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Monday CU Football Buff Bites - Buffs defeat CSU, Conference Realignment Has Begun

Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Football and Conference Expansion News, Links, and Stories

Colorado_mediumBuffs Find Victory, Break Winless Streak - - Buffs Down CSU 2-1

The Buffs beat the Roadrunners 2-1 on Sunday in the last match of the Denver Invitational after outshooting CSUB 18-4 and dominating the majority of play. "You always remind yourself, ugly or whatever, a win is a win," CU head coach Bill Hempen said. "We certainly needed that."

Oh, the wrong game you say? The wrong CSU you say?  We-hell, at least it's not the wrong sport, sport.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: First Win Leaves ‘Embo’ Happy...Really - 

It was three long weeks in arriving, but on an overcast Saturday half an hour drive from his campus and home stadium, Jon Embree was happy with the first win of his college coaching career...ah, wasn't he? Sure he was, but "Embo" is picking things up swiftly in this new gig of his.  Rule No. 1: Leave feeling good about a ‘W,’ but don’t leave feeling overly satisfied...

"It feels great," he said. "My first win as a player was against these guys, so to do it as a coach means a lot. I underestimated a little bit on how much last week’s loss hurt us. We didn’t quite have the same kind of juice (Saturday) as we had in our first two games.

"We are a team that has to play on passion and emotion. This is what we need to do, and it felt business-like early on. It was like we were going out and trying to have a good practice."

Lest Embree be cast as a downright downer after his team rebounded from its lost and lamentable previous weekend, he reminded in his postgame press conference that his CU coach, Bill McCartney, always said, "Enjoy the wins – there aren’t enough of them."

Colorado_pac-12Plot thickens in expansion thriller - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

To remind us that the expansion game -- it is such a fun game, isn't it -- is all about surprises, the ACC decided to be the conference that crossed the Rubicon as we head toward a superconference future. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are bolting the Big East for the ACC. It's a done deal, unlike the just-about-done deal for Texas A&M to the SEC, which is only being held up by Texas folks who hate free markets and love frivolous lawsuits when their self-interests are involved.

In case anyone is fuzzy on their Roman History, Ted's equating the ACC to a crazed general who's attacking his homeland (Big East) to further his own personal aims...

"The college football cataclysm continues" after the jump.  Also; WOOO, GO BUFFS!

Colorado_mediumTHORBURN: First of many for Embree - Buffzone

A tear 45 years in the making slowly made it's way down Jon Embree's left cheek. For a split second, a football lifetime flashed before Embree's eyes and the emotions forced their way out.

"I'm happy," the Buffs' first-year head coach said. So are Colorado fans. Finally. "It means a lot, we love coach Embree," senior quarterback Tyler Hansen said. "It was really important for us to get that first win."

..."First win of many."  

Colorado_mediumSeries Classic: All's Swell For CU In 31-3 Rout -  

The University of Colorado played Colorado State (known as the Colorado A&M Aggies until 1957) in football in all but eight years from their first meeting on Feb. 10, 1893, through the 1958 season. The series then went dormant for 25 years.

"Nothing can happen out there that can hurt us. Any eventuality that might happen will pull us together and make us stronger. Every guy on this team is committed to sixty minutes . . . I want you players to come out and pound 'em out there. We're going to get those babies!"

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs notes: Hansen gets it done on ground - Buffzone

One week after breaking the single-game school record for passing yards, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen did some of his best work in Saturday's 28-14 win over rival Colorado State with his feet. Struggling to find a rhythm early, Hansen's ability to run led to three big plays on the Buffs' first two scoring drives.

"I was trying to find an open guy down field, and they did a good job dropping into coverage," Hansen said of the big third-down run. "And it was just wide open and I took it."

"We game-planned this week and we saw some stuff we could utilize with the option play and some things with my feet," said Hansen, whose ability to run was one of his biggest attributes early in his career. "It just happened that it worked out that way, and it felt good."

So, in case you're wondering; part of Bienemy's offensive game-plan apparently includes "Reading The Ralphie Report."  

Colorado_pac-12Report: Pac-16 with Texas is close - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

The college football cataclysm continues. The Pac-12 is nearing a deal that will bring four Big 12 schools into the fold: Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 Expansion: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech About To Join The Conference? - Pacific Takes

The Texas Longhorns could finally be conceding to Pac-12 expansion, and join up with the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Texas Tech Red Raiders in conference realignment.

Colorado_pac-12Oregon returns to AP top-10 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Oregon is again a top-10 team -- at least with the AP -- and Stanford moved up one spot to No. 5 in both major polls. Both polls rank Oklahoma No. 1.

Colorado_mediumOpponent Watch: Ohio State Buckeyes out of AP's Top 25 for first time since 2004 - ESPN

Mark another loss for Ohio State in a year full of setbacks. The Buckeyes fell out of The Associated Press college football rankings for the first time in nearly seven years, ending the nation's longest streak of appearances in the Top 25. Coming off a 24-6 beating at Miami, the Buckeyes dropped from No. 17 in the media poll released Sunday. They had been ranked in 103 straight Top 25s since last being left out on Nov. 20, 2004.

Colorado_mediumUpset Special: Week 3 - ESPN Video - ESPN - PS, Brad Edwards picked CSU to upset Colorado...what a jerk.

Colorado_mediumFlorida A&M Rattlers vs. South Florida Bulls - Box Score - September 17, 2011 - ESPN

(20) USF Beat FA&M 70-17. Rushing: D. Scott (USF) - 12 CAR, 146 YDS, 3 TD

FYI: Darrell Scott had touchdown runs of 6, 30, 56 yards, and an 80 yd TD reception... against Florida A&M.

Colorado_mediumWhat we learned in the Pac-12: Week 3 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

1. The Pac-12 won't be getting much national respect: After a weekend of going 3-4 versus FBS foes, the conference is 12-9 versus FBS nonconference foes and 4-6 against other AQ conferences, with a single win over a ranked foe. That's not terribly distinguished. That will be how many so-called pundits will measure the conference. And it will hurt teams such as Stanford and Oregon that are trying to push back into the national title mix.

Colorado_mediumPac-12 Helmet Stickers: Week 3 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Rodney Stewart, Colorado: The Colorado running back rushed 19 times for 98 yards and caught seven passes for 93 yards in the Buffaloes' 28-14 win over Colorado State. 

Damn it's nice to be where the ESPN conference blogger actually pays attention to your team...

Colorado_mediumColorado leads CSU 14-7 at the half - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Hansen threw 24 yards for a touchdown just before the break and ran two yards for the Buffaloes' first score. Perhaps the best news, however, is the running game getting going. Rodney Stewart gained 48 yards on seven carries (6.9 per rush) in the first half. Colorado didn't score a touchdown in the first half of its first two games, so getting two is probably a relief.

Colorado_mediumFinal: Colorado 28, Colorado State 14 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

But know what was beautiful, other than coach Jon Embree getting his first career victory? A 17-play, 85-yard touchdown drive that basically took the final 10 minutes off the clock. That's something you can start to hang some confidence on for the 1-2 Buffaloes. The Buffs also got the running game going, rushing for 147 yards. Rodney Stewart had 98 yards on 19 carries. Not a spectacular day for quarterback Tyler Hansen, but he threw two touchdown passes with no interceptions. Embree will take that. 

Colorado_mediumE Pluribus Unum " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

Will the Colorado State game, more precisely, the fourth quarter of the Colorado State game, be a turning point for the Colorado football program and its long-suffering Buff Nation? Even during the epic fourth quarter drive to put the game away, the offensive line was twice called for holding, contributing to the length – and duration – of the 85-yard drive.

Still, it says here that the 16-play, 85-yard, 10:03 drive helped turn the corner for the Colorado offense, and the Colorado offensive line. When it came time to make a play, the Colorado offense made a play.

Go Buffs!  First Win of the Embree Era, WOOO!