Top 40 of the Past 40 – No. 23


Posts Tagged ‘Nelson Spruce’

2007 – Buffs take on No. 3 Oklahoma, and rally from a 17-point deficit to take down the Sooners, 27-24 … Kevin Eberhart hits a 45-yarder as time expires for the win … Essay: “They think they can win” … Player No. 23 – Wide receiver Nelson Spruce (2012-15) …

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CU at the NFL Draft

//posted 4.30.2016

SEC leads in draft picks for 10th-straight season … Five Buffs sign free agent contracts … CU shut out of the NFL draft in consecutive years for 2nd time ever

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Utah 20, Colorado 14

//posted 11.30.2015

GAME STORY … November 28th – Salt Lake City, Utah … Buffs finish the 2015 season the same way they started it, with missed opportunities leaving the Buffs just short of a victory

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Missed field goals, turnovers, and poor execution in the red zone – issues which had plagued the Buffs all season – turned an otherwise close game into a rout, as No. 24 Washington State defeated Colorado, 27-3. The Cougars out-gained the Buffs, 481 yards to 323, with WSU quarterback Luke Falk going 27-for-35 for 199 yards and a touchdown before being knocked out of the game late in the third quarter.

Cade Apsay, making his first career start, went 26-for-40 for 238 yards, but was intercepted twice, was forced to fall on low snaps, and was sacked three times. Nelson Spruce collected 10 catches for 120 yards, and Phillip Lindsay had 16 carries for 78 yards, but none of the Buffs could come through when it mattered most. The Buffs went 5-of-16 on third downs, and 1-of-5 on fourth downs, falling to 4-8, 1-7 on the season.

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GAME STORY … November 7th, Boulder … Stnaford’s Christian McCaffrey had a successful homecoming to the state of Colorado, going for over 200 all-purpose yards in leading No. 9 Stanford to a 42-10 win over Colorado, as mistakes doom Buffs (again) … Stanford’s David Shaw: “Coach MacIntyre has done a phenomenal job here”

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No. 24 UCLA 35, Colorado 31

//posted 11.2.2015

GAME STORY … October 31st, Los Angeles … The Colorado offense was on the field for a school record 114 plays, ran up 554 yards of total offense, and held the ball 41:05 of game clock … and still lost to No. 24 UCLA, 35-31. Coach Mike MacIntyre: “A couple balls bounced the wrong way, but the kids are still fighting” …

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Colorado 17, Oregon State 13

//posted 10.26.2015

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau throws for one touchdown and runs for another, with the Buff defense making that stand up for a 17-13 win over Oregon State. The victory allowed the Buffs to snap school-record losing streaks, both in conference games (14) and conference road games (13).

Liufau threw for only 140 yards, and the Buffs were out-gained by the Beavers, 401 yards to 328, but after Liufau scored on a four yard run early in the fourth quarter to give Colorado a 17-10 lead, the Buff defense made it stand up, holding Oregon State to three points in their final four drives of the game.

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Arizona 38, Colorado 31

//posted 10.18.2015

Arizona used two drives of over 90 yards to tie the game and then take the lead in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 38-31 over Colorado to spoil the Buffs’ homecoming. Wildcat running back Jared Baker went for a career-high 207 yards as Arizona went for 616 total yards of total offense.

The Buffs finished with 468 yards of total offense of their own, and even had the advantage in total yards in the third quarter before going on a drought of five straight punts to allow Arizona to take control of the game. Sefo Liufau went 27-for-42 for 340 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, but again failed to make connections in crucial situations.

Wide receiver Shay Fields had eight catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns, but had six of those catches for 131 yards in the first half before being shut out in the second half until the Buffs were down by two scores. Phillip Lindsay had 23 carries for 91 yards, but, as was the case with Fields, was largely unused/ineffective in the second half when the Buffs were trying to maintain or even expand their 24-17 lead.

The loss dropped CU to 3-4, 0-3, representing the Buffs’ 14th consecutive conference loss, tying a school record and extending the longest current such streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Oregon 41, Colorado 24

//posted 10.4.2015

In a game delayed over an hour due to lightning concerns, Oregon ran for 361 yards in pulling away from Colorado late, winning 38-24 in a game which ended after midnight. Two Ducks ran for over 100 yards, with Royce Freeman going for 163 yards and two touchdowns and Taj Griffin adding 109 yards and a score.

The Colorado offense, which struggled to run the ball all night (77 yards) relied on its passing game to stay with the Ducks. Quarterback Sefo Liufau went 25-for-42 for 230 yards and a score, but he also threw an interception and had a crucial third quarter fumble which led to Oregon’s first two-score of the night in the third quarter.

The Buffs (3-2,0-1), who had been out-scored by an average score of 54-10 in their four previous Pac-12 encounters with the Ducks, held leads of 14-7 and 17-14, and were tied at 17-all at the break, but were not able to keep up with the Oregon offense in the second half. For the game, Oregon posted 537 yards of total offense, to just 307 for the Buffs.

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Colorado 48, Nicholls 0

//posted 9.28.2015

Colorado posted its first shutout in six seasons, with the defense holding Nicholls to 166 total yards in a 48-0 rout in Boulder. The Buffs went for 636 yards themselves in posting a third consecutive victory for the first time since 2008.

Two Buffs went for over 100 yards rushing on the sunny afternoon, with Phillip Lindsay going for 113 yards (almost all in the first half) and two touchdowns, with Donovan Lee posting 103 yards on ten carries, including a great 59-yard touchdown run in late in the third quarter. Sefo Liufau did throw for 227 yards and a score, but overthrew several receivers which could have given the Buffs an even larger first half cushion.

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Colorado 48, UMass 14

//posted 9.12.2015

GAME STORY … September 12th, Boulder … The Minutemen stay with the Buffs for the better part of a half, but a crucial interception sets off a 34-0 run by the Buffs … Mac: “I know it’s just one game, but I believe in this football team”

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Preseason Magazines

//posted 7.27.2015

CU at ASU … From the perspective of the Sun Devils … CU v. Arizona – From the perspective of the Wildcats

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