FRESNO, Calif. -- It got worse. ... Much worse.

In fact, it got so bad for the Colorado football program Saturday evening at Bulldog Stadium, former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is off the hook for the worst quarter of football in CU history. He only owned the badge for two years.

When the Buffs gave up 35 unanswered points in Kansas two seasons ago, it cost Hawkins his job and led to the hiring of Jon Embree, who has to answer for a whole new standard of dreadful in a 69-14 loss to Fresno State on Saturday night.

"We ran into a buzz saw," Embree said.

The Buffs came here after a week of soul searching following close losses to Colorado State and Sacramento State to start the season. The Buffs were 14-point underdogs, but few believed a new low point was in store. By the end of the first quarter, which took an hour to play, the Buffs had somehow managed to sink further.

Some have called the Colorado program a laughing stock previously. If it wasn't then, how can it not be now?

Earlier in the week Embree said one of the changes he has seen in his team this year is that it expects to win. The Buffs certainly didn't appear to Saturday en route to their 25th loss in their last 26 games played outside the state.

Embree said he maintains faith in his coaching staff and doesn't plan any changes.

Several players emerged from the locker room and defended their coaches without being provoked to do so by questions from reporters.

"They haven't gotten what they deserve," linebacker Jon Major said. "So it's going to call a lot on us players."

Tackle David Bakhtiari addressed the team in the locker room and said he challenged his teammates to find what it is they play for and come back to work next week. Bakhtiari said he doesn't believe the team is fractured and there is no hostility between players recruited by the former coaching staff and player recruited by Embree.

"I just see that there is a rut," Bakhtiari said. "There is something in the turbines that is not letting it spin."

The game time temperature was 102 degrees -- matching the warmest ever for a CU game -- and the Buffs seemed to feel it as they lumbered on to the field in a slow jog behind Embree. It turned out the temperature was just the first of many jaw-dropping numbers for CU.

Fresno State racked up 322 yards of total offense -- 160 rushing, 162 passing -- in a quarter that looked more like a track meet in which the Buffs kept finishing last in each race. The total yardage was the most ever allowed by a CU defense, replacing inthe record books the 312 yards Oklahoma amassed in a quarter in its 82-42 beat down of the Buffs in 1980.

The quarter included the longest run (94 yards) and the second longest pass (97 yards) ever given up by a Colorado defense. It is the first time CU has allowed two plays of 80 yards or more in the same game. Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse scored four touchdowns and finished the quarter with 190 yards of total offense, becoming he Bulldogs' all-time leading rusher in the process.

When asked what happened to allow so many big plays, Embree said, "Breakdowns."

Much has been made of how young the Buffs are this season. While CU once again started three freshmen in the secondary, there were plenty of veterans on the field as Fresno State seemed to move effortlessly up and down the field.

Meanwhile, the Colorado offense went nowhere.

The Buffs gained 45 total yards on 19 plays in the first quarter and punted five times. CU also committed six penalties in the quarter for 36 yards.

Quarterback Jordan Webb started for the third week in a row and completed only one of four passes in the quarter and threw the first of his two interceptions. CU coaches gave Connor Wood several opportunities to lead drives as planned in the first half, but Wood fared no better.

Webb finally led the Buffs to their only points of the first half late in the second quarter when he connected with wide receiver Tyler McCulloch on a 33-yard touchdown pass to end a seven-play, 69-yard drive. That score made it Fresno State 48, Buffs 7. 

Three minutes later, Webb made a poor decision to throw into coverage on a sideline route and was intercepted by FSU safety Phillip Thomas, who returned it 16 yards for a touchdown.

The 55 points scored by Fresno in the first half tied for the second most ever allowed by CU in a half. The 516 total yards of offense by the Bulldogs in the first half was the most ever allowed in one half by the Buffs.

Midway through the third quarter, Wood repeated Webb's mistake throwing late to the wide side of the field and Thomas picked it off and ran it back 43 yards for another touchdown making the score 62-7. Wood threw another interception later and coaches moved on to their third quarterback of the evening, Nick Hirschman.

This is the first time in the modern era of CU football the team has lost three games in the same season to teams from non-BCS conferences. Of course, in many years, CU didn't play three such teams in one season. The Buffs are 0-3 to start the season for the first time since Hawkins' first season in 2006.

For those Buffs fans who aren't sure they believe what they saw Saturday, CBS Sports Network is scheduled to replay the game three times Sunday.

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Fresno St. 69, Colorado 14

Colorado 0 7 0 7 -- 14

Fresno St. 35 20 7 7 -- 69

First Quarter

Fre -- Rouse 4 run (Breshears kick), 12:06.

Fre -- Rouse 9 pass from D.Carr (Breshears kick), 9:13.

Fre -- Rouse 12 pass from D.Carr (Breshears kick), 7:25.

Fre -- Burse 97 pass from D.Carr (Breshears kick), 5:41.

Fre -- Rouse 94 run (Breshears kick), 2:39.

Second Quarter

Fre -- Harper 4 pass from D.Carr (kick blocked), 12:09.

Fre -- Adams 60 pass from D.Carr (Breshears kick), 7:46.

Col -- McCulloch 23 pass from J.Webb (Oliver kick), 5:25.

Fre -- P.Thomas 16 interception return (Breshears kick), 2:10.

Third Quarter

Fre -- P.Thomas 43 interception return (Breshears kick), 9:06.

Fourth Quarter

Fre -- Waller 1 run (Breshears kick), 9:07.

Col -- Ford 1 run (Oliver kick), 2:58.

A -- 27,513.

Col Fre

First downs 11 23

Rushes-yards 41-105 38-288

Passing 173 377

Comp-Att-Int 11-30-4 20-29-1

Return Yards 0 129

Punts-Avg. 10-42.8 4-45.3

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 11-89 8-63

Time of Possession 32:59 27:01

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Colorado, Ford 10-61, Powell 17-49, Abron 5-6, C.Wood 3-3, Hirschman 3-(minus 5), J.Webb 3-(minus 9). Fresno St., Rouse 9-144, Waller 13-63, Knox 5-48, Watson 7-28, McDade 1-6, D.Carr 1-2, Cash 2-(minus 3).

PASSING -- Colorado, C.Wood 5-14-2-47, J.Webb 5-13-2-85, Hirschman 1-3-0-41. Fresno St., D.Carr 17-22-1-300, Watson 3-7-0-77.

RECEIVING -- Colorado, McCulloch 3-73, Spruce 3-39, Ebner 1-41, Slavin 1-12, Canty 1-8, G.Thomas 1-6, Abron 1-(minus 6). Fresno St., Harper 5-52, Adams 4-74, Rouse 4-42, Burse 3-107, Dean 3-97, Barnes 1-5.