Colorado v. USC: “T.I.P.S.” for Buffs v. Trojans


This just in: CU is 0-14 all-time against USC … If you haven’t heard the name Drake London before, you will on Saturday (let’s hope not too often) … Which locker room is in the worst state mentally? … Stats which will decide the game …

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The Buffs “improved” against Arizona State, but a 14-10 game in the third quarter turned into a 35-13 disappointment … But USC, if anything, is having a more disappointing season than CU … Can the Buffs turn the Trojans’ disarray into an upset? Let’s find out …

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The Colorado offense posted its first points in eight quarters with a long field goal just before halftime, and its first touchdown in forever on its first drive of the second half, but it wasn’t enough – not nearly enough – as the Buffs fell in Tempe to Arizona State, 35-13. The Buffs scored early in the second half to make it a 14-10 game, but did not threaten again when it mattered, as the Sun Devils scored three touchdowns in four drives in the second half to run away with the win.

Brendon Lewis was ineffective again at quarterback, hitting on only seven of 17 pass attempts, for all of 67 yards. Alex Fontenot had 65 yards on 14 carries, including a one-yard scoring run, giving the Buffs their first touchdown in nine quarters. Jared Broussard had 35 yards on 12 carries, becoming the fastest Buff to reach 1,000 yards in a career, doing so in his ninth career game.

“We have to just keep bringing this team along,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. “We have a lot of young players playing and a lot of new players playing. It’s challenging every week … We have to keep working at getting better each week and hopefully that light bulb starts to glow a little bit brighter for us to be a more productive team and do as well as we need to do.”

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Acceptance / (Resignation)

//posted 9.26.2021

So, how are we feeling today?

The 35-13 loss to Arizona State, unfortunately, went about to script. The Buffs were two-touchdown underdogs to the Sun Devils, and it never really looked like the outcome would stray far from that narrative. CU did make it a 14-10 game early in the third quarter, but never had the ball with a chance to take the lead in the second half.

Shrug.

If Colorado fans were looking for something new and innovative out of their offense after being held to 63 total yards against Minnesota, they were, well, disappointed.

The Buffs first possession of the game went … run up the middle for no gain … run up the middle for two yards … sack for loss of nine yards.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Oregon State defeats USC, 45-27, for first win in LA since 1960 … Bowling Green stuns Minnesota, 14-10 … Las Vegas puts odds on USC’s next coach: James Franklin and Luke Fickell the favorites …

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Colorado Daily – ASU

//posted 9.25.2021

Buffs playing for themselves: “We’ve only got who’s inside this building. That’s what we’ve been preaching” … Pat Rooney: CU fans own Master’s degrees in Bad Football Recognition … Neill Woelk’s Keys to the Game: “Call it a new season” … Good Karma – Miracle in Michigan Anniversary …

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 9.24.2021

The last time the Buff offense bombed? CU responded with 471 yards of total offense in a 31-17 road win over No. 20 UCLA … ASU’s secondary has 135 combined starts – CU’s secondary? 29 … Buffs will start its fourth offensive line in as many games … Herm’s 0-2 record v. Colorado …

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ASU QB Jayden Daniels has almost as many yards rushing as Brendon Lewis has passing … Can the Buffs count on a down Sun Devil team to be looking past Saturday? … Seven scoreless quarters? Ain’t nothin’ compared to CU’s first year fielding a team … 103-0? Not a misprint …

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A brief review of the debacle which was the 30-0 loss to Minnesota … Then a look at the Saturday Night Massacre which was the Pac-12 South results from last weekend … Finally, our “T.I.P.S.”, our preview of the Buffs’ attempt to make it three straight wins against Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils …

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Minnesota 30, Colorado 0

//posted 9.19.2021

Colorado put on an offensive debacle for the record books, falling at home to Minnesota, 30-0. In extending its scoreless streak to seven quarters, the Buff offense managed only 63 yards of total offense … 82 yards passing and … wait for it … minus-19 yards rushing. The Buffs were outgained by the Gophers, 443 yards to 63, had only seven first downs, and held the ball for only 19:47 of game clock (to 40:13 for Minnesota).

If it not for a poor kicking performance by the Gophers (two missed field goals and a missed extra point), the score would have been even worse. Minnesota was led by running back Treyson Potts, who had 121 yards rushing on 26 carries, scoring three touchdowns. Quarterback Tanner Morgan was an efficient 11-for-17 for 161 yards and a touchdown.

The offensive Colorado “offense” was “led” by an ineffective Brendon Lewis, who was 8-for-16 passing for all of 55 yards. When he wasn’t holding the ball instead of throwing, he was harassed into multiple sacks … by a defense which came into the game with exactly zero sacks in its first two games.

“We ended up having a very difficult game and not looking very good”, said CU head coach Karl Dorrell. “You don’t enjoy looking at those opportunities when they come up and it’s unfortunate that is something that happened this Saturday. That was a complete beatdown”.

The 63 yards on offense was the eighth-lowest in school history (the fewest since 46 against Oklahoma in the 2004 Big 12 title game at Kansas City). It was the third-lowest output in a home game (51 vs. Nebraska in 1964, 61 vs. USC in 2002).

“We got a lot of work to do”, said Dorrell. “I’m not blaming the players. It’s going to be us coaches. We’ve got to get the same page. I’ve been through this scenario many times before in other places that I’ve coached. We can overcome it, we can get back, but it’s going to take a great deal of work”.

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Many of you read and commented on my Essay for the Northern Colorado, entitled “It’s All Relative”.

While the gist of the article was to discuss how CU’s lackluster 35-7 win over Northern Colorado had to be kept in perspective, it was also a play on words, as that game was also – at least for me – all about my relatives.

I brought in my whole family – 15 of us in all, including seven grandchildren – to Boulder for the Labor Day weekend. My purpose was to bring my school my children and grandchildren, most of whom had never been to Boulder or to a CU game. I wanted them to see what the Folsom Field experience was all about. I wanted them to understand why grandpa got on a plane four or five times every fall, heading to Colorado to watch football games … games which could be watched much more easily from the comfort of my home in Bozeman.

After watching the beat down the Buffs took against Minnesota, falling 30-0 at home in a game which wasn’t even that close, I have to ask the question myself:

Why do I keep doing this … only to be continuously disappointed?

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Scouting report: Minnesota players to watch … Pat Rooney: It’s okay to admit it – this game could dictate the direction of the 2021 season … This just in: “They’ll try to run the football. We try to do the same” … CU NIL – Support Nate Landman with purchase of “The Hammer” t-shirt … Dave Plati’s depth chart makes ESPN …

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