Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Football and Pac-12 News, Links, and Stories
Winning a Pac-12 championship hasn't been so important at Colorado this fall as merely winning a Pac-12 competition. The way it's gone in football, volleyball and soccer, placing a champ among the "Conference of Champions" any time soon seemed unlikely for CU. That changed Saturday . . . twice. How do you win a Pac-12 championship? The more pressing question is how to win a pair, back-to-back within about 60 minutes of each other, on the same morning in the Arizona desert.It happened because both Buffs squads ran hard, ran smart and got stellar performances from their marquee runners and enough performance upgrades from their teammates to pull off CU's 13th double cross country conference championship - 12 of them under Wetmore.
Richard Medina (22:54), Wacker (23:24) and Joseph Bosshard (23:30) finished third, sixth and ninth, respectively, in the men's race. Shalaya Kipp (19:54), Emma Coburn (19:55) and Lara Darco (20:18) finished second, third and ninth, respectively, in the women's race. For Bosshard and Coburn, it was their first cross country races of the season, both needing rest after going through grueling competition for most of the past year.
This Saturday's LSU-Alabama game is a biggie. How huge? Try this: It's only the 11th time since 1950 that the top two ranked teams met each other in a November or December regular-season game. Let's quickly see how the others went down...
For the context of this year, it means that all the speculation about Boise State's computer ratings is mere sound and fury. At the end of the season, it's entirely up to the 173 voters in the Coaches poll and Harris poll to decide whether they're willing to put the Broncos in the top 2 of their ballots.
Why do I mention Arkansas after the jump? Think of it as a public-service-announcement...
It was originally ruled that Woods was tackled out of bounds with no time left on the clock. While the play was being reviewed, Kiffin reminded side judge Brad Glenn to tell the head referee that he had requested the timeout, and he said he received an assurance that the timeout would be called if it was ruled after the review that there was one second left. "I was basically lied to," Kiffin said Sunday.
This isn't fit to put on the front page, but in case anyone was wondering, the Arkansas Razorbacks are complete $holes: Arkansas Razorbacks' Marquel Wade ejected after leveling returner - ESPN - Arkansas receiver Marquel Wade was ejected Saturday after crushing Jonathan Krause on a kickoff in Arkansas' 31-28 win.
This actually isn't fit to put on the front page either, but whaddya do?: Brooks: Sun Devils Slap Buffs Early, Cruise Late - CUBuffs.com
In a football season short on answers and long on disappointment for the Colorado Buffaloes, maybe the most puzzling question concerns their anemic starts.ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler completed 18-of-28 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns, with tailback Cameron Marshall adding 114 yards rushing and three TDs on his 15 carries. CU quarterback Tyler Hansen finished 23-of-36 for 321 yards and one TD (two interceptions). Tailback Josh Ford was the Buffs' leading rusher, gaining 73 yards on 10 carries.
CU got defensive backs Travis Sandersfeld (leg), Ray Polk (concussion) and Vince Ewing (knee) back from injuries on Saturday, and offensive lineman Shawn Daniels (calf) returned to field goal and PAT teams for his first duty this season.
But on the players-lost side of the ledger, add freshman running back Malcolm Creer, whose redshirt was pulled last week against Oregon. He went to the sidelines with a knee injury midway through the second quarter and did not return. Coach Jon Embree said Creer suffered a torn MCL, possibly a torn ACL, and is lost for the season.
Nick Hirschman opened at quarterback, but Hansen (concussion vs. Oregon) replaced him on CU's third possession. Neither could help generate any early offense; the Buffs managed 54 total first-quarter yards to the Sun Devils' 222.
Let's hope the success of the Men's and Women's Cross-Country teams can spread some enthusiasm around for the Buffs.
Way to Go Buffs!