Colorado’s Dan Hawkins has the dubious distinction of coming out on the losing end of the biggest upset of College Football’s barely legal new season, a 19-10 loss to Division 1-AA Montana State. He’s got a sweet way of looking at the defeat, though. From the Rocky Mountain News’ B.G. Brooks :

“We were outplayed and outcoached,” said Hawkins (above), the former Boise State boss who replaced Gary Barnett in the wake of the Buffs™ humiliating defeat by the eventual 2005 national champion Longhorns.

“I™ve lost before,” continued Hawkins. “If you can™t understand how to deal with losing, you™ll never know how it is to win.
It™s only devastating if let it be that way.

“We understand that most people here will jump on our loss, but we all find out about ourselves when we™re losing, and in some respect it might be a blessing . . . The bright spot (in Saturday™s loss) will be how we handle it.”

While acknowledging Colt McCoy and John Booty had auspicious debuts as starting QB’s for national powerhouses today, look-the-fuck-out for Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell (34 for 49, 342 yards) who connected for 5 TD passes in the Red Raiders’ 35-3 demolition of SMU. Tech could well be 8-0 by the time Texas hits Lubbock on October 28.