October 2nd – Boulder           USC 37, Colorado 14

USC methodically pulled away from Colorado, racing out to a 20-0 first half lead and never being seriously threatened thereafter, posting a 37-14 win in Boulder. In raising its all-time record against the Buffs to 15-0, the Trojans had 494 yards of total offense, with quarterback Kedon Slovis hitting 19-of-29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. All-American candidate Drake London had nine receptions for 130 yards and a score, with eight of the receptions coming in the first half when the Trojan offense made a statement.

The Colorado offense, playing at historically poor levels, was held to 234 yards of total offense. Quarterback Brendon Lewis completed 10-of-17 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown pass to Chase Penry. Lewis also had a fumble and an interception, and was slow to pull the trigger on numerous passes, being sacked five times by a defense which had only three sacks in the first four games of the season. Tight end Brady Russell had three catches for 87 yards, including a 65-yarder, giving the Buff passing “attack” its first completion over 20 yards on the season.

“We can’t be talking about baby steps anymore,” Karl Dorrell, who fell below .500 for the first time as CU’s head coach (5-6), said. “We scored two touchdowns and that’s not enough. There’s an urgency about being more productive and more demanding about what we’re doing. The pacifier is going to have to go … We’ve got to grow up fast. There’s only so long you can take those incremental steps. We’re at that point right now. This season is in the balance.”

Game Story … The Trojans received the opening kickoff, going three-and-out, giving the CU Blackout crowd some hope. The struggling Buff offense came out on their first series … and actually picked up a first down. A nine-yard completion from quarterback Brendon Lewis to tight end Brady Russell was followed by a two-yard first down run by Jarek Broussard, giving CU a rare first quarter first down. That excitement, however, was short-lived, was Lewis was sacked two plays later. Net result: five plays; one yard of total offense.

The Buff defense almost forced another three-and-out from the Trojans, but a four-yard run on third-and-four kept the drive alive. From there, the USC offense methodically moved down the field. A 15-play drive went for 70 yards, consuming five minutes of the first down clock, but the Buff defense ultimately held, forcing a 30-yard field goal by USC kicker Parker Lewis.

Down 3-0, the CU offense responded … with a three-and-out, gaining one yard.

The ensuing USC drive was all Drake London. The All-American wide receiver candidate had a 29-yard reception, followed by a 28-yard reception, followed by a one-yard touchdown reception. Five plays, 64 yards … 10-0 USC, late in the first quarter.

Down 10-0, the CU offense responded … with a first down, as Lewis connected with wide receiver Daniel Arias for an 18-yard gain. A holding penalty, however, two plays later, thwarted the Buff drive, forcing yet another punt.

The Trojans made it look easy on their next drive, going 85 yards in only five plays. Runs of ten, 13, and 11 yards quickly put the ball at midfield, where two plays later, quarterback Kedon Slovis hit wide receiver Michael Trigg for a 46-yard touchdown. With 11:04 to play before the half, USC had two touchdowns, while CU had two first downs.

Down 17-0, the CU offense responded … with a three-and-out, gaining eight yards.

The rout was on, as a pass interference penalty and a 26-yard pass completion gave the Trojans yet another scoring opportunity. Another completion put the ball down at the Buff two-yard line, but an offensive pass interference call on the play negated the gain, setting the Trojans back. Unable to overcome the 15-yard penalty, USC had to settle for a 44-yard field goal by Parker Lewis.

Down 20-0, the CU offense responded … with a three-and-out, gaining five yards.

On USC’s second play from scrimmage, running back Keaontay Ingram took off on a 17-yard run. He was caught from behind, though, by linebacker Guy Thomas, who forced a fumble. Christian Gonzalez fell on the ball at the USC 48-yard line, giving the Folsom Field crowd its first opportunity to cheer.

The Colorado offense kept the momentum going, putting together just its third touchdown drive in 13 quarters. A seven-yard completion from Lewis to Dimitri Stanley was followed by a 19-yard run by Jarek Broussard. Two plays later, a 13-yard completion from Lewis to Brady Russell gave the Buffs a first-and-goal at the six yard line. A five yard run by Alex Fontenot was followed by a one-yard scoring run by Deion Smith, giving the Buff Nation a breath of hope just before the break.

Halftime score: USC 20, Colorado 7

The Buffs opened the second half with a pair of Jarek Broussard runs netting a first down. After USC was called for targeting on a Brendon Lewis scramble, the Buffs had a first down at their 44-yard line. Two plays later, however, Brendon Lewis fumbled the ball away, with USC taking the ball back to the CU 29-yard line.

Given the opportunity for a knockout punch, the USC offense did not gain a first down. The Buff defense reared up, forcing a three-and-out … and a 49-yard field goal by Parker Lewis. With four minutes gone in the second half, CU had 24 yards of total offense; USC a minus-two … but the Trojans had three more points and a 23-7 lead.

Another personal foul call against the Trojans on CU’s next possession gave the Buffs another first down just short of midfield. On a third-and-11 play, Lewis hit Dimitri Stanley for a nine-yard gain, with Stanley out-jumping his teammate Brenden Rice for the ball (for good measure, a third receiver, Brady Russell, was also in the same area – an interesting use of the scramble drill). That left Colorado with a a fourth-and-two at the USC 43-yard line. A run up the middle by Alex Fontenot netted one yard, giving the ball back to the Trojans.

This time, the Trojans took advantage of the Buff turnover. A 53-yard run by Keaontay Ingram gave USC a first-and-goal at the Buff five yard line, with Vavae Malepaei finishing off the four-play, 58-yard, 1:11 drive on the next play. USC 30, Colorado 7, with 6:52 still to play in the third quarter.

On CU’s next drive, Brendon Lewis connected with tight end Brady Russell for the Buffs’ first pass completion of over 20 yards … for the season. A dump off pass to Russell went for 10 yards, with Russell racing down the sideline for another 55 yards. The 65-yard gain gave the Buffs a first-and-goal at the USC nine-yard line. After a two-yard run by Jarek Broussard, Lewis hit Chase Penry for a seven-yard touchdown, making it a 30-14 game.

The Buff defense did its part on USC’s next possession, forcing just the second punt of the afternoon from the USC offense (with the help of a snap over the head of quarterback Kedon Slovis on third-and-nine, leading to an incomplete pass). Two strong runs by Jarek Broussard gained 22 yards and a modicum of momentum. After that? A sack (USC’s fourth of the game, after the Trojans had produced only three sacks in their first four games combined), a holding penalty … and an interception on a tipped ball.

Given the ball at the CU 35-yard line, it didn’t take long for the USC offense to take advantage. It took all of six plays for the Trojans to score, with completions of 10 and 17 yards giving USC a first-and-goal at the CU eight yard line. It looked for a moment that the Buffs would keep it to a field goal, after a holding penalty on a touchdown run, but, on third-and-goal from the 15 yard line, Kedon Slovis hit Gary Bryant for a touchdown. USC 37, Colorado 14, in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

CU’s next drive was only noteworthy as the Buffs actually converted a third down opportunity. On third-and-ten to open the drive, Brendon Lewis hit Brenden Rice for a 17-yard gain and a first down. Two plays later, on third-and-three near midfield, Lewis threw the ball away as his receivers, instead of coming back for the ball, ran downfield.

The teams then traded punts, with CU’s defense posting a three-and-out thanks to a holding penalty against the Trojans. The Buff offense did pick up one first down before punting, with Deion Smith doing the heavy lifting with an eight-yard catch on second-and-seven, but the Buffs moved the ball no further.

Despite having the USC offense pinned down at its four yard line, and not trying to score, the Buff defense was unable to get the ball back. In a fair summation of the game, the Trojans were able to do whatever they wanted, running out the last 5:39 of the game clock.

Final score: USC 37, Colorado 14

“We had a couple of scoring drives, which was good, but we had other opportunities to really do positive things and we didn’t do it,” Dorrell said. “It wasn’t just Brendon. They had just a normal four-man rush and he was under pressure a lot.”

Dorrell was also asked if he felt that, at 1-4, 0-2, he was losing the team. “The natural human condition is to start to point fingers or to start to fray. This team understands that I’ve been truthful to them every step of the way. I haven’t sugar coated anything about whether we’re good or bad, it’s always the truth. They’ll tell you that right behind you. They know that we got work to do. They’ll come up here, talk to you, and say ‘Hey, we didn’t do enough. We’ve got to do better.’ We all understand that. There’s a level of truth that we definitely experienced that we’ve talked about with this football team. No, we don’t sugarcoat it, but we’re not going to tear people down for them to lose confidence that they can’t do it.”

Game “highlights”. Not sure what is more depressing … that every good CU play is shown from three different angles, or that, even with the repeat highlights, the CU package is only three minutes long … 

Game Notes … 

— The Buffs fell to 0-15 all-time against USC (0-8 in Boulder; 0-7 in Los Angeles). The Buffs also fell to 0-5 all-time when wearing all-black uniforms against the Trojans;

— Colorado has run just 288 plays on offense through five games (57.6 per; high of 64 in the opener against UNC; the last time CU didn’t have a game with at least 70 plays in the first five of a season was in 2006, and before that, 1986 … CU finished with a 2-10 record in 2006; and opened 1-4 in 1986;

— After starting the same 11 the last three games on defense, the Buffs started three new players on defense against the Trojans. Cornerback Nigel Bethel, Jr., and linebacker Jack Lamb made their first career starts as Buffaloes; DT Mustafa Johnson made his first start of the season in the first game he became eligible;

— Tight end Brady Russell had career-highs for yards (87) and long reception (65), topping his previous bests of 77 and 34, respectively, against UCLA last year. It was just the second time since 2012 that a tight end has led the Buffs in a game in receiving yards, and he had the other (5-77 vs. UCLA in 2020);

— The Buffs had 126 total yards in the third quarter (over half coming on Brady Russell’s 65-yard reception), more than the other three quarters combined (24 total yards in the first quarter; 64 in the second; 26 in the fourth).

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42 Replies to “USC 37, Colorado 14”

  1. I was a student at CU during the Fairbanks/light blue jersey, dark ages. The current ineptitude offensively is at least to that standard, as is the position in national “bottom 25” rankings. This
    team clearly has superior talent, yet look lost, and sans identity. Becoming painfully obvious defenses merely have to load the box to stop the run since there is virtually zero passing game.
    Strangely enough, the running game itself is nowhere near last season with virtually the same o-line and backs.

    Defense looking more and more exasperated. Should Chev go? Probably, but now? Maybe.
    Karl did a dumb thing, likely out of frustration, anger, etc., yes it looked bad, but the overly emotional knee jerk reaction to fire him immediately imho is ludicrous.

    Bye week very important to get some guys healthy, try to regain some composure, and
    somehow these coaches have to keep the team together. Stay positive on improvement in these 7 games. Any major evaluations/changes to coaching staff should be made after the season.

  2. The coaching hire is always on the AD, and this is on Rick George. I thought his Mel hire was great but no one thought his KD hire was anything to write home about. Still RG pretty much made KD keep Chev as the OC, so you have to give KD a break on that. The clock is ticking on KD and RG needs to let him fire/hire his own staff.

  3. Yo Stuart,
    Maybe this needs to be under a new heading… but…

    Head Coach Karl Darrell SHOVED a reporter, caught on film, while running off the field after the USC game. It’s time for Buffalo Nation to rise up and demand KD be fired for cause NOW!

    If any player had done that they would be suspended immediately. KD makes millions a year to coach and represent CU. He’s failed on both counts. He needs to go, with no severance, and his contract cancelled.

    If not, I will renounce my Buffalo fandom forever. If KD had any balls, he would resign in disgrace. But that would take action… so it won’t happen. What an embarrassment to my school.

    Mark/ Boulderdevil

    1. Here is the press release on the incident …
      Sunday morning, University of Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell issued the following statement and apology for the incident with a local photographer at the end of CU’s 37-14 loss to Southern California in Boulder:

      “I want to apologize for the incident at the end of our game Saturday. We do value the media and the coverage they provide for our program, and this was strictly in the heat of the moment. That’s not who I am, and I hope people who have known me through the years do realize that. I did reach out and spoke directly this morning to the videographer from CBS-4 and personally apologized to him.”

      NOTE: Colorado was not originally scheduled to practice on Monday morning but will now do so; Karl will be available to meet with the media afterward as usual (informal in a scrum; no formal Monday presser this week with the Buffaloes having a bye this Saturday. The regular press conference schedule in the Champions Center will resume on Monday, Oct. 11.

      1. Well, he just admitted what he did. KD is the highest paid University of Colorado employee and the paid employee for the State of Colorado.

        That money comes with elevated standards and responsibilities. What Dorrell did was not acceptable and should be “just cause” for termination.

        KD offering up a “that’s not really me” BS excuse doesn’t fly. Who knows what he is doing behind closed doors?

        Much better coaches than Dorrell have been fired for such behavior. He can’t be let off the hook with a weak excuse.

        I was happy when KD was hired. But he has shown himself to be a bad role model and someone who will resort to assault when he loses his cool. It’s not acceptable. It is criminal.

        Mr. Dorrell needs to be let go. I can disregard a bad football program. We’ve been doing it for a long time now. I can’t abide this kind of behavior from the highest paid University
        employee.

        1. A little harsh bud.

          First fire all those politicians that make less but are the rudest and arrogant people there.

          Start there please.

          Buffs

          1. Yo VKB,
            You want to start with the politicians? Great, rock the vote. The Regents are ELECTED, not hired. The Regents have not hired anyone at the highest level of the University of Colorado that supported the importance of football on a national scale since E. Gordon Gee from 1985 to 1990.

            Believe me, Gee was as instrumental in building CU into a national football powerhouse as Bill Marolt and Bill McCartney. The problems with Colorado football go to the very top of the power structure.

            Most folks on this site love to blame the “kids” on the team as being the problem, and that’s BS to the highest level. These kids are just out of high school, and unless they play for a football factory elsewhere, they are not making any money doing what they do at CU.

            The problems start with Colorado football start at the very top, not with the kids putting on the pads.

            I get a chuckle about how so many people blame Mike Bohn for the downfall of Colorado football. His hire of Dan Hawkins from Boise State was generally considered the best hire in the country. Look at his record coming in. What Hawkins found was the University of Colorado did not really support the football program.

            Many within the university community and the surrounding Boulder community literally (in the old school REAL meaning) HATE football and what it represents to their beloved town of Boulder. I worked at the Daily Camera for years and on campus it’s amazing what you hear if you really listen.

            Rick George may be a better fundraiser than Mike Bohn was at Colorado, but Bohn did more with less money than any athletic director in the country while he was at CU. Bohn hired Luke Fickell at Cincinnati and helped build them into a powerhouse with a real chance to make the national championship playoffs this year. It’s because he was supported at Cincy.

            It’s the reason that Bohn is one of the most powerful athletic directors in the country now at USC. Both Cincy and Southern Cal support the importance of athletics to the mission of the university. The University of Colorado did not then and still do not do so now.

            Mike Bohn was a grad of Boulder High and gave his all to the school up the hill. The University of Colorado rewarded his efforts by making him a scapegoat for the lack of institutional support. He’s having the last laugh now. USC will soon be back in their traditional role of national powerhouse after Bohn rid the program of their unprepared head coach that he inherited. Believe me, with the resources available to Bohn now, USC will be back stronger than they have been since Pete Carroll.

            Rick George hired Mel Tucker. The fact that Tucker took the job without ever coming to Boulder and meeting with the administration should have been a major red flag, but George and Lance Carl thought maybe they could protect Tucker from the lack of institutional support. They couldn’t. And as I told Stuart, Tucker soon figured out how deep the cesspool was that he had walked into.

            Mel Tucker may very well be a lying POS, but he’s not stupid. He went to a school with such unconditional love for athletics that they overlooked reported sex offenders. He now has resources and compensation he could never have dreamed of in Boulder. And perhaps more importantly, he has the support of the MSU power structure at the highest levels.

            As to Karl Dorrell, he crossed a line that can’t be crossed. He has to go. Not for the horrible football, but because he is not fit to be a $4 million role model at the University of Colorado. And if I see him on campus, I will tell him so to his face.

            In the meantime, the football program will no longer have my support. Indeed, they can get rid of football altogether as far as I am concerned if the administration thinks this kind of behavior should go unpunished. And if they can lose a diehard fan like me after 37 years, the end is near for this program.

            I’ve written countless comments on this site, along with running a website devoted to CU football with hundreds of articles over the years. It gives me no joy to walk away from this disastrous nightmare of a football program. It makes me sad.

            You may think it harsh. C’est la vie. Life is harsh sometimes.

            Mark / Boulderdevil

  4. Lewis is a less talented Tim Tebow type of player, a good runner that is a poor QB. When Lewis came in the Alamo Bowl and performed like he did I had hope, but it is all gone. The scheme has to change as I don’t think Lewis can adapt.

  5. If I was drew carter, I’d be in the transfer portal already. This is 99% on the coaching – and that means yanking BLew.

  6. “We can’t be talking about baby steps anymore,” Karl Dorrell … said. “We scored two touchdowns and that’s not enough. There’s an urgency about being more productive and more demanding about what we’re doing. The pacifier is going to have to go … We’ve got to grow up fast. There’s only so long you can take those incremental steps. We’re at that point right now. This season is in the balance.”

    Agreed.

    Stop this inept force-our-scheme ON the players, rather than fit-our-scheme TO our players approach. Show us urgency by adapting now, not next season.

    Go Buffs!

  7. “We felt we had a good plan going into it and we didn’t even come close to getting the level of execution that we were expecting.”
    Thats it? Blame the players when its the same Gott Dang plan all year, fail after fail. Opposing DCs have to be laughing their keesters off.
    “We have to find what we do best and really kind of hang our hat with everything, whether it’s: What’s our best runs? What’s our best passes? What’s our best protections? What’s the best thing for Brendon Lewis?,” Dorrell said. “We’re already thinking that way but apparently we have to really assess all of that again this week and try to figure out what we can do best.”
    Tell me sir….WHEN IS THAT ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN?
    So we have a bye week now. Chev should have been fired 6 hours ago(no, right after that presser) and you, KD, should be spending the rest of the day and all day tomorrow using all that NFL experience of yours making some big changes in the offense for Monday’s practice. That should bring the player’s morale up a little. I wonder how many players will be punching out to the portal by then.
    We have the 2 other worst teams in the conference coming up. Can we please win at least one of those? or will the opposing DCs be working on next weeks game plan during our game?
    I sure hope RG is monitoring his blood pressure and keeping an eye out for stroke symptoms

  8. Sounds like HCKD just gave me permission to check out and not come to games for a few years. He doesn’t care about the fans. winning. playing well. being competitive. The one thing is don’t do anything to make the QB lose confidence. That’s it. Even if said QB has no apparent D1 QB skills. The first coach ever to be afraid to change players so feelings don’t get hurt. Just shocked when I heard his comments.

  9. Man, this team reminds me of the 2006 team. They had Bernard Jackson at quarterback, a 4 star duel treat who could not hit the side of a barn. That year was a lot of 3 and out on there way to a 2 -10 record. Oh that was a long season.
    This team has multiple issues starting with the offensive line. They can not consistently open running lanes for our backs and pass pro could be much better.
    Our defense is suspect as well. USC couldn’t run the ball against Oregon State but had a field day against our D. It’s going to be a long rest of the season.

  10. Chev still insists on featuring his scheme rather than the scheme featuring the players.
    Very sad.

    And the coaching staff does nothing.

    Note: It appears HCKD is as afraid to the pull the trigger as his young qb is.
    Note 2: The announcers several times bragged on the continued tough play of the players. No give up. Fight to the end.
    Note 3: The end……………….always the end

  11. We seem to have an overall staff that is comfortable with mediocrity. Everyone, (except for the players) seems to be satisfied with gradual, baby step improvement; as a result of game reps and eventual player maturity. I’ve noticed that theme throughout this season, …in play calling, playing not to loose and calm post game/practice talking points, designed to pat us on the head until, “things mature”.
    Simply announcing that you’re always going to go for it on fourth down, isn’t good enough to prove that you’re aggressive. It’s artificial, robotic and one dimensional. Truly being aggressive and competitive, is adjusting your game plan to match the abilities of your players, instead of patiently waiting for them to slowly absorb what you insist on calling. Being aggressive doesn’t have to be reckless, or ridden with trick plays. It can be thoughtful and well designed.
    While I’m sure there are some on the staff that are pulling their hair out; the leader dictates the overall tenor, behavior, morale and ultimately, the success of the organization. That’s squarely on HCKD.
    Right now, there is no sense of urgency, adjustment, or putting things in place to win.
    No fire in the belly. None.

  12. VK, I can’t suffer thru’ 7 more with TCU on the horizon next year. NO WAY.

    I’ve said it twice before…..” If you have a QB who can run (Lewis can) and a STABLE FULL OF STUD RB’s (WHICH WE DO)….why the hell can’t you run some OPTION ? If you are an offensive mind….or if you are an OC, you should know how to design those types of plays.” If you can’t, take an 80 mi drive down to the USAF and get Coach Calhoun to teach you….either that or have RG hire Coach Deberry out of retirement.

    Lewis doesn’t display the football I.Q. needed to be a QB. A QB has to be able to think FAST….Lewis apparently can’t. Can he count to 4 ? Maybe not….. He needs to throw the ball within 3-4 sec’s if he’s in the pocket. Some “O” lines can hold off a rush for 5 sec, but our “OL” can’t.

    How about some DECEPTION ALSO ? Other teams send 2 WR’s down field clearing a vacancy in an area for a trailing RB or receiver who catches the pass and gains 20-30-40 yards. Scheeeesh.

    How can a team average 9 yds. p/carry in the first half ? USC did. How is it that our opposing teams’ DB’s live in front of our receivers and our WR’s can’t slant in front of the opposing DB’s ? That’s how you run slant patterns.

    AND…..for the third time……On every offensive 1st and 10 sequence, the OC calls for a run into the interior of the defensive line ( As predictable as the sun rises in the EAST).

    I hafta’ agree with Bigguns…… I thought it was Chev’ that needed to be demoted, even the “DC.” Now I’m really wondering about HCKD.

    SOMETHINGS GOT TO GIVE.

    1. I get it Trax.

      But you got to face the reality of the decision.
      Once you realize it is not in your control you can opt do what you like.
      The problem is the chev scheme and the perhaps lack of understanding by HCKD. I doubt it and I don’t know why the offense looks the same, and executes the same with the same results with no changes.

      We just gotta accept us for who we are. Buff Fans
      And that should say it all. But don’t speak the truth (identified chev as incapable at this peter principle level) And was attacked. (i liked it) Told to stop attacking the OC back in the spring and summer. Told if I didn’t watch the game I couldn’t post. ( now read the sob story and look at the poll)

      Anyway young man.
      It’s gonna be all right………………………………..Just not the way we want it

      Buffarama

      Note: Two weeks to refresh the offense is an eternity. First refresh demote chev. Fire him later

      1. Really? You think everyone hit their Peter principle, except you, I guess. Funny how that works. There is a llllooooong list of coaches you wanted to see ridden out of town. Many of whom have done just fine elsewhere. And now we have at least two more. And I say two, because you will be calling for Karl’s head soon. And three weeks ago, you were still all in on him. And a freshmen will lead them. Bwaahahahahahaha

        Go Buffs

        1. Bwaahahahahahaha That sounds just like I picture you.

          Nope, won’t be calling for HCKD’s head.
          At least two years. Not 5 like you gave mickeymac.
          And yup I still believe in that freshman. Chev killed him with that crappy scream. Run two plays up the middle, gain nothing, and then force the kid to pass. It’s a joke

          Now add in giving chev his chance then pointing out the obvious. Which you missed.

          Anyway, Quit posting, get off your arse and right the “why you hate the real mac” essay.

          You been dancing like a pole dancer for months.

          Buffs.

          Note: I believe you are scared to write it after you regurgitation a couple of months ago eh?

        2. I gotta slow down and check the word I use cause sheesh!!

          Nah you know what I mean even though the wrong words..right vs write.

          Go Buffs…………don’t lose this week………….get better these two weeks…………..
          Be brave (and smart) and make the changes up and down the chain of command

          Please.

          7 to go how many can they win. Just need 5

  13. Nothing really new to say. Was hoping for some reason to see some more pre-snap motion or misdirection from the offense, but same old line ’em up and think somehow they will overpower the other team. I had to watch this game on TV, and both P12 network halftime analysts (Aliotti and can’t remember the other guy) both said Buffs NEED TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT ON OFFENSE OR ELSE THERE WILL BE NO IMPROVEMENT — both said it, nodded to each other, and then Aliotti said the doing the same thing over and over with no positive result is insanity line. It’s as if everybody sees this except the CU coaches.
    Oh, there was one point in the 4th quarter where the cameras showed Chev and the O coaches up in the box after yet another failed pass on 3rd down. I think it was the play where a receiver was running a hitch, was wide open, but BLew wouldn’t throw the ball until he turned around (wrong) and by that point the guys was covered, the pass was tipped and then intercepted. Chev covered his face and screamed. I thought it was telling.
    It saddens me to say this, but at this point I feel it is Dorrell holding things back. I think he is very conservative in his style and he is afraid to make a QB change. It’s just wrong that so many offensive minds can’t at least adapt to what is reality by changing some of the offensive plays to suit things, or change QBs.

  14. A few things brought a smile to my face today.
    Ducks get plucked. Better toss in another hundred million Phil
    Notre Dame goes down. Always enjoy that. Maybe the next game I watch will be in Cincy. Got cousins an hour away.

  15. Next time RG hires new coaches repetitive embarrassing losses have to be included in the contracts under “just cause.”
    May not find a lot of applicants willing to go with that but at least we wont lose tens of millions until we can find someone who can truly coach.

  16. Arizona will be coming in with an all time worst 17 game losing streak. Talk about a train wreck game. Wonder how much Zona will be favored by. Side note, it is so sad to see CU wasting a very good defensive team. They must be exhausted every Saturday night…..

  17. As long as KD shows so little emotion on the side line the whole team will follow suit. He (KD) looks like a deer in the head lites, like what’s going on. Come on, get mad, get excised, get happy do something to motivate the team. That dead fish look is a downer to the team and fans!

  18. The talent difference between CU and USC is huge. Reminds me of the good old days of Hawkins/Embrey. As long as we recruit low 3 star recruits nothing will change

  19. I have watched the Buffs, either in Folsom, or remotely when I lived out of state, for over 45 years. This is one of the worst teams I have experienced and that includes the Chuck Fairbanks and Embree eras. An embarrassment. When Mac (the original one, not Mac2) was hired, I had confidence in the rebuild and knew it would take time. I have none now because I have zero confidence in the O. It is not the players, I just do not see any changes from week to week from the coaching staff. The same movie plays over and over. Chev needs to be fired. Now. HCKD needs to take ownership for this mess and call the plays. Ownership of the team is what he gets paid for. We are in the bottom 10 teams in the whole country on O. Unacceptable, and stunning drop off from last year. No identity, nothing is working. No attempt at change, even giving Carter some reps (now two games in a row). “Houston, we have a problem”. And it is the coaching staff. It appears that the team is starting to lose its belief, I know I have as a fan because there is no commitment, of any kind, to change.

  20. Personally I would like to see B Lewis throw a ton more passes (he needs the reps) the rest of the season, when he does let it loose it actually looks decent. This season is going to be a B Lewis development season.

  21. Questions and Comments:
    1. With the offensive line truly offensive, why not get the ball outside with quick pitches, zone reads, etc.? Running into the line for 1-2 yard gains and leaving 3rd and long does not cut it. CU was 1 for 10 on 3rd down conversions!
    2. Skill personnel – why are Stanley and Rice not playing? They are playing all freshmen receivers, and several times 2 CU receivers were in the same area, they don’t know the playbook! No WR separation much of the time, and Lewis is holding the ball too long. Same issue with running backs. Broussard looks decent, but no blocking. Get him to the edge! Have Lewis roll-out at least on passing plays, the o-line can’t block anyone.
    3. I agree with Sam, while Lewis needs game reps, we also need to see what Carter can do, maybe at least he will throw the ball downfield vs. constantly taking sacks and throwing the ball too late. Why did Carter not play in the 2nd half? Lewis is a running QB, why are we not calling QB run or option / zone read plays?
    4. Our defensive right side (Wells and Simon #90) kept getting gashed on the same running play! Wells is penetrating too deep, and Simon kept getting beat and pushed inside. C’mon Wilson, adjust! USC should have scored 50 points against this defense. We had very little pressure on Slovis all game. That said, give USC credit, Slovis, London and Ingram are studs.
    5. If Dorrell wants to keep his job, he had better use the bye week to make serious changes (personnel and coaching) and come out fighting vs. Arizona. While CU may not be able to pay him off and fire him, by the end of the season no one will be coming to watch this poor excuse of a football team.

  22. Why, why, why not put in the back up? Rick George oughtta tell Dorrell that if Carter doesn’t start against AZ, not only is he fired, he has to leave the state as well.

  23. I hate posting and have held back after every game thus far. But a handful of first downs and two touchdowns against a defense that ranks near last in the FBS in 5 to 6 categories, is not making progress.
    I originally thought Darrin Chiaverini needed to be fired. I now believe Karl Dorrell needs to be fired immediately. This team has not made progress and is completely unprepared every week. This team is awful.

  24. as expected
    not shocked, not even sad
    its….uh….resignation
    Still the O took one of Chev’s baby steps (gag) an actual 2 touchdowns
    yee ha
    unfortunately it looks like the D is jointing the O in the crapper. What the hell happened since A&M?
    Only one more chance for a win this year and if AZ improves at all….well
    So how many more of these do we have to suffer through before hoops start?
    c’mon Tad….at least you have the Buffs somewhere on the map. If you can get the O to take a few more “baby steps” as Chev calls them, the Buffs could easily wind up in the sweet sixteen.

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