Buffs Set To Face ISU's Versatile Wallace
BOULDER - The University of Colorado football team got out of Missouri with a 42-35 overtime win last weekend despite a solid showing from the Tiger's multi-dimensional quarterback Brad Smith. This week, the Buffaloes face another do-it-all quarterback in Iowa State's Seneca Wallace.
Wallace had his poorest showing of the season Saturday, throwing three interceptions and rushing for only four yards against Kansas State. Despite his lackluster performance, Colorado defenders know what a dangerous weapon Wallace is for the Cyclones.
Defensive tackle Tyler Brayton said, "Seneca Wallace is a real threat because he can throw and run and not too many quarterbacks seem to possess both of those skills. We he goes back to pass, we just have to stay in our rush lanes as defensive linemen and hope that we can contain his scrambles."
Wallace has already set school records this season with 2,657 passing yards and has totaled 2,868 yards of total offense. His statistics are evidence that he can put up big yards passing and rushing on any defense.
"He's sort of the new-age quarterback that's out there," head coach Gary Barnett said. "He's mobile, can run, with all these new-age spread-offenses he's probably the model. He's very tough to contain. He really is their team."
Barnett is familiar with Wallace's play as the Buffs faced him and the Cyclones last year in Ames. Although Colorado won 40-27, Wallace was 16-of-29 for 215 yards and two touchdowns with 39 rushing yards.
In Iowa State's 58-7 loss versus Kansas State, the Wallace-led Cyclones demonstrated some uncharacteristic traits. ISU was ranked 13th nationally in turnover margin, but gave up six leading to 34 points for the Wildcats.
Monday Practice Notes: A number of players sat out of today's practice, but Barnett says they'll be ready to play on Saturday. Barnett also said that further explanation of Sean Tufts injury (high ankle sprain) will be given tomorrow.