QUICKLY The 94 degree temperature at kickoff tied for the third warmest in CU history but was the warmest for a game in Colorado, eclipsing the 91 degrees for Washington in Boulder on Sept. 16, 2000 .... Attendance for the game was 58,607; CU accounted for 35,406 of those, CSU 18,169 and the Broncos 5,032 ... CB Kenneth Crawley returned the first punt of the game for 14 yards—matching CU’s longest punt return all of last year (by Rodney Stewart); CU had 36 punt return yards as a team (38 by Crawley, minus-2 by Goodson) compared to 56 total last year ... It took 11 minutes to play the first 2 minutes of clock time in the game ... WR Nelson Spruce’s first career TD catch also made a little history—it was the 2000th point CU has scored in 84 games against CSU, the first team the Buffs have scored that many against ... The teams combined for 543 total yards, 321 on 58 first down plays (5.5 per); the other 77 plays went for 222 yards, or 2.9 per ...
Keep Away: CU had 10:01 of possession time in the second quarter but just 16:29 in the other three quarters combined (ran 26 of its 70 plays in the period) ... Colorado now has at least one quarterback sack in 43 of the last 45 games ... CU now leads the series with CSU by 61-21-2 (7-5 in Denver, where the Rams snapped a four-game CU winning streak today) ... CU fell to 76-42-5 in season openers ... CU’s 70 plays were the most in a season opener since 2004 ... CU has struggled on offense out of the gate since its last 400-plus yard effort in 2003 (504 vs. CSU); the Buffs had 245 today and just 240 last year at Hawai’i (though bounced right back with a season-high 582 in week two against Cal...
FIRST ACTION ROLL CALL Colorado played 13 freshmen in today’s opener (nine true) and 14 players for the first time as a Buff; here’s the roll call of first action in a CU uniform (*—denotes primarily on special teams):
True Freshmen (9): TB *Donta Abron, CB Kenneth Crawley, DT Tyler Henington, TE Vincent Hobbs, S Marques Mosley, FB Christian Powell, WR Gerald Thomas, DT Josh Topou, CB Yuri Wright.
Redshirt Freshmen (4): DB *Isaac Archuleta, ILB *Clay Jones, OL *Stephane Nembot, WR Nelson Spruce.
Juniors (1): QB Jordan Webb.
NO SENIOR O-LINEMEN For just the fifth time in the last 31 seasons, CU started non-seniors across the offensive line; it happened all 11 games in 1982, seven games in 1993, five games in 1998 and all 12 games in 2009.
RED ZONE STREAK ENDS Colorado converted on its first two tries in the red zone today, but when it failed to score on 4th-&-goal from the 1 in the third quarter, its snapped a 19-of-19 run inside the opponent’s 20-yard line dating back to the 2006 season opener.
WR NELSON SPRUCE (8-64, 1 TD) His 9-yard TD reception (on 3rd-&-goal) in the second quarter was the second of his career; he of course is the nephew of former Denver Nuggets PR director Tommy Sheppard (now a vice president with the Washington Wizards); he flew in from D.C. to watch today’s game. The eight receptions tied for the most in a first career game by a CU players, first done by WR Scotty McKnight, who caught eight (for 106 yards, 1 TD) against CSU five years ago to the day, also in Denver.
WR TYLER McCULLOCH (4-54, 1 TD) His 9-yard TD reception (on 3rd-&-goal) in the second quarter was the second of his career; he of course is the nephew of former Denver Nuggets PR director Tommy Sheppard (now a vice president with the Washington Wizards); he flew in from D.C. to watch today’s game.
QB JORDAN WEBB (41-22-0, 187, 2 TD) He became just the seventh CU quarterback to throw two touchdown passes in his debut for the Buffs (first since Cody Hawkins in 2007; record if 5 by John Hessler at Oklahoma in ‘’95). His 187 yards were the ninth most.
INDIVIDUAL LINER NOTES
— DT Will Pericak blocked a second quarter CSU PAT kick—the third blocked kick of his career: he blocked a field goal against CSU in 2010 (here in Denver) and a PAT kick versus California in Boulder last year. He also made his team-best 38th straight start today.
—ILB Derrick Webb (10 UT, 2 AT—12 TT) tentatively had a career-high in tackles (previous: 10, all solo, at Ohio State in 2011); will be verified/altered by coaches video study.
—DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe (2 QBS) now has 11 quarterback sacks in his career, jumping from 38th to 28th all-time at CU; his last 23 tackles have all been unassisted.
COLORADO INJURIES Today’s injury report: CB Greg Henderson (ankle, day-to-day); FS Ray Polk (ankle, day-to-day).