Colorado State – Fourth Down, Forever to Go
// Sep 1 - 2012 Season
Fourth Down, Forever to Go …
CU in 2014?
The University of Colorado football program took a step backward in the 2012 edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown … and it may take two years to recover.
Neither Colorado nor Colorado State played particularly well Saturday in CSU’s 22-17 victory. This was to be expected from two programs coming off of a 2011 season in which the two teams played to a combined final record of 6-19. However, the Rams played better, and with more emotion, than did the Buffs.
As big a fan of Jon Embree as I am, the game came down to a series of fourth down calls … And new Ram head coach Jim Elwain did a better job with his decisions than did Embree.
This is not to say that Embree did not have the better of it early on …
4th down No. 1 … The set-up: In the first series of the second quarter, with CU down 3-0, Colorado had the ball at the CSU 28-yard line, fourth-and-seven. Rather than kick a field goal, Embree decided to go for a first down. (Side note: Why was their no confidence in …
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September 1st – Denver Colorado State 22, Colorado 17
Jim McElwain became the first Colorado State coach to win his debut in 42 years, as the Rams rallied past their arch rival for a 22-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes.
Garret Grayson completed 14-of-21 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Jared Roberts kicked two fourth-quarter field goals after the Rams had fallen behind 17-16. Grayson outdueled Kansas transfer Jordan Webb who was 22-of-41 for 187 yards and two touchdowns for the Buffaloes.
McElwain, the former offensive coordinator at defending national champion Alabama, became the first Rams coach to win his debut since Jerry Wampfler in 1970. None of other 12 Rams coaches who have faced Colorado had ever beaten the Buffs on their first try.
The game started much better for the Buffs than had the 2011 edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The previous year, the Rams took the opening kickoff and smartly marched 80 yards for an opening touchdown. In this game, though, the Rams went three-and-out.
The Buffs, though, were not able to capitalize, though, going three-and-out as well. In a foreshadowing of how the afternoon would go for the Colorado offense, the Buffs actually …
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Colorado Daily – Colorado State
Dose of Reality
This just in … CU is very, very young.
From ESPN … Colorado enters this game knowing it might be a rough season. Webb — while not exactly a rookie — is still learning the lay of the land, plus as many as 16 true freshmen could play this year for the Buffs. Of the 77 players Colorado is dressing for this game, 26 are freshmen (16 true, 10 redshirt). Of the 77, 65 percent are underclassmen and 39 percent haven’t played a game beyond high school yet.
That means getting off to a quick start against an opponent they should beat is going to be fairly important for their confidence moving forward. The fact that it’s a rivalry game to start the year adds that much more fuel to the fire.
“You know you have to play them at some point, because we are in different conferences playing them first makes sense — playing them before you get going in your conference,” Embree said. “It doesn’t change anything from that standpoint. It makes the first game a little more exciting, you have a little more bounce in your step, …
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“T.I.P.S.” for Colorado State
Colorado/Colorado State Preview
One year ago, optimism abounded in the Buff Nation. Despite coming off of five straight losing seasons, there was an air of confidence in Boulder. After his hiring in December, 2010, new Colorado head coach Jon Embree restored enthusiasm, reinstated traditions, and inspired the Buff faithful. Season ticket sales soared, with an increase in sales normally only seen in the ticket office after ten or eleven win seasons.
Jon Embree did everything which could have been asked of him after he was hired.
Except win football games.
While Colorado fans understood that it would be some time before Jon Embree’s Buffs challenged for the Pac-12 title, a 3-10 season was not anticipated. Blowout losses to Ohio State, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA were only mollified when CU managed to win two of its last three games, including a road losing-streak ending victory over Utah to end the season.
The 2012 season is now upon us, and while the college football intelligentsia have condemned Colorado to the bottom of the Pac-12, Buff fans are again excited about the possibilities which this fall’s calendar holds.
The 2011 season goal for the Buffs was …
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