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, surgery on 9/22, still 3-5 weeks from a possible return

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

Will Harlos – (Fr.) – defensive back – hamstring – “has endured some tightness” – out 3-4 weeks

Tony Poremba – (Sr.) – defensive lineman – suffered a concussion in practice on October 4th – out indefinitely

Paul Richardson – (So.) – wide receiver – suffered a severe strained knee in practice on October 5th – out 2-3 more weeks

Doug Rippy – (Jr.) – linebacker – suffered torn ligaments in his knee against Washington – out for the season

Blake Behrens – (Sr.) – offensive lineman – chronic shoulder and bicep tendinitis – likely out for the season

Rodney Stewart – (Sr.) – running back – suffered a knee sprain against Washington – out 2-4 weeks


Travis Sandersfeld – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a fractured fibula in practice on September 13th – listed as being out at least another two weeks, but did practice this week

Shawn Daniels – (Sr.) – offensive lineman – Suffered a severe calf strain on August 11th; resumed practice last week; listed as “day-to-day” (for the second week in a row)

Brian Lockridge – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a sprained ankle v. Washington State – out another 1-2 weeks

Arthur Jaffee – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a sprained knee during California game, swelling persists; may be ready for Oregon

Kyle Cefalo – (Sr.) – wide receiver – elbow injury suffered v. Washington State; sprained knee v. Washington – out 1-2 weeks

Josh Hartigan – (Sr.) – linebacker – suffered a stinger in practice on October 4th – played with it against Stanford; sat out against Washington; “probable” for Oregon

Ray Polk – (Jr) – safety – Has a bad wrist, a fractured sternum and a concussion … and didn’t even make the official injury report

Suspended indefinitely – violations of team rules:

Parker Orms – (So.) – defensive back – lower leg injury suffered against Ohio State

Paul Vigo – (So.) – defensive back – hamstring – out since the Colorado State game

Ayodeji Olatoye – (So.) – defensive back – had played the first four games of the season (no tackles)

Liloa Nobriga – (So.) – linebacker – dressed for two home games and CSU game, but had not yet played a down

Overall, Colorado has lost 59 games to date from player who figured to be in the two-deep roster, or just under 20 percent of the possible 308 (seven games times 44 players). This total projects to be the 2nd-highest figure in the past 25 years.

Colorado v. Oregon – Notes worth Noting

– Oregon is off to a 5-1 start in 2011. Oregon has now started the season at 5-1 or better in six of the last seven seasons. The Ducks are 3-0 in conference play for the third consecutive year, and 5th time in 12 years. The last four times Oregon has started 3-0 in conference play, the Ducks have earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title;

– Oregon head coach Chip Kelly won more games (22) in his first two years than any coach in Pac-8/10 history. Kelly is now 27-5 overall in his career in Eugene, but, surprisingly enough, is only 5-3 in games decided by ten points or less;

– Freshman tight end Colt Lyerla has three receptions in 2011 … all for touchdowns;

– In six games, Oregon has had 33 “explosion” plays, big plays which cover over 25 yards. Colorado’s much-maligned offense, in seven games, has put up a credible 28 “explosion” plays.

– That being said, of Oregon’s 33 explosion plays, 15 have gone for over 40 yards, while amongst Colorado’s explosion plays, only six have covered over 40 yards;

– Oregon has won 20 straight games at home, the second longest streak in school history (23; 1997-2001). (The Buffs’ record for consecutive home wins is 15, which has been done twice, most recently 1988-91). The Ducks have sold out 78 consecutive home games, and last weekend’s attendance, 60,055, represented the largest crowd ever for a college football game in the state of Oregon;

– ESPN’s College GameDay was in Eugene last weekend for the Arizona State game, marking the 6th time Oregon has hosted the program;

– The recent success in Eugene has set new standards for victories over a two-year span (22), three years (32) four years (41) and five years (48);

– In its history, Oregon has posted a 595-471-46 overall record (.555). The Ducks are fifth in the Pac-12 in all-time wins (Colorado is 2nd) and is 10th in all-time winning percentage (besting only Oregon State and Washington State, both of which are under .500 all-time. Colorado ranks 4th in the conference in all-time winning percentage).

Buff freshmen kickers faring well

– There are 11 freshmen punters seeing regular duty in the FBS (eight true, three red-shirt). Colorado true freshman Darragh O’Neill has the most punts in the group (38, with Cole Way of Tulsa posting 31 punts to date). O’Neill’s 43.6 average is the best amongst the 11 freshmen.

– There are 13 freshmen kickers in the FBS (eight true, five red-shirt). Colorado true freshman Will Oliver is fourth in the group in points, with 45, and his nine field goals is second only to the ten successful kicks made by USC’s true freshman kicker, Andre Heidari.

Pac-12 Notes of Note

– Arizona, which came into the Thursday night game against UCLA averaging less than 72 yards per game rushing (119th in the nation), had 109 yards rushing in the first quarter alone against the Bruins, building a 14-7 lead;

– The Wildcats (like the Buffs) had struggled in the first quarter in 2011. Arizona had been out-scored 55-17 in the first quarter this season;

– UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria, son of former Buff Christian Fauria, had such a good first half that he was added to the John Mackey Award Watch list. In the first half of 2011, Fauria had 12 catches for 196 yards and four touchdowns;

– Washington, on the heels of its 52-24 victory over Colorado, joined the Associated Press top 25 for the first time since 2009. The Huskies are 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1997;

– Stanford, after defeating Washington State, extended its winning streak to 14 games. The streak is the longest in school history, and is the longest current streak in the FBS;

– Utah visits Cal, with the two teams carrying identical records, 3-3, 0-3. Cal leads the all-time series between the two teams, 4-3;

– USC visits Notre Dame this weekend. The Trojans have won a school-record 13 consecutive non-conference road games. Notre Dame leads the series, 43-34-5, but USC has won eight of the last nine games, including the last four in South Bend;

– USC, for whatever reason, is not getting the love nationally. For the first time in school history, a 5-1 Trojan team remains unranked;

– Washington has scored 30 points or more in the first six games of the season, the first time the Huskies have ever accomplished that feat. This weekend, Washington faces Stanford, which has held its last 12 opponents under 25 points, the longest such streak since 1939-41;

– The Washington State home game against Oregon State will be played in Seattle, in the CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks. Washington State’s only league victory in 2010 was an upset victory over Oregon State in Corvallis;

 – In the first half of the 2011 season, Washington State has scored 217 points. The Cougars scored 235 points in all of 2011.

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