Friday Fast Facts

Injury Update

Out for an extended time:

Jared Bell – (Soph.) – defensive back – Out for the season with a torn ACL

Jack Harris – (Soph.) – offensive tackle – Likely out for the season with a broken ankle

Shawn Daniels – (Sr.) – offensive lineman – Suffered a severe calf strain on August 11th; out at least another 3-5 weeks

Vince Ewing – (Jr.) – defensive back – suffered a torn ACL on August 12th, underwent surgery September 8th

Sherrard Harrington – (Fr.) – defensive back – suffered a hip contusion during the summer, will likley red-shirt


Justin Castor – (Soph.) – kicker – suffering from a hip issue. Will not kickoff v. CSU, will be replaced by Will Oliver

Travis Sandersfeld – (Sr.) – defensive back – rumored to have suffered a foot injury in practice this week, may not play v. CSU

David Bakhtiari – (Soph.) – offensive tackle – Sprained knee against Hawai’i. Did not play against Cal; practiced this week, CSU game – listed as “doubtbul”

Ryan Dannewitz – (Jr.) – offensive tackle – Injured knee during Cal game but missed only one play; practiced this week, CSU – listed as “probable”

Colorado v. Colorado State – Notes worth Knowing

– Overall, Colorado leads the series, 60-20-2. The Buffs have won three of the last four in the series; six of the last eight; and seven of the past ten. Colorado is 6-4 vs. Colorado State in games played in Denver;

– The game ranks the eighth straight game in the series where neither team is ranked. Every game played between the schools from 1989-2003, though, featured at least one ranked team;

– Since the series resumed in 1983, Colorado holds a 17-6 advantage. In seasons in which the game was not the first of the year for the Buffs, CU is 7-1 against CSU;

– The 2011 game will feature Colorado high school teammates from six schools facing off against one another (Chatfield; Columbine; Legacy; Mountain Vista; Ponderosa; and Steamboat Springs);

– The only time in the series between the schools (which dates back to 1893) that Colorado State held its own against the Buffs came between 1915-33, when the two schools were 9-9-1 against one another;

– The 2003 game, between 23rd-ranked Colorado State and unranked Colorado, attracted 76,219 to Invesco Field, the largest crowd to ever watch a college football game in the state of Colorado. The Buffs won that game, 42-35;

– Colorado is the designated home team for this weekend, and will wear the home black-and-gold in next season’s game as well. As part of the ten year agreement with CSU, the Buffs are the designated home team six times to the Rams’ four. The 2020 game, if no new agreements are reached, will be played in Ft. Collins.

Pac-12 Notes of Note

– While there is a Pac-12 conference game this weekend – No. 6 Stanford at Arizona – an off-the-radar game Buff fans might want to keep an eye on is Washington State at San Diego State. The Cougars are 2-0 in 2011, coming off of a 2-10 campaign last fall. While it is not a complete surprise that Washington State is 2-0, as the competition (1-AA Idaho State and MWC doormat UNLV) was poor, the manner in which Washington State got to 2-0 is a surprise. The starting quarterback, Jeff Tuel, went down in the first quarter of the opener. His replacement, senior Marshall Lobbestael, has had a phenomenal run. Lobbestael has completed 38-of-51 passes for 591 yards, with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. In just over a half of play against UNLV, Lobbestael threw for 361 yards and five touchdowns.

Washington State faces its first real challenge of the year this weekend against San Diego State. The Aztecs are also 2-0, including a road win against Army last weekend. San Diego State is 6th in the nation in pass defense. It will be interesting to see how San Diego State fares against the No. 6 passing offense – and the No. 1 scoring offense – in the nation. (Yes, it’s true, with 61.5 ppg, Washington State leads the nation in scoring).

Why does this matter to the Buff Nation? After playing San Diego State on the road this weekend, Washington State has a bye week before facing Colorado in Boulder. The outcome of the Washington State/San Diego State game will go a long way in determining the perceptions of how the Washington State / Colorado game will play out in two weeks;

– Colorado sophomore wide receiver Paul Richardson leads the Pac-12, and is third nationally, in receiving yards per game, averaging 166.5 ypg. Richardson is also ranked nationally in receptions per game (t-21st); scoring (t-15th); and all-purpose yards (20th);

– Senior quarterback Tyler Hansen is second in the Pac-12, and eighth nationally, in passing yards per game, with 344.0 ypg;

– Freshman punter Darragh O’Neill is third in the conference, and 22nd nationally, in punting, averaging 43.67 yards per punt;

– Freshman kicker Will Oliver leads the Pac-12, and is 5th nationally, with five field goals in his first two games;

– The final score of the first-ever Pac-12 conference game between USC and Utah was changed after the fact. After a blocked field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown by USC, the score was waived off, as the Trojans were called for unsportsmanlike conduct (as about half the team rushed the field before the play was over). What was a 23-14 USC victory became a 17-14 victory.

Then, the score was changed back to 23-14. The explanation, from Tony Corrente, Pac-12 officiating coordinator: “The final play of the game between USC and Utah was ruled properly and the touchdown did stand. There was a miscommunication between the officials and the press box that led to confusion about the final score. We will make the appropriate adjustments to improve communication between on field officials and press box personnel so that we avoid any scoring issues in the future.”  … got it?;

– Lost in the lackluster 27-17 UCLA victory over San Jose State was the fact that the Bruins found a running game. UCLA rushed for 272 yards against the Spartans. Last season, in its upset of Texas (this weekend’s opponent), UCLA rushed for 245 yards;

– Washington will be playing Nebraska for the third time in a year this Saturday. The Cornhuskers won handily in Seattle last fall, but the Huskies turned the tables on Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, winning 19-7;

– Arizona State’s overtime victory over No. 19 Missouri marked the first time since 2007 in which the Sun Devils defeated a ranked team (CU’s last victory over a ranked team came in 2009, in a 34-30 win over No. 17 Kansas);

– In renewing its rivalry with BYU this weekend, Utah will be playing for two trophies – the Deseret Duel trophy and the Beehive Boot. The Beehive Boot trophy, which includes Utah State, has been won by BYU 22 times, Utah 11 times, and Utah State seven times (including last year, when both the Aggies and Utes beat BYU, but did not play each other);

– Stanford has tallied 40 or more points in eight of its last 15 games, including both games this season;

– The last time Arizona hosted Stanford, the two quarterbacks, Nick Foles and Andrew Luck (both sophomores at the time; seniors now) combined for 838 yards passing in Arizona’s 43-38 victory.



2 Replies to “Friday Fast Facts”

  1. I give up. Of course after posted that injury tidbit, they went ahead and had Castor on all the kickoffs, for better or for worse.

    Still relieved that they didn’t risk Oliver on the kickoffs, though.

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