No. 14 Utah 63, Colorado 21


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No. 14 Utah 63, Colorado 21

//posted 11.27.2022

Colorado posted a grand total of one first down and 18 total yards of offense in the first half, leading to a 42-0 deficit at the break, with No. 14 Utah coasting to a 63-14 victory. The Buffs finished the season with a 1-11 record, joining the 2012 Jon Embree team as the only 11-loss teams in school history.

Utah quarterback Cam Rising threw for three first half touchdowns, completing 17-of-19 passes for 234 yards as the Buff defense couldn’t stop the Utes. At the break, Utah had 379 yards to CU’s 18, with 20 first downs, averaging almost ten yards per play. The Buff offense, meanwhile, went three-and-out in seven of eight first half drives, averaging less than a yard per play.

Redshirt freshman Maddox Kopp made his first career start at quarterback, completing 15-of-28 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown – a one-yarder to offensive lineman Frank Fillip on a tackle-eligible pass in the final minutes. In the decisive first half, however, Kopp was 5-of-14 for 26 yards, with the Buffs posting negative yardage rushing the ball. In the first two quarters, the Buffs had a total of 13 carries … for minus-eight yards.

“I don’t believe in moral victories normally, but tonight I did,” said CU interim head coach Mike Sanford, who finished with a 1-6 record in that role. “For that team, that locker room of players to not only not quit but actually go fight and put together a really good second half of football  speaks to exactly what’s going on in that group and in our business organization right now. It’s been fight. It’s been character. It’s been fighting through all the adversity that we continue to face.”

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Washington scored on its first three drives, then turned the game into a laugher as the Buffs surrendered 12 points in the final two minutes of the first half, giving the Huskies a 33-0 halftime lead on their way to a 54-7 domination of Colorado. Washington rolled to 575 yards of total offense, with the Buffs limping to 202 total yards.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had fairly pedestrian numbers, completing 19-of-31 passes for 229 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. The Husky rushing attack, though, was dominant, with 280 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Wayne Taulapapa led the way, with 11 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Colorado was completely inept on offense, with quarterback J.T. Shrout completing only six of 18 passes and 120 yards … with 69 yards coming on one play, a touchdown pass to Montana Lemonious-Craig late in the third quarter, when the the Buffs were already down 47-7.

“We wanted to keep (Penix) off the field as much as humanly possible,” interim CU coach Mike Sanford said. “We wanted to run the football and win this game in the trenches. But hats off to Washington. They were good up front and that led to us not capitalizing on the opportunities that we had. That’s a really good team. I think right now they’re playing as good of football as anybody in our conference.”

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Oregon State 42, Colorado 9

//posted 10.23.2022

Oregon State running back Damien Martinez ran for 178 yards on 22 carries, including three short scoring runs, as Oregon State embarrassed Colorado, 42-9. Beaver quarterback Ben Gulbranson completed 14-of-22 passes for 202 yards and two more scores as the Beavers accumulated 472 yards of total offense in the rout.

Quarterback J.T. Shrout, in for injured Owen McCown, completed 13-of-29 passes for 209 yards and two interceptions, including a pick six early in the third quarter which made it a 35-3 game, ending any chance of CU coming back from a 21-3 halftime deficit. Jordyn Tyson had 92 yards on three receptions, with all three catches coming in the second half after the outcome of the game had been decided. For the game, the CU offense was held to 290 yards of total offense, including only 84 rushing yards.

“Hats off, Oregon State’s a very good football team,” said CU interim head coach Mike Sanford, whose record fell to 1-1 since taking over for Karl Dorrell. “They’re the upper echelon of the Pac-12 Conference. We had our opportunities, but the margin is so small … and some of those things obviously caught up to us.”

“Looking at a loss like this, we know exactly what it is”, said linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, who led the team with 11 tackles, including three third down stops. “Before it was a lot of different fingers pointing a lot of different ways. A lot of different things were wrong. We could point okay, we didn’t do X, Y and Z correct. How can we get this better? What players can we put in better situations? How can we as players on the field, what can we do better with our coaches to make them more comfortable to call certain calls? So not really, its on us.”

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Five Arizona Players to Watch … CU President Saliman: “I expect excellence and I expect us to turn this around … We have work to do” … An important read (with video examples): Why CU can’t stop the run …

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Air Force 41, Colorado 10

//posted 9.10.2022

Buffs fumbled, stumbled and generally embarrassed themselves in a 41-10 loss to Air Force … The Buffs were out-gained, 443 yards to 162, with quarterback J.T. Shrout’s starting debut marred by three turnovers and missed opportunities … “Obviously, it was a disappointing performance” …

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Fall Camp Notes

//posted 8.28.2022

*Video: Karl Dorrell talks quarterbacks; injury updates* … Dorrell on QB’s: “We’ve decided to announce not to announce” … Buffs looking for great things from West Virginia transfer LB Josh Chandler-Semedo: “He’s a great player and a great guy” …

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Colorado Daily

//posted 8.27.2022

**CU Depth Chart released (no resolution at quarterback or tailback)** … Senior WR Maurice Bell back from injury: “I’m ready to prove everybody wrong” … *Video: OL Tommy Brown and WR RJ Sneed happy to be back practicing* …

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Preseason Magazines

//posted 8.22.2022

Final preseason projections from ESPN+ and Jon Wilner: CU a three-win team in 2022 … Associated Press Preseason poll released: Half of CU’s 2022 opponents receive votes … Pro Football Focus Preseason All-Pac-12 teams … CBS Preseason 1-131: Utah No. 4 (!); USC jumps 73 spots (?) … Neill Woelk: Five Reasons for Optimism … College Football News predicts the outcome of every Pac-12 game …

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Transfer Portal Tracker

//posted 8.2.2022

Transfer Portal Report Card: 88% of Power Five Transfers Find New Homes (But Only 32% at Another Power Five School) … The Athletic: Pac-12 Transfer Portal Winners and Losers (CU at least not a “loser”) … Interview: Andy Wang, CU assistant director of player personnel, talks about recruiting and roster management in the new age …

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In switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3, the CU defensive line may have gone from a liability to a strength … The linebacker corps picked up a much-needed experienced leader in Josh Chandler-Semedo … Will the defensive backfield be able to secure a similar experienced safety to fill the biggest remaining hole in the defense? …

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