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Game Day! … Buffs remain confident: “We all know what we can do. We’ve just got to execute” … Neill Woelk’s Five Keys to the UCLA Game … DiStefano: “I’m very confident about where we’re going to end up with media rights” …

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Pac-12 Notes – UCLA Week

//posted 9.24.2022
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Game Day! … UCLA Preview: Five Players to Watch … UC Regents meet: No public action taken on UCLA … Bettors jumping on Oregon State after USC initially listed as a two-touchdown favorite … Northwest Pac-12 teams 11-1; all four are Pac-12 contenders …

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Rashaan Salaam HOF celebration Saturday … CU history repeating itself this weekend (from 1980, or 1994)? … Two positive CU stats (honest) … CU loves playing UCLA in Pac-12 openers … What have WSU and OSU done which hasn’t happened since 1915? …

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Dorian Thompson-Robinson torched CU defenses in the past, and the current CU defense has demonstrated no reason to believe they will be able to contain him this year … The Bruins may be groggy for the 11:00 a.m. (PT) kickoff, and may be looking past CU to their Friday night game against Washington, but will that be enough for CU to keep it close? … Let’s find out …

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Can the Buffs stop DTR, who has almost 1,200 yards of total offense in four games against CU? … Can the CU offense find its way to double digit scoring? … Oh, and about the firing of Herm Edwards – Will Karl Dorrell be next? …

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It’s becoming painfully clear that CU is not faring well in the new age of the Transfer Portal and NIL … Does it have to be that way? It doesn’t … But until or unless CU finds a way to bring in – and retain – quality players and coaches, expecting more than what we have is a Christmas wish which will go unfulfilled …

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CU has a 2-4 record on 10/24 … 1987: Buffs give No. 1 Oklahoma all it can handle before falling, 24-6 … 1992: No. 9 CU dominates Kansas State, 54-7 … 2015: “We’re No. 1(1)” – A 17-13 road win over Oregon State leaves CU one rung above last in the Pac-12 …

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Buffs 2-2 on 10/3 … including an impressive debut at quarterback by Sal Aunese, who led the Buffs to a 29-16 win over CSU in Ft. Collins … Also: Before CU, no team had ever won four straight against Oklahoma in Norman, but in 1998, the Buffs made it FIVE straight road wins over the Sooners (including game video) …

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1995 … No. 4 CU traveled to Norman to face No. 10 Oklahoma without injured star QB Koy Detmer … Enter John Hessler, who threw for five touchdowns in a 38-17 rout … Essay – “Yo, Howard (Schnellenberger): Sit down and shut up” … No. 38 Player: QB Cody Hawkins …

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James Stefanou hit a 34-yard field goal in overtime to give Colorado its first lead of the game, and the defense made it stand up, as Isaac Armstrong’s 49-yard attempt for Nebraska sailed wide right, giving the Buffs an unlikely 34-31 overtime win over No. 25 Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers dominated play for most of the contest, taking a 17-0 lead into halftime before 52,829 fans in CU’s first sell-out since 2016. The Buffs didn’t score until only 1:42 remained in the third quarter, when a Jaren Mangham 11-yard run made it a 17-7 game. Mangham’s score touched off a frenetic fourth quarter, in which the teams combined for 38 points. A Steven Montez 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Brown with 46 seconds remaining in the game set the stage for CU’s dramatic win in overtime.

Steven Montez had a sluggish start to the game, but finished 28-for-41 for 375 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. K.D. Nixon led the receiving corps, with six receptions for 148 yards and an electrifying 96-yard touchdown – the longest touchdown in CU history – in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

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There are six undefeated teams remaining in the Pac-12, with neither named Washington or Oregon … With wins against rivals Colorado State and Nebraska in the bank, how to the Buffs rate? … The conference will have three non-conference games against ranked foes this weekend …

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“Trust the Process”

//posted 9.8.2019

Mel Tucker has told his team: “We’re going to be steady and we’re going to work and trust the process” … The Buffs did just that in overcoming a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat Nebraska in overtime … which made the win over the hated Huskers all the more delicious …

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