Today in the bag, I'm talking the letdown in Los Angeles, the upcoming football schedule, and the Banana Stand doing Banana Standy things.
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Momentum lost in the City of Angeles -
If there was any short-term momentum generated by a string of strong performances in the opening weeks of the season, it seemed to have disappeared entirely for Colorado's weekend roadtrip to Southern Cal. Given an extra week to prepare, the Buffs came out weak and flat against their much more heralded foe, shooting themselves repeatedly in the foot throughout a disastrous first quarter. They would play the Trojans even the rest of the way, but, by the time they could regroup, it was far too late to mount a serious challenge. As a result, CU bowed out meekly, losing 56-28 in the Coliseum.
|CU had a hard time slowing down the USC attack on Saturday. From: the Post|
It was a damn carbon copy of modern efforts against Southern Cal. Their QB went off for a record day (this year it was Cody Kessler's turn, throwing for a school record seven touchdown passes in only three quarters of action), CU waited til it was far too late to put up a fight, and the game was well over by the end of the second quarter. In total, the Trojans out-gained the Buffs by 130 yards, including the production of nearly nine yards per play. However you want to look at it, this game was a return to the worst aspects of the previous three years.
|Kessler sure had himself a day.|
Upcoming schedule update -
UCLA 36 - Cal 34 -
The Bruins managed to use their road trip north to get up off the mat after two-straight weeks of homestand frustration. Against a shaky Cal defense, UCLA turned to Brett Hundley (who else?) to spur a prolific offensive attack. The one-time Heisman hopeful threw for 330 yards and two scores while running for 94 and one more touchdown. Overall, his team would put up 567 total yards of offense, which is pretty impressive considering that they were only 2-13 on third down.
|UCLA survived a scare in Berkeley|
Washington 20 - Oregon 45 -
No surprises here, as the Huskies were rolled by the Ducks. Oregon has now won 11-straight in this series, closing the gap on what was once a very one-sided Washington lead. UO's freshman running back Royce Freeman lead the way, rushing for 169 yards and four scores, which allowed many of the fans (and reporters) in attendance to leave early.
|UW just couldn't keep up with the Ducks in Eugene.|
Arizona - bye week -
The Wildcats hit the bye fresh off of a traumatic last-second defeat at the hands of the USC Trojans. The UofA had been the league's lone remaining unbeaten squad, but may have relinquished control of the South Division with that one.
|The Wildcats are a missed field goal away from still being perfect.|
The Banana Stand continues to produce -
There's always money in the Banana Stand, and this weekend was no different as CU's harriers took pre-nationals by storm in Terre Haute, IN. Said Coach Wetmore, “It was as pretty good day overall. The course was heavy and slow due to recent rains and long grass, so the times were not what we have run here in the past, but positions are what matter and the women looked good and the men looked good.”
The seemingly unbeatable men's team lead the way by easily claiming a collective first in their race. Running in their traditional pack, the Buffs slotted five finishers in the top-12 to tally only 31 team-points - beating Pac-12 rival Oregon by 56. Senior Blake Theroux paced the squad with a second-overall finish, just a second and a half behind the first finisher. His teammates followed quickly on his heels, however, giving Colorado more than enough cushion to claim the team title. Given this result, there's no doubt in my mind that the Buffs will remain the nation's unanimous #1 for at least the rest of the month.
|Strong running from Theroux helped CU claim another team event.|
The Buffs will have a few weeks to prepare for their next competition, the Pac-12 Championships in Oakland. Based on the results here, there's a decent chance that the squad could earn another conference double on Halloween. Go get 'em, Banana Stand!