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Colorado-Wyoming Notes
Release: September 19, 2009
By: CUBuffs.com

Quickly: WR Markques Simas finally saw his first action today, and started the game as well ... In addition to Simas seeing his first action, ILB Jon Major saw his first action on defense (he saw some special teams duty at Toledo), ILB Guy Sergent his first taste of college play on special teams and OG David Clark his first on the final play of the game ... TB Darrell Scott dressed for today's game but did not play due to a bruised knee that was aggravated in pregame ... There were nine possessions in the first quarter ...  Wyoming did not get its first first down until 11:14 remained in the second quarter (five consecutive three-and-outs preceded it) .... The last time CU held the opponent scoreless in the first half was on Nov. 10, 2007 when the Buffs led 21-0 at Iowa State (16 games) ... CU's last shutout was almost two years ago to the day, on Sept. 22, 2007 versus Miami-Ohio in Boulder (42-0; it was CU's most decisive win since that same game) ... Colorado allowed just 61 yards in the first half, and Wyoming netted zero yards on seven plays run in plus territory (50 on in) ... Wyoming ran 31 plays before  posting its first play in double digits, a 19-yard run by Carta-Samuels in the third quarter (and its first 20-yard plus play came on play No. 42)... WR Will Jefferson made his first career reception (3rd Qtr) ... Colorado is now 12-of-12 in the red zone in 2009 (10 TDs) ... CU was last shutout by Missouri last Oct. 25, with current Wyoming coach Dave Christensen's Tiger squad putting the entire first team D back in to preserve the shutout; today, CU had second-teamers in at most positions except the secondary ... CU had its most possession time (35:08) since its 14-13 win over Kansas State last October 18 (36:21) ... Colorado now leads the series 24-2-1; this was the 11th shutout (10 by CU) and the first since a 20-0 Colorado win in Laramie in 1946 ... Down in the Springs this morning, CU sophomore Kevin Kring shot an Eisenhower Blue course record 64 this morning in the first round of the AFA Falcon Invitational.

NIGHT & DAY Colorado allowed 624 yards on defense in last week's 54-38 loss at Toledo.  Today, Wyoming gained 230, or 394 yards less than CU permitted in its previous game.  The 12 all-time week-to-week differences of 300-plus yards in CU history:

Season Opponent (Yards) Next Opponent (Yards) Difference
1980 Oklahoma (875) Drake (347) 528
1981 Nebraska (719) Oklahoma State (238) 481
1946 Texas (594) Utah State (127) 467
1971 Oklahoma (670) Missouri (225) 445
1949 Oregon (515) Utah State (109) 406
2009 Toledo (624) Wyoming (230) 394
1984 Missouri (639) Iowa State (274) 365
2003 Colorado State (585) UCLA (243) 342
1999 San Jose State (507) Kansas (172) 335
1959 Oklahoma (476) Kansas State (156) 320
1974 Oklahoma (641) Missouri (331) 310
1992 Nebraska (428) Iowa State (118) 310

THIRD DOWN SCROOGES Colorado State was 3-of-4 on third down early in the season opener, and then finished the game 0-of-10; Wyoming opened today 0-of-11, meaning opponents missed on 21 consecutive third down tries at Folsom.  On the year, opponents are just 14-of-47 on third down (29.8).

NIGHT & DAY II  The win marked the second best effort in Colorado history in terms of posting a shutout in relation to point allowed the previous game:

Season Opponent (Score) Nex Opponent (Score) Difference
1946 Texas (L, 0-76) Utah State (W, 6-0)

76

2009 Toledo (L, 38-54) Wyoming (W, 24-0) 54
1977 Oklahoma (L, 14-52) Kansas State (W, 23-0) 52
1992 Nebraska (L, 7-52) Oklahoma State (W, 28-0) 52
1929 Utah (L, 0-40) Denver (T, 0-0) 40

NIGHT & DAY III  Wyoming had all of five plays (out of 71) that gained10 or more yards (and just 3 of 20+ after allowing 16 in the first two games).  Those five plays picked up 111 yards; thus on the season, the opponent has 29 plays for 899 yards; the other 170 have netted just 331 (or 1.9 per play). 

WR SCOTTY MCKNIGHT (5-77, 1 TD RUSHING) has now caught a pass in 27 consecutive games, tying the school regular season record set by Charles E. Johnson between 1991 and 1993 (including the 2007 Independence Bowl, McKnight has caught a pass in every collegiate game he has played; Johnson's streak including bowls was 29; CU is one of a handful of schools that does not include bowl stats for such records).  He also moved from 16th to 11th all-time in receiving yards at CU (1,234); he passed Jon Embree (1,166), D.J. Hackett (1,194), Darrin Chiaverini (1,199), Ron Brown (1,217) and Marcus Stiggers (1,223) today.  He moved into eighth in receptions with 109, passing Daniel Graham (106). 

TB RODNEY STEWART (32-127, 2 TD)  The diminutive back enjoyed his fourth career 100-yard rushing game.  He has 887 career yards, zooming from 69th to 53rd on CU's all-time list.

P MATT DiLALLO (6-47.7, 57, 1 IN20) He enjoyed the third best overall day of his career, and was spectacular on punts inside-the-CU 20.  He had three for 166 yards, or a 55.3 average in those situations to get CU out of trouble.

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