It was flashback mode yesterday. Missouri vs. Kansas. Missouri had one last chance after getting outplayed by Kansas. That last chance: a 54 yard field goal. Guess what happened? Kansas brought pressure and blocked it! I can't believe how many times in the last few days I have said "A 57 YARD FIELD GOAL, 57 YARDS!...unbelievable."It is more a chuckled tone now but not going to lie, still stings. Oh well, time to move on
The men's basketball team went to Stanford last night and showed some promise in defeat. The difference: The Buffs got out to a slow start and they didn't have an answer in the paint. Josh Owens scored a career-high 21 points to help Stanford beat Colorado 76-62. Lawrence Hill added 16 points and Anthony Goods had 15 points. CU still shot 50% from the floor and only lost the rebounding battle by 4 (all on the offensive end) but CU missed nine of its first 13 shots and didn't get a bucket for over six minutes. Stanford jumped out to a 17 point lead and the Buffs couldn't close the gap to more than seven points. The Buffs leading everything man, Cory Higgins, had an off night going 4 - 12 from the field with only nine points. True freshman Nate Tomlinson and junior Dwight Thorne picked up the slack, though, both scoring 18 points. Colorado also shot only 20% from downtown and turned the ball over 15 times. Overall, I would say if the Buffs didn't get off to a slow start, they were right in this game. The Buffs still have a lot of problems in the interior but they have been shooting lights out and over 50% this year while playing a ton of underclassmen.
As much as we hate the excuse, next year we might still hear the words "we are young" from Dan Hawkins. The Daily Camera does a quick synopsis of what we could still see next year: youth. And like most of us feel, quarterback is a still a big question mark and the #1 issue. The question is can Hawkins use that excuse any more?
Congrats to WR/KR Josh Smith for finishing the year with 1,987 all purpose yards, #2 all-time in CU history only behind Rashaan Salaam.
Remember Matt Slauson, the offensive lineman for Nebraska that couldn't keep his mouth shut with all that irrelevant talk. Well he is back at it.
"I couldn't believe it," Slauson said. "I was like, ’All those words I said, I'm just eating them now, and this is Colorado. Everybody hates Colorado -- people in Colorado hate Colorado.'"
People in Nebraska hate Nebraska too, big guy. To bad no one knows what you are talking about. For never hearing about this guy before this week, he does a lot of talking.
It was a good high school day yesterday for CU Buff recruits and commits. Colorado prep and CU commit Parker Orms had an unbelievable day in the Colorado 4A State Championship including a 56-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left to give the Farmers a 35-31 win in the Class 4A State Championship football game in Invesco Field. Orms gained 280 yards rushing on 38 carries and scored all five touchdowns.
Buff recruit WR Diante Jackson also had a knack for the heroics. I don't think it helps the Buffs too much that Oregon blew out Oregon State last night.
Las Lomas quarterback Lucas Gorton threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Diante Jackson with 31 seconds remaining to give the Knights a 21-17 North Coast Section Division II playoff win over Rancho Cotate on Saturday night.
Woody Paige of the Denver Post was impressed with the Buffs effort against Nebraska considering the circumstances.
Next season the Buffaloes have to play every game as if it were against Nebraska, especially when they play Nebraska . . . in Boulder . . . and honorable defeats definitely will be replaced by true victories.