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Colorado_mediumBuffs, Burstyn Win Titles at AFA Falcon Invite - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado men's golf team entered the final round of the 44th Annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational here Monday with a five-stroke lead over UNLV. It shrunk to two shots after the first three holes, but the Buffaloes regrouped and finished in a flurry, winning going away by 12 strokes over the Rebels and Coastal Carolina, marking the second straight year coach Roy Edwards' team has opened with a major tournament win.

"It was cool to close it out in style, to hit the perfect putt in front of the coaches and my teammates, and also my dad and brother," he said. "It was definitely a very memorable moment."

Colorado_mediumCU Defeats Cincinnati 2-1 - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado soccer team has had a wild non-conference ride in the 2012 season. For the second time at the DU Invitational, the Buffs got on the board with an own goal.

Sunday against Cincinnati, it was the determining shot, leading the Buffs to a 2-1 victory at CIBER Field at University of Denver Soccer Stadium. At 4-1-2 this season, the Buffs have already tied last season's win total. Cincinnati drops to 3-3-1 with two losses this weekend. Captain Amy Barczuk and junior Hayley Hughes were named to the All-Tournament team.

Colorado_pac-12Lunch links: Tough times for Colorado - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

In times like these, we all need more 'Airplane!' references in our lives...

Coaches Poll Top 25, Week 3: A Unique Vintage Of Terrible Guesswork -

Hello, Coaches Poll Top 25 for Week 3. You make as little sense as you ever did.

Rankings after Week 2 are terrible by design, the poorly or totally unconfirmed validations of preseason guesswork. They are usually terrible, but this week's are a new level of atrocity. Have you ever made fun of someone who went to DragonCon, but then put Arkansas and Wisconsin on your Coaches Poll top 25 ballot? How you are not dead of hypocrisy is one of the miracles of modern medical science.

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 Heisman tracker - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Checking in with our Heisman tracker after Week 2, there were some impressive numbers from our front-runners, and we have a new addition to this list in UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin. Washington quarterback Keith Price dropped off the radar after a rough outing at LSU. But that doesn't mean he'll never come back. Robert Griffin III dropped off the radar for about four weeks last year before surging at the end.

Colorado_pac-12UCLA Football: Mazzone "Key" to Bruin Resurrection - Pacific Takes

Simply put, Mazzone's spread scheme is basically the only reason UCLA cracked the top-25 for the first time in 78 weeks, and it was incredibly strange to see the UCLA play-calling actually challenge a defensive coordinator. In the pistol offense, it was fairly obvious that UCLA was struggling to pass the ball from a short pocket, and was sluggish in their play action game, so obviously PAC 12 defenses loaded the box and blitzed Prince and Brehaut way too often. As simple as it sounds to combat that as an offensive coordinator (any twelve year old that plays NCAA 13 knows that screens are one thing that works against overaggressive defenses), the Bruins never responded.

That being said, anything involving the UCLA offense exploiting mismatches is nothing short of revolutionary for the Bruins.

Colorado_mediumShirt of Shame " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

I wear my CU gear on the flight down, and have a wide assortment of CU gameday outfits to stow away, depending on the weather forecast. For my Sunday emsemble, though, I pack two shirts.

The first is a CU shirt, to be worn with pride as I stroll through Denver International Airport after a Buff victory. The second is just a regular polo shirt, devoid of logos or pronouncements of my allegiance to the University of Colorado. to be worn if the Buffs suffer an embarrassing loss.

My Shirt of Shame.

Often the individuality of a story is enough to make it compelling. Sadly, if I were to write a similar essay, it would say "I listened to the game on the radio on my phone until I threw my phone across the room." Not quite as poignant.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Powell To TB Moves Past Experimental Stage - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Colorado offensive coordinator/running backs coach Eric Bieniemy said on Monday that the 235-pound Powell, a surprise starter at fullback last weekend, will remain at that position this week and for the foreseeable future.

"He did a great job," Bieniemy said of Powell's 28-carry, 147-yard, three-touchdown debut at tailback in CU's 30-28 loss to Sacramento State.

"He's playing tailback, but he'll get a mixture of fullback plays . . . that was the first time for him to line up seven to eight yards deep (in the backfield) and for him to go out and do what he did says a lot.

"Now just imagine once he starts figuring out how to play the position, how much better he can be. So we're going to give him another opportunity to put it on tape. I love what the kid brings to the table."

With one scoring run of 64 yards and another pair of 1-yarders, Powell, one of three CU signees from Upland, Calif., tied a school freshman record for most TDs in a game. His long scoring jaunt was the fourth longest by a freshman in school history.

Powell had never lined up at tailback even during his high school career, and two days after his first game at the position he seemed a little reluctant to say he had found a home there. "I'm just waiting to see what happens, waiting to see how things are," he said. "But it's been pretty good for me so far."

Pretty good, indeed. Coach Jon Embree said Powell had earned the opportunity to be given a long-term look: "I think there were some things when we saw him on tape that intrigued us about him as a runner. I think he proved Saturday that he's a capable runner. And he left a lot of yards out there, too. He missed some cuts, but he's learning."

The experiment involving Powell's position shift was born last week at mid-week. Wanting to beef up a run game that had produced 58 yards in the opening loss to Colorado State, Bieniemy said the decision was made to position Powell behind 245-pound junior fullback Alex Wood "and see what he could do . . . "The thing I love about him is there's no hesitation. He puts his foot down and makes a decision (about the direction to run). On top of that, he carries some weight with him; he finds a way to average 4.5 to 5 yards a carry."

Asked what Powell's shift to tailback means for the other players at that position, Bieniemy said, "It means you need to pick up your urgency. Understand, there is no position here set in stone. The time is now."

Let's hope it works... Go Buffs