won in three years and at Oklahoma where the Sooners haven`t lost in 34 games. Compounding that issue is the possibility that CU could be without starting quarterback Tyler Hansen and starting linebacker Jon Major.

Hansen has bruised ribs and said it was painful just breathing after Saturday`s game. Major was hit on the knee by a Texas Tech player in the second half and his status is unknown. Major suffered a torn ACL two years ago.

If Major is out, it will be the second time in three weeks Colorado has lost its leading tackler. Safety Anthony Perkins suffered a season-ending knee injury at Missouri.

Offensive lineman Bryce Givens was in the starting lineup for the first time this season on Saturday and he also suffered an injury to his ankle. His status will be determined today or later this week.

Smith unhappy

with performance

Colorado senior cornerback Jimmy Smith missed most of the week of practice leading up to Saturday`s game after suffering a concussion last week against Baylor.

Smith admitted his performance against the Red Raiders suffered. He allowed a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter on a throw he might have made a play on any other day and he was called for an unsportsmanlike foul.

"I don`t feel like I did that great," Smith said. "I got scored on. I think as a unit, we did a decent job. Tackling wasn`t the best today, and it`s something we`re going to definitely work on in practice."

Notable

Wide receiver Scotty McKnight extended his school record and national leading streak of games with at least one reception to 43 regular season games and 44 games overall. He has caught a pass in every game in his career. ... Longtime Colorado radio broadcaster Larry Zimmer called his 200th consecutive CU football game Saturday and the 463rd CU game of his career. ... CU had played the nation`s 12th toughest schedule going into Saturday`s action, according to the Sagarin ratings. Texas Tech had played the 25th toughest. ... Four NFL teams sent scouts to the game.