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Buffs Bites: Buffaloes blanked and looking for answers

Bad week for the football team, but the Buffs are doing well elsewhere.

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The Colorado Buffaloes were blanked by Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars, but CU volleyball program picked up a historic win and citizens of Boulder are smiling more often than not.

BUFFALOES DROP TO 4-4 ON THE SEASON

‘Pac-12 After Dark’ didn’t live up to its reputation Saturday night as the Colorado Buffaloes put up a big fat goose egg against the Washington State Cougars, losing 28-0. It marked the first time the Buffs had been shut out in five years, when they fell to Stanford 48-0 on November 3, 2012. From Arizona’s double-overtime win against California to USC’s struggle in South Bend, here’s a look at how the rest of the Pac-12 teams fared in Week 8.

HOMECOMING VS. CALIFORNIA

Next up for the Buffs is a team that defeated the Cougars 37-3 just two weeks ago, the California Golden Bears (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12). Here’s a look at the schedule of events planned for this weekend’s Homecoming matchup. The Buffaloes have opened as three-point favorites over the Bears.

CHANNELING HIS INNER JEREMY BLOOM

Here’s an interesting read from Associated Press writer Pat Graham on Buffs standout cornerback/decathlete Isaiah Oliver and his aspirations of playing in the NFL in addition to competing in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Only a junior this season, should Oliver be drafted by an NFL team and compete in an Olympics someday, he would be the first Buffs player to do so since wideout Jeremy Bloom (2002-’03). The Loveland, Colorado native competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Freestyle Skiing before getting drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles two months later.

CU’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM NETS HISTORIC WIN

A week after notching a pair of wins in the desert, CU’s volleyball team recorded a three-set victory over USC, the first in school history. Here’s a video of the winning point against the Trojans.

Despite their 15-6 record which include wins over three ranked teams, (#22 Colorado State, #12 Oregon and #19 USC) the Buffs remain just outside the Top-25 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. Let’s hope Mike MacIntyre’s squad takes notice. The Buffs are 0-11 all-time vs. the Trojans in a series which dates back to 1927.

ANOTHER BIG WIN

I don’t know much about eSports, but congrats to CU’s eSports team (@BoulderEsports) who shut out rival Colorado State in a game of League of Legends over the weekend. Go Buffs!

MUST READ

Speaking of rivals, here’s a great read by World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain who took a look back at the past 15 years of Nebraska failures on the gridiron. Judging by the time period, Colorado’s #62-36 shellacking of the top-ranked Huskers in 2001 might have been the catalyst for the decline. #JustSaying.

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY

According to National Geographic, Boulder is the “Happiest City in the United States.” Was this even in doubt?