Statistical Comparison - Colorado Buffaloes Vs Oregon Ducks
Advantage Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank 11 113 89.86 Rushing Offense 315 5 1 8 44 248 Passing Offense 224 67 10 11 92 337.86 Total Offense 539 5 1 12 95 21.86 Scoring Offense 48.67 3 1 9 65 156.14 Rushing Defense 173 78 10 11 113 153.49 Pass Efficiency Defense 112.85 24 1 9 85 408.86 Total Defense 413.83 91 11 11 113 36 Scoring Defense 23.33 44 4 4 38 37.78 Net Punting 44.04 2 1 11 105 4.14 Punt Returns 11.37 28 4 12 116 17.20 Kickoff Returns 19 108 11 6 56 .14 Turnover Margin -.17 68 8 6 96 252.71 Pass Defense 240.83 84 6 9 61 131.20 Passing Efficiency 161.05 10 3 2 24 2.57 Sacks 2.5 27 3 7 76 5.29 Tackles For Loss 6.83 35 3 11 108 3 Sacks Allowed .5 3 2

Some Facts

The game will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net. Oregon is also ranked No. 9 in the Harris Poll and No. 10 in the initial BCS Standings. This game is the centerpiece of CU's annual Homecoming weekend.

With TB Rodney Stewart out for the foreseeable future, and WR Paul Richardson still out (both are nursing knee injuries), a large chunk of CU's offensive production is watching from the bench. Stewart has 473 rushing yards and 435 receiving yards for 908 yards from scrimmage, along with 1,169 all-purpose yards; that's 38.4 percent of CU's offensive yards and 37.9 percent of the Buffs' overall yards. Richardson has 474 receiving yards and 487 all-purpose yards (adding in nine rushing and four return). Combined, the two have accounted for 1,391 offensive yards (58.8 percent of CU's yards from scrimmage) and 1,656 all-purpose yards (53.7 percent).

History - Colorado vs Washington (pieces from the UO SID):

Colorado leads the Oregon series 8-7, as the 15 meetings between the two are the most games CU has played against any former Pac-10 opponent (CU and Utah, the two conference newbies, have met 57 times). This is Oregon's first trip to Boulder since the 1987 season opener, when the Ducks escaped town with a 10-7 win; the last three meetings between the two schools have all been in the postseason ('96Cotton, '98 Aloha, '02 Fiesta)

Key Players - Oregon (UO SID quoted in certain bios)

Oregon Offense - Of Oregon's 38 offensive drives resulting in touchdowns, half (19) have lasted 1:39 or less
and nine have lasted under a minute. UO's longest drive of the season, in terms of yards, lasted 37 seconds as the Ducks drove 93 yards in three plays on consecutive pass completions of 46, 40 and 7 yards against Missouri State.

QB Darron Thomas - With two more touchdown passes vs. Arizona State Oct. 15, JR QB Darron Thomas now has 50 for his career to rank fifth on UO’s all-time list and needs 12 to tie Danny O’Neil (1991-94) for the school record. Despite playing less than three quarters vs. the Sun Devils, he managed 203 yards of total offense (187 passing, 16 rushing) to move into 10th on Oregon’s career list for total offense with 5,005 yards and 10th on the all-time passing list with 4,376.

RB LaMichael James - JR RB LaMichael James set Oregon single game records for rushing and all-purpose
yards in the Ducks' 56-31 win at Arizona Sept. 24. His 288 yards on the ground eclipsed Onterrio Smith's 285 at Washington State Oct. 27, 2001, and his 363 all-purpose yards broke Smith's mark of 342 - also in the game vs. the
Cougars. James' rushing effort tied former Arizona RB Trung Canidate (288 vs. ASU in 1998)
for 10th in conference history.

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