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Colorado-Utah Notes

Courtesy: CUBuffs.com
Release: November 23, 2012
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Colorado finishes the year with a 1-11 record (1-8 in the Pac-12), including an 0-6 record at home, its first winless season ever at Folsom Field and first since going 0-1-2 at Gamble Field on campus in 1920 … Utah finished 5-7 (3-6 Pac-12), 1-5 on the road … CU now leads the series 31-25-3 (16-11-1 in Boulder; 1-1 in Pac-12 play) … CU’s 35 points were the third most scored on Utah, which allowed 38 to USC and 37 to Arizona State; the downside for CU is that the Buffs are now 213-6 when scoring 35 or more … It was CU’s most points at home this season, matched the total in the 35-34 win at Washington State and were the second-most in Jon Embree’s 25 games (behind 48-29 win over Arizona in 2011) … Colorado led in the second half today for the first time since taking the lead with 9 seconds to go at Washington State (eight games ago; a span of 454:23 … Utah was 3-of-12 on third down (opened 0-for-8), same as Washington last week, so the CU defense ended the year holding the opponent to 6-of-24 (25%) … The Buffs came close today, but ended the year with a string of 221 passes by the opponent without an interception (dating back to ILB Jon Major’s fourth quarter pick at Washington State) … CU’s defense posted a high in opponent 3-and-outs; it came into the game with 24 but had 5 today … Feast-or-Famine: Utah ran 42 plays in plus territory for 204 yards, gaining 189 yards on 30 plays on six scoring drives; the other times in CU territory, 12 plays netted 15 yards … The last kickoff return against CU for a touchdown was also a momentum buster—Rashad Ross returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for Arizona State, after CU had closed to 20-17 late in the first half … Colorado scored in every quarter for the first time this year (last done vs. Arizona in Game 11 of 13 last year) … CU’s five turnovers led to 24 Utah points … Touchdown drive combined lengths: CU 4 (304 yards, 76.0 yards), Utah 4 (168 yards, 42.0) … So much for Vegas: the Buffs came in surprisingly 22-point underdogs. Oops.

DONTA ABRON (14-84, 1 TD)
He rushed for a career high, besting the 83 he had at Arizona; with TB Christian Powell out, he had the brunt of the work. The two combined for 947 yards, the third most yards by a freshman tandem in school history:

Season Yards Players
1991 1,131 Lamont Warren (830), Kent Kahl (301)
2008 965 *—Rodney Stewart (622), Darrell Scott (343)
2012 947 *—Christian Powell (691), Donta Abron (256)
1986 892 O.C. Oliver (668), Erich Kissick (224)
1987 840 Eric Bieniemy (508), Michael Simmons (332)
(*—true freshman combos)

His 100-yard kickoff return was the 10th 100-yard play in school history (seven kickoff, three interception). He concludes his freshman year with 21 KO returns for 549 yards (26.1 avg.), the first freshman to lead the Buffs in kickoff returns since CB Ben Kelly in 1997. The last kickoff return for a TD by a Colorado player was by Brian Lockridge at Oklahoma State (Nov. 19, 2009; 98 yards). CU’s 100-yard plays:

Yards Player, Opponent, Site, Date (*—opening kickoff of game)
100 Byron White vs. Denver at Denver, Nov. 26, 1936 (TD).
100 *Cliff Branch vs. Kansas in Boulder, Nov. 7, 1970 (TD).
100 *Billy Waddy vs. Kansas State in Boulder, Nov. 22, 1975 (TD).
100 Howard Ballage vs. Nebraska in Boulder, Oct. 21, 1978 (TD).
100 Walter Stanley vs. Oklahoma in Boulder, Oct. 4, 1980 (TD).
100 *Ben Kelly vs. Missouri in Boulder, Oct. 9, 1999 (TD).
100 Marques Mosley vs. Utah in Boulder, Nov. 23, 2012 (TD).

Yards Player, Opponent, Site, Date
100 Dick Kearns vs. Denver at Denver, Nov. 24, 1938 (TD).
100 Johnny Zeigler vs. Colorado Mines in Boulder, Sept. 26, 1942 (TD).
100 Steve Rosga vs. Oklahoma State in Boulder, Oct. 12, 1996 (TD).

  • DE Will Pericak topped off his career by starting all 49 games in his career; that means he set records for most consecutive starts (any player) and most starts by a player, overall and on defense. He also became the ninth full-time defensive lineman (DT/DE) to record 200 career tackles (finished with 205).
    Postgame he was presented with the 15th Annual Buffalo Heart Award, as selected by the fans behind the bench.
  • QB Nick Hirschman (51-30-4, 307, 1 TD). He had career highs in all (Att-Com-Int, matched TD high). He did, however become the first CU quarterback to throw 4four interceptions in a game in 15 years (John Hessler, four at Michigan on 9/13/97).  
    WR Nick Spruce (10-99, 1 TD) had his career high for receptions (had 8 twice previously), and just missed out on his second 100-yard game. He earned seven first downs.
  • P Darragh O’Neill (4-42.5, 2 In20) finished the year with 76 punts for 3,307 yards, 43.5 avg., 25 inside-the-20; that tied the season mark for punts with Art Woods (76 in 1981), broke his own mark for yards (3,152 last year) and set a new mark for inside-the-20 kicks (John Torp had 24 in 2005).

Rushing: Christian Powell, Fr. (158 att/691 yds/7 TD)
Note: Powell is just the fifth freshman to lead CU in rushing.
Passing: Jordan Webb, Jr. (265-144-8, 1434 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Nelson Spruce, Fr.-RS (44 rec./447 yds/10.2/3 TD)
Note: Spruce is just the third freshman to lead CU in receiving.
Scoring: Will Oliver, Soph. (28-28 PAT/6-8 FG/46 points)

DT Josh Tupou (sprained ankle) and SS Terrell Smith (knee bruise); both probable for Colorado State in Denver next Aug. 31.


Utah Notes

Reggie Dunn added to his NCAA record 100-yard kickoff returns with the fifth of his career in the fourth quarter. He also holds the NCAA record for 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season (4). Dunn holds the school record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season with four, and in a career with five.

John White had 168 rushing yards (20 carries). He added to the school record for career 100-yard games with the 14th of his career. He has six 100-yard games this season.

John White has 1,041 rushing yards for the season. He is the second running back in Utah history with two 1,000-yard seasons (joining Eddie Johnson, 1984 and ’86) and is the first to accomplish the feat in back-to-back seasons. It is the 13th, 1,000-yard rushing season in school history.

John White ranks sixth in Utah history with 2,560 career rushing yards.

John White scored his 23rd career rushing touchdown with an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter, pulling even for fourth all-time with Mark Stevens (1983-84) and Eddie Wide (2007-10).

Travis Wilson scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season with a nine-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Wilson was 13-of-25 for 128 yards passing with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Dres Anderson scored his third touchdown of the season in the first quarter on a 16-yard catch.

Kelvin York scored his third touchdown of the season with a four-yard run in the second quarter. York was playing for the first time since an injury against Cal, missing three games. He had 10 carries for 25 yards.

Kenneth Scott led Utah in receiving with four catches for 36 yards. Luke Matthews recorded three catches for 34 yards.

Utah had four interceptions in a game for the first time this season, and the most since the Utes had four picks against

Washington State in 2011. Trevor Reilly had his first career interception in the first quarter. Eric Rowe had his first interception of the season and the second of his career in the second quarter. Mo Lee had his first interception of the season and the fourth of his career in the fourth quarter. Brian Blechen had his first interception and the eighth of his career in the fourth quarter. Utah had four total interceptions for the season coming into the game.

Joe Kruger blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter, the first of his career.

V.J. Fehoko and Nate Fakahafua each had seven tackles to lead Utah. It was a career high for Fehoko.

Coleman Peterson went 2-for-2 in field goals, with makes of 21 and 37 yards. Peterson is 5-for-5 in field goals over

Utah’s last four games, and 8-of-13 for the season.

Tom Hackett dropped four of his five punts inside the 20-yard line. He has 15 punts inside the 20-yard line for the season.  

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