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Tossing caution (and most everything else) to the wind on Saturday afternoon, the Colorado Buffaloes made Arizona their first Pac-12 Conference victim and snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 48-29 victory at Folsom Field.
Rodney Stewart ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another, helping Colorado avoid its first winless season at 87-yeear Folsom Field with a 48-29 win over Arizona Saturday.
Tyler Hansen threw two TD passes and hauled in Stewart's touchdown toss on a flea-flicker as the Buffaloes (2-9) recorded their first Pac-12 win after six losses in their new league since bolting the Big 12 last year.
The Wildcats (2-8, 1-7) came in as double-digit favorites but fell behind quickly...
When the day was done, the Buffs' 28 seniors had earned a rare right this season and were in fine voice in bellowing the school's fight song for the first time since mid-September. First-year CU coach Jon Embree at first said his team's 48-29 win "wasn't pretty," but he quickly amended himself and added, "But actually I think it was pretty."
In mid-November of a one-win season, how could it not be anything but gorgeous? Aesthetically, Embree was right, but aesthetics went by the wayside during the seven-game losing streak that ended on Senior Day, earning the Buffs their first Pac-12 Conference win and a second "brick" on the wall outside their locker room in the Dal Ward Athletic Center.
In the best offensive showing of the 11-game Jon Embree era, Colorado won it’s [sic] first-ever Pac-12 game in dominating Arizona, 48-29. On a Senior Day when there was a chance that the 2011 Buffs would become the first Colorado team to fail to win a home game at Folsom Field, the Colorado seniors came up big.
Senior running back Rodney Stewart had 24 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns, while also contributing a touchdown passing. On the other end of that halfback pass for a score was senior quarterback Tyler Hansen, who went 16-for-26 for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
On a 57-degree afternoon with winds gusting as high as 62 mph, Colorado posted 500 yards of total offense for only the second time in 2011, while holding the opposition under 500 yards for the first time in six games. The Colorado defense, which had only four interceptions in the first ten games of the year, had three against Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.
The No. 3 University of Colorado women's cross country team tied for first at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon, while the No. 4 men's team placed second, also earning a trip to nationals. "The goal of this meet is always to get through to nationals and the second goal is to get through in the top two spots," coach Mark Wetmore said. "We got what we needed today and we are ready to get back to work."
Coach Jon Embree and 28 members of the senior class were able to walk off their home field with a smile on their faces for the first time all season after beating Arizona 48-29. It was just what Embree had hoped for on senior day. And it led to one of the most memorable postgame press conferences in school history.
After spending much of the season talking about playing for the seniors, winning for the seniors and how tough a road the seniors have traveled, Embree brought every member of the senior class to the meeting room in the basement of the Dal Ward Center where he usually meets with media members following games.
"Great win for our program, first Pac-12 win," Embree said. "These seniors, they did it. That is why I brought them in here with me because it is for them. It is about them. I'm proud of these guys. I love them."
"We could have easily quit," senior defensive back Travis Sandersfeld said. "But we still have the drive and the passion to end it on a three-game win streak." No CU team has ever gone winless at Folsom Field. The last time the Buffs did not win at least one home game was during the 1920 season.
"That's a lot of history," Hansen said. "We didn't want to be those guys. We didn't want to be that senior class that didn't do anything for the program. We don't want to be those guys. We wanted to do something. We wanted to have a legacy. ...
"Our legacy was, we haven't had one. We were trying to find something. I think today was real important for that." The Buffs did not forget the words to the fight song. It could be heard loud and clear as it echoed through the walls of the Dal Ward Center.
Fittingly, the elder statesmen had their fingerprints all over the win.
-Hansen ignored the 60 mph gusts and threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards and caught a touchdown pass.
-Rodney Stewart threw the score to his signal caller and swarmed the defenders from the desert with 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
-Toney Clemons added five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
-Sandersfeld finished with 11 tackles, including three for loss, with a sack and an interception.
-Josh Hartigan added a timely sack.
"It's great to do it with these guys around me," senior right guard Ryan Miller said. "You couldn't ask for anything else."
They never had a winning season in a Colorado uniform. They endured a coaching change, with expectations and hopes of the fan base pointed toward the future, not the present. They were forced to handle derision, ridicule and scorn; they were fixtures in the "Bottom Ten".
Yet they still managed to win their final home game at Folsom Field, and go out with a little style and class. Of course, I am talking about the large CU senior Class … … of 1983.
On The Rodney Stewart Touchdown Pass – "We hadn’t practiced (that play) that much. I think this week was the first week. EB (offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy) made a great call on that – he overruled the head coach on that call.
I thought Eric did a great job in calling the game all day long. I thought he had good rhythm and flow up there and was taking shots and did a heck of a job. At first it looked like the defensive end was going to run with him (QB Tyler Hansen) but then he stopped for whatever reason and Tyler made the catch."
On What The Win Means To Him – "It means a lot because I lost my last game (at Folsom). I know this is something that they (the seniors) will remember forever. It was our first Pac-12 win, so a brick goes up on the wall and every time they come back they’ll see it."
Way to go Seniors! Way to Go Buffs!