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The football team, at 4-8, did not prove to be world-beaters this fall, but they won the games this year which they were supposed to win. A low bar for success, to be sure, but a threshold not surpassed by other Buff teams in recent years. The Buffs don’t have to carry the weight of a school-record conference losing streak into the off-season, and that alone is huge. The Buffs fought hard, and demonstrated that they believe in this coaching staff. The Buffs’ leading passer (Sefo Liufau), second-leading rusher (Michael Adkins), and leading tackler (Addison Gillam) were all freshmen, with Adkins and Gillam both two-star recruits brought in by new head coach Mike MacIntyre. There is great hope for the future of the program, if not necessarily for 2014, for 2015 and beyond;
Jeffcoat was Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's defensive line coach for one year during his time at Houston, so Stewart could try and re-unite the old band in College Park. A former All-Pac-10 defensive lineman at Arizona State, Jeffcoat played 15 years in the NFL, winning two Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys.
"It kind of stuck with me," he said of the headaches, then laughed darkly. "It's still sticking with me. I think it was the cold and the wind blowing, more than anything. It wasn't to the extent that I couldn't play. I pulled myself through. These are the last three games of my career, and everybody out there was having so much fun, making plays on defense, doing their job, hitting on all cylinders."
For starters, it suggests Colorado will be a factor at the top of the Pac-12. The Buffaloes are 9-1 with wins over Kansas and Harvard. The lone loss is a season-opening loss to Baylor, and though that looked questionable on that night, it doesn't look questionable anymore considering Baylor is 8-1 with wins over Kentucky and Dayton (in addition to the win over Colorado) with a lone loss to a Syracuse team that's No. 3 in the Top 25 (and one).
But the replay soon made clear that he had (somehow) wrong-footed his two-step pre-shot maneuver, gliding past Kansas's Frank Mason at mid-court just before (again: somehow) flicking the ball into the Buffs' home net. It was Manu Ginobili-style stuff, and even Manu would have had second thoughts about the technique.
"It felt really good," Booker said just afterward, as he was swarmed by fans, teammates and the ESPN broadcast crew.
No way Coors Events Center matinee idol Ben Mills contributes meaningful first-half minutes against a team like the Jayhawks? Way.
Said coach Tad Boyle: "Ben’s minutes in the first half were unbelievable. There are certain teams that he matches up with better, and this was one of them. They had a big front line and big bodies and he made some nice plays offensively, got a big offensive rebound.
Regardless of where the Buffs land when the poll comes out on Monday, Saturday's victory was huge for CU's national profile. It's a game that will be remembered in March.
"It means we're stepping up," sophomore Xavier Johnson said. "We're becoming a more known program, a more elite program."
Several times this season, head coach Tad Boyle has talked about the fact that, in order to get to the NCAA Tournament, the Buffs need to avoid bad losses and they need to pick up good wins.
This was a cornerstone win, a program builder. The Buffs have had plenty of big victories in the three full seasons Boyle has been coaching in Boulder, but only one of them can compare with this. The 2012 Pac-12 championship win over Arizona.
This is a great win for Tad Boyle and the Buffaloes, the sort of marquee victory that could carry major seeding implications come March. While no. 2 Arizona and no. 13 Oregon appear to be the two best teams in the Pac-12, Colorado served notice Saturday that it can not only compete, but beat elite teams.