Arizona – “No Más”
// Nov 10 - 2012 Season
The year of “No Más” was 1980.
It was a year which Buff fans have been reminded of fairly often this fall.
1980 was, at the time, the worst season in CU football history. The Buffs went 1-10, the first ten loss season ever at Colorado. That fall, Sports Illustrated did a scathing piece on CU for the cutting of “non-revenue” sports like baseball, gymnastics and wrestling, all while Buff head coach Chuck Fairbanks was having his office redone. In 1980, Colorado fell behind UCLA 56-0 in the opener … at halftime. Indiana beat the Buffs 49-7 in the first home game. Oklahoma re-wrote the record books with an 82-42 track meet. Then the Buffs lost to Drake … for the second year in a row.
Yes, 1980 was the nadir of Colorado football.
1980 was also the year of two legendary fights between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. The two welterweights had met in June, 1980, with Duran winning a unanimous – but close – decision. The November re-match was so big it was moved to the Superdome in New Orleans. Leonard used his superior speed and movement to outbox and befuddle Durán. In Round …
READ MORE >>
November 10th – at Tucson Arizona 56, Colorado 31
Arizona’s star quarterback, Matt Scott, was out with a concussion. A problem for the Arizona offense?
Against Colorado’s porous defense, running back Ka’Deem Carey ran over, through, and around the Colorado defense for 366 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to a 56-31 rout of the Buffs in Tucson.
The previous best for any runner against Colorado was almost a full 100 yards less, a 268-yard day by David Winbush of Kansas in 1998. Carey’s five rushing touchdowns also set a new standard, besting the four-touchdown record set by four different opponents (the last coming in 1983 by Mike Rozier of Nebraska).
Colorado and Arizona started the day with the 11th- and 12th-worst defenses in the Pac-12, but the Buff and Wildcat offenses did not take advantage early. The Buffs took the opening kickoff … and promptly committed two penalties in their first four snaps, forcing a punt. Darragh O’Neill got off a 61-yarder, though, pinning the Wildcats down at their seven yard line.
Then it Arizona’s turn to fail on offense. On his first snap from scrimmage as a starter, quarterback B.J. Denker fumbled, with Buff …
READ MORE >>
Colorado Daily – Arizona
Notes worth Noting … Arizona
Stuff you will hear concerning Colorado and Arizona from the television and radio announcers Saturday …
- Colorado is 13-1 all-time against Arizona, including a 8-0 record in games played in Tucson.
- The last time the two teams played in Tucson, in 1985, the Buffs prevailed, 14-13. Jon Embree was a junior tight end on that team.
- Colorado comes into the Arizona game on a five-game losing streak. However, last season, Colorado came into the Arizona game on a seven game losing streak, and won, 48-29.
- The 48 points CU scored against the Wildcats last season is the highest point total for the Buffs in the Jon Embree era. The 27-10 lead in the third quarter marks the largest lead any Embree led Buff team has held to date.
- Prior to holding Arizona to 28 points, the Buffs had given up 30 or more points in seven straight games, and 40 or more points in five straight games. Coming into Saturday’s game, Colorado has given up 30 or more points in eight straight games, 40 or more points in five straight games.
- The …
READ MORE >>
Colorado v. Arizona – Preview
Colorado leads the all-time series against Arizona, 13-1, with the Buffs’ only setback coming in a 24-21 loss in 1986 in Boulder. Colorado is 7-0 in games played in Tucson, including the 14-13 win in 1985 which Jon Embree referenced in his Tuesday press luncheon (here is a link to the story of that game).
Last season, Colorado came into the game against Arizona on a seven-game losing streak, and surprised the Wildcats with a 48-29 victory in perhaps the best performance by the Buffs in the Jon Embree era.
This season, Colorado comes into the game against Arizona on a five-game losing streak.
Can history repeat itself?
Here are this week’s “T.I.P.S.” …
T – Talent
Arizona fifth-year senior quarterback, Matt Scott, suffered a concussion in the third quarter against UCLA Saturday night, forcing him from the game. This incident came after Scott suffered multiple hits to the head late in the USC game on Oct. 27, but was allowed to stay in for a few plays before being pulled. Scott’s status will be re-evaluated on Thursday, but he is considered questionable for the Colorado game.
Scott, who red-shirted last season (but …
READ MORE >>