Sacramento State – The Shirt of Shame
// Sep 8 - 2012 Season
Shirt of Shame
It’s been twenty-five years since I graduated from the CU School of Law.
It’s now been a full quarter century since my seven year stint as a resident of Boulder came to an end, and my 700-mile commute to home games from Bozeman, Montana, began.
For many years, I drove down for home games. I got to know every mile marker, every gas station, every rest stop across the very (verrry) boring expanses of eastern Wyoming. My wife, Lee, made a few of the trips, but quickly made it known that she was not interested in continuing the bonding opportunities provided by 22 hours of driving back and forth from Bozeman to Boulder. Our son, Adam, made a few trips, but also was able, in time, to find other ways to spend his weekends in pursuit of other distractions. I then recruited my friend Randy, who had no ties to Colorado – either the state or the school – to the Buff Nation, but was willing to endure the drive in exchange for a game ticket and some good football.
More recently, though, I have opted for flying down for games. The commute only takes an hour-and-a-half, …
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September 8th – Boulder Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28
Walk-on Sacramento State kicker Edgar Castenda was awarded a scholarship in the post-game locker room after his third field goal of the day, a 30-yarder as time expired, gave the Hornets a 30-28 victory over Colorado. With the loss, the Buffs, who had never played an FCS team (formerly 1-AA) in school history prior to 2006, fell to 1-2 against Big Sky Conference teams.
Sacramento State posted 466 yards of total offense against a Buff defense which had played well in the season opening loss to Colorado State. The Buff offense, led by Christian Powell’s 147 yards rushing and three touchdowns, had four scoring drives of 65 yards or longer, but was otherwise unproductive against a Hornet defense which surrendered 49 points to New Mexico State a week earlier.
The game started as well as any Buff fan, hoping to erase the memory of the 22-17 loss to Colorado State, could have expected. On the third play from scrimmage, freshman running back Christian Powell raced up the middle for a 64-yard touchdown. Only 1:12 into the game, the Buffs already had more rushing yards, 75, than they did in the …
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Colorado Daily – Sacramento State
Utah loss to Utah State … “(I) felt like ‘throwing up everywhere.’ “
Gaggies no more.
After building a reputation last season for being unable to close out teams late in games (e.g., Utah State held a 21-13 lead over Colorado State last season with less than a minute to go, but wound up losing in overtime), Utah State came up with a big-time performance in the fourth quarter and overtime to beat Utah 27-20 in what may be the last game between the rivals at Romney Stadium.
Chuckie Keeton rushed for 23 yards on third down to set up a touchdown run by Kerwynn Williams in overtime. The Utes could not score on fourth and goal from the 17-yard line when backup quarterback Jon Hays, who replaced an injured Jordan Wynn at the end of the first half, watched his pass to DeVonte Christoper get batted down by Will Davis.
Three plays earlier Jake Murphy was called for offensive pass interference on an apparent touchdown pass from the six, backing the Utes up and ending their hopes of a victory after falling behind 13-0 in the first half.
Adding insult to injury …
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“T.I.P.S.” for Sacramento State
All of the fun was taken out of the Colorado/Sacramento State game when the Buffs turned the ball over on downs with less than a minute to play at the end of the debacle which was the 2012 Rocky Mountain Showdown.
A victory over the Colorado State Rams would have set up the Buffs for a 2-0 start, with sacrificial Big Sky lamb Sacramento State coming to town to make Buff fans feel good about their team. The 45,000 – 50,000 sun-baked Buff fans would have had a spectacular fall afternoon in Boulder to enjoy an easy home victory, with the only issue heading into the game being the question of whether the new $7 million video boards were as spectacular as advertised.
Now, with a 22-17 loss to Colorado State on the ledger, the Sacramento State game becomes a desperation game. Nothing can be taken for granted, with the Buff Nation wondering whether the sputtering CU offense will ever get its act together.
In what may well be the last game of the 2012 campaign in which the Buffs are favored, let’s take a look at this week’s “T.I.P.S.” …
T – Talent
Enjoy this …
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