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Colorado Daily – Air Force

September 14th  – GameDay!!

… CU in a few minutes …

Buffs preparing for unique challenge that is Air Force 

From CUBuffs.com … Defensively, CU would like to continue its takeaway trend. The Buffs have forced seven turnovers — tied for second-best in the nation and nearly half of last year’s total of 15 — with four fumble recoveries and three interceptions. But one thing the defense does want to change is a tendency to give up big plays. Opponents have already scored five touchdowns of 39 yards or longer, and the Buffs have given up 31 points in each of their two games.

One more thing Colorado would like to change is a tendency for a relatively slow start. Colorado trailed Nebraska 17-0 at the half last week before rallying for a 34-31 win in overtime; and twice trailed CSU in the first half before finally taking the lead for good just before halftime.

No doubt, AFA’s option offense is a concern, as is an attacking defense. But in the end, Tucker said, it will still come down to the same factors that decide every football game.

 “They have a good football team, there’s no doubt about that, on offense, defense, and special teams,” Tucker said. “Everyone’s got players. We’ve got players, Air Force has players, so it’s going to really come down to execution and running and hitting. Being disciplined, playing clean football, taking care of the football, trying to take the ball away, time of possession. It’s going to be a gut check.”

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Safety Aaron Maddox to play a vital role in trying to contain Air Force offense

From the Daily Camera

Numbers: In his first season as a starter with the Buffs, Maddox is third on the team with 13 tackles. He also has a forced fumble. Against Nebraska last week, he had a career-high eight tackles.

Potential impact vs. Air Force: Everybody on defense has to play well for the Buffs, but the safeties figure to play a key role in limited the Falcons’ big plays in the run and pass. Maddox played the AFA Prep Academy during his junior college years and said he believes that helps his understanding of facing this defense.

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September 13th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mel Tucker “We know what the challenges are … There’s nothing fun about it”

From the Daily Camera … While CU hasn’t faced a dedicated option team since Nebraska in the early 1990s, it’s not a foreign concept to the Buffs and their first-year staff.

Head coach Mel Tucker actually committed to play option quarterback for DeBerry at Air Force before settling on playing defense at Wisconsin. The last three years, when he was the defensive coordinator at Georgia, Tucker faced the triple-option attack at Georgia Tech.

Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh has faced Army, Navy and Georgia Tech. Defensive coordinator Tyson Summers has faced Georgia Tech the past three years, as well, and coached against Air Force, as Bobo’s coordinator at CSU, in 2015.

Even some Buffs players are somewhat familiar with the option. Safety Mikial Onu, a transfer from SMU, played against Navy the past three years. Safety Aaron Maddox played against the Air Force Prep Academy during his junior college days, and linebacker Davion Taylor faced an option team in junior college. Others have likely seen the option in high school.

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Mustafa Johnson: “There are so many options we have cover – you have to stay focused”

From CUBuffs.com … Takeaways and explosive plays.

The Colorado defense has become very adept at the former. The Buffaloes would like to cut down on the latter.

After two games, the 2-0 Buffaloes are among the nation’s leaders in four key takeaway statistics. CU is tied for second overall in takeaways with seven; tied for fourth in turnover margin (plus-2.5 per game); tied for third in fumble recoveries; and tied for eighth in interceptions.

They have no doubt been a huge key to both Colorado wins. In the 52-31 win over CSU, Colorado had four takeaways and no offensive turnovers, with each of the takeaways playing a vital role in the win

In last weekend’s 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska, CU won the turnover battle again, 3-2 — and again, each of the takeaways was crucial. One fumble recovery ended a Nebraska drive early in the first half and the second put the Buffs in position for a game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter. Then, with NU trying to get in position for a game-winning field goal in the waning seconds of regulation, a CU interception ended the threat and sent the game into overtime.

But the Buffs’ defense has also been susceptible to the big play — something they are aiming to correct Saturday when they play host to 1-0 Air Force in an 11 a.m. game at Folsom Field (Pac-12 Network).

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OL coach Chris Kapilovic on Nebraska game: “Man, just to be a part of something like that game was incredible”

From The Headset … Over the next few weeks we will explore that in our series, “Coaching Life Series: A Coaching Change.” The series will include different college football coaches and their stories of how they and their families answer the questions above. It’s a peak behind the curtain of what really happens during the coaching carousel.

The first coach in this series is Colorado Offensive Line Coach, Chris Kapilovic. Kapilovic began his college coaching career 18 years ago after coaching in high school and serving as a graduate assistant coach at Kansas. He has made stops at Alabama State, Missouri State, Southern Mississippi and most recently at the University of North Carolina, where he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

As you can see above, Kapilovic has coached at multiple schools. He and his wife, like almost every single coach in college football, have made moves before. When the decision was made to make a coaching change at North Carolina, it was time for them to enter the coaching carousel process after spending 7 seasons in Chapel Hill. Kapilovic joined Head Coach Mel Tucker’s staff at Colorado on December 13, 2018. Here’s our conversation about what that process was like for Kapilovic and his family, both professionally for him and personally for the family.

When the coaching change was made, what were the first thoughts racing through your mind on your drive home? – “It’s a tough deal. Honestly, you feel like you let a lot of people down. There’s disappointment with a season like the one we had last year where we lost so many close games that could have gone our way. So, you do feel some guilt for the players, the other coaches and the true fans at North Carolina that just wanted to see us win. You feel like you’re losing a family. I look at my players like they’re my sons. I’ll never forget them, and I’ll follow them and stay in touch with them for the rest of my life. The people you work with every day are like your family and you actually spend more time with them than you do your own family. There’s a personal feeling of loss there knowing that the extended family you’ve enjoyed during your time there is breaking up. Saying goodbye is emotional. Then, you’re also worried about how your own family will respond. How will your kids react if they hear about it at school or read about it? So, I was focused on making sure my wife and kids were ok. Next the logistical side of everything enters your mind and you start going over in your head scenarios to make sure that your family is taken care of if you don’t find a job. Essentially your mind is swirling with all of these thoughts on that drive home. Before you even have a chance to take a breath and see what’s out there your mind is running in every direction. But then you see your family, and you take that breath. A job is just a job, but it’s your family that sustains you.”

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Air Force passing game remains a mystery

From the Colorado Springs Gazette … After throwing just one pass in its opener, Air Force is ready to unleash its passing game on Colorado.

Right?

Not necessarily.

“We’ll see. We’ll see if we throw the ball,” quarterback Donald Hammond III said. “If we keep grinding on the ground like we do there’s not going to be a need to throw the ball. But when the ball goes in the air, it’s going to be completed for big plays.”

That one attempt in a blowout victory over Colgate – completed for 41 yards – was certainly an anomaly. It was the first time the Falcons had attempted one pass in a game and the fewest since attempting no passes against Hawaii in 2012.

Over the past five years the Falcons have averaged 13 pass attempts per game, representing 18 percent of their offensive plays. That’s far fewer than most programs. The Buffaloes, for example, have thrown 44 percent of the time this season. But with passes on nearly 1 out of every 5 plays, it’s also not as if Air Force uses pass plays only occasionally to change pace and keep defenses from crowding the line of scrimmage.

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September 12th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Air Force athletic director “skeptical” of positive reception by CU fans

From the Daily Camera … When Mike Bohn took over as CU’s athletic director in 2005, he immediately reached out to AFA about possibly rekindling the rivalry. Despite previously serving as an associate AD at AFA for eight years, Bohn was emphatically rebuffed. By that time Hans Mueh had taken over as AFA’s athletic director, and he made it clear revisiting the rivalry was beyond the lowest of priorities for the Academy. AFA’s athletic director from 2004 through 2015, Mueh played football at AFA in the 1960s and remained bitter over how the Cadets were treated in Boulder, an experience he recounted this week to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

“You weren’t there, but I was and I know how ugly it was when I was a cadet,” Mueh told the Gazette. “I hope that I’m wrong. I hope that CU fans accept Air Force the way Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee fans have accepted us. I hope CU has turned that page and that they are as welcoming. I am skeptical.”

The ugly end to a once-proud rivalry ultimately overshadowed a number of memorable moments for both programs.

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Laviska Shenault reminds Air Force coach of Andre Johnson

From Colorado Springs Gazette …Watching Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. takes Troy Calhoun back to his days as an NFL offensive coordinator.

“Andre Johnson, who we had with the Houston Texans,” Air Force’s coach said when asked who Shenault reminded him of. “Andre Johnson was 6-(foot)-2, 218 pounds. … He was powerful, he was fast. One guy never tackled him, so run after the catch was really, really prominent. The different ways that they utilize him. … I just have to believe he is definitely a first-round draft pick.”

Johnson had 103 catches that year, leading the NFL.

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For CU defense, it’s all about assignment football – “Do your job, do your job”

From CUBuffs.com … If there has been one overriding theme this week for the Colorado Buffaloes, in particular the defense, it has been “assignment football.”

While always important, it is imperative against the Air Force Falcons’ option-oriented offense. The Buffs host Air Force in an 11 a.m. game Saturday at Folsom Field (Pac-12 Network).

“Do your job, do your job,” CU head coach Mel Tucker said of his message to his players. “We have to play assignment football, we have to be relentless with our effort, stay on our feet, stay alive, play harder and play longer.”

The Falcons are masters of baiting defenders into over-pursuing, then hitting that empty gap for a big gain. They are patient with their approach, and experts at taking advantage of mistakes.

 “It might not happen every time — but it just has to happen one time that you go somewhere you aren’t supposed to be and they shoot out of the gap and bust it for 30,” Tucker said. “There are so many options we have to cover, you have to stay focused on your assignment.”

Making the CU defense’s job even more difficult this week is the fact that the Buffs are facing an offense they have not seen — nor anything even similar. Perhaps the only player on the roster who has seen anything comparable is graduate transfer safety Mikial Onu, who faced Navy’s option attack three times while playing for SMU.

“It’s almost like they have an eye on the sky — on any specific play, if they see you even flinch toward a direction, they’ll burn you,” said Onu, who has been putting in extra film study time this week. “You have to be extremely disciplined with your eyes, you can’t creep, you can’t be trying to make the play on the other side of the field. That’s how they get people. That’s how they compete with bigger schools. They get people out of their gaps … we have to be at our best to stay on our keys, be disciplined and line up.”

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September 11th

… CU in a few minutes … 

TE Brady Russell: “It’s so much fun. It’s a grind, but I love it. Just playing the whole game, really getting into it, it’s fun”

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado offense is loaded with weapons, many of which have already had big games for the Buffaloes this season.

During CU’s 2-0 start, Alex Fontenot and Jaren Mangham have starred at running back, while Laviska Shenault, Tony Brown and KD Nixon and others have made big plays as receivers.

Throughout the course of each game, however, the one constant is Brady Russell. The sophomore tight end and former walk-on has quietly been one of the Buffs’ best players on offense this season.

“Brady is one of those guys who kind of just does everything right, down to the minute details,” quarterback Steven Montez said. “He just does everything right, plays hard every single play. Very physical, very tough.

“It’s fantastic having him on the offense because he’s one of those guys that is nice and calm the entire game. Just plain and simple, he does everything right.”

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Air Force defense a “perfect complement” to its offense 

From CUBuffs.com … Just about everyone who follows college football knows that the Air Force offense is difficult to defend. The Falcons’ option attack, run from multiple sets, presents problems most defenses seldom see.

But a group that doesn’t get the same notoriety — but one that can also cause problems for an opponent — is the AFA defense. That side of the ball for the Falcons will definitely have Colorado’s attention when the Buffaloes play host to Air Force on Saturday at Folsom Field (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network).

“They’ve got some really good defensive ends that can rush the passer,” CU head coach Mel Tucker said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. “Their secondary has experience and talent. They have really good size and length and they do attack and they do pressure.”

In last week’s 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska, the Buffs had problems early against the Cornhuskers’ pass rush. NU collected three sacks in the first half before the Colorado offensive line stiffened and kept CU quarterback Steven Montez upright for the entire second half.

While the Falcons aren’t particularly big on the outside edge, they do have a pair of quality pass rushers in defensive end Jordan Jackson (6-5, 270) and defensive tackle Kaleb Nunez (6-1, 270). But inside, they have plenty of size, as starting nose tackle Mosese Fifita checks in at 6-1, 330 pounds — giving AFA a solid run stopper up the middle.

AFA’s defense is a perfect complement for the Falcons’ ground-based, ball-control offense. Because the Falcons eat up clock with their offensive possessions, it forces opposing offenses to try to score quickly when they finally get their hands on the ball — and that oftentimes can lead to mistakes.

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September 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Record revenue from Nebraska game announced

From the Daily Camera … CU shattered its program record for revenue on Saturday against Nebraska, generating $2.55 million in single-game ticket sales.

According to CU, the previous high since 2007 was $1.42 million in sales for the Oct. 3, 2015, game against Oregon. Data prior to 2007 was not complete, but it is believed by CU that no game prior to that year was even close to Saturday’s number.

Three of the top four since 2007 have been matchups with Nebraska. The 2009 meeting with the Cornhuskers generated $1.29 million in single-game ticket sales, while the 2007 meeting brought in $1.28 million.

*Video – Mel Tucker’s Tuesday press conference*

From YouTube, courtesy of 247Sports.com“Discipline is 75% anticipation … They came in ready to work … At this point, I feel the plan is being followed … There is nothing fun about it, the way we practice … We like to make our practices harder than the games; that’s our goal … The look you get from your scout team is critical. They’ve got to study the tape and get the job done. Everyone on our team has a role to play … We live cut in practice, just like Air Force is going to do to us in the game … We’ve got to swarm to the ball and be disciplined … I have a great staff, this is not a one-man show. It’s a group effort … We have a united front that we provide to our players … We asked our players: ‘Do we want to be relevant? Do we want to win?’ … It’s a work in progress. We can’t get bored with the process … Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to win … If you want to deliver some punches, you have to be willing to take some, too … I’m just trying to lead the best way I know how … I have confidence in our approach; I have confidence in our system – it comes down to execution, so that’s where I keep my focus … “

No letdown for Buffs: “You have to be totally clueless to get caught off guard by a team like this”

From the Daily Camera … Coming off an emotional win against long-time rival Nebraska and with Pac-12 Conference play starting next week, the Colorado football team could be primed for a letdown this week.

Don’t count on it. At least not if head coach Mel Tucker’s message to his team sinks in this week.

The Buffaloes (2-0) will host Air Force (1-0) on Saturday on Folsom Field (11 a.m., TV: Pac-12 Networks) in a game that will be just as big of a test as any on the schedule.

“I think that you have to be totally uniformed to not know what this is all about when you’re playing a team like Air Force,” Tucker said Tuesday. “You have to be totally clueless to get caught off guard by a team like this. This particular game I don’t see as a trap game.

“Everyone in America, anyone in the world who knows anything about football knows that when you play Air Force, you better strap it up. They know what the heck they’re doing. They have talented guys that are tough, that are physical, that are disciplined and they attack people. They get after it and their believe factor is at the highest level. So, if we don’t realize that, shame on us.”

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*Video – DC Tyson Summers discusses preparations for Air Force offense*

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Pro Football Focus: Five Buffs placed on Pac-12 Team of the Week

From Pro Football Focus … The Week 2 Eckrich Pac-12 Team of the Week powered by PFF saw some impressive performances and after our team of over 500 analysts grading every single player on every single play of every game, we give you the top players from the weekend.

Wide Receiver – K.D. Nixon, Colorado

Pivotal to Colorado’s comeback victory, Nixon’s long reception of 96 yards was the longest not only of Colorado history but also the long reception so far in 2019 as he racked up 88 of his 148 yards after the catch and forced four missed tackles.

Offensive Tackle – William Sherman, Colorado

Even with a sack allowed in pass protection, Sherman was solid on his 47 pass-blocking reps, allowing just the one pressure. He also was dominant in Colorado’s rushing attack as he finished with the Pac-12’s second-highest run-blocking grade among tackles.

Offensive Guard – Colby Pursell, Colorado

Pursell was extremely impressive in the run game as he paved the way for the Buffs rushing attack and allowed three hurries on 47 snaps in pass protection.

Defensive Interior – Mustafa Johnson, Colorado

Johnson’s biggest moment came when he sacked Adrian Martinez late in the fourth quarter as he led the conference with five total pressures from the interior of the defensive line. He had two sacks on the afternoon and came up big in crunch time.

Linebacker – Davion Taylor, Colorado 

The ‘other Colorado linebacker,’ Taylor was sharp in coverage just as he was against the run. In total, he recorded eight solo tackles, five defensive stops and did so without missing a single tackle attempt. Nebraska’s short-area passing attack targeted him seven times and he allowed just four receptions for 13 yards with a pass breakup to boot. … Second-Team LB: Nate Landman, Colorado

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September 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

With Air Force’s “bank of offenses”, CU’s scout team takes on added importance this week

From CUBuffs.com … Defensive coordinator Tyson Summers and the rest of CU’s defensive coaches know the biggest difficulty in preparing for the Falcons is duplicating their offense in practice. Because their scheme is such a rarity — especially in the college game — it is hard for a scout team to replicate the attack at anything near full speed.

It is also why CU’s scout team — while always important — becomes even more integral to preparations this week.

“Critically important to our success,” was Tucker’s assessment. “We have to get the looks that we need on both sides of the ball for our players to prepare for this game. Preparation is always of utmost importance, but particularly in a week like this when the looks that you get are different than the looks you get any other time in the season or in camp.”

It’s why Tucker and his assistants have placed a big emphasis on the scout team’s preparation. Colorado’s starting units can’t be properly prepared unless they get a good replication of what they will see Saturday.

“Our scout team has really got to take pride in the look that we get,” Tucker said. “It’s being unselfish. That’s the power of your team — when everyone knows they have a role to play and they do it to the best of their ability.”

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Mustafa Johnson named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week

From the Pac-12

DEFENSIVE LINE: Mustafa Johnson, Jr., DE, Colorado (Turlock, Calif.)
• In CU’s 34-31 overtime win, he was in on 8 tackles (7 solo), which included three quarterback sacks for 21 yards in losses.
• He had two third down stops (both sacks), a forced fumble that caused a turnover and a QB pressure.
• His third sack came in overtime that forced Nebraska’s field goal attempt to tie the game be from 48 yards (instead of 41).
• Johnson is currently on the Bednarik Award Watch List. The honor is presented annually to the college defensive player of the year.

Also nominated: Bradlee Anae, UTAH; Luc Bequette, CAL; Jay Tufele, USC; D.J. Davidson, ASU; DJ Johnson, ORE.

 

* Video – Mel Tucker Post-practice talk with media (Mon.) *

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.comMel Tucker talks about CU’s “24-hour rule”, giving the players 24 hours to enjoy the Nebraska game before moving on to Air Force … Buffs had a period each practice to prepare for Air Force: “You can’t just start preparing for teams like this the week of … It’s assignment football – do your job” … 

Kickoff time for Arizona State game set

… Considering that the temperature at kickoff for last Friday’s Sacramento State game was 108-degrees, and the fact that there isn’t a forecast high for Tempe lower than 94-degrees anytime in the next ten days (with four days 100+), the later the kickoff, the better … 

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado at Arizona State football game in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, Sept. 21 will kickoff at 8:00 p.m. MDT and will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.

Other selections that day:

Saturday, September 21, 2019 

5:00 pm  MT – Oregon at Stanford, ESPN

8:30 pm MT – UCLA at Washington State, ESPN

Offensive line coach Kapilovic: “couldn’t be prouder” of his players

From CUBuffs.com … Steven Montez was sacked three times in the first half but was never taken down in the second.

“They played lights out,” Montez said of his offensive line. “Shout out to the big guys up front. They played their butts off in the second half. I can’t say enough about what the O-line did today.”

Colorado offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic said he “couldn’t be prouder” of his players.

“We came in at halftime and all I said was we had to quit playing tentative,” Kapilovic said. “They came back and trusted their technique and their training. They grew up before our own eyes. They took it to them and wore them down. We just wore them down in the fourth quarter.”

The Buffs did indeed wear the Huskers down, scoring 31 points in the second half. Along with Montez’s throwing, CU finished with 89 yards on the ground after intermission, including an 11-carry, 44-yard, two-touchdown effort from freshman Jaren Mangham.

But it was Montez who made the biggest difference, finding holes in the Nebraska secondary the entire fourth quarter.

“Steven showed poise, he showed patience, trusted his teammates, trusted the plan, trusted the coaches and it became about execution,” head coach Mel Tucker said. “I was really proud of him and he hung in there. I saw him do things that good players do.”

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September 8th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

* Video – Pre-game locker room: “The most physical game you’ve ever play in your life” *

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* Video – Mel Tucker post-game press conference *

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* Video – Game highlights *

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* Video – Flea Flicker … the longest play from scrimmage in CU history … 

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Neill Woelk: Ten Takeaways from Buffs’ overtime win

From CUBuffs.com … Just two games into his tenure in Boulder, Colorado coach Mel Tucker has already established a standard that won’t be easy to surpass.

Saturday’s thrilling 34-31 win over Nebraska will almost certainly go down as one of the more entertaining games in Folsom Field history. While it is always best to take a deep breath when attaching such status to any particular game — an editor once told me “CU history didn’t begin when you decided to start paying attention” — it was no doubt a compelling afternoon under the Flatirons.

Not only did the Buffs overcome a 17-0 deficit, they did it against a long-time, nationally ranked rival in front of a sold-out crowd. They did it with big plays on both sides of the ball, they were the dominant team down the stretch, and there were no fluke moments involved. Colorado survived some NU haymakers, then simply body-punched the Huskers into submission. By the final whistle, CU had beaten or matched the Cornhuskers in just about every key statistical category (including the scoreboard), and the fact that the win came in overtime only added to the drama.

That’s entertainment.

But by the time you read this, CU coaches and players will have turned their full attention to next Saturday’s matchup with Air Force at Folsom Field (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network). If you want to know what kind of challenge the Falcons present, just look at Saturday’s Army-Michigan game. The Wolverines were stretched to the limit by Army, needing two overtimes to finally squeak out a win on their home turf.

To put it in simple terms, games against service academies scare the dickens out of Power 5 schools.

But while CU staffers are already hip-deep in dissecting the Falcons and their option offense (AFA threw just one pass — ONE — in its opening win over Colgate), we have the luxury of one more look at the victory over Nebraska.

Our weekly list of takeaways:

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Pat Rooney – “Dramatic adjustments at halftime” most striking about new-look Buffs

From the Daily Camera … What has been most striking about the new-look Buffs through an admittedly small sample of two games has been how the Buffs have made dramatic adjustments at halftime. In the first half of last week’s opener against Colorado State, the Rams gained big yardage at will by attacking the perimeter of the Buffs’ defense. Those yards disappeared after halftime.

It was the same story against Nebraska, but on both sides of the ball. It took a while for quarterback Steven Montez and the rest of the Buffs’ myriad weapons to heat up, yet after watching the defense force three consecutive punts to start the second half, some of that mojo rubbed off. Jaren Mangham got the Buffs on the board with an 11-yard touchdown run, and after CU forced another punt, offensive coordinator Jay Johnson dialed up a flea flicker that resulted in the longest play from scrimmage in CU history — a 96-yard Montez-to-KD Nixon bomb that changed the momentum for good.

From there, the Buffs were the aggressors. Maybe last year beloved Nebraska alum Scott Frost, who was coaching his first game at his alma mater when CU came to town, could get the benefit of the doubt. New coach. Freshman quarterback. Young team. All that jazz. But on Saturday it was Tucker, in just his second game as the leader of his own program, whose staff pushed all the right buttons. Where the Buffs might have bent, the Huskers broke.

There will be time enough later to figure out what it all means for the Buffs in a weak Pac-12 South. For now, it seems the Buffs have discovered a genuine leader in Tucker, and so far the Buffs have bought into his message of toughness — physically and especially mentally — without reservation.

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15 Replies to “Colorado Daily – Air Force”

  1. Wow, there is no comparison between the Vietnam era and the Post 9/11 era. Back then people spit on the troops, now everyone stands up an applauds them. Back then, they avoided wearing their uniforms on commercial aircraft. Now they get special treatment on commercial aircraft. I find it hard to believe that CU hasn’t progressed in a like manner.

  2. Mein Gott Mueh, you need to get your arse out more. You too Rooney. Both appear out of touch and locked into cnn/msn. Sheesh mr AF AD, I mean really.

    Do you know ROTC is now big on CU Campus again? Meaning at any given time on any given day you can see em cruising around in their Camos. Individually and in groups. Always give them a salute cause they are gonna be officers ya know? And having been one…………..well you know.

    Go Buffs. Support our troops period.

    WWG1WGA

    1. I would expect the Gazette Telegraph in C. Springs to bring this up, which they did. I am beginning to think Rooney is a Kisla mole running with it and adding to the bulletin board material. Is he mad the Buffs proved him wrong by beating the cobs?
      No excuse for what happened back then but that was 2 generations ago and the kids responsible are long gone. ( I was there at the time and I applied for Navy ROTC . When is it time to move on? It sounds like the AF AD hasnt so why did he agree to the game? For what its worth he has my permission to last minute cancel.

    1. That was my thought too. … it was pretty embarrassing have half the stadium in red … but there’s nothing to do in Nebraska but look at corn grow … and at least they boosted the local economy heavily and took the L on the way back East on I-76.

      1. speaking of being embarrassed I wonder what was worse for the cobs.
        Making a big deal out of coming here and getting sent home with their corn creamed
        or
        getting nailed in front of the entire cob nation in their own house last year.

        1. Considering the players are tweeting shit like “no one will care about Colorado when we are playing the Big10 championship game”….I think they’re just pretending it didn’t happen and that “the better team lost”

          1. Is it time to go to the comment section in the star journal and rub it in?or would that be sinking to their subterranean level?
            Big 10 championship? (hee hee) Montez was right. they talked themselves right out of it. Amazing that Frost let that pundit crap give em big heads….well maybe not really. He lets a perv and pending felon play.

  3. This Air Force game is the one that scares me the most. Not because of the let down but because of the triple option. They will be by far the most disciplined team we face all year. It will be a close game and not a run away by any stretch of the imagination. This game will be the ultimate test of our perimeter defense and whether or not we can seal the edge.

  4. One thing I haven’t seen anyone comment on is special teams. For the first time in as long as I can remember, it does not seem like a liability. The fact that it is not in the discussion speaks volumes.
    Hats off to the special teams units and kudos to this coaching staff for the improvement.

  5. I’m not sure i would put in a vote for cu as a top 25 team myself (yet). That’s basically saying that you expect cu to be, what, an 8 or 9 win team at the end of the year?

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