Quickly: The Colorado Buffaloes (0-1, 0-0 Big 12 in 2008) have as short week following their season opening setback to Colorado State on Sunday, having to turn around in 120 hours and travel to Ohio to take on the Toledo Rockets (0-1, 0-0 MAC) in a 9:06 p.m. eastern time kickoff (7:06 MDT) ... CSU defeated the Buffaloes 23-17, while the Rockets lost their opener at Purdue, 52-31 ... The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Ron Franklin (play-by-play) and Ed Cunningham (analysis) to call the action (no sideline reporter) ... It will also be available on-line at ESPN360.com ... This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools, as this game was scheduled last March, when Miami-Ohio asked out of its end of the home-and-home with the Buffaloes so it could play Kentucky in Cincinnati last Saturday; Miami had visited CU in 2007. Both games ended in 42-0 losses for the RedHawks ... This is just the third game the Buffaloes will ever play in the state of Ohio; the previous two were at Ohio State, where the Buffs won 20-14 in 1971 and lost 13-10 in 1986 ... Colorado owns the nation's 22nd best record over the last 20-plus seasons, while Toledo owns the 23rd ... CU's last road game at a non-BCS school was in 1996 at Colorado State ... Freshman (true or redshirt) accounted for 95 starts over the last two seasons, the most in any two-year period in CU history; three redshirt frosh started versus Colorado State to up that total to 98 ... The Glass Bowl in Toledo seats 26,248; it will mark the first time CU will play in a stadium that seats under 40,000 since 1996 (Colorado State) and under 30,000 since 1966 (when Kansas State's Memorial Stadium sat 22,500 at the time) ... Visit CUBuffs.com/gameday as your one stop for everything, including live stats for all games.
Stat Of The Week: WR Andre Simmons' first career reception went for 44 yards when he hauled one in during the third quarter. That sent us to the record book to check the longest first receptions by a Buff in school history. Turned out it is the longest since 2002, when Jeremy Bloom had a catch-and-run play cover 94 yards against Kansas State.
Obscure Notes Of The Week: Looking inside the statistics, the defense didn't have a horrible game in the opener. CU did surrender five plays over 20 yards, four which covered 42 through 57 yards for a total of 215; that means CSU gained 161 on its other 57 plays from scrimmage (2.8). The Rams missed on their last 10 third down conversions, had four three-and-outs on its last six possessions (not including the game's final one where they kneeled down to run out the clock), and gained three or fewer yards on 34 of 59 plays (58%, again not include those three late kneeldowns).
Redemption: PK Aric Goodman, who set the dubious school record of eight straight field goal misses last season, opened up 2009 with a vengeance. His three kickoffs (not counting an onside try), all reached the end zone and the average CSU starting yardline for the trio was the 21. He nailed both PAT kicks and got the Buffs on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a career-best 54-yard field goal. That kick was one of dozen on opening weekend that went for 50 yards or longer.
For the complete CU notes package as well as those from Toledo, the Big 12 and the MAC, click on the links below:
- Colorado Football Notes
- Colorado Individual Notes
- Colorado Stats
- Colorado Depth
- Toledo Football Notes
- Toledo Stats
- Toledo Depth
- Big 12 Conference Notes
- Mid-American Conference Notes
- National Football Foundation -- Colorado Chapter Notes