Why Should We Continue to Care?


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We’ve been through these frustrating times before, but how much more can we take? … We had hoped that the Texas A&M game was a harbinger of good things to come, but was it an aberration? … Can the Buffs find a way to decent quarterback play, or is the Arizona game CU’s last best chance at a win? …

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No. 19 Arizona State finally plays a team with a pulse, falls 27-17 to No. 23 BYU … Fresno State rolls up 569 yards of total offense in 40-37 win over No. 13 UCLA … San Diego State takes out Utah in three overtimes, 33-31 … Arizona losing streak hits 15 games after 21-19 loss to Northern Arizona …

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Minnesota 30, Colorado 0

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The Buffs post a grand total of 63 yards of total offense, third-lowest home total in school history … Karl Dorrell: “It was a complete beatdown” … “We got a lot of work to do. I’m not blaming the players. It’s going to be us coaches” …

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Scouting report: Minnesota players to watch … Dan 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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Pac-12 Notes – Minnesota

//posted 9.18.2021
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Pac-12 AD’s (including Rick George) hesitant to support 12-team playoff … Biggest weekend ever for the Pac-12 Networks: Seven games in 13 hours … CSU a possible target for AAC expansion? … WSU coach hopes rain will help Cougars upset USC … Who didn’t see this coming? SEC schools accused of poaching recruits with NIL deals …

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 9.17.2021

CU is 3-0 all-time v. Minnesota, including a rout in the only game played in Boulder … Race to 1,000: Alex Fontenot is at 996 career rushing yards; Jarek Broussard is at 958 … A Buff is 1st in the Pac-12 (and 3rd nationally) – in what category? … Pac-12 favored to go 10-0 in non-conference games …

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Both teams have 1-1 records, with wins and losses as forecast … The victor will have a leg up on a bowl bid, while the loser will face an uphill climb to six wins … Both teams run the ball well, but struggle in the passing game – which team will break out of its early season struggles? …

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The Buffs lost a 10-7 heartbreaker to No. 5 Texas A&M … Was the game an indication of how far the Buffs have risen? Or will there be a hangover which haunts them against Minnesota? … The Golden Gophers bring a strong rushing attack (but a suspect defense) to Boulder … Who will Mike Bohn hire to replace Clay Helton at USC? …

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Colorado held the lead for three quarters of the game, but wore down in the end, surrendering the winning touchdown with 2:41 to play, falling to No. 5 Texas A&M, 10-7. The Buff defense held the Aggie offense to 1-for-10 on third downs through the third quarter, but A&M went 7-for-10 on third downs the remainder of the game, culminating in a game-winning 11-play, 77-yard drive to pull out the victory.

The Colorado defense held Texas A&M, which had 595 yards in their opener, to 289 total yards (with 145 of those yards coming in the decisive fourth quarter). The Buff offense, though, mustered only 260 yards of total offense, with only 54 of those yards coming after the break. Both teams had only 14 first downs (A&M had 29 in its opener), with the only stat line of any solace being CU’s two penalties for 17 yards (a week after posting 12 penalties for 118 yards against Northern Colorado in Week One).

Brendon Lewis went 13-for-25 for 89 yards passing, also leading the team in rushing, with 76 yards on nine carries. Jarek Broussard had 51 yards on 12 carries, scoring CU’s lone touchdown on a two-yard run late in the first quarter.

“We had opportunities in the first and second half and we didn’t do what we should have done,” Dorrell said. “We didn’t do well enough offensively. Defensively I thought they played their butts off. We just have to get better. I don’t make excuses. For us to be the team we need to be, we must get better in a heartbeat.”

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I always get a kick out of the comments posted on the website right after a CU game.

Emotions are running high, and common sense often takes a holiday.

That’s fine. We’re all devoted Buff fans. You wouldn’t be reading if this if you weren’t, and you are certainly entitled to vent your frustrations.

And the 10-7 loss to Texas A&M, a game which the Buffs lead for almost three full quarters of game clock, was frustrating. You just don’t get that many opportunities to knock off a Top Five team (CU is 12-55-1 all-time v. Top Five teams). Sure, the Aggies lost their quarterback early, but the CU defense stifled the A&M offense for three quarters, and deserved to win the game. Other than a missed field goal, the CU special teams were also very good, with Josh Watts punting for a 49.0 yard average, with excellent coverage.

Still, it goes down in the books as a loss, and Buff fans have endured way too many of those over the past fifteen seasons.

So, what went wrong?

There was the missed field goal, a failed quarterback sneak in the second quarter, and … a second half with only 54 yards of total offense against one of the best defenses in the nation.

Hmmm, and that’s about it.

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Pac-12 Notes – Texas A&M

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Minnesota hangs on against Miami (Ohio), posting a 31-26 win … No. 12 Oregon upsets No. 3 Ohio State, 35-28 … It’s Official! Big 12 invites BYU, Cincinnati, UCF and Houston to join the conference … College Football News previews A&M game …

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Rooney: Buffs have nothing to lose against No. 5 Aggies … Rick George contract extended through 2026 … Buffs ready for “measuring stick” game against Aggies … Empower Field GameDay Info (No Ralphie VI) … Neill Woelk’s Five Keys to the A&M Game …

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