POSTED: November 11, 2023

Colorado Daily – Arizona Week

Colorado Daily – Arizona Week

November 11th – Game Day!

… CU in a few minutes … 

Neill Woelk’s Keys to CU v. Arizona

From …  If the old adage “the games they remember are played in November” rings true, the Colorado Buffaloes have three more chances to make it a memorable month.

No doubt, a win over the No. 23 Arizona Wildcats would give Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders’ Buffs a little something for their scrapbooks.

On paper, Saturday’s game at Folsom Field (noon kickoff, Pac-12 Networks) is a matchup of two programs at least temporarily headed in opposite directions.

The Buffs (4-5 overall, 1-5 Pac-12) have lost three in a row and five of their last six, a harsh return to earth after a sky-high 3-0 start that saw them earn a spot in the nation’s top 25.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2) have knocked off three straight ranked opponents — Washington State, Oregon State and UCLA — after a 3-3 start and now find themselves ranked for the first time since 2017.

But they won’t play this one on paper and the Buffs believe they have more than a puncher’s chance of throwing a wrench into Arizona’s ascension.

It’s not as if the Buffs have fallen apart. The CU defense has been stellar in the last two games and the offense — while admittedly struggling to find a consistent rhythm recently — still has the potential to put points on the board in a hurry.

The question is whether Coach Prime’s crew can put those elements together for a 60-minute game.

How do they accomplish that? Our weekly Fast Five:

1. Continue their defensive takeaway string. The Buffs’ defense has been on a roll in this department. CU has forced six turnovers in the last two games and helped Colorado stay within striking range in both affairs, even when the offense was struggling.

The Buffs need to continue that hot streak against the Wildcats. Arizona’s quarterbacks have thrown nine interceptions this season — including four by freshman Noah Fifita, the current starter — and the ‘Cats have also lost three fumbles.

If Colorado can produce some of those momentum-turning plays early, that will open the door for the offense.

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November 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Andre Gurode/Nate Solder among those inducted into CU Sports Hall of Fame: “This is extremely unbelievable”


Andre Gurode, Football (1998-2001)
He thanked “Our heavenly Father for giving him the gift to play football, and then his family, out in force, his wife, his mother and his brothers.  I’ve always been asked the question of why CU?  Rick Neuheisel had recruited me, and Gary Barnett had taken over.  I needed to assure my grandmother that I would graduate from the University of Colorado, a promise I had made to her before she passed away.  On Big 12 media day (his senior year in 2001), Gary Barnett took us to Cowboys Stadium and told us to envision ourselves playing on this field.  He told us we were going to win the Big 12 Championship.  When I came here, I have no goal of the Hall of Fame, I wanted my degree.  But tonight, it brings me a lot of joy, a lot of smiles, and one person who should be here but he is not – my father.  I appreciate the opportunity to stand up here with all my fellow inductees and say, “Go Buffs!”

Bill Harris, Football/Administration (1961-63; 2001-10)
Bill’s wife of 54 years Sue and his son Trevor accepted in his honor; Bill passed in 2022 at the age of 79.  Sue: “There are no words to describe that the joy that brings me, my family, and our deal Bill.  He would have been so honored and so grateful.:  Son Trevor—He told the story of how CU coach Sonny Grandelius recruiting Bill for the football team in 1959, and how on his visit to Boulder, the scenic overlook that gets so many into Boulder sold him on coming to Boulder.  “Dad never cared how man yards or statistics he had in a particular game.  He would tell me any my family how Joe Romig would stand up for him and other black players on the football team when they were playing LSU in the Orange Bowl.  He talked about his best friend, John Meadows, and all his other teammates as brothers.  He was on a mission to get all his ’61 teammates to get an Orange Bowl ring for that year (’61) – Trevor brought the ring with him.  “I want you to know number 33, also known as “head” (because of the size of his head), that he loved his teammates, his love for the University of Colorado that ran very deep and how he loved it when he was the director of the C Club.  Especially when he helped get people from his era into the CU Hall of Fame.  He closed with saying how grateful he was to CU for making the man that he was.  Trevor also said when he sees his dad’s face on the Hall of Fame wall, he all sees his mom’s—they were a true team.

Nate Solder, Football (2007-10)
“This is extremely unbelievable.  I came from a small town of Buena Vista, with a graduating class of 75.”  He thanked coach Gary Barnett for bringing him here.  He also brought his strength coach at CU and New England (James Hardy).  He had some fun with his wife, telling that maybe now she could realize what a “big deal he is.  Now I don’t have to do the dishes, I’m a Hall of Famer.”  And about one of his sons, who told him, “This is cool.  I want to go to school here.”  He spoke to his kids, “You get to the Hall of Fame through work and perseverance; but if you want to get to the true Hall of Fame, you do that through the work of Jesus.  The one way to get to Heaven is to believe in Jesus.  “I didn’t do any of this by myself, I’m not so sure I deserve it.”  He thanked Dr. DiStefano for his leadership, Rick George for the way he runs the department, Dave Plati for working his SID, Kris Livingston in academics.  I came here to get great education and play high-level football.”

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November 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Xavier Weaver: “It’s my last home game in college football, so I just gotta soak it all in and enjoy it”

From CUSportsReport … Xavier Weaver leads the Buffs in both catches (60) and receiving yards (783) in 2023, and ranks second on the team in receiving touchdowns with four. He has been a top target for Shedeur Sanders all season, and his production has earned him a spot on the Biletnikoff Award watch list for the top wideout in college football.

“It’s cool, it’s cool,” Weaver said. “I was on the watch list last year, just being able to have people notice me and stuff like that. But I wanna go further than just a watch list.”

Weaver has already surpassed his career highs in both catches and yards with three games left to play in a Buffs uniform, but his production has slowed ever so slightly in recent weeks as the CU offense has started to struggle.

After opening the season with consecutive 100-yard games, Weaver has hit the century mark just once, in the Buffs’ double-overtime loss to Stanford. Last week against Oregon State, Weaver hauled in five passes for 66 yards, as Colorado started to push the ball down the field more consistently than it had during its current losing streak. While none of those deep targets went Weaver’s way, he knows that could be a key to the unit getting back on track.

“We try to tell the coaches a lot, when the ball’s in the air we think it’s more 80-20, not 50-50 balls,” the Orlando native said. “So we just need more opportunities down the field so we can show what we can do, and if we don’t catch the ball it’s gonna be pass interference.”

This Saturday, when Colorado will look to bounce back against a red-hot Arizona team, also marks senior day for the Buffs. Colorado currently is just 2-3 on its home turf, and will look to close out its home slate by getting back to .500.

It may not be the most sentimental of senior days, considering nearly all of the seniors being honored transferred in this summer to play for the new regime leading the Buffs. Despite this being his only year in black and gold, Weaver is still looking forward to being celebrated in his final college home game.

“It’s gonna be cool,” Weaver said. “You know, having my folks out here watching me walk across the field and stuff like that. It’s gonna be a surreal moment, you know, it’s my last home game in college football, so I just gotta soak it all in and enjoy it.”

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Shedeur Sanders: “It’s good to go through this process to make sure you don’t ever feel like that again going forward”

From the Daily Camera … Sanders, however, has a long-term view of his football career. Colorado hasn’t had a quarterback drafted since Koy Detmer in the seventh round in 1997, but that’s going to change whenever Sanders enters the draft (either in 2024 or, most likely, in 2025). He knows that. So, while he’d rather win, he has that long-term view to this season.

“I mean, I wouldn’t ask for no different because whenever you’re winning and you win all the time, you don’t really go through that grit, that pain, that suffering,” he said when I asked how he’s handling this tough stretch of losses. “So it’s like, sometimes it’s good. It’s good to go through this process to make sure you don’t ever feel like that again going forward, so I’m fine with it.”

Make no mistake – Sanders is NOT fine with losing. But, he’s saying that he can appreciate the value in what he and his team are going through right now.

“I’m happy that we’re put in these situations that things don’t always go our way,” he continued, “because I just know it’s gonna be that motivation leading into the offseason and keeping you humble, keeping you focused, keeping you going through everything. So that’s just it. You’re all able to just see it more on a public view. Basically the chip on my shoulder in the public eye. But, like, on a personal level, it always been that.”

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November 8th

… CU in a few minutes … 

The Athletic: The one quality Coach Prime lacks? Patience

From The Athletic … The college football world viewed Colorado’s decision to hire Deion Sanders as a major risk. Athletic director Rick George was smart enough to see through the reasons for hesitation. There was an element of blind faith that had to exist, sure, but George knew Sanders was the lightning rod necessary to revive a program on life support. Guess what? It worked. And in a matter of months.

Sanders has so many qualities that cannot be matched. His star power cannot be duplicated. His vision to promote his program on YouTube is something that would make other coaches cringe. And he speaks with conviction about everything. The best part? Sanders follows through on what he says. He’s a doer. He said he was bringing his Louis Vuitton luggage to Boulder, then proceeded to engineer the biggest roster flip the sport has ever seen. Colorado progressed from a one-win team in 2022 to a four-win team (and counting?) that is battling for bowl eligibility.

There’s one quality Sanders lacks, though.


That has to be the reason Colorado’s head coach made the knee-jerk decision last week to take primary play-calling duties away from offensive coordinator Sean Lewis and hand them to former NFL coach Pat Shurmur. Lewis was perhaps Sanders’ most important coaching addition during the offseason, and he was largely credited for being the reason the Buffaloes put up so many points early in the season despite having an obvious deficiency on the offensive line. Lewis left a head coaching job at Kent State to call plays at Colorado and seemed destined to be an attractive candidate for a Power 5 job in the offseason.

Then Sanders took the play sheet out of Lewis’ hand and replaced him with a coach who hadn’t been an assistant at the college level for 25 years. Shurmur, who was on Sanders’ staff as an analyst, isn’t some genius play caller who could solve all of Colorado’s problems in a week. Let’s be honest: Fans of the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants could give a detailed PowerPoint presentation of all the things that went wrong when he was the head coach of those franchises.

The results of this change were exactly what you’d expect. Colorado lost to Oregon State on Saturday night 26-19. The offense managed only 238 total yards, a chunk of which occurred late in the game when the Buffaloes were trying to erase a two-score deficit and were facing a soft Beavers defense.

Quarterback Shedeur Sanders still got beaten up. And Colorado’s offense rushed for minus-7 yards.

How did we get here? How did Sanders feel strongly enough to fix the one thing that, frankly, wasn’t broken?

Sanders has given us very little reason to doubt him and his build during his first year as Colorado’s coach. Even losses were expected. But for a first-time Power 5 head coach, this move makes you scratch your head.

It makes you wonder if these are the types of decisions that could derail such a promising start to a program build that may have been hopeless for any other coach.

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Coach Prime: “There’s a tremendous amount of positives that we must lean on with these young men”

From … Colorado’s Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders is confident that his Buffaloes are on the verge of curing their recent ills.

The Buffs (4-5 overall, 1-5 Pac-12) have lost three in a row and five of their last six — but the average margin of defeat in four of those losses is just more than seven points.

“I wish you could only understand how close we are to being what we want to be and doing what we want to do,” Sanders told the media at his weekly Tuesday press conference. “We have to learn how to win. We got to seize the moments, we got to take advantage of the opportunities presented — and we can’t faint in the midst of adversity. We got to stand tall in the midst of adversity and we’re learning that. That’s the process.”

The Buffs will have another opportunity to make that leap Saturday when they play host to No. 23 Arizona (6-3, 4-2) in a noon game at Folsom Field (Pac-12 Networks).

“I’m truly as impatient as you are, and the young men in that locker room they’re impatient as well, but they want it,” Sanders said. “I can’t say they don’t want it — they truly do, because they have not given up.”

Sanders and his staff took the time this week to present the team with some positive reinforcement in the way of statistics. He reminded the Buffs that they are nationally ranked in a number of categories — one reason they started the season 3-0 and were ranked in the nation’s top 20 after the first three weeks of the season.

CU coaches reminded the Buffs that they have forced 18 turnovers, tied for fourth in the nation. Their eight fumble recoveries are also tied for fourth in the country, their 10 interceptions are tied for seventh best and CU’s 23 sacks are tied for 12th.

Offensively, Colorado is averaging 16 more points per game than the Buffs were managing at this point of the season a year ago and Colorado’s passing game has produced 24 touchdowns and three interceptions, compared to eight and eight one year ago.

“There’s a tremendous amount of positives that we must lean on with these young men because they’re playing their butts off,” Coach Prime said. “There’s no quit in them and that’s one thing that draws me closer and closer to them and I love it. They have not shut it down.”

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*New video board for south end of Folsom coming in 2024!*

Press release from … The Colorado Buffaloes will begin construction on a new video board on the south end of Folsom Field that will be ready for the 2024 season, CU Athletic Director Rick George announced Wednesday.

The new board will be more than five times the surface area of the old board. The ribbon board below the video board will also be significantly expanded, stretching from the north end of the club level on the east side around the bowl to Balch Fieldhouse on the southwest side, over 1,000 feet from the top of section 203 to the top of section 220.

“Enhancing the atmosphere of Folsom Field on game day is always a top priority and we are always looking for ways to improve,” CU Athletic Director Rick George said. “I’m confident this new video board will further enrich and elevate the game day experience for our fans next year in our first season in the Big 12 Conference.”

The new board will measure 130 feet wide by 36 feet high, eight feet taller than the current board and 98 feet wider, or about the same width of the current ribbon board under the current video board, which measures 32 feet by 28 feet.

The board will go from being one of the smallest in the Power 5 conferences to above the national average of all schools within those conferences.

The majority of the approximately $15 million project will go into the steel infrastructure to support the new video board, which will include four new columns running from the bottom of the video board to the ground around the south side of the stadium.

Funding is ongoing for the project, and those interested can donate here. Construction will begin in January and is expected to be finished for CU’s season opener Aug. 31, 2024, against North Dakota State.


November 7th

… CU in a few minutes … 

DNVR Series: Folsom Field Turns 100 – The Turbulent 2000s 

From Ted Chalfen at … On the morning of November 23, 2001, the Colorado Buffaloes were already assured of their best football season in five years. With an 8-2 record, the Buffs were ranked 14th in the AP Poll and 15th in the BCS. Head coach Gary Barnett had promised a “return to dominance” when he took over as head coach, and they were on the cusp of doing just that. Their opponent that day was ranked #1 in the BCS. They had also beaten CU nine consecutive times, with each loss somehow closer and more agonizing than the last. The Buffs had seen multiple conference titles, and a possible national title in 1994, go up in smoke at the hands of the hated Nebraska Cornhuskers.

What transpired that day deserves far more space than I can give in this format. Nebraska fans call it “Black Friday”, while CU fans prefer to reference the final score: 62-36. On that cold Boulder afternoon, the Buffs scored more points on the vaunted Husker defense than any other team in history to that point. Nebraska hadn’t surrendered more than 40 points in over a decade, and CU had 42 by halftime. The result sent shockwaves throughout college football. It was Nebraska’s “the emperor has no clothes” moment, and the program hasn’t been a national contender since. Neill Woelk, then of the Boulder Daily Camera, called it the greatest win in CU history, and many fans agree with him. It was certainly the most cathartic.

“62-36” was also the final game before Folsom Field’s appearance changed dramatically. The familiar east side facade, in place since 1956, was about to be obscured by the first major expansion of the stadium in over three decades.

CU had only sold out two games between 1998 to 2001 (both against Nebraska), so it struck some observers as odd when Athletic Director Dick Tharp announced plans to expand Folsom Field. The mid-90s dream of adding 8 to 10,000 seats had now morphed into a plan to add 2,000 club seats and 28 private boxes to the east side of the stadium. Originally, Tharp wanted to raise $94 million for the project, which would also include a new indoor practice facility. But when construction began following the 2001 season, the price tag was $42 million, and there was no more talk of an IPF.

Raising funds for the club level proved an easier task than anticipated when the corporate suites leased at a brisk pace, and the number of suites grew from 28 to 40 when architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs showed it could be done for less than the original budget. Sales of the regular club seats were less brisk, but eventually they became more desirable for fans than the aging Flatirons Club on the opposite sideline. Construction crews broke ground in April of 2002 and the new addition was topped off in December. It was ready to open when CU hosted UCLA in the first home game of the 2003 season. Folsom’s capacity now stood at a record 53,750.

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*Coach Prime’s Weekly Press Conference*

From BuffsTV … Coach Prime (starts at about 6:30 punter Mark Vassett starts at about 27:30) …

ESPN: “Colorado’s house isn’t crumbling, but it’s starting to crack”

From ESPN … Sanders received a lot of justified praise during Colorado’s 4-1 start, not only for how he flipped the roster in one offseason, but for how his players performed on game days. Colorado wasn’t a perfect team but was a dramatically improved one, thanks in part to the coaching staff.

Now, after Colorado has dropped three straight games, coaching decisions are being debated, without a lot of clarity from Sanders. The topic after Saturday night’s loss to Oregon State was why Sanders had switched offensive playcallers, moving analyst and former NFL coach Pat Shurmur into the role that Sean Lewis had occupied through eight games. Lewis, who left a head-coaching job at Kent State for Colorado, had overseen an offense that opened with a record-setting passing performance at TCU, and averaged more than 500 yards and 41.3 points in four of the first five games. Colorado averaged 13.2 points per game in 2022.

When I first heard of the potential playcaller switch Thursday night, I couldn’t believe it. Neither could coaches who reached out Friday after the news was confirmed. “What on earth is going on at Colorado????” an SEC offensive coordinator texted. Sanders didn’t offer many details in explaining the move, only that he did it in Colorado’s best interests and didn’t second-guess himself. Colorado had 78 total yards through three quarters Saturday night before a nice burst in the fourth.

“You guys don’t know all the intangibles yet,” Sanders said after the game. “You’re just looking from the outside of the crib, looking in. I got tinted windows and you can’t even see in the house, but you’re making conclusions on what I should and should not do.”

Colorado’s house isn’t crumbling, but it’s starting to crack. Sanders didn’t disparage Lewis and has taken responsibility for the team’s play. But the move is bizarre, to put it mildly, and some are wondering if Lewis is being scapegoated for things outside of his control, like an offensive line group that wasn’t constructed for success.

There were also questionable in-game decisions, especially at the end of both halves. Trailing 7-3, Colorado forced a punt and took over at its own 4-yard line with 49 seconds left in the first half. The offense had generated 2 net yards of offense in the quarter — 2! Yet the Buffaloes twice passed from their own end zone before a run for no gain. Two plays later, Oregon State scored to go up 14-3. Sanders said Colorado’s plan was to try and move the ball on first down and, if unsuccessful, “hit the clock,” but the second incomplete pass allowed Oregon State to preserve its timeouts.

After a spirited fourth-quarter rally cut Colorado’s deficit to 7 with 1:42 left, Sanders eschewed an onside kick. The Buffs had all three timeouts, but would need an immediate stop, which they didn’t get. Colorado didn’t use its second timeout after a Damien Martinez run for a first down. By the time the Buffaloes used their final timeout, only two seconds remained.

“This is hard,” Sanders said. “The reason it’s so hard is because you know you’re capable of doing better, playing better, performing better, calling better games, coaching better on my behalf.”

The last part rings true after a bumpy week in Boulder, which revealed some growing pains for Sanders.


November 6th

… CU in a few minutes … 

The Athletic: Why Shedeur Sanders should stay at CU for his senior year

From The Athletic … Last week, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler updated his top-50 prospect board for the ‘24 class. To no one’s surprise, the QBs were well-represented.

Still, that group isn’t without its questions. Specifically, how many of these quarterbacks ultimately might put off entering the draft and go back to school?

The 2025 class does not look like it’ll be nearly as deep as the ’24 version, which potentially could have at least six QBs with first- or second-round grades and several others eyeing a Day 3 spot. The transfer portal and NIL are game-changers, too, when it comes to figuring out these decisions. Even USC quarterback Caleb Williams has at least entertained the idea of playing another year in college, although Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye will be projected top-three picks come April.

That said, let’s look at the other key names on the 2024 underclassman QB list and size up their looming draft decisions.

Shedeur Sanders, Colorado (No. 24)

Ranking on Brugler’s latest top 50: No. 24

Sanders is the second passer on this list (and fourth QB overall) from Dane’s top 30. When you look at all the context, it’s really hard to argue.

Colorado’s offensive line has been one of the worst in the Power 5 this season — no FBS passer with at least 100 attempts has been pressured more than Sanders (174 times); the next closest in that category is South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler (145).

To be clear, some of those pressures have been Sanders’ fault, as he’s still working on a balance between hanging in the pocket long enough and bailing with his legs. However, two things Sanders’ metrics show: He’s been one of the most accurate passers in the country in terms of ball placement (off-target rate of 7.5 percent, No. 2 in FBS), and despite getting almost no help from his front, his dropback success rate (51.4, No. 28) is still above-average.

Sanders, age 21, is nowhere near his ceiling as a player. However, he’s also talented enough as a natural playmaker with very good football IQ/processing ability that he wouldn’t last too long in the draft, should he declare.

The Deion Sanders impact at Colorado is very real, so there may not be a player on this list who’ll have better NIL opportunities next season. Plus, Shedeur Sanders also would get to play one more year with CB/WR Travis Hunter — and be able to fight for QB1 designation in 2025.


November 5th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Neill Woelk’s Takeaways from the Oregon State game: Consistency has not strong suit for the Buffs

From … Consistency has been not a strong suit of Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes this season.

When the offense is rolling, the defense struggles. When the defense plays well — as it has the last two weeks — the offense has trouble establishing a steady rhythm.

As a result, the Buffs (4-5 overall, 1-5 Pac-12) are now mired in a three-game losing streak and have dropped five of their last six. With three games remaining, beginning with next Saturday’s home finale against surging Arizona, the Buffs must find a way to snap their slump or miss a chance at a bowl bid — something that seemed almost a given after their 3-0 start.

That inconsistency reared its head in a big way Saturday night at Folsom Field in a 26-19 loss to No. 16 Oregon State.

For the second straight week, CU’s defense kept the Buffs in the game, forcing two first half turnovers by the Beavers and limiting them to just one touchdown for nearly the entire first half.

But Colorado’s offense managed to turn those takeaways into just one field goal, and a late first half gamble to try to move out of a hole deep in CU territory instead ended up opening the door for another Oregon State touchdown.

Colorado’s offense did finally put together two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter. After totaling just 78 yards offense in the first three periods, CU produced two 75-yard scoring drives in the final period, throwing a scare into the Beavers down the stretch.

But that was all it was — a scare. OSU escaped Boulder with a win (despite some questionable coaching decisions) and the Buffs are scrambling to find their early season offensive production.

Our takeaways from Week 9:

1. A new play caller doesn’t seem to be the quick fix for the offense. Through the first six and one-half games this year, Colorado’s offense was outstanding. Aside from a 42-6 loss at Oregon, the Buffs moved the ball at a prolific pace.

But after scoring four touchdowns on its first four possessions against Stanford, the Colorado offense went cold. In the last 10 quarters and two overtime periods, CU has scored just 47 points. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders is under constant pressure — he was sacked four times by OSU to bring the season total to 45 — and the running game once again couldn’t establish a threat.

Colorado’s two fourth quarter drives did offer some hope. The Buffs showed glimpses of the offense that was so productive in wins over TCU and Nebraska and a narrow loss to USC.

But if CU is going to make a run down the stretch, the Buffs will need to find that consistency again.

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Defensive effort continues to improve – Coach Prime: “Those guys are coming along well and I’m proud. I’m truly proud of them”

From the Daily Camera … On Saturday night, but the Buffaloes suffered a third straight defeat, 28-16 against No. 16 Oregon State, but it certainly wasn’t because of the effort by the defense.

Coordinator Charles Kelly’s group gave up an average of 35.9 points in the first seven games, including giving up at least 42 points on four occasions.

In the past two games, however, the Buffs are giving up just 27.0 points per game and it’s the defense that has kept them in games.

“Coach Kelly has done a tremendous job,” CU head coach Deion Sanders said. “I mean, he really has because I know he makes a certain call but if a certain guy don’t do what he is asking him to do that’s very problematic and we surrender points.

“He called a good game tonight. We had some situations that we didn’t do what was expected. But the guys rallied back and we still was able to provoke, I think, what three or four turnovers? Those guys are coming along well and I’m proud. I’m truly proud of them.”

It was actually two turnovers, but both were potentially big.

Trevor Woods recovered a fumble midway through the first quarter that gave the offense the ball at the OSU 38-yard line. Unfortunately for the Buffs, they fumbled it right back to the Beavers three plays later.

Overall, CU gave up 418 yards, which is 57 below their average and several defenders stepped up.

Linebacker LaVonta Bentley posted three tackles for loss and a sack. Defensive lineman Amari McNeil had 1.5 TFLs and a half sack with Woods.

As a group, the defense had three sacks, six tackles for loss and five pass breakups.

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13 Replies to “Colorado Daily – Arizona Week”

  1. Coach Prime is not a good coach. We drank that drink.
    He can’t manage the clock. Timeout before the field goal to only miss it. That’s gone now.
    USC could not manage. Sheaduer is so overrated. He holds the ball so long.
    Well as predicted , no bowl game. Time to turn to basketball, and btw from Georgia and the fans in Colorado suck, went to a couple games: Y’all are a bunch of crap. I have never meet the worst fans ever. Yelling at old people that are there to support their team.
    Weed was everywhere and smelled so bad. Spitting at folks.
    This is Colorado. Y’all ain’t gonna make it, prime is not the answer and pos people aren’t either. My wife and I got chased by some folks by the bridge where they were bathing in the water.
    Promise and will put everything on it all day, this team will not win under Deion. Boulder is not a good place.

  2. Didnt read Woelk’s piece.
    As far as I’m concerned there is one big key to the game and that is do something, anything to help the O line.

  3. Sure hope Shedeur does stay but if he doesnt Its entirely acceptable. I’m sure he wants to help dad succeed but they are going to need way different line play for that.

  4. In Brian Howell’s post game interview with Adam Munstertiger… He said that if he was a betting man Byron Leftwich would be the OC in 2024 and he expects the next few weeks to be full of rumors to that effect

  5. Anyone expecting any serious adjustments on the offense? I’m not either. Not a single coach, Sanders included, have even hinted at trying to fix anything in….I would say “scheme”…but the reality is a lack of scheme. That would be an open admission of guilt. I cant wait for Howell’s question and answer session today. He is really reluctant to put anything on the coaches

    With the money they are making its like they want to kill their own golden goose. I hope this aint the game where Shedeur injured. …which may be moot as for as the rest of the season is concerned.

    1. EP sorry to be late responding to this. You always make some decent points. I hate to say it, but I don’t think that there is a ton that can be fixed at this juncture. Our Oline and lack of a blocking TE (or even fullback H-Back) is what it is, and something the team will have to work through the rest of this season and into next season. Tyler Brown not being eligible and David Connors getting hurt, probably really hurt & not enough depth. Not sure if they would have been the magic bullet though. Perhaps Shumer being down there could help some, but it will be incremental improvement. They just need to get some good series gain confidence and get some swagger back.

      Specifically, at TE we just do not have the bodies. Traore looked like the guy, then he just was not it. Might not be him, but not enough experience and maybe a lack of mean streak as a blocker. I think we found that he was a real project. He stayed in the portal for quite a while. Harrison has played admirable and catches well, but D’s have adjusted to taking that quick throw away.

      I would say BL had a scheme but he and the entire staff overestimated the Oline and how fast opposing defenses would catch-up to what we were doing/trying to do. The value of film. At the start of the season, I would say our scheme was predicated on spreading out the opposing D out and getting the ball into space with our play-makers and also going up tempo. Using RPO and play-action, coupled with a lethal short passing game with YAC. Given the depth a WR (probably biggest strength on the team), it was going to somewhat pass happy anyways. Those Dylan Edwards screens v. TSU were akin to a running play. I think McCaskill being hurt really hurt, but good to red-shirt until he is 100%. Not sure what happened with Smoke. For all the RBs, it is not like they are bad, they are just not getting the holes or attempts. I just think as more film became available, our weaknesses are really exposed and D’s have figured out players/plays to shut down. We cannot really spread out and run the ball inside facing a limited front. We can’t do RPO or play action because the line breaks down so early. Just a cluster.

      I’m not sure that I completely blame BL or the coaching staff, since they had to go full bore in installing whatever offense that they were going to use. It was not like we were going to have one basic vanilla offense for year 1, then do the real install for year 2. If we did that, we could be at 1-2 wins. However, there were some games where the play calling has not been good. For recruiting purposes, I think that they needed to showcase a bunch of different players, they have done that and some have stepped up.

      On this one, it is just going to be a process. Hate to say it but patience and letting it shake out is needed. We have been competitive the past 2 weeks, and I expect that to continue with hopefully 1-2 wins. The defense is coming along. The offense needs to make incremental progress, and just make enough plays to win.

      1. maybe I can answer a few of your questions.
        There were a number of transfer players I thought were questionable in the very beginning.
        Traore would have had to drink a dozen beers and get on the scale, before urinating, to get over 210. Blocking as a tight end wasnt his bag.
        Smoke came in as a backup in KY and I have some connections there that weren’t all that impressed. At 5’9″ and 215 (leverage) why wouldnt Smoke be a decent blocking back for Edwards or Hank? Why is a two RB backfield so impossible to install? Or even put one of them or one of our WRs in pre snap motion?
        Right now our run game consists of Edwards, sometimes Hank standing beside Shedeur for the handoff. Going wildcat with a RB would be quicker and more effective. That wouldnt be anywhere a long term solution but I guess I’m trying to point out the ridiculous current scheme situation.
        Its hard for me to accept straggling on with the same 3 play offense with no help for the O line for the rest of the season. As long as the O line is going to be a sieve, why not run a middle screen occasionally? Maybe they have and I missed it. WA did a beautiful job of that against USC.
        Even though, they werent P5. I was surprised the O line transfers turned out so bad. 2 of them were players for Lewis at Kent. He must have been surprised too. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Why isnt an available substitute O lineman or D lineman/OLB who can be a stop gap blocking back for a pass play. Right now every little bit can help.
        Right now I see WSU as the only possible win for this team. The bowl is gone. All the folks who like to point out how much better it was than last season are correct but it seems with just some simple adjustments that never came a bowl should have been obtainable. If you cant make simple adjustments in practice as season progresses you wonder about game time adjustments as well.

        1. Great insight on a those guys. Agree with Smoke, and using a 2 back set… I think they tried Amari McNeil or one DL in the early games, but whoever that is I think is now in the top-6 Dline rotation. Even with Passarello hurt and they could not find a blocking TE, surprised they did not look for a GT FB/HB if one existed, just to give another blocking body option in the backfield. Heck, even run RPO out of 2 back set with the blocking back going where-ever…. Seems like they really wanted to feature a bunch of the WRs.

          Wildcat too, but I have not seen that CU has a player that can move the pile for a short gain, even Wilkenson, who is big body. Hank runs hard, but is not necessarily a pile mover. TH would be dynamic back in WC, but you can’t get him hurt. Who knows, QB Weisman?

          I’m still holding out hope to somehow get to a bowl but doubtful. Hopeful, they might catch lightning and hope that AZ is in for a down game. They have played great, but as a team they have not got there yet. WSU looks possible, but the Buffs usually stink on the Palouse. We will be heavy underdogs with Utah and will not line up well, but maybe they lose a few games and let down given they have little to play for? EMBO did beat them, for one of our few Pac-12 wins on the road.

          The last thing that I’ll say is that I am very surprised this team has not been able to ride the sellout CU crowd energy at home. In College football, I find most teams can ride their home crowd to a degree, even without a sell-out. CU did it with Nubs. CSU and USC they came out flat. Stanford they played a half. Then OSU with the defense keeping them close, I am shocked play-calling aside that the Oline/offense could not get motivated in just riding the crowd energy on a few possessions.

    2. Ep you hinted at something re OC Lewis quite a number of weeks ago. I totally agree, SCHEME is barely evident in the CU Offense. We’ve played some teams where it is pretty clear that a lot of coaches have done a lot more with their O with most likely less skilled players than the Buffs now have.

  6. I just hope deion realizes he made a mistake and bets Sean Lewis back. Shurmur experiment not only failed but was an embarrassing talking point nationally.

    Also for God’s sake bench Dylan Edwards and make a TE or RB chip block to help LT GeraldLichtenhan.

    And tell shaduer to throw the ball out of bounds for once. Hard to run the ball on second and twenty after Shadeur takes a sack every other first down

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