"It was embarrassing, very embarrassing," CU defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe said. "As a defense one of the things you always take pride in is being able to stop the run. Having given up all those yards to one guy, it definitely hurts."
Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre said rather than his defenders getting "mad and angry" over the memory of Carey prancing past them last season, they should concentrate on getting their assignments right for Saturday night’s visit by Arizona (6 p.m., Pac-12 Network) "then be mad and angry when you hit him."
The 5-foot-10, 207-pound junior has picked up where he left off last year when he led the nation in rushing at 148.4 yards per game. He's leading it again at 162.7 yards per game. He comes to Boulder coming off a 236-yard effort in Saturday night's 35-24 win over Utah.
Uzo-Diribe said he is always looking for the football when trying to tackle anyone who happens to be carrying it and doing so has helped him force five fumbles this season and 10 in his career. He leads the nation in forced fumbles entering the second half of the season.
"A lot of these guys tend not to have great ball security or protect the ball a lot," Uzo-Diribe said. "So when I see them trying to make a move or running with it out, I'm usually trying to go for the ball."
7. Off and running: In case anyone needs reminding, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and five touchdowns in last year’s win over Colorado. The teams will meet again in Boulder, and Carey has picked up where he left off last year. He has nine straight 100-yard rushing games and leads the country with an average of 161 yards per game. The Buffs are coming of a win over Charleston Southern where Michael Adkins II rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns. Also, from the Department of Funky Stats, Colorado is 0-6 in the pregame coin toss this year.
"So far I've just seen that they're really good cover guys and a lot of quarterbacks have forced throws into their coverages," Liufau said. "I just have to keep watching film and see what they're good at, each corner, each safety, and their backups if they're in and just get prepared."
ARIZONA at COLORADO
Kevin Gemmell: Ka'Deem Carey has rushed for at least 100 yards in the past nine games in which he’s played, going back to last year. Speaking of last year, remember what he did to the Buffs? This Colorado team is better. But not there yet. Arizona 37, Colorado 20.
Ted Miller: Colorado is going to throw everything at Carey and force Wildcats QB B.J. Denker to win this game. But I'm not sure that Carey can be contained, even with a box loaded with defenders, and I suspect Denker has improved enough to make downfield plays to punish the Buffs for that strategy. Arizona 40, Colorado 24.
BEST NEWCOMER: Few players have had as big an impact in a short amount of time as Colorado linebacker Addison Gillam. The freshman has racked up huge tackling numbers in his first season in Boulder and leads the conference with 9.8 tackles per game — 59 total — and has two sacks on a defense that’s been battered since the Pac-12 season started.
University of Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie was named to the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award watch list, announced Tuesday by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"I don't want Jaron to have a good freshman year," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "I want him to have a great freshman year. "To have a great freshmen year, you've got to get out of your comfort zone and you've got to change some of the things that maybe have been holding you back."
This is October. CU's first game is still 15 days away. Yet after a run of success not seen around here since the Nixon administration, and a projected No. 3 finish in the Pac-12, the Buffaloes not only are expected to finish strong but start strong.
"You know sometimes we do get caught up in what the media says, and we do get caught up in rankings," junior guard Askia Booker said. "Some guys on this team sometimes think, including myself, that we're good. But then you know coach keeps us grounded in practice by telling us we aren't that good, just yet. Not that we can't be, but that we aren't just yet, and that we have to defend and rebound to be good."
Boyle doesn’t mind Dinwiddie swinging (or in this case, chirping) for the fences – as long as Dinwiddie backs it up. Confidence, said Boyle, is immeasurable and he wants every guy in a CU uniform to reek of it while at the same time staying "humble and hungry." (And, yes, you can be both.)
Being supremely confident, Boyle noted, doesn’t mean talking smack, and in Dinwiddie’s case, "If Spencer is talking and not walking, then we’ve got issues."
Colorado sold out all 7,160 season tickets for men's basketball, as well as single-game tickets for the Kansas, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon games. Only a few hundred single-game tickets are left for other home games.
"It's a testament to our fans. It's a testament to our students, to our C-Unit (members) who come night in and night out," said coach Tad Boyle. "I want everybody to know I'm appreciative of that. We are not going to take that for granted."
Boyle said he would rather not have to yell at his team, but realizes he has to keep them focused. "We have enough people around this program right now trying to make our guys feel good," he said. "They need somebody in there to (get on them)."
Dustin Thomas, F, Colorado: Late signee is undersized at 6-7 but brings instant toughness. Tad Boyle will lean on Thomas and red shirt freshman Wesley Gordon to replace Andre Roberson on the interior for the Buffaloes, who should be one of the better teams in the Pac-12. The underrated thing about Thomas? He made 48% of his three-point shots in high school.
True freshman Jaron Hopkins is a 6-foot-5 point guard who has already impressed his coaches and teammates with his athleticism and play-making ability.