CU VS. RANKED TEAMS CU snapped a 14-game losing streak against top 25 opponents, as its last win had been a 21-16 over No. 22 Missouri on Nov. 8, 2003); Colorado’s last win over a top 5 team came on Dec. 1, 2001, also against a No. 3 (a 39-37 win over Texas in the Big 12 title game. CU had dropped six straight to top 5 teams since). CU’s last win over a top 5 opponent when the Buffs were unranked was a significant win in the Bill McCartney era: Oct. 25, 1986, CU bested No. 3 Nebraska in
COMEBACK CU’s rally from 17 down tied the fourth largest comeback in school history; it was the biggest in a decade, when CU came back from 18 down (35-17) at Iowa State to win 43-38 on Nov. 8, 1997; the two ahead of these pair came on Oct. 28, 1978 (CU won at Missouri, 28-27 after trailing 27-7); and on Oct. 7, 1961, when the Buffs rallied from a 19-0 deficit against Kansas in Boulder to win, 20-19.
FIRST STARTS Two players made their first career starts, both true freshmen: WR Kendrick Celestine and OG Kai Maiava. In Maiava’s case, he became the first true frosh OL to do since OG Brian Daniels in 2003; he is also just the eighth true freshman O-lineman to start a game at CU since frosh became eligible to play again in 1973. All eight were guards.
227 AND COUNTING
Defense IS FOR REAL Oklahoma netted just 230 yards on offense—since Arizona State had 402 on Sept. 8, the Buffs have allowed just 590 in the last three games (196.7 per). OU was also just 1-of-9 on third down, and since the third quarter of the CSU game (after the Rams opened 9-of-12), the opponent has converted on third down just 12-of-61 times.
WR DUSTY SPRAGUE. CU’s senior wide receiver became the 19th player in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards, doing so on CU’s second play of the game when he caught a 15-yard pass for a first down (he entered the game needing 12 to reach the plateau). He added his third career TD reception in the fourth quarter which tied the game. He had 2 catches for 30 yards, upping his career numbers to 84 receptions for 1,018 and three scores.
FOURTH DOWN “TD” Senior TE Tyson DeVree is utilizing his initials to the max this season, as he now has four touchdown catches in 2007. Three of those have come on fourth down plays—11 yards against
SPEAKING OF CODY QB Cody Hawkins has a touchdown pass in his first five career games; when researching to see what the record was, it was determined he set it last week. The old best had been three twice: Mike Moschetti (in 1998) and Bobby Pesavento (2000).
TB HUGH CHARLES. CU’s senior tailback had the seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career (24-110, 1 TD), to go with 123 yards last week against
PK KEVIN EBERHART His career-long 45-yard field goal came with 0:00 on the clock, just the second game winning kick of such nature in school history (not including one in overtime, which he made earlier this year to beat