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The 2022 CU season opener ended just before 12:00 a.m., MT, but the clock had struck midnight for the Cinderella Buffs about an hour earlier. The Buffs dominated the first half of their game against TCU, but were completely routed in the second half, falling to the Horned Frogs, 38-13. Colorado had more first downs (20-17) and wasn’t passed in total yards gained until the fourth quarter, but the Horned Frogs had no trouble with the CU defense in the second half, scoring 31 unanswered points.

Brendon Lewis started at quarterback for Colorado, finished 13-for-18 for all of 78 yards. Lewis also led the Buff rushing attack, putting up 42 yards on eight carries. Backup quarterback J.T. Shrout, who came on late in the first half and then made another appearance in the fourth quarter, finished with 13 completions on 23 attempts for 157 yards and one touchdown.

The Horned Frogs, who had just 67 yards offense in the first half, finished with 413 for the game. That total included more than 260 on the ground alone in the final two quarters. The Buffs, who had 212 yards of offense in the first half – but only two field goals to show for it – had 136 yards of total offense in the second half, with 94 of those yards coming in garbage time.

“I wasn’t expecting that type of game,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. “We played decently in the first half … But apparently they made better adjustments. We couldn’t stop what they were doing.”

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The English language is full of idioms that we rarely stop to think about – Phrases that that we all know and understand … but ones where don’t always know the origins.

“It ain’t worth a hill of beans” … “It’s raining cats and dogs” … “He’s driving me up the wall” … We know what they mean, even if we don’t know where the phrase originated.

After the Buffs found a new and creative way to be routed on the football field, falling at home to TCU, 38-13, to open the 2022 season, the phrase which comes to mind is: “We were sold a bill of goods”.

People use this expression when someone has made a promise that he or she cannot keep, despite other people believing this promise. The origin: A bill of goods referred to – obviously – a list of items to be sold. It earned a negative connotation, however, when, back in the 1800s and early 1900s, seller A would show buyer B a bill of goods, and buyer B would pay for those items based on the list, rather than waiting and seeing the materials themselves. If person A lied, and the bill of goods was inaccurate, buyer B would be scammed.

Sounds about right.

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No. 11 Oregon embarrassed by No. 3 Georgia, 49-3: “They executed, and we didn’t, bottom line” … Arizona surprises San Diego State, 38-20 … Playoff to expand to 12 teams – “The Pac-12 welcomes the decision of the CFP Board” …

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Dorrell on quarterbacks: “We’ll watch the tape and assess both of them” … *Video: Karl Dorrell Post-Game press conference* … Dave Plati to step down as CU Sports Information Director … Buffs out to prove the naysayers wrong: “We’re happy to be in the position we’re in right now” …

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Impress your friends with your CU knowledge … CU is 5-0-1 since 1988 when opening the season against a Power Five school … The Buffs have won six straight season openers … One stat from 2021 the CU offense would actually like to duplicate … The impressive debuts of CU’s last five offensive coordinators …

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TCU had one of the worst defenses in college football last season, and yet is an 11-point favorite to beat CU … Will the Buffs be able to score – or will the struggles of 2021 rear their ugly heads once again? … Will the baby Buff secondary be able to slow down Sonny Dykes’ air raid offense? … Which team has figured out how to cause turnovers? … Let’s find out …

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The Buffs are 11-point underdogs to the Horned Frogs, a team which changed coaches after going 5-7 last season … Will both teams be alternating quarterbacks? … Which has improved: CU’s lousy offense or TCU’s lousy defense? … Stats to make you smile (and stats to make you cringe) …