Colorado Daily – Oregon State

October 27th – Game Day!

Steven Montez: “It will be huge for us this week to get some positive things going on offense”

From … The Buffs play three of their final five contests at Folsom. They head to Arizona next week, followed by back-to-back home games with Washington State and Utah before the regular season finale at Cal.

But in order for those games to increase in importance, CU needs to take care of business Saturday against an Oregon State team that has lost five straight games. In order to do that, the Buffs need to rediscover the offensive consistency that has evaded them the last couple of weeks, while continuing to play solid defense.

Most of all, according to CU quarterback Steven Montez, the Buffs need to have a little edge to their attitude in the wake of two consecutive losses.

“It’s kind of like being backed into a corner and the only way you are getting out of there is to come out swinging,” Montez said. “That is what we plan on doing Saturday.”

Colorado’s offense should have that opportunity against the Beavers. OSU is ranked last in the Pac-12 and 127th in the nation in scoring defense, yielding 47.3 points per game, and 128th in total defense, giving up 541 yards per game.

But Colorado’s offense has been firing on all cylinders on a consistent basis the last two weeks. After averaging almost 38 points per game while starting the season with five straight wins, the Buffs hit a rough patch, scoring just 20 and 13 points in their last two games.

They would love to turn that trend back in the other direction against a team that is giving up 276 yards per game on the ground and 266 in the air.

“It will be huge for us this week to get some positive things going on offense,” Montez said. “We have a good offense here. Oregon State is going to be a good team so we just have to see who brings their A-game on Saturday.”

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October 26th

… CU in a few minutes … 

More than bowl eligibility at stake for Buffs against Oregon State 

From the Daily Camera … Despite the consecutive losses, CU goes into this week well aware that much more than bowl eligibility is at stake. The Pac-12 South title is still very much in play with five games to go, as the Buffs are just a half game behind Utah (5-2, 3-2) and USC (4-3, 3-2).

“Everyone in the Pac-12 is good, I think,” CU senior safety Nick Fisher said. “The standings show that. We’re keeping it about Colorado football. As long as we do that, the chips are going to fall where they do and all we can do is play hard.”

Oregon State has been the Pac-12’s worst team for the past two years, but CU head coach Mike MacIntyre has no intention of letting the Buffs overlook this game. In fact, he’s placed extra importance on Saturday’s contest.

Every year, MacIntyre calls CU’s November schedule the “gold games,” because of their importance.

“We moved November up a week, because we have to basically run the table,” MacIntyre said. “We do feel like we have a chance (in the South).

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Neill Woelk Friday’s Fast Five

From … October has not been particularly kind to the Colorado Buffaloes.

After a 1-0 record in August and a 3-0 mark in September, the Buffs are just 1-2 in the 10th month of the year.

But they have a chance to finish October on a strong note Saturday, when they host Oregon State in a 1 p.m. game at Folsom Field, and thus set the stage for November. (And as we all know, “the games they remember are played in November.”)

The 5-2 Buffs (2-2 Pac-12) have won three straight against the Beavers and are favored to make it four in a row. Oregon State has struggled to a 1-6 record under first-year head coach Jonathan Smith, in particular on defense. The Beavers are yielding 47.3 points per game this year, last in the Pac-12 and 127th in the nation.

But offensively, with former CU assistant coach Brian Lindgren as coordinator, the Beavers have been much more competitive. Oregon State is sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 28 points per game, bolstered by a rushing attack that is third in the conference, averaging 195.1 yards per contest.

So what must the Buffs do in order to generate a little momentum for the November stretch run? Our weekly Fast Five keys:

1. Get the offense back on track. After averaging nearly 38 points per game in their 5-0 start, the Buffs have hit a rough patch recently, managing just 20 points against USC and only 13 at Washington.

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October 25th – Happy 32nd anniversary of the most important win in CU history! Game story here

… CU in a few  minutes … 

Buff cornerbacks will try to limit big plays against Oregon State

From … Despite the growing proliferation of passing attacks in college ball, despite rule changes that continue to favor offenses in general and the passing game in particular, there is still a rule of thumb when it comes to playing good defense:

Stop the run first. If you do that, it greatly increases your chances of winning games.

Thus far this season, the Colorado Buffaloes have adhered to that maxim. The Buffs are 5-2 in large part because of a defense that is playing well against the run — and as a result, is limiting opponents’ trips to the end zone. Thus far this year, CU is holding opponents to just 142.6 yards per game on the ground and 21.4 points per game on the scoreboard (both fifth-best in the Pac-12).

It is something the Buffs want to make sure they are doing well Saturday when they play host to Oregon State in a 1 p.m. homecoming game at Folsom Field (Pac-12 Networks). The Beavers have the conference’s leading rusher in Jermar Jefferson, who has run for 899 yards and 12 touchdowns. If the Buffs can force the Beavers to throw, they believe they can control the tempo of the game.

But when you focus on stopping the run, it usually means more pressure on your pass defense because extra defenders in the box can leave defensive backs without extra help on the back end.

It can be a lonely spot for those cornerbacks.

“I’m a firm believer that if you play good defense, you win championships, and a lot of defense is stopping the run,” said Colorado cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose, who played 12 years in the NFL and finished with 42 career interceptions. “But when you have to put guys in the box, the guys on the edge are out there. They’re out there by themselves, and it means you are more prone to giving up big plays once in a while. That’s just the nature of the game.”

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Uniforms: Buffs going traditional for Homecoming









Pac-12 “The Drive” featuring linebacker Davion Taylor

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Safety Nick Fisher nominated for Wuerffel Trophy

Press Release from … Senior S Nick Fisher has been named a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Fisher is working towards a degree in Strategic Relations from the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at Colorado while also pursuing minors in both Leadership Studies and Ethnic Studies.  A two-time Athletic Department honor roll nominee, he was also an honorable mention selection for the Academic All-Colorado team from the Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

On the field, he has played in 32 games with 18 starts for the Buffs.  He has 66 career tackles with 14 third down stops, eight pass breakups and two interceptions.  In each is sophomore and junior seasons, he was part of one of the bigger plays of each season.   As a sophomore against Washington State, he came off the bench and had a key fourth down stop against the Cougars that helped the Buffs secure the win and remain alive for the Pac-12 South Championship, which they eventually won.  In 2017, he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in the Buffs win over California.

In the community, Fisher’s resume is quite impressive.  He helped found Rocking With Rick, a program where CU student-athletes sit down monthly with CU Athletic Director Rick George to talk about student-athlete welfare and any other topic that may come up.  He is also a member of the Bolder Buffaloes, a program designed to help student-athletes with mental health initiatives and education around resources available to them.

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October 24th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Juwann Winfree back … just in time

From the Daily Camera … When Juwann Winfree spoke nearly a month ago about being healthy enough to play against UCLA, his voice was filled with hope, rather than confidence.

The Colorado senior is now truly healthy, and eager to do all he can to help the Buffaloes (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) finish this season the right way. CU hosts Oregon State (1-6, 0-4) on Saturday with a chance to secure bowl eligibility.

“That’s all it was for me, just having faith and just trusting the process and trusting my trainers that they were going to put me through the best to get me back out there,” said Winfree, who returned to the field last week after missing four games, including the one against UCLA, with a high ankle sprain. “I trusted it and it felt great to be back there.”

Star Laviska Shenault was sidelined with a toe injury for the Buffs’ 27-13 loss at Washington, which made the timing of Winfree’s return ideal. Just one of quarterback Steven Montez’s 28 passes came Winfree’s way, however, and he didn’t have any catches.

Despite that, Winfree said he didn’t worry about his name not showing up in the box score.

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Mike MacIntyre post-practice talk with media (Wed.)

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation:

Homecoming weekend events and activities


Homecoming Week
There are plenty of activities planned for alumni, fans and CU students throughout the week. Visit for a full schedule. Alumni can also purchase tickets at a 20 percent discount through the website.

Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally
The 2018 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally will take place Friday night at 7 p.m. on Pearl Street in Boulder. Celebrate your CU spirit with students, fellow alumni and the community as the Buffs paint Pearl Street black and gold! Come cheer on the students, football team, marching band and spirit squad during the parade. Then stick around for the pep rally featuring football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. It will be a fun evening in Boulder to kick off Homecoming weekend!

Men’s Basketball Intrasquad Scrimmage
CU’s men’s basketball team will hold a black & gold instrasquad scrimmage starting at 9:45 a.m. at the CU Events Center. Admission is free and doors will open at 9 a.m. Fan can get a look at this very exciting team ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Parking for the scrimmage will be football game day parking.

Lacrosse Play Day
CU’s lacrosse will play its final scrimmages of the fall season. The Buffs take on Oregon at 9 a.m. and Denver at noon at Kittredge Field.

Parking will be football game day parking.

The Pregame
The Pac-12’s college football game day show “The Pregame” is in Boulder on Saturday. Fans can watch the show live from near the ticket office and the southeast entrance, inside the stadium gates at 12 p.m.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Buffs are supporting this cause. One in four women will experience domestic violence and CU is working to bring awareness to these statistics. The University of Colorado works with two partners to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, including OVA (Office of Victim Assistance, and SPAN (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence,

Coors Cold Zone
During the first hour gates are open, the Coors Light ColdZone on the Buff Walk will have $1 off adult beverages.

Student Tailgate
The Herd’s Homecoming Student Tailgate will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday inside the Indoor Practice Facility in the Champions Center, adjacent to the east side of Folsom Field. Herd members receive free food and drinks, plus free Herd swag, including some exclusive giveaways. For more information, visit NOTE that the location is different from the normal spot at Duane Field.

Chip’s Kids Club Area
Open for kids 8th grade and under, the Chip’s Kids Club Area located south of the Benson Earth Science building will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will have inflatables and stations to make signs.

Ralphie’s Corral
The official CU Tailgate for football is located on Duane Field and will include photo opportunities with Ralphie the live mascot and Chip the mascot, performances by CU’s marching band the spirit squad, games for kids, giveaways including Nike gear, music, and concession-style food and beverages. Ralphie’s Corral is open to all fans.

Steven Montez promises Buffs will “come out swinging”

From … After two straight losses — both on the road — the Colorado Buffaloes believe they have some business to attend to Saturday when they host Oregon State in a 1 p.m. homecoming game at Folsom Field.

Among the top orders on the agenda will be regaining a little of the mojo that produced a 5-0 start and propelled the Buffs into the nation’s top 25. That includes getting their offense back on track, one that has endured back-to-back season lows in points (20 and 13) and yards (265 and 263) over the last two weeks.

According to quarterback Steven Montez, the proper response — along with a solid week of practice — involves an angry mood.

“It is kind of like being backed into a corner,” Montez said at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “The only way you are getting out of there is to come out swinging. That is what we plan on doing Saturday.”

The 5-2 Buffs (2-2 Pac-12) have plenty on the line Saturday against the Beavers (1-6, 0-4). They can clinch bowl eligibility with a win and also stay in contention for a Pac-12 South title run in November.

Montez is confident the Buffs will approach Saturday’s game with the proper attitude.

“It speaks to what this team is all about and how this team is wired,” he said. “This group of guys on offense and defense has a lot of fight in them. They won’t go out without a fight. That is what I expect on Saturday. You are going to see that physical football that we talk about on offense and defense. You are going to see us probably air the rock out a little bit and run it as well … We’ll have a few wrinkles for Oregon State specifically for what they do. We will have a good plan for them and we’ll go out there and be physical and hopefully out-execute them as well.”

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October 23rd

… CU in a few minutes … 

Pac-12 Networks “Pregame” show to originate from Boulder this weekend

Press release from … Continuing its tour across all 12 campuses, “The Pregame,” presented by 76, heads to Boulder this week for the Buffs homecoming matchup against Oregon State.  Coverage begins on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. MT as host Ashley Adamson and analysts Nigel Burton and Evan Moore preview the day ahead while highlighting the game day atmosphere live from outside Folsom Field, the southeast side off Colorado Ave. near the ticket booth, in Boulder ahead of Colorado’s 12 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. MT kickoff.

Following the game, “Pac-12 Football Gamebreak,” anchored from on-site in Boulder, will recap the action and preview a Top 25 showdown with No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford on Pac-12 Network, kicking off at 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. MT.  Afterwards, “Pac-12 Postgame Report” will recap the battled of ranked opponents with host Mike Yam and analysts Nick Aliotti and Ryan Leaf ahead of “Pac-12 Final Score” at 11:30 p.m. PT / 12:30 a.m. MT.

Coverage for the week begins tonight with an all-new “Inside Pac-12 Football,” presented by Maui Jim, as host Mike Yam and analysts Curtis Conway and Yogi Roth dive deep into all things Pac-12 football.

Mike MacIntyre Tuesday press conference

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CB Chris Miller out for the year

From Mike MacIntyre’s Tuesday press conference:

–“Chris (Miller) got operated on yesterday (wrist injury), he’s out for the year”;

— CB “Delrick (Abrams) practiced today, and will be able to play Saturday”;

— “Our corners have got to play better. We know that; they know that. With what we do on defense, they know they are going to be thrown at – that’s the way it is … They had a really good practice today, and they’re excited about going out and playing”;

— “Laviska (Shenault) and Jay (MacIntyre) are still day-to-day. We’ll see if they will be able to play Saturday. Hopefully they will; not sure yet”;

— “Juwann Winfree’s back”.

Offensive line coach Klayton Adams: “We’re not playing good enough (up front) to help us win”

From the Daily Camera … CU’s running game has been average, at best, in recent weeks, and quarterback Steven Montez has been running for his life. In the past two games, Montez has been sacked five times and had 13 hurried throws (he had 18 such throws in the first five games).

“We’re not playing good enough (up front) to help us win,” co-offensive coordinator/line coach Klayton Adams said. “It’s my job to figure out why, it’s my job to figure out who those five guys are going to be that can be more consistent and execute at a really high level, but also practice and prepare at a high level. We haven’t been able to find that and we need to now, because this team is too good for us (on the line) to hold us back.”

Several times against Washington, the Buffs were badly beaten by the Huskies’ front seven.

“Their power up front has hurt everybody,” MacIntyre said. “That’s really what hurt us in that game.”

Left tackle William Sherman, left guard Brett Tonz and center Colby Pursell played every snap, although they also had their struggles.

On the right side, the Buffs once again set up a revolving door. Tim Lynott and Aaron Haigler played at right guard, and CU used three players – Josh Kaiser, Frank Fillip and Haigler – at right tackle.

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October 22nd

… CU in a few minutes …

Stakes for CU clear as Buffs return home to face Oregon State

Related … “CU Buffs have plenty at stake down stretch of season” … from the Daily Camera

From … Win or lose, the Colorado Buffaloes are guaranteed five more games this season.

But with every game Mike MacIntyre‘s 5-2 Buffs win — beginning with Saturday’s 1 p.m. homecoming matchup with Oregon State at Folsom Field (Pac-12 Networks) — the stakes and potential rewards will continue to grow.

It’s why that most common cliche in sports is more applicable than ever for these Buffs:

One game at a time.

“You have to go win every week,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said after Monday’s practice. “We still have an opportunity to do well. We’re concerned about this next game, then the next one and the next one and the next one.”

The immediate rewards aren’t hard to figure.

A win Saturday would improve the Buffs record to 6-2 overall (3-2 Pac-12) and make CU bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons. A win over the Beavers would also give Colorado 21 wins over the last three seasons, the most in any three-year stretch since the 2002-04 Buffs won 22 games.

A win over Oregon State would also bump up the stakes the following week, when the Buffs travel to Arizona. There, CU would  have a chance to clinch a winning season — only the second winning season at Colorado since 2005.

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Laviska Shenault still “day-to-day” for Oregon State game

Tweet from Brian Howell at the Daily Camera … WRs Laviska Shenault (toe) and Jay MacIntyre (concussion) still day to day. Same with CB Delrick Abrams (calf). CB Chris Miller getting examined later today to see if he needs surgery on the wrist he injured Saturday at Washington.

Former CU wide receiver Rae Carruth released from prison

From WCNC … Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth completed his paperwork for his release from prison and walked out a free man at 8:02 a.m. after serving nearly 19 years.

The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver spent the last 18 years behind bars for plotting to kill the mother of his unborn child.

Rae Carruth wore jersey number 84 in the 1997 season, before switching to jersey number 89. Carruth was a first round draft pick of the Panthers in 1997 from the University of Colorado. He made nearly $40,000 a game catching passes for the Panthers.

There were 15 television stations at the Sampson Correctional facility in Clinton, NC, a minimum security prison, waiting for Carruth’s release. By law, 8 a.m. was the earliest he could be released and he walked out at 8:02 a.m.

Carruth got into a white Chevy Tahoe and left the Sampson Correctional facility. It is not known where Carruth was headed or what he plans to do. His attorney said Carruth does not plan to stay in North Carolina.

Carruth is licensed by the State of North Carolina as a barber where he made $1 a day in prison.

On the field, Carruth showed promise. He was drafted in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft fresh off an All-American season at the University of Colorado.

“Knowing Rae personally, he’s a good person, he has a good heart,” a mutual friend said.

Born in California, he moved into a south Charlotte neighborhood once he joined the Carolina Panthers.

“They never were really outside much, very quiet,” one of his neighbors said.

Carruth let his play on the football field do most of the talking for his first three seasons.

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Neill Woelk’s Ten Takeaways from the Washington game

From … With a difficult two-game road trip now in their rearview mirror, the 5-2 Colorado Buffaloes (2-2 Pac-12) next turn their attention to a regular season stretch run that will include three home games and a pair of road contests.

It begins next Saturday with a 1 p.m. home game against struggling Oregon State (1-6, 0-4), the only Pac-12 team without at least two wins this season and the only Pac-12 team without a conference win.

What the Buffs know today is what they heard from head coach Mike MacIntyre immediately after Saturday’s 27-13 loss at Washington: the Pac-12 South is still up for grabs and the Buffs still have a reasonable shot at the division title.

But to get there, they will have to address some of the issues that have hindered them the last couple of weeks, as well as continue to improve on the things they have been doing well.

Thus, our weekly 10 Takeaways:

1. The Buffs have closed the gap on the conference elite — but their margin for error is still thin. If there was one overwhelming feeling in the Colorado locker room after Saturday’s game, it was that they let an opportunity slip away.

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October 21st 

… CU in a few minutes …

National rankings … Washington State rises; Utah and Stanford join poll

… Colorado disappears from the “others receiving votes

From CBS Sports … While Week 8 of the college football season didn’t have the same number of upsets as last week, Ohio State’s 49-20 loss to Purdue has shuffled the top 10. The Buckeyes fell nine spots, landing at No. 11, behind teams like UCF, Florida and Oklahoma.

And, as luck would have it, Ohio State’s loss was Michigan’s gain. The Wolverines moved up to No. 5 from No. 6 last week after ending their 17-game road losing streak against ranked teams by beating Michigan State 21-7.

The biggest climber in the poll this week was Washington State. The Cougars jumped 11 spots to No. 14 after beating Oregon 34-20. The Ducks dropped seven spots to No. 19 with the loss.

The Associated Press Top 25 … 

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
6. Texas
7. Georgia
8. Oklahoma
9. Florida
10. UCF
11. Ohio State
12. Kentucky
13. West Virginia
14. Washington State … up 11 spots from last week
15. Washington … same position as last week
16. Texas A&M
17. Penn State
18. Iowa
19. Oregon … down seven spots from last week
20. Wisconsin
21. South Florida
22. NC State
23. Utah … up ten spots from last week
24. Stanford … up two spots from last week
25. Appalachian State

Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech (5-2) 54; Utah State (6-1) 50; San Diego State (6-1) 48; Fresno State (6-1) 35; Miami (FL) (5-2) 34; Virginia (5-2) 25; Houston (6-1) 19; Purdue (4-3) 17; Michigan State (4-3) 8; Cincinnati (6-1) 7; Auburn (5-3) 5; Boston College (5-2) 2; Mississippi State (4-3) 2; UAB (6-1) 1

USA Today/Coaches’ poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. LSU
5. Michigan
6. Georgia
7. Texas
8. Oklahoma
9. Ohio State
10. UCF
11. Florida
12. West Virginia
13. Washington … up one spot from last week
14. Kentucky
15. Washington State … up eight spots from last week
16. Penn State
17. Texas A&M
18. Iowa
19. Wisconsin
20. South Florida
21. Oregon … down ten spots from last week
22. NC State
23. Stanford … up one spot from last week
24. Utah … up nine spots from last week
25. Miami (FL)

Others Receiving Votes: Appalachian State (5-1) 78; Utah State (6-1) 63; San Diego State (6-1) 62; Houston (6-1) 30; Cincinnati (6-1) 30; Fresno State (6-1) 22; Mississippi State (4-3) 18; Virginia (5-2) 17; Auburn (5-3) 13; Colorado (5-2) 9; Buffalo (7-1) 9; Duke (5-2) 8; Texas Tech (5-2) 8; Army West Point (5-2) 8; Purdue (4-3) 7; UAB (6-1) 6; South Carolina (3-3) 5; Virginia Tech (4-2) 4; Syracuse (5-2) 3; Georgia Southern (6-1) 2; Michigan State (4-3) 1

Steven Montez: “We just shot ourselves in the foot again. You can’t do that if you want to beat the good teams” 

From Neill Woelk at … For the 29th time in a row, the Buffs visited the home stadium of a ranked team and flew home with a loss, this time a 27-13 defeat to Washington that was a four-point game in the fourth quarter.

The Buffs let one get away — and they knew it.

“Obviously you never want to lose,” said Colorado quarterback Steven Montez. “But sometimes, you’d almost rather have an absolute blowout than get one pulled out from under you in the fourth quarter. Those are the absolute toughest ones to swallow. We had opportunities and we didn’t capitalize.”

Indeed, Colorado had a chance — several chances — to put the Huskies on their heels and keep them there. But everytime they threatened to take control, they opened the gate and allowed Washington to regain momentum.

… “We just shot ourselves in the foot again,” Montez said. “You can’t do that if you want to beat the good teams like USC and Washington. You can do all that other stuff and get away with it when you’re playing some other teams. But when you’re playing USC and Washington, these guys who have been elite in the Pac-12 for a while now, you can’t make those mental mistakes and expect to get away with it. Especially not on the road.”

But while the opportunity for a road win over a ranked team will now likely have to wait until next year, the Buffs don’t have to wait long to get back on track. After two weeks on the road, they finally return to Folsom Field next Saturday for a 1 p.m. homecoming matchup with Oregon State.

“We’re 5-2,” Montez said. “There’s no need to freak out, panic. We just need to get back to work and do what we’ve been doing in practice and film study and all those good things. We were prepared coming into this game and just had some tough moments. If we keep preparing like we have been, we’ll be fine.”

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25 Replies to “Colorado Daily – Oregon State”

  1. Mac and chevroni yiu freakin sucj!!
    41-3 halftime lead and you blow tha.sll you losers should be fired you are such a puss mac and chev I’m discusted by your play calling.
    You should be a shamed you suck beyond belief!!
    Howmthengckndinyi blow a 30 prnlead a t half.
    Mac go back god and apple trees.
    You suck as a headbncoach and So don you chev.
    Your horrible and shouildmgonback yo coaching some shitty little league team.
    I’m a shamed to be a buff!!!-‘dniranboh your fault!

  2. 1992 Grad.. Never miss a game on tv radio or in Boulder.. Durango Buff.. Fire Mac now.. Afraid to run score up on teams 31-3.. And lose don’t need that kind of coach.. Win or die.. Go Buffs TJ

  3. Never commented before .. 1992 grad.. Luv my Buffs.. Fire Mac now.. afraid to run the score up on anyone BS..Sick of this mentality… Durango Buff..

    1. I don’t see anything that says this actually happened. It must have been a glitch in my ESPN app on Saturday.

  4. Dang you Stu, I clicked on that link to 1986. Tears. Tears of joy. I was there. Had 10 season tickets at that time. All the buds and family were there. What a frigging day. Make it a weekend. Sunday golf was unbelievable as well. Still dazed and hungover from the night before………..It was a long one…..we started with a bloody mary blitz even before we hit the driving range……Shot like krap, but it didn’t matter. The 19th hole lasted into the evening. The wives kept calling (no cellphones so no texts) and we just kept telling the guy to say………………..They are not here…………. Hell to pay when we finally showed up at the abode………………But we didn’t care………….



  5. So here it is eh? Course it always changes but……………

    Depth chart
    Nixon, Winfree, Jackson and Stanley starting
    Ento, Brown, Arias and Lee backing up
    Lil mac and Laviska still show injured

    Sherman, Tonz, Purcell Hagler, kaiser

    Buffalo up.

    Good looking receiver group.

  6. Yo Stuart,
    How fitting that Oregon State wears orange? Especially to the Cheez-It party when the Colorado Buffaloes become bowl eligible for the 2nd time in a decade. This is game one of the race to get paid to play in the postseason. Five games to go. For each win, the stakes and the paydays get higher and higher.

    Win just one of the five and the Buffs have to settle for the Cheez-It Bowl. Win 2 and they probably get to double that payday at the Vegas Baby Bowl. Win 3 and maybe it’s the Sun Bowl or the Red Box Bowl. Win four or five and the Buffs could be in the high paying Holiday or Alamo Bowls. Win all five in dominant fashion and have all the stars align, including a trip to and win at the Pac-12 Championship game, and the Colorado Buffaloes can get to the Granddaddy of them all, The Rose Bowl.

    Let’s not count those wins just yet though. One game at a time. The Buffs need to earn them Cheez-Its this week and worry about the others later.

    GoldenBuffs89 (Mark)

    PS – Too bad the weather is supposed to be so nice this weekend… it sure would be fun to watch our old OC Lindgren call plays in bad weather for his new team, just so I can laugh instead of pulling my hair out when he keeps calling out passes into 40 mph winds.

  7. Head coaching is a tough job. I mean think about it.
    So the way I figure it, if Mac keeps his nose out of the offense (Hey the players know who “called” which play when). and focuses on the 6 allocated timeouts (He got distracted trying to be OC) to ensure they are used correctly and when needed what a wonderful world it would be.

    I figure he has about 200 timeouts he never used of the 6 years of the rebuilding effort when he should have. Too bad the unused ones aren’t cumulative.

    Go Buffs Damn the Beavs

  8. Alrighty homecoming. Always a fun time. Especially when the Buffs are favored by 20 plus.

    6 and 2 in the books. Is that a prediction? It certainly is a hope.

    Tailgating starts early. Lots of alumni stuff going on. Drinking? Probably. Stuff starts on Thursday. Friday night parade. I hope the ‘floats’ aren’t as weak as the last few years. Sheesh!
    Saturday starts early for tail gating. Always hit the Ralphie place. Some nice swag. Then on to Franklin. Quick look at my brick then away we go.


    Note: ASU needs to whip them rubbers.

    Truth: “We’re not playing good enough (up front) to help us win,” co-offensive coordinator/line coach Klayton Adams said. “It’s my job to figure out why, it’s my job to figure out who those five guys are going to be that can be more consistent and execute at a really high level, but also practice and prepare at a high level. We haven’t been able to find that and we need to now, because this team is too good for us (on the line) to hold us back.

  9. Win and go to a BOWL…….period…. No one else on the schedule this week for the Buffs.

    Can’t play more than one team at a time.

    Take care of business, please.

  10. From Montez, via the Buffzone story: “We’ve been keeping up with each other, texting back and forth,” Montez said. “Him and (former defensive line coach Jim) Jeffcoat and Mac were the first people to give me my shot here. I’m always thankful for Lindgren, Jeffcoat and Mac. I’m very excited to see him. He was a great coach for me while he was here.

    “(Lindgren) helped me get super comfortable with our offense. It wasn’t so much defensive football; it was more about worrying about what we’re doing on offense and knowing where everybody was going to be and knowing where everybody needed to be lined up. He just ingrained the playbook into my mind to where I was always thinking about it.”

    I remember a guy using Montez’ quote about how Roper’s teaching him to learn the defensive side of the field, as an indictment to how terrible a coach Lindgren was.

    EP, please don’t misconstrue that as worship. Lindgren did what he could do for CU, and moved on. I like the addition of Roper, and think Chev will become a solid play caller.

    Looking forward to seeing the offense get back into its groove into what has shown to be a pretty porous defense, so far this year.

    As everyone’s pointing out, the real tests will be against UT and Wazzu (although, none of their games are gimmes, by any stretch). And again, I think Chev and Co will acquit themselves well in those games, too. Sure will help to be in Boulder, as well.

    Go Buffs

    1. I understand Eric. Montez’ considerable improvement this year was simply a delayed lindgren reaction. You of all people should know the value of brown nosing coaches. Their brotherhood is almost as tight as the ref’s.

      1. Really? Montez’ considerable improvement this year – as he stated himself, and we heard the same from his receivers and coaches – was that he dedicated himself to getting better in the off-season. Watching tons of film; throwing with and to his receivers nearly every day. In addition to Roper’s style, helping him further down that path. But as Steven also said, he wasn’t ready to go there earlier in his career, regardless of what the coaches were “coaching” him to do.

        Come on, EP. You coached. You know, all the coaching in the world does no good if the one being coached isn’t receptive to it. And, certainly getting your team to learn and execute what you’re coaching is part of coaching (it is all it is, really) but… it ain’t the end-all, be-all to a team’s performance.

        Look no further than the 49ers under Singletary, then Harbaugh. Same roster. Same “football knowledge” of the coaches. Very different results.

        But you’re right. Lindgren clearly didn’t help Steven progress as much as he could have, and was also the reason it took CU until year four to compete for a Pac 12 Championship, instead of years one, two or three of the turnaround. Yep. 100%.

        Go Buffs.

  11. But when you’re playing USC and Washington, these guys who have been elite in the Pac-12 for a while now, you can’t make those mental mistakes and expect to get away with it. Especially not on the road.”

    Take a memo Mickey

  12. To me what it all boils down to is we have to beat OSU. There are no other games to think about. Win this game and we gain some confidence back. Lose this game and our boys may just call it a year. We took it on the chin the last two games against more talented teams. Bounce back and beat this team that we are “supposed” to beat.

    1. 100%. And, whatever they do, don’t overlook them. It’s the Pac 12, where more than any other conference, any team really can beat any other on any given day. But, if they play like they’ve been playing, they should have a nice cruise to victory, rest some of the injured dudes, and get some youngsters playing time.

      Go Buffs.

        1. it might be subconsciously but Eric is pulling for lindgren if for no other reason to throw it mine and a couple other faces

          1. Sure. Right. There you go. No need to throw anything in your or VK’s (and other Lindgren basher’s) faces. Facts are facts. He’s a fine coach, and was not the reason for CU’s offensive woes. Part of them? Sure. But not the reason.

            You can keep haranguing that line forever, though. It’s nice to live in the past.

            Go Buffs.

        2. 83, you’re mostly right. But, having grown up watching the Pac 12, when several times Wazzu or OSU who were perennially terrible, would take down a top dog (or dawg, if you will) and of course being part of it since CU made the right move West, we know that’s not entirely true.

          I saw this quote from Leach in an ESPN story that says it all:

          “I’ve said this for a long time: If you had a tournament with the bottom of our conference with anybody else’s conference, we’d crush the bottom of theirs,” Leach said. “And what makes that difficult and what makes that imposing is there’s some games throughout the year in the other conferences where you’re not as threatened, you’re not in as great of jeopardy as we are in this conference. In this conference, they can all get you, you know?”

          So yeah, our Buffs should absolutely maul OSU. Particularly if their third string QB is playing (of course, bad performance will all be Lindgren’s fault) but? That’s why they play the games.

          CU still isn’t in a position to take any game as a sure win. Albeit, this has to be about as close as anyone can get. Except maybe for playing Bethune Cookman…

          Go Buffs.

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