Colorado Basketball – November, 2020


McKinley Wright named Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week as CU opens with two non-conference wins … Despite the records, Tad Boyle not satisfied as his 11th season in Boulder is set to open … Tyler Bey taken in the second round by the 76ers (8th pick; 38th overall) – then traded to Dallas … Preseason Pac-12 media poll: Colorado picked to finish 7th; McKinley Wright named to the first-team All-Pac-12 team … CU 2020 Recruiting Class ranked 16th in the nation: Quincy Allen, Julian Hammond III, Lawson Lovering and Javon Ruffin join the Buffs …

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The Colorado defense dominated the entire game, forcing seven three-and-outs (and one four-and-out), holding San Diego State to 155 yards of total offense in a 20-10 win in Boulder. In a non-conference game put together 48 hours earlier after CU’s Pac-12 game against USC was canceled, the Buffs scored on their first drive of the game and then made it stand up, getting the Buffs to 3-0 in Karl Dorrell’s first season.

Running back Jarek Broussard had 32 carries for 124 yards (including a number of runs for losses in the fourth quarter as the Buff offense tried to take the air out of the ball. Quarterback Sam Noyer went 17-for-29 for 138 yards and a touchdown, but a mistake – a pick-six in the second quarter – gave the Aztecs their only touchdown of the game. The Buffs were held to 272 yards of total offense themselves, in a contest which featured 16 punts … eight by each team.

The defense, led by All-Pac-12 linebacker Nate Landman (who had 11 tackles and three sacks, earning him the Walter Camp National Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors), held the San Diego State offense to four-of-17 on third down attempts, posting four sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

“A good win for us as a team, a difficult win”, said Karl Dorrell. “One of those wins you are hoping that you’re able to do what we did today”.

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Survive and Advance

//posted 11.29.2020

For the third time in the past 40 years, the Buffs won an “ugly” game by the score of 20-10 … The first two such wins propelled CU to new heights. Will the 20-10 victory over San Diego State be the game which (finally) allows the Buffs to become a player in the Pac-12? …

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**Kickoff delayed until 3:37** … **Video – Karl Dorrell Previews San Diego State** – Dorrell: “We ended up putting together a really good plan, we think … Now we’ve got to go out there and execute” … Aztec Scouting Report: CU Keys to beating San Diego State …

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Pac-12 Notes

//posted 11.28.2020

Oregon State scores late to shock No. 9 Oregon, 41-38 … Iowa’s HC has hilarious response to Scott Frost’s whining … Rivals rates the 65 Power Conference teams (CU just outside top 25) … With two more opt-outs, Arizona down to around 70 available scholarship players …

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The Buffs are on short notice, facing a team with a defense ranked the past two seasons in the top ten in both total defense and scoring defense … It won’t be as easy as some are projecting, but if the Buffs take care of the ball, they can take care of business …

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 11.27.2020

Who came off the bench to lead the Buffs to victory in the only other game v. SDSU? … In what historical category does San Diego State lead CU? … Name the only other three teams CU has played Thanksgiving weekend since 1996 … CU’s tight end casting call …

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“T.I.P.S.” for CU at USC

//posted 11.24.2020

This just in: CU has never defeated USC … But the Buffs, a double-digit underdog to the 19th-ranked Trojans, have reasons for believing in an upset … The Buffs have had two weeks to prepare for the Trojans, while USC will be facing (for the first time this season) a team which has already played a game this fall …

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Stuart and Brad take a fond look back at the win over Stanford before discussing the status of the Pac-12 and its non-conference replacement policy … Then, of course, it’s on to an in depth look at the matchup issues the Buffs will face against the Trojans, and our predictions for the game …

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Savoring CU’s 2-0 Start

//posted 11.23.2020

Over 100 teams in FBS have already tasted defeat so far in 2020 – but not your undefeated Buffs … While CU’s wins over UCLA and Stanford were not perfect, and there are tough games ahead, but they were still victories, and they should be enjoyed …

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The Story of Tori

//posted 11.22.2020

Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Every true story ends in death”.

Well, this is a true story …

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DC Tyson Summers: “We’ve got to find ways to make plays” … Neill Woelk: Dorrell has used unprecedented circumstances as a tool instead of an excuse … Brenden Rice trying to make his own way: “It’s both a blessing and a curse” to be Jerry Rice’s son …

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ARCHIVED GAME OF THE WEEK
2017 CU 41, Northern Colorado 21 In a "more-difficult-than-it-should-have-been" win over the Bears, Steven Montez leads Buffs to victory with a career-high 357 passing yards and four touchdowns READ