Recapping Colorado Buffaloes and Pac-12 News, Links, and Stories, and Buffs Win!
"Our goal coming in here was to end our road losing streak, and that is what we did," said a very happy Colorado head coach Jon Embree. "It feels awesome. I am happy for our kids. Four years of not winning on the road has come to an end. We have a tradition of singing our fight song when we get off the airplane, and now these kids will get to do that."
Colorado dominated from the start. At halftime, the Buffs led 10-0 and held a 254-39 total-yardage advantage and 11½-minute edge in time of possession.
The Utes had won four straight. A win Friday, coupled with an Arizona State loss against California on Friday night and UCLA loss against Southern California on Saturday night, and Utah would be win the Pac-12 South.
Colorado had other plans. The Utes didn't get their initial first down until the 2:56 mark of the second quarter, eliciting mock cheers from the crowd of 45,026.
The team was booed as it went into the locker room trailing 10-0. White had his sights set on Utah's single-season rushing mark of 1,507 yards. But he had just 28 yards on 10 carries before leaving with 14:05 left in the third quarter...
There's something called... Bas-ket...ball? Anyways, our team will be on national television against Georgia. Also; tons more football quotes and recapping.
OH NO! WE SUCK AGAIN! - Block U - Admit it; you like seeing it just a little bit...
Colorado (3-2) brings a 25-consecutive home game winning streak in non-conference play against the Georgia Bulldogs (4-2), Monday, Nov. 28, 6:36 p.m. on FSN.
Andre Roberson currently is averaging a double-double (10.4 ppg., 11.4 rpg.) and looking to become CU's first double-double guy since Stephane Pelle in 2001-02 (12.8 ppg., 10.8 rpg). He has eight career doubles, three this year (16 games w/ 10 or more rebounds)
Senior Austin Dufault will reach 100 career starts in his four-year career (106 overall). The 100 starts is seventh in school history
Starting Monday, Nov. 28, the Buffs will play their next 10 games in the state of Colorado, nine are at home.
Rumors and reports are swirling that Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and Washington State coach Paul Wulff will shortly be terminated.
From the Arizona Republic:...
From the Los Angeles Times...
From the Seattle Times, which names former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach as a top candidate to replace Wulff...
Didn't think we'd be facing the pirate again, now didja? Don't worry; the Buffs always played well against Texas Tech.
Colorado: Instead of mailing it in, the Buffaloes' 26 seniors, who had never won on the road, went out with a bang. The defense held Utah to 274 yards and the offense did just enough Friday in a 17-14 victory, which ended a 24-game losing streak outside of the state of Colorado.
"The question that was asked was, 'What do you do with the time you have,'" Embree said. "That's what we talked about. This team (as of Friday at kickoff) has a life of 31/2 hours . . . what are we going to do with that time? How are we going to maximize it?
Are we going to finally find a way to put an end to this streak in this last 31/2 hours that we have as a team?"
For senior defensive end David Goldberg, what had to be done before kickoff required about a 3-foot strip of adhesive tape and a black felt marker. On the tape, Goldberg wrote, "How Do You Want 2 Be Remembered?" and taped it to the inside of CU's locker room door at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
If his teammates didn't see it when they took the field, they weren't looking. Goldberg briefly addressed the team before leaving the locker room, emphasizing how close he was to them, how they were a family and reminding all that ending The Streak was in their hands.
"I couldn't picture us going out any better way," said Goldberg, one of 28 CU seniors. "It's in (the underclassmen's) hands now. We've gone through a lot with this team. We've lost close games against good teams, we've had a lot of injuries, a coaching change, no bye week - just a lot of stuff. To make it end how we feel every game should end, it's monumental. As a senior, I hope this game springboards the program.
"I can't put it into words. I'm happy that the stain is gone from the program . . . it should have ended a long time ago, but we'll take it."
The stats sheet from the Utah game is littered with seniors making plays. Tyler Hansen, of course, managed the game the way you would hope he would. Rodney Stewart, before being injured, was again doing his thing.
Toney Clemons continued his great second half, with a 100-yard effort, coming within a yard of scoring a touchdown in his fifth consecutive game (which would have tied a school record). On defense, the name atop the tackle chart is one familiar to Buff fans … but he hasn’t been there in almost half a season.
Senior safety Anthony Perkins was hurt in the Oregon game, and had not returned since, but he made it back for the Utah game. All Perkins did in his first game back was lead the team with ten tackles. Also posting ten tackles was another senior – and former walk-on – Travis Sandersfeld. Hampered by injuries himself, Sandersfeld also had ten tackles, including a huge sack (which he shared with fellow senior Patrick Mahnke), late in the game.
Speaking of Mahnke, the senior linebacker had nine tackles overall, including 2.5 tackles for loss. What about another former walk-on, David Goldberg, who had seven tackles, including a sack?
Embree stuck with his seniors, well after many naysayers said it was time to move on. Embree’s loyalty was rewarded against Utah.
The Buffs had a little extra motivation before Friday's game started. During pregame warm-ups on the field, members of the Utah defense huddled together and as the CU offense jogged by the Utes broke the huddle with one word.
"We had to go out and we had to play," CU senior defensive end Josh Hartigan said. "We knew what they thought. Shoot, three points was going to win it for them. We had to go out and we had to prove ourselves. Why not us? Why not our defense?"
Hartigan said the Buffs played with more energy defensively than they had for most of the season. He recorded two sacks to give him the team lead for the second straight season. He finished his career tied with his position coach Kanavis McGhee at No. 12 on the career sacks list (15 total). But it was more than the Buffs playing with passion.
There were more healthy bodies on the field Friday than there has been for the CU defense most of the year. The only starter missing from the beginning of the year was middle linebacker Douglas Rippy, who recently underwent knee surgery. CU began the season with a starting secondary of Anthony Perkins, Ray Polk, Greg Henderson, Travis Sandersfeld and Parker Orms. Those five players hadn't all played in the same game since Week 2 against Cal.
"I think we just came out ready to play," fellow defensive tackle Will Pericak said. "It was good to see the defense really come out and punch somebody in the mouth. We've kind of always said that before games, you know, come out and throw the first punch. But that's what we did today."
Pericak was on the field for the final play of the game when Utah rushed its field goal team on for a potential game-tying kick from 48 yards away. When the kick went up, he turned to see it just miss wide right by a matter of a few feet at most. "I was happy to be with the seniors out there, with Curtis right next to me," Pericak said.
"We've been here four years together. It felt good for the seniors."
"This is 100 times better," senior quarterback Tyler Hansen said on 850 KOA when asked how the win in Salt Lake City compared to walking off Folsom Field for the final time with a blowout win over the woeful Wildcats. "The streak was something that was stinging the program, and we had to get rid of it."
"I'm so proud of everybody on that team," senior safety Anthony Perkins said after willing his broken body onto the field for his final football game. "That was sweet."
"It was a great year, it was a fun year," said Hansen, who didn't have a lot to smile about during his first three years in Boulder. "We didn't get the wins we wanted, but we laid the foundation for years to come."
At the end of a tumultuous first season at the helm of his alma mater, the joy and pride emanating from Embree in Rice-Eccles Stadium early Friday evening was unmistakable. He looked like a first-time father celebrating the birth of his child and a winning lotto ticket on the same day. "It feels great," Embree said. "... It was a four-year stain taken off this program."
Go Buffs! Victory is Yours!