u This is only Colorado’s seventh 0-2 start in conference play since the Buffs joined the Big Seven Conference in 1948, the second time in Big 12 play (joining 1997); other years were 1953, 1964, 1979, 1980 and 1981. This was also CU’s sixth straight loss to a Big 12 South Division team, four of which have come to the Oklahoma schools (OU three times, OSU once).
u Scoring Streaks. Small consolation (okay, none really), but the school record 189 consecutive games in which Colorado has scored is now the seventh longest active streak in the nation, as Texas had its NCAA-active best string of 282 come to an end today (the Longhorns were last shut out by Baylor in 1980). Though CU’s first score came after five straight scoreless quarters, the Buffs now own the longest Big 12 Conference streak, with Nebraska next at 106 (the Huskers play tonight); CU is the only Big 12 school to not be shutout since the conference was formed in 1996. The list of the 10 Division I-A schools that have scored in every game since at least the start of the 1993 season, through this afternoon’s games:
School Streak Last Shutout
Washington 270 Nov. 7, 1981 at UCLA (0-31)
Michigan 244 Oct. 20, 1984 at Iowa (0-26)
Washington State 232 Sept. 15, 1984 at Ohio State (0-44)
Oregon 226 Sept. 28, 1985 at Nebraska (0-63)
*Florida State 202 Sept. 3, 1988 at Miami (0-31)
*Florida 196 Oct. 29, 1988 vs. Auburn (0-16)
Colorado 189 Nov. 12, 1988 at Nebraska (0-7)
TCU 146 Nov. 16, 1992 at Texas (0-32)
*Nevada 144 All games: joined Div I-A in 1993
Air Force 140 #Dec. 31, 1992 vs. Mississippi (0-13)
(*—plays Saturday night; #—Liberty Bowl)
u Long Play. The 40-yard pass from Joel Klatt to Blake Mackey on the second play of the game was the longest play from scrimmage by the Buffs this season.
u Oklahoma State became the third team in a row to score a touchdown on the opening drive of the game against the Buffs; North Texas did it in two plays, Missouri in 12 plays and Oklahoma State in three.
u OSU led 21-0 at the half, and ran all of 1 play in Colorado territory for the half. The last time CU did not score in the first half was in the 2002 Big 12 Championship game, when the Buffs trailed Oklahoma, 13-0.
u Oklahoma State. The Cowboys may just have amassed their total offensive yardage (429) in one or the more unusual ways in recent memory. First, OSU ran just 9 plays all game in CU territory (for 52 yards); the also Cowboys ran 23 first down plays for 90 yards (just 3.9 per). But second and third down were OSU’s gravy: 19 second plays gained 158 yards (8.3) and 12 third down tries netted 181 (15.1, including OSU’s three long plays of the game, the pair of 58-yard touchdowns and the 38-yard completion on 3rd-and-13).
u Buffs On First Down. Last week, CU struggled on first down, gaining just 43 yards on 23 plays (1.9 per); this week, CU turned that around, gaining 196 on 33 first down plays, or 5.9 per.
u UNIFORMS. Today marked the first time CU has worn its traditional black jersey with gold pant at home; earlier in the week, the shipment a gold cordura pant arrived and the players had the choice to select a gold for the first time this year. Equipment manager Mike Smith had been trying to find a gold that came close to matching the metallic gold pant CU has worn the past several years, and finally found one late last month.
u Today’s Firsts. QB James Cox saw his first extensive action, and threw his first career TD pass; WR Dusty Sprague had his first career TD reception. WR Blake Mackey had his first multiple catch game (6-129), the first 100-plus yard game this season by a Buffalo (he came into today with one career catch for 16 yards, in the opener against CSU).
u QB Joel Klatt. Klatt completed 12-of-24 passes for 133 yards, as he moved into fifth place all-time at CU with 314 completions (passing Steve Vogel, who had 309), and into seventh all-time in passing attempts (495, passing Gale Weidner’s 480). He has 3,484 career passing yards, which remained seventh on that list.