\Cody Hawkins is taking his first taste of failure in stride.
The Colorado freshman suffered his first loss as a starting quarterback dating back to Pop Warner football last week when Arizona State rallied to beat the Buffaloes (1-1) and dropped Hawkins' lifetime mark to 60-1.
He didn't go into a deep funk, though.
"I played basketball, baseball growing up, so I experienced defeat in other things," Hawkins said. "Everything I always did with my brothers and sisters was a competition, so I've lost before."
And he never expected his unbeaten streak to survive for long at this level.
"We know that if we won nobody is going to do anything about it, nobody is going to pat you on the back and the team you're playing isn't going to bake you brownies before your next game," Hawkins said. "You're still going to have to go out there and play hard. So, we came in last Sunday working hard to beat Arizona State and we came in this Sunday working hard to beat Florida State."
While Hawkins brushed off the end of his winning streak, Sun Devils fans wouldn't let him forget it.
"Well, some kids that I used to play sports against in high school gave out my phone number to kids in the Arizona State student section so I got some calls after the game," Hawkins said. "It was nice. The funniest thing is people would call you and tell you their name like you are supposed to know them, and they were just pointing out the whole 60-1 thing."
The Seminoles aren't accustomed to losing very often, either, although they are coming off an uncharacteristically poor 7-6 season and are seeking to avoid their first 1-2 start since 1989.
The Buffs are coming off a 2-10 season and are expecting much bigger things this year. A win over Florida State, whether they're the strong Seminoles of old or not, would go a long way toward putting Colorado back on the college football map.
Hawkins will be getting some reinforcements for Saturday night's showdown at Folsom Field, too.
Tailback Hugh Charles, who pulled up with a strained hamstring against Colorado State on the Buffaloes' first series of the season, is expected to return to the backfield, and freshman wide receiver Josh Smith, the talk of camp, will finally make his debut after recovering from a bruised kidney in preseason practice.
"It always helps. Even if it was Joe Schmo, it's just another guy to have competing and getting (snaps) at practice," Hawkins said. "But they aren't Joe Schmo. Josh is a great player and it is going to be awesome for him to get back in the mix. Hugh is a leader for us and a very dynamic back, and he gives us the ability to do a lot of good things."
Without Charles, the Buffs sputtered against CSU and at Arizona State, where they netted just 49 yards on 23 tries.
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins -- Cody's father -- said what Charles and Smith add to his team is simple.
Still, it will only incrementally begin to counter Florida State's superior quickness.
"Yeah, they can all run," Dan Hawkins said. "Particularly when you look at them on defense, their front four can all motor. You know they've always had great skill guys with speed and they still do have that, but you look at all 11 guys on defense and they can all run."
Providing they don't get gassed.
This will be the 'Noles first trip to Colorado, but Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said he's more concerned about the 8 p.m. kickoff than about the mile-high altitude.
"It's past my bedtime, but not theirs," said Bowden, who is 20-6 in his career against Big 12 teams, including a 47-7 thumping of Colorado when the Buffaloes made their lone trip to Tallahassee in 2003.
"We won't pay attention to that altitude thing," Bowden said. "I've been asked, 'What are you going to do about the altitude?' I ain't going to do a darn thing. We can't let that get into their head. We'll breathe whatever they give us."
The Seminoles, who lost at Clemson in their opener and had to rally to beat UAB at home last week, have lost back-to-back road games just twice under Bowden.
The 'Noles will be getting defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews back after a bout with pneumonia that forced him to miss the win over UAB. He returned to practice Thursday and watched practice from the observation tower to take it easy. He'll coach from the booth Saturday night.