It didn`t change the outcome -- unless you were a fan who wagered on the game in Las Vegas -- but the Buffs` most consistent offensive player over the last three years came up with the longest touchdown catch of his career (56 yards) with no time left in CU`s 28-20 loss to Nebraska on Friday at Folsom Field.
McKnight finished with seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He will enter his senior season with 165 receptions, second all-time in CU history behind Michael Westbrook (167 from 1991-94).
"It means something. It`s cool to be in the company with some of the receivers that have played here before.
Help is on the way.
Markques Simas, who had six receptions for 108 yards against the "Blackshirts" defense, emerged as a solid play-maker during the second half of the season.
With Michigan transfer Toney Clemons and redshirts Jarrod Darden and Terdema Ussery expected to be in the mix for playing time next season, quarterback Tyler Hansen is already looking forward to the possibilities in 2010.
"It should be a lot of fun for me. We have some really good dudes," Hansen said after completing 21 of 44 passes for 269 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions against the Cornhuskers. "We`re very optimistic for next year offensively. ... Now we can go into the offseason and work and study this offense even more, and I can get in sync with all these receivers."
If only all of the Buffs were as consistent and tough as McKnight, who revealed to the Camera that he has been playing on an injured knee since the West Virginia game Oct. 1. He will have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to clean up the damage.
"That`s a quick thing. A week or so, I`ll be ready to go," McKnight said.
McKnight ends the season having caught a pass in a CU record 36 consecutive regular-season games (every game of his career, 37 including the 2007 Independence Bowl). His 76 receptions in 2009 tied him with Westbrook (76 in 1992) for second-most in a season behind D.J. Hackett (78 in 2003).
"Next year is going to be our best year. I want to make my mark on this school," McKnight said. "In the locker room the team chemistry is there. We`re a family. Whatever negativity people want to throw at us bounces right off. We`re going to bounce back next year and be a good football team."