Friday Fast Facts


Friday Fast Facts

//posted 9.29.2017

Josh Rosen leads the nation in five categories … BUT … Bruins 100th or worse in 10+ categories

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Colorado Daily – UCLA

//posted 9.29.2017

Drew Litton’s take … Matchups to watch … Neill Woelk’s Five Keys to the CU/UCLA game … CU athletic department balances budget for third straight year

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CU at UCLA – A Preview

//posted 9.27.2017

The Buffs face one of the worst defenses in football … “T.I.P.S.” for CU’s trip to the Rose Bowl

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Washington 37, Colorado 10

//posted 9.24.2017

Colorado looked to avenge a 41-10 loss to Washington in the 2016 Pac-12 championship game. Instead, it was a repeat, with the Buffs falling 37-10.

The previous December, the Buffs were down only 14-10 at halftime against the Huskies, but turnovers doomed the Buffs in the second half. In the 2017 Pac-12 conference opener, the Buffs were down only 10-7 at halftime, but turnovers doomed the Buffs in the second half. A pick six thrown by CU quarterback Steven Montez late in the third quarter turned a 17-10 game into a rout.

For the game, Montez completed 21-of-27 passes for 171 yards, but also had three interceptions. His counterpart for the Huskies, Jake Browning, was not much more effective, completing 11-of-21 for 160 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. The difference on the stats sheet came on the ground. Myles Gaskin went for 202 yards on 27 carries, including a 57-yard score to add insult to injury late. CU’s leading rusher, Phillip Lindsay, had 68 yards on 19 carries, posting the Buffs’ lone score.

“This is the best team in the North (division) that we’ll play and they’re a really good football team that’s really well coached”, said CU head coach Mike MacIntyre. “They beat us tonight. We’ve got some things to work on and improve on just like every game. When something happens, they make you pay for it. That’s what good teams do. We do that too. We’ll do that a couple times this year too.”

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I’m Keeping My Towel

//posted 9.24.2017

In preparing for CU’s rematch with Washington, I made myself go back and take a look at the 2016 Pac-12 championship game.

The perception we have been left with for nine months was that the Buffs were humiliated, with the 41-10 final reflecting the Huskies’ domination.

The reality is that the score was 14-7 at halftime, but a pick six in the third quarter helped turned the game into a rout.

The perception of Washington’s 37-10 victory over Colorado to open 2017 Pac-12 conference play will be that the Huskies proved themselves to be College Football Playoff contenders, while exposing the Buffs as a mediocre team which had a fluke of a good season in 2016 (one which will not be repeated in 2017).

The reality is that the score was 17-10 late in the third quarter, but a pick six helped to turn the game into a rout.

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6th-year senior OT Jeromy Irwin: Buffs have “unfinished business” v. Washington … Neill Woelk’s Five Keys to the Washington game

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 9.22.2017

CU has won eight straight at home … Washington has won seven straight over CU … Buffs/Huskies stats even

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Your “T.I.P.S.” for CU v. Washington … Can the Buffs surprise the Huskies with a “complete game”? …

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Ratings and Rankings

//posted 9.18.2017

Fornelli Top 50 – Buffs drop out of Top 20 … CU poll rankings – AP: 27th; USA Today: 28th; ESPN: 22nd

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Steven Montez threw for a career-high 357 yards and four touchdowns, leading Colorado to a hard-fought 41-21 win over Northern Colorado. In the first game between the two teams since 1934, the Buffs generated 569 yards of total offense (to 273 for the Bears), but clung to a 28-21 lead in the third quarter before pulling away with 13 unanswered points to close the contest.

Phillip Lindsay had 151 yards on 26 carries, but was held in check for much of the game. Montez threw touchdown passes to four different receivers, including Devin Ross, who led the Buffs with eight catches for 143 yards and a four yard touchdown reception.

“We need to improve everywhere,” said Mike MacIntyre of the Buffs’ effort. “I think today, I thought Steven made a step forward. We were throwing and catching the ball. The quarterback made some better reads, even on the run. Defensively, we’re still playing pretty stout against the run, which is important. You can’t let a team run on you or you’re going to have a really hard time winning the football game”.

Colorado moved its record to 3-0 for the 41st time in its 128-year history, but for the first time since 2008 and just the second time since opening 5-0 in 1998 (3-0 also in 2004; last time CU was 4-0 was in 1998).

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The Bite Size Rise

//posted 9.17.2017

The theme for the 2016 season at Colorado was “The Rise”.

For 2017, one of the themes has been “Never Stop Rising”.

With a 41-21 victory over Northern Colorado, the Buffs moved their 2017 record to 3-0. It’s the best start for CU since 2008, and only the third 3-0 start to a season for CU in the 21st century.

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Friday’s Fast Facts

//posted 9.15.2017

CU takes on UNC for the first time since the “Silver and Gold” took on Colorado Teachers College …

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