Colorado Basketball – November, 2017


Buffs set for showdown against Rams … CU Game Notes – CU at CSU (Sat., 11:00 a.m.)

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Utah 34, Colorado 13

//posted 11.27.2017

In a battle between two teams with 5-6 records, Utah became bowl-eligible with a dominating 34-13 victory over Colorado. The Utes sprinted out to a 28-0 halftime lead, never looking back to post a three-touchdown win, the first game between the teams as members of the Pac-12 decided by more than a touchdown.

Zach Moss ran for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Utes, while Phillip Lindsay closed out his Colorado career with 18 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.

“(A bowl game is) a big positive. … It beats the alternative”, said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “If we’re sitting here at 5-7 and not going, we’re feeling pretty lousy.”

Of course, the loss left Colorado at 5-7 and “feeling pretty lousy”, completing a worst-to-first-to-worst campaign, finishing the 2017 season as the only team in the Pac-12 South not eligible to compete in a bowl game.

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Lasting Impressions

//posted 11.27.2017

Colorado and Utah came into the 2017 “Rumble in the Rockies” (not that anyone calls it that anymore) with 5-6 records.

The winner would be given the opportunity for a bowl game and a winning season; the loser would finish 5-7 and dead last in the Pac-12 South.

In 13 seasons under Kyle Whittingham, the Utes had gone bowling 11 times.

In five seasons under Mike MacIntyre, the Buffs had gone bowling once.

Simply put, the Utes were used to playing in the post-season; the Buffs were not.

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Colorado Daily – Utah

//posted 11.25.2017

Buffs determined to send out Lindsay, seniors with bowl eligibility … Drew Litton … Neill Woelk: Five Keys to Utah game

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 11.24.2017

The series is close (CU: 32-28-3), with six Pac-12 games decided by 32 points. This Saturday? …

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CU at Utah – A Preview

//posted 11.22.2017

CU and Utah are used to playing close games – “T.I.P.S.” on what will be the deciding factors

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For Some of the Marbles 

//posted 11.19.2017

The “Rumble in the Rockies” hasn’t produced a rivalry, but the Saturday’s game will have a lasting impact

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No. 15 USC 38, Colorado 24

//posted 11.11.2017

Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for another, leading No. 15 USC to a 38-24 victory over Colorado. Ronald Jones II added 142 yards on the ground for 9-2 USC, which defeated Colorado for the 12th straight time.

The Buffs were led by quarterback Steven Montez, who went 27-for-49 for 376 yards and two touchdowns. An interception for a touchdown thrown right before the half, however, gave USC a 20-0 lead at the half, with the Buffs never getting within two scores the remainder of the game.

Overall, the stats were fairly close, with both teams posting 23 first downs. USC had 522 yards of total offense, to 486 for Colorado. Mistakes on offense, defense, and special teams, however, doomed the Buffs to their sixth loss of the season, with a win on the road against Utah now a necessity if Colorado was to go bowling in consecutive years for the first time since 2004-05.

“We had some critical mistakes and kind of gave them the game,” said CU head coach Mike MacIntyre. “They’re the most talented team in our league year in and year out, no doubt about it. We had some opportunities tonight and squandered it away.”

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With the 38-24 loss to the No. 15 USC Trojans, Colorado’s season record dipped to 5-6.

The Buff Nation woke up the day after the loss cheering for a team under .500 for the first time since November 28, 2015, when CU finished off a 4-9 campaign with a 20-14 road loss to Utah.

Almost two full years of being on the positive side of the ledger.

Little solace to fans knowing that their team should not only be bowl eligible by now, but be comfortably above .500 for the second year in a row.

Colorado was a 13.5-point underdog to USC, so, to the rest of the college football world, a 38-24 result was to be expected.

We know better.

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Colorado Daily – USC

//posted 11.11.2017

Drew Litton … Buffs look for signature win … Neill Woelk’s Five Keys … Derek McCartney saves a life … Ten inducted into CU Sports Hall of Fame

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 11.10.2017

The stat which could be a game-changer for the Buffs … Shout outs to Ronnie Bradford and Darian Hagan

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“T.I.P.S.” for CU’s bid for first-ever win over USC … Can CU’s Senior Day have a happy ending?

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