Washington State – NEVER Give In!
// Sep 22 - 2012 Season
I spent much of the week leading up to the Washington State reminiscing about the 1980 season.
It wasn’t by choice that I was thinking back to my freshman year in Boulder. Rather, the Buffs actions on the field had taken me, involuntarily, back to one of the darkest periods in CU history.
The 69-14 beat down by Fresno State broke some records which had lasted over three decades. In the 1980 opener – my first game as a black-and-gold clad Buff fan – Colorado fell behind UCLA 56-0 … at halftime. That the Bruins failed to score the remainder of the game was on little consolation, as the tone had been set for the 1-10 season.
In the 1980 home opener, CU lost to Indiana (coached by – Heaven help us – Lee Corso), 49-7 … and then things got even worse. A scathing Sports Illustrated article about Chuck Fairbanks’ excesses in the wake of Colorado shutting down “minor sports” was followed up by another record-setting loss, this time in the epic 82-42 loss to Oklahoma. Then the Buffs lost to Drake for the second year in a row!
The humbling loss to Fresno State last week …
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September 22nd – at Washington State Colorado 35, Washington State 34
Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb scored on a four-yard run with nine seconds to play, the last of three Colorado touchdowns in the final seven minutes, to stun Washington State 35-34 on Saturday in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
Webb threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more for Colorado, which had been outscored by an average of 40-19 coming into the game, and entered the game in Pullman as twenty-point underdogs.
The start of the game was eerily similar to what had befallen the Buffs in a 69-14 defeat at Fresno State the week before. Washington State took the opening kickoff and barely broke a sweat in taking the ball down the field for a score. It took the Cougars only six plays to cover 75 yards, with quarterback Connor Halliday hitting Gabe Marks for a 32-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the game.
Then, something different happened … Colorado did not immediately fold.
The Colorado offense, anemic against Fresno State, responded in kind against Washington State. A 24-yard run by freshman running back Christian Powell set up the Buffs in Cougar territory. Two …
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Colorado Daily – Washington State
Nowhere to go but up …
Once again, Drew Litton has hit it on the head
Hey, at least we’re not USC!
Take a gander at the Pac-12 South standings (and enjoy it, because it’s about to change).
Only one Pac-12 Conference game has been played, with Stanford upsetting USC last weekend. As a result, Stanford is sitting atop the Pac-12 North standings with a 1-0 conference record, while USC is at the bottom of the Pac-12 South, with an 0-1 record.
Welcome to CU spin … week four.
From the Daily Camera … While everyone else views the start of conference action with the reality that it’s more difficult than the nonconference schedule which creates the possibility that CU won’t win a game this season, Embree and his players are spinning it differently.
“I haven’t said anything about it, but a lot of guys have said that in their meetings,” Embree said this week when asked if putting nonconference disasters aside and focusing on the start of Pac-12 play can be a positive. “They talked about it is a fresh season. It is a …
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“T.I.P.S.” for Colorado v. Washington State
Inconsolable. Despondent. Frustrated. Angry. Upset.
Pick one emotion … Hell, take them all.
University of Colorado fans have run the gauntlet of negative emotions the past few weeks, and that’s not even the worst of it …
… Chances are it is going to get worse before it gets better.
Not lost on Buff fans is the fact that, as poor as the team has played in opening with an 0-3 record, those games were played against the worst three teams on the 2012 calendar.
If Fresno State can score five touchdowns in 18 first quarter offensive plays, what might the Oregon offense do to the Buffs? … Shudder …
Still, the games must be played, and, for what it’s worth, Washington State may just be the only chance Colorado has for a road victory in 2012.
Which leads us to the “T.I.P.S.” for the week …
T – Talent
Both Colorado and Washington State have quarterback issues.
Colorado has the bad kind: three quarterbacks – all ineffective.
Washington State has the good kind: two quarterbacks – both effective.
Last season, starter Jeff Tuel went down early in the season, and was not …
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