Release: October 08, 2007
Quickly Colorado snapped a 7-game road losing streak (nine games outside of Colorado), as its last road win before tonight was Oct. 29, 2005 at Kansas State (23-20)... Colorado has opened 2-0 in the Big 12 for the sixth time in the 12-year history of the conference (previously done in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005)... CU also improved to 4-2 on the season; that would be the seventh time that the Buffs have opened 4-2 or better since the Big 12 began play in 1996 (5-1 in 1996, 1998 and 2001; 4-2 in 2002, 2004 and 2005)... Colorado’s 30-point first half was its highest since half leading Texas A&M 31-10 at intermission on Oct. 8, 2005... the 43 points were the most since a 44-13 win over Kansas that same season (Oct. 22) and were the second most points by the Buffs in the last 41 games... CU is now 19-4 the week after playing a top 5 team dating back to 1986... Colorado has now doubled its win total over last year’s 2-10 mark; it’s the 16th time in school history (118 seasons) that the Buffs will have at least doubled its win total from the previous season. This tied for the seventh quickest in doing so, but the second fastest in the last 75 seasons (1892, 1894, 1907, 1917, 1933, 1985)... Colorado now leads the all-time series with Baylor 9-6, ending a 2-game losing streak to the Bears, though outscoring the Bears 104-99 in the last three games...The 60 passing attempts by Baylor were the fifth-most ever against CU (the most since Texas Tech set the record of 65 against CU in 2002); the 36 completions tied for the third most... The last team to throw for over 400 yards against CU was Colorado State, with 403 in the 2004 season opener.
2-0 VS. THE SOUTH Tonight’s win clinched the season series against the South Division, the eighth time in 12 seasons CU will have done so. Colorado is now 20-15 all-time against the South in the regular season, second only to Nebraska’s 20-13 mark. The Buffs also have won the season series against the South in 1996 (3-0), 1998 (3-0), 1999 (2-1), 2000 (2-1), 2001 (2-1), 2002 (2-1) and 2005 (2-1).
WR DUSTY SPRAGUE (5-95, 1TD). Sprague came in with eight catches for 93 yards and almost equaled the yards on CU’s first scoring drive, as he caught three passes for 81 yards on CU’s 7-play, 82-yard possession to open the game.
FIRSTS TE Nate Solder made his first career start tonight... ILB Jordon Dizon made his first interception of his career, coming in the first quarter; DE Alonzo Barrett had his first career interception, and the first interception by a CU defensive lineman since DE Abraham Wright at Oklahoma State on Oct. 1, 2005... TB Cory Nabors saw his first career action, in the first half on kickoff coverage; DT Eric Lawson played for the first time as a Buff (in the fourth quarter).
PK KEVIN EBERHART His 54-yard field goal at the end of the half was a career best, topping the 45-yard effort against Oklahoma last Saturday which was the game winner as time expired. It was the 32nd field goal of 50 yards or longer in CU history, and tied for the 11th longest overall. It was the longest by a Buff other than Mason Crosby (13 50+) since Mitch Berger hit a 54-yard kick against Miami-Florida in Boulder on Sept. 25, 1993. It tied for the fourth longest on the road by a Buff, and tied CU’s longest in the state of Texas (Crosby had a 54-yard kick in the 2004 Houston Bowl).
—He tied the school record for field goals in a game with five, tying Jeremy Aldrich, who made five against Kansas on Sept. 18, 1999, in a 51-17 win.
—He became the seventh Buff to make four (or more) field goals in a game, joining Jeremy Aldrich, Mark Zetterberg, Tom Field, Mitch Berger, Jeremy Flores and Mason Crosby. He is just the second to make four in game with all of them being from 40 yards or longer, joining Aldrich, who made all FIVE of his kicks against Kansas in Boulder from between 40 and 49 yards. Eberhart’s collective distance of 181 yards for the four field goals is a CU record for four field goals in a game (old: 175, Crosby versus Iowa State in Boulder, Oct. 16, 2004).
228 AND COUNTING Colorado scored in its 228th consecutive game, adding to the fifth longest active streak in the nation; CU has now scored in 143 straight league games. It was the 159th time in the streak it was extended in the first quarter, the 94th time on the first possession.
100/100. This was the 27th time in CU history the Buffaloes had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game, the first time since it happened three times in 2004 (TB Hugh Charles 20-122 rush; WR Josh Smith 2-103 receiving).
TB HUGH CHARLES. CU’s senior tailback had the eighth 100-yard rushing game of his career (20-122, 0 TD), his third in a row; it’s the first time a Buff has done that in three straight games since TB Chris Brown had eight consecutive games reaching the century mark in 2002. He also became just the 16th player in school history to go over 2,000 yards in career rushing, finishing the game with 2,034. He moved from 19th into 15th all-time at CU, passing Tony Reed (1975-76; 1,938), John Bayuk (1954-56; 1,943), Carroll Hardy (1951-54; 1,999) and his position coach, Darian Hagan (2,007 yards between 1988-91). He is also now 21st in all-purpose yards (2,617).