|A grand view, even if I took a painful route to get there.|
Today in the bag, I'm talking the loss to the Bruins, the upcoming schedule, and the game of telephone that was me hearing about the basketball scrimmage.
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Another heartbreaker in Folsom -
On a picture-perfect Homecoming Saturday, the Buffs played one of their better games this year, pushing #25 UCLA to the brink. However, as has repeatedly been the case this year, the heart and effort the team showed throughout the contest was not enough to overcome critical errors to edge them into the win column. As a result, the Bruins were allowed to escape Boulder with a 40-37 double-overtime victory they did not deserve.
The out-of-the-tunnel blues continued to plague Colorado, as UCLA out-scored them 20-0 in the first and third quarters. All told in those frames, CU only notched 107 of their 500 total yards, punted eight times, and threw and interception. It wasn't much better on defense, where UCLA moved the ball freely, including a 92-yard run on their first official play from scrimmage. Seriously, why does it always take 15 minutes of action before this team is finally able to settle in? Is it an option to not take a halftime break?...
|CU played well, but still ended up on the wrong side of the scoresheet. From: the BDC|
Speaking of management, Coach Mac has, at times this season, been playing for check, rather than checkmate. Continuing to string out the final possessions into overtime may be the textbook answer, but, staring 2-10 in the face, I was hoping he would've taken a few more risks to end the game on Colorado's terms. By kicking field goals on the final three possessions, all the Buffs did was give Brett Hundley and the Bruins three chances to steal a game they did not deserve to win. If, on any of those drives, Mac puts the pedal down, maybe the Buffs still lose, but they at least they would've done it trying to win the game, rather than just extend it. MacIntyre turned to the old adage of 'play for the tie' at home, and probably cost his team a shot at a defining win, in the process.
|So close, yet still so far away. From: the BDC|
Upcoming schedule update -
Washington 10 - ASU 24 -
In a league all about obscene scoring, it was weird to watch this one. Only 575 yards of combined offense, two conventional touchdowns scored, and 12 total sacks absorbed. What is this, 2002?
Arizona 59 - WSU 37 -
24 unanswered points to start the game was really all Arizona needed, as the opening salvo quieted the Pullman crowd, and put the Cougars on their heels from the onset. After a minor outburst from the home side, three more unanswered TDs in the third quarter sealed the deal. The win allows 'Zona to keep pace with ASU and Utah in the muddled race for the Pac-12 South division crown.
|The Wildcats easily hurdled the Cougars.|
Oregon 59 - Cal 41 -
Just another weeknight Pac-12 game, just another 1,150 yards of combined offense. Good Tad, the defenses do struggle in this league! Oregon won the way they do so often, by swarming their opponent with a flood of points. This time it was a 24-point run from the end of the first quarter through midway through the second. Heisman contender Marcus Mariota was the hero here, as he threw for 326 yards and five scores.
|Mariota continued to shine against the Bears|
Basketball scrimmage -
I wasn't able to attend the Saturday morning basketball scrimmage, due the the alumni band schedule, so I've been playing catch-up all weekend. From hearsay, the public articles from the assembled media, and the opinions of those I trust, I've pieced together a rough sketch of what happened at the CEC before the UCLA game, and... it's confusing as hell. The stories contradict, some statements make absolutely no sense, and I'm starting to question if there even was a scrimmage in the first place, or if it was all a figment of everyone's imagination.
Take the efforts of Xavier Talton. Coach Boyle was glowing in praise of the point guard's performance in the Black team's 49-39 win over Gold. "Xavier Talton I thought really was kind of the glue guy that made the difference for the Black team. [...] (He) really got his team going and made simple plays. I like guys who just make the game simple." Compare that with the comments of someone I really trust, "(Talton) was just....there. He didn't do anything. He didn't run the show. He didn't play well, he just existed. It was odd." Or, how about Freshman Dom Collier, who has been shaking off an ankle injury, and so didn't play in the scrimmage at all (instead, apparently, riding the trainer's bike). One poster on AllBuffs said his size alone lead him to believe that a redshirt season was on the way (*cue a rimshot*), without even having seen him take the court. In fact, about the only thing people seem to be able to agree upon is that Brett Brady, who hit a few shots, is the next Jimmer and should be starting (sure, why not?).
*sigh* The classic game of telephone.
This is what I was afraid of. I'm really eager to get a sneak peek at what the team has been working on over the offseason, from strength and fitness to shooting and the new offense, yet, all I get is a mish-mash of views that confuse more than they inform. I just have to comfort myself with the knowledge that all scrimmages lie, even if I had seen this one in person, and that the only way to truly gauge this team's progress will be to watch their opening performances once the curtain raises.