Friday Fast Facts

Injury Update

Out for the Season:

Jared Bell– (Soph.) – defensive back – Out since August with a torn ACL

Doug Rippy – (Jr.) – linebacker – suffered torn ligaments in his knee against Washington – surgery pending

Blake Behrens – (Sr.) – offensive lineman – chronic shoulder and bicep tendinitis have ended his career

Tony Poremba – (Sr.) – defensive lineman – suffered a concussion in practice on October 4th, one of many in his career

Will Harlos – (Fr.) – defensive back – hamstring and concussion injuries have ended his season

Sherrard Harrington – (Fr.) – defensive back – suffered a hip contusion during the summer, decision to red-shirt made in August

Malcolm Creer – (Fr.) – running back – suffered a torn ACL and MCL 15 carries into his career – surgery pending

 Jack Harris – (Soph.) – offensive tackle – Likely out for the season with a broken ankle, surgery on 9/22


Out for an extended time:

Rodney Stewart – (Sr.) – running back – suffered a knee sprain against Washington – probable for USC

Paul Richardson – (So.) – wide receiver – suffered a knee sprain in practice October 5th; missed four games – probable for USC

Brian Lockridge – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a sprained ankle v. Washington State – listed as “day-to-day” for USC

Anthony Perkins – (Sr.) – safety – suffered an ankle sprain nine plays into the Oregon game – listed as “doubtful” for USC

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

Paulay Asiata – (Fr.) – offensive lineman – Suffered a bruised shoulder against Oregon, missed Arizona State game – listed as “questionable” for USC

Jason Espinoza – (Sr.) – wide receiver – suffered a concussion against Washington – has not played since


Suspended indefinitely – violations of team rules:

Parker Orms – (So.) – defensive back – reinstated and practicing with the team, will return for Arizona game

Paul Vigo – (So.) – defensive back – reinstated and practicing with the team, will return for Arizona 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 80 games to date from player who figured to be in the two-deep roster, or just over 20 percent of the possible 396 (nine games times 44 players). This total projects to be the highest total of lost games since 1984.

It is worthy of note that while Colorado lists eight players as being out for the season, USC lists 14 players as being out for the season.


Colorado v. USC – Notes worth Noting

– While Colorado is used to playing at least one Friday game each season, this weekend’s game will be the first on a Friday for USC since 1999, and only the second since 1990;

– Colorado has seven road games this fall, while USC has seven home games (for the first time since 2000);

– Last weekend’s 56-48 triple-overtime loss to Stanford was the highest scoring game in USC history. The 56 points were the most-ever by a Trojan opponent;

– USC head coach Lane Kiffin is 20-9 with the Trojans. Two weeks ago, he became the first USC coach to win his first away game against Notre Dame;

– USC has been ranked in the AP top 25 for 112 of the past 125 games (USC is ineligible for the coaches’ poll);

– The Trojan offensive line has allowed only four sacks all season;

– With Matt Barkley and Robert Woods leading the charge, USC has 22 passing touchdowns this fall, but only seven rushing touchdowns (the anemic Colorado rushing attack has five);

– The USC defense has allowed only 22 opposing runners in the past 114 games to gain over 100 yards;

– USC has allowed only four punt returns all season;

– The Trojans is first in the Pac-12 in fewest penalty yards (50.2). Colorado, with 25 penalties over the past four games, is “up” to 9th in the conference in penalties (71.2);

– There are 11 former Trojans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, more than any other school. USC also has had more NFL draft picks (473) and more first round draft picks (75) than any other school;

– The 2011 season marks the 50th anniversary for the USC mascot, Traveler. The white horse, with a “regal Trojan warrior astride”, made his debut in the 1961 season opener against Georgia Tech.

Pac-12 Notes of Note

– While Colorado and USC are ineligible for post-season play, four teams have important games this weekend in their quest for bowl bids. Washington State (3-5) travels to California (4-4) in a likely “loser out” game for bowls, while Utah (4-4) travels to Arizona (2-7) and UCLA (4-4) hosts Arizona State (6-2);

– The Oregon/Washington game will be the last in the current Husky Stadium. Washington will play the 2011 Apple Cup against Washington State (and all of the 2012 season) at the Seattle Seahawks’ Century Link Field. Extensive renovations to Husky Stadium will begin after Saturday’s game against the Ducks;

– Left for dead two weeks ago, UCLA actually controls its own destiny in the race for the Pac-12 title game. At 3-2 in conference play, a win at home over Arizona State (4-1) would tie the Bruins for the Pac-12 South lead, and give UCLA the tie-breaker advantage;

– When Stanford fell behind USC, 13-10, in the third quarter last weekend, it represented the first time in 2011 in which the Cardinal trailed in a game (for comparison’s sake, Colorado has led for 78:34 of game time, and trailed 407:51);

– Oregon State freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has passed for over 200 yards in each of the past seven games, one of only three Beaver quarterbacks to accomplish that feat;

– Washington State has scored 266 points in eight games this season. Last year, the Cougars only scored 235 points the entire season (Colorado has 160 points in nine games);

– Arizona quarterback Nick Foles is averaging 366.1 yards passing per games. The Pac-12 single-season record is 342.9 yards per game, set by Washington’s Cody Pickett in 2002;

– UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince had a career-best 19 carries for a career-high 163 yards rushing in the Bruins’ 31-14 victory over California last weekend;

– Washington has scored 30 or more points in seven games this season. That has not happened for the Huskies since 2000, when the Rose Bowl bound squad pulled off the trick nine times.

– The Pac-12 has two national leaders … Oregon running back LaMichael James leads the nation in All-Purpose yards (200.17 yards per game), while Arizona quarterback Nick Foles leads the nation in passer rating (32.8).



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