Today in the bag I'll take a look back at what could've been Saturday, the epic afternoon produced by Tyler and P-Rich, the emergence of Will Oliver an eventful football weekend, and some disappointing news out of the basketball programing.
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Just not there yet - Well, Coach Embree is right about one thing: I'm proud of the way this team plays.
Mistakes abounded Saturday afternoon (especially the nearly 100 yards of penalties), but I enjoyed the way that team took the field. They played hard, with passion and energy, and never gave up. It was especially nice to show off for our new Cal brothers.
There were plenty of positive signs from Saturday afternoon. The O-line looked much better than it had against Hawai'i, in spite of a new round of injuries, and didn't allow a sack of workhorse QB Tyler Hansen. Overall the offense churned out nearly 600 yards of offense without turning the ball over. On defense, the Buffs got to the Cal QB 3 times, and also boasted a Jon Major interception. Additionally, the special teams unit, despite yet another kick-out-of-bounds and two blown roughing-the kicker calls, looked competent, blocking an extra point and executing all afternoon.
|CU just couldn't make the plays when needed to walk away winners. From: the BDC|
I continue to be concerned with the O-line; sure, they didn't allow a sack, but in the run game they looked incapable of getting any push, and Speedy was continually stymied at the line. Additionally, the defensive backfield was exposed Saturday as Cal knew exactly what to do down the stretch to victimize CU (that's the best way I can put it without naming names). Finally, those penalties were back-breaking; the Buffs either need to finally crack down on the flags (it's been an issue for 8 years now), or start bribing the refs.
|The defensive backfield couldn't contain Cal when it needed to. From: the BDC|
|They played their guts out, but victory still eluded CU and the dejected Tyler Hansen. From: the BDC|
Smashing records - While the Buffs ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard on Saturday, two Buffs had record breaking days. Both QB Tyler Hansen and WR Paul Richardson set school records for production in the loss.
|P-Rich spent most of the day running away from Cal defenders. From: the BDC|
Congrats to both on their stellar day. In honor of their achievements, I offer them this virtual beer:
The curse of Mason Crosby appears to be over - I had become convinced that former coach Gary Barnett had made a pact with the devil when he brought the great Mason Crosby to Boulder. The blight of Aric Goodman had soured my view of kickers in general, and I despaired of ever again seeing a Buff put it through the uprights with any consistency.
|Will has kicked as advertised. From: the BDC.|
Notes from around the nation -
Notre Dame @ Michigan - The first night game in the history of the Big House came down to a flurry of scoring. The Wolverines prevailed, shocking the Irish with a last second touchdown heave from Michigan QB Denard Robinson.
Fresno St @ Nebraska/BYU @ Texas - Couldn't help but root for the road 'dogs against old rivals. Nebraska and Texas prevailed, but both were given a good scare at home.
Northern Colorado @ CSU - The Rams beat the feisty UNC bears despite a rash of injuries that included an injury to defensive star Mychal Sisson. The series of injuries, combined with the rash of suspensions and demotions from the offseason, make for one banged-up and undermanned CSU squad.
Carolina @ Arizona - To all of the Cam Newton doubters (including myself) who thought he'd struggle in the NFL, pay attention to the 422 yards he put up against Arizona.
Cowboys @ Jets - Tony Romo did his best Brett Favre impression Sunday night, and gave the game to Jets with two 4th-quarter turnovers.
Cain wasn't to be - The seemingly unending stream of good news out of the CU men's basketball program has come to an end with the word that highly regarded power forward Damiene Cain won't be donning the black and gold afterall. The 6-7 freshman to be has decided to focus on academics, and has left the team. While I'm glad academics was the reason, and not some off-court disciplinary bullshit, I'm still disappointed that Buff Nation won't get the chance to see him grow in the CEC.
|If you're going to leave a program, it might as well be to focus on academics.|
Best of luck to Damiene, and I hope he kicks some serious ass in the classroom.