Tyler Hansen leads 2009 upset of Kansas – BuffZone


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Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen threw for 175 yards and a touchdown and ran for another in the Buffaloes’ 34-30 upset of No. 17 Kansas on Oct. 17, 2009, at Folsom Field in Boulder. (Courtesy photo/University of Colorado athletics)

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Tyler Hansen was still just 19 years old and less than halfway through his second season of college football with the Colorado Buffaloes, but had already been a starter, a backup, benched and had his redshirt season burned – twice.

He wasn’t worried about any of that, however, when he arrived at Folsom Field on Oct. 17, 2009.

Head coach Dan Hawkins spent three years, from 2008-10, being unwilling or unable to fully commit to his son, Cody, or Hansen as the Buffs’ starting quarterback. Yet, on that 2009 day in October, with 17th-ranked Kansas in town, CU handed the keys to the offense to Hansen.

“I was excited,” Hansen said this week as he looked back on that game from 11 years ago. “A lot of people at that time were comparing me, because I ran around a little bit, to (Kansas quarterback) Todd Reesing. It was going to be fun to play against him. I was excited to showcase my skills compared to his and what he was doing, because he was an electric player at that time. They had it going at the time. At the time, they were a good program. I was excited to get that first start that year.”