“We’re just not able to finish”

Nelson Spruce added to his collection of records during Colorado’s 27-24 loss to USC.

With his 22nd touchdown reception, a nine-yarder in the second quarter, Spruce tied Scotty McKnight for the all-time lead in that category. Spruce long ago became the all-time leader at Colorado in receptions (now up to 279, which is also a Pac-12 record) and reception yards (3,116), with the touchdown record the last of the major records to obtain.

In addition, Spruce picked up the Buffalo Heart Award after the game. The award, presented “by the fans behind the bench”, has been given out since 1998. The award is coordinated by the same group of fans, selecting the player they feel best represents what it means to be a CU Buffalo.

The recognition and the touchdown record were all fine and good with Spruce, but it wasn’t enough.

“I was talking about this week getting that signature win and that would be my memorable moment here and we were right there,” said Spruce. “But the story of this season, we are just not able to finish. So being my last game this was definitely one that I wanted even that much more so it does hurt a little bit.”

Actually, it hurts a lot.


Colorado Daily – USC

//posted 11.12.2015

Nelson Spruce one of five seniors expected to start Friday … USC RB Tre Madden out for CU game … CU & KOA extend contract


CU v. USC – A Preview

//posted 11.11.2015

Your paraskevidekatriaphobia “T.I.P.S.” for Friday the 13th (Buffs need all the help they can get) …


GAME STORY … November 7th, Boulder … Stnaford’s Christian McCaffrey had a successful homecoming to the state of Colorado, going for over 200 all-purpose yards in leading No. 9 Stanford to a 42-10 win over Colorado, as mistakes doom Buffs (again) … Stanford’s David Shaw: “Coach MacIntyre has done a phenomenal job here”


A Different Mindset

//posted 11.8.2015

The debate about Mike MacIntyre’s success is not a new one, and will continue … Colorado is certainly more competitive than it was three years ago, but shouldn’t more progress be seen by now?


Colorado Daily – Stanford

//posted 11.6.2015

“We have to be able to stop the run” … Drew Litton … CU athletic Hall of Fame inducts 11


In case you missed it, Christian McCaffrey’s coming to town … but the Buffs will be in black-and-gold …


No. 24 UCLA 35, Colorado 31

//posted 11.2.2015

The Colorado offense was on the field for a school record 114 plays, ran up 554 yards of total offense, and held the ball 41:05 of game clock … and still lost to No. 24 UCLA, 35-31. The Buffs had twice as many first downs as the (34-16), but red zone mistakes could not be overcome, with a Sefo Liufau interception in the final minute ending CU’s final hope.

Sefo Liufau went 37-for-57 for 312 yards, but a 96-yard interception for a touchdown turned what could have been a 7-7 game into a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter. Two Buffs went over the century mark in offensive production, with freshman running back Patrick Carr going for 100 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Devin Ross had nine receptions for 101 yards. Nelson Spruce, who became the Pac-12’s all-time receptions leader during the game, finished with 11 catches for 90 yards.

“I thought the overall effort, intensity, fight was good (and well as) the game plan by our coordinators on both sides”, said CU head coach Mike MacIntyre. “We had a good game plan to attack and be aggressive, which we needed to, and we executed that. A couple balls bounced the wrong way, but the kids are still fighting.”


In the corporate world, “glass ceiling” represents an unseen, but still unbreakable, barrier which prevents women and minorities from rising to upper management positions. In the world of Colorado football, “glass ceiling” represents an unseen, but still unbreakable, barrier which prevents the Buffs from winning break-through Pac-12 conference games …