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Buff Bites: Nelson Spruce's Big Day

Spruce set records for Colorado against Hawaii, the defense continues to improve, power ranking the Pac-12.

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CU football: Buffs making progress offensively - Buffzone

The Buffaloes' offensive coordinator has overseen an offense that has gained more than 400 total yards of production for three straight weeks. It's the first time that has happened at CU since 2003. In an era of explosive offensive football in the college game, that statistic spotlights why CU has struggled so much in recent years.

Nelson Spruce Colorado's one-man wrecking crew against Hawaii - Pacific Takes

The defense really impressed me. Hawaii's quarterbacks aren't the best and they were missing their star running back but the Buffs held firm in the red zone and didn't allow a touchdown. The secondary played quite well, tight coverage and very few missed tackles. John Walker, Greg Henderson, and Ken Crawley stood out. Brady Daigh, filling in for a concussed Addison Gillam, came up large as well.

Pac-12 football weekend wrap: Arizona beats Cal in finish for the ages, Utah rolls, Oregon survives. And it’s only Week 4! – College Hotline

Overshadowed receiver of the week: Colorado’s Nelson Spruce. Set a school record with 13 catches for 172 yards. Might as well have happened in northern Siberia.

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4 in the Pac-12 | AthlonSports.com

518: Nelson Spruce receiving yards The Colorado Buffaloes' star wide receiver has quickly replaced Paul Richardson in Boulder. Spruce caught 13 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown in the win over Hawaii. He is now third in the nation with 518 yards (Amari Cooper, Kevin White) and is leading the nation with seven receiving touchdowns.

Colorado LB Addison Gillam passes early concussion tests - The Denver Post

"Addison was doing good this morning; he was feeling good," MacIntyre said Monday following practice.

"We'll find out more (later in the week). And if he's not ready to go (against California), he's not ready to go. But right now he's progressing, so hopefully he will be able to."

Goodson, McCulloch, Christensen Face Adversity, Win - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Very few players on the University of Colorado football team have stories that relate to the receiving trio of Wesley Christensen, D.D. Goodson, and Tyler McCulloch. Each individual has had to overcome more than his fair share of adversity to claim a role as a valuable leader of the 2014 Buffs.

Colorado football: Buffs hope to carry momentum into Pac-12 - Buffzone

"Since the second half of UMass (a 41-38 win on Sept. 6), I've seen a whole different fight, a whole different mentality, a whole different stage to handle everything that is thrown at them," head coach Mike MacIntyre said after Saturday's win.

"Now, will we win every game? I hope so, but I definitely feel like (the players) feel like they can."

Cal vs Arizona postgame notebook - California Golden Blogs

I pity you, Colorado. I do. You beat us senseless last year at Folsom Field, handing us the worst loss of all our losses. And hats off to you for doing it. You came to play. We didn't. No need to worry. This year, we will. I promise you that much.

Eye on the Golden Bears: Analyzing Colorado vs. California - The Denver Post

Who's not: Cal's defense. It was the worst in the Pac-12 in 2013 (yielding 529.6 yards per game) and still needs work. Arizona amassed 627 yards and 36 first downs. Arizona QB Anu Solomon torched the Bears secondary for 520 passing yards.

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 4 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Who would have guessed that of Hawaii's three games against Pac-12 teams, the Buffs would have the largest margin of victory (21-12)? Colorado has to find a way to protect Sefo Liufau, but it has something special in receiver Nelson Spruce, who caught a school-record 13 passes for 172 yards. Big test this week against a Cal team that is sure to be salty.

Pacific Takes Pac-12 Power Rankings Week Four: Utah jumps up in the South - Pacific Takes

The Buffs took care of business against Hawaii, but they just don’t look up to the level of the other teams in the Pac-12 right now.

Questions and answers for Pac-12 South - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

One question that has been answered: Will Colorado find a viable replacement for the explosive and departed Paul Richardson? Yes, yes, 1,000 times, yes. Nelson Spruce went from being a solid possession receiver alongside Richardson last year to a bona fide star in the Pac-12. He already has 37 receptions and seven touchdowns -- which matches the seven he had for his career coming into this season. He’s averaging 14 yards per catch and has posted 100-plus yards in three of four games this season.

Pac-12 The Good, The Bad & The Unknown Week Four: Exactly how good is the Pac-12? - Pacific Takes

Pac-12 receivers - Receivers are the new running backs in the Pac-12 - Devon Allen, Keanon Lowe, River Cracraft, Austin Hill, Cayleb Jones, Nelson Spruce and Bryce Treggs all turned in epic performances.