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Sacramento State-Colorado Notes

Courtesy: CUBuffs.com
Release: September 08, 2012
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QUICKLY Colorado’s score just 1:12 into the game was the quickest since Nov. 28, 2009 at Nebraska, when Cody Hawkins and Riar Geer hooked up on a 68-yard touchdown pass just 54 seconds into the action; NU rallied from 14-0 down to win, 40-31 that day … Colorado running backs (TB, FB) had 47 carries without a loss to open the season until the run ended when Christian Powell was thrown for a 2-yard loss early in the fourth quarter … Four of the eight kickoffs returned today were to the 23 … CU now has 52 punt return yards in two games after having all of 56 in 13 games last year… The Buffs made it hard on Sac State inside-the-20; though the Hornets scored all five times it cracked the 20 (2 TD/3 FG), they gained just 28 yards on 13 plays in the zone and were 1-of-4 on third downs (opponents are now 22-of-77 on third down inside-the-CU 20 dating back to 2008, or 28.6 percent) … CU had three plays longer than 20 yards today after having none last week against Colorado State … The Buffs are 0-2 for just the 20th time in 123 seasons of varsity football.

IT HAD BEEN A WHILE  Prior to losing the game today on a field goal as time expired, the last time it had happened in regulation was on Nov. 24, 2000, when Josh Brown kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired in Lincoln to give Nebraska a 34-32 win over the Buffs. (CU lost to Wisconsin on field goal in overtime in the 2002 Alamo Bowl.)

FIRST STARTS / FIRST ACTION   Three players made their first career starts today: FB Christian Powell, DT Josh Topou and CB Yuri Wright.  Players who saw their first collegiate action today were C Brad Cotner, CB Jeffrey Hall, DT Samson Kafovalu, DT Justin Solis, DT John Stuart, QB Connor Wood and DB Richard Yates.  Wood played one snap in the second quarter when Webb left the game for a play, completing a 28-yard pass to WR Gerald Thomas.

COLORADO INJURIES Today’s injury report:  ILB Doug Rippy (knee); C Gus Handler (ankle).; status TBA, both will be re-evaluated Sunday.

FB CHRISTIAN POWELL (28-147, 3 TD)  Had quite his first start in just his second collegiate game.  His three touchdowns tied the record for the most in a game by a freshmen (true or redshirt), matching TB Herchell Troutman at Texas on Oct. 1, 1994.  He became the first freshman to rush for 100-plus yards since TB Rodney Stewart versus Kansas State in Boulder on Oct. 18, 2008 (29-141, 1 TD).  The last fullback to gain 100 or more yards in a game was Erich Kissick against Missouri in Boulder on Nov. 7, 1987 (16-129, 1 TD).  His 64-yard TD scamper in the first quarter was the fourth longest rush by a freshman in CU history; the longest freshman scampers:


Player, Opponent, Date


Billy Waddy vs. Wisconsin at Madison, Sept. 22, 1973 (TD)


Lamont Warren vs. Iowa State at Ames, Nov. 23, 1991 (TD)


Carroll Hardy vs. Utah in Boulder, Nov. 10, 1951 (TD)


Christian Powell vs. Sacramento State in Boulder, Sept. 8, 2012 (TD)

—TE Kyle Slavin (1-9, 1 TD) made his first career reception, the 9-yard play going for a touchdown.
—TE Vincent Hobbs (1-14, 0 TD) made his first career catch.
—TE Nick Kasa (1-40, 0 TD) had the second catch of his career at tight end after moving there late last season from defensive end; he caught one pass for 8 yards at Utah.
—WR Gerald Thomas (2-45 receiving, 1-18 rushing, 0 TD) now has seven touches in his young career for 106 yards, or 15.1 per.
—DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe (1 QBS) now has 12 quarterback sacks in his career, jumping from 28th to 23rd on CU’s all-time list.
—DB Richard Yates (Fr.-RS) saw his first career action today on special teams (punt return unit)—what made it special was that it was his 20th birthday.


  • Sacramento State has defeated a Pac-12 opponent for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Hornets downed Oregon State, 29-28, in overtime.
  • The 30 points were the most scored by the Hornets against an FBS team since scoring 43 against Pacific in 1993.
  • Kicker Edgar Castaneda has made five field goals this season. Last season, Sacramento State was only successful on three field goal attempts.   (NOTE: At the end of the postgame team meeting, the coaches placed the former walk-on on scholarship).
  • Sophomore tight end Chris Broadnax had five receptions for 92 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown. Broadnax had only three catches for 29 yards in his previous 12 games.
  • Quarterback Garrett Safron became the first Hornet to throw for 300-plus yards in consecutive games since Ryan Leadingham did it against Weber State (305) and Humboldt State (324) in 2002.
  • Toughened D: Colorado gained 44 yards of five plays in SAC territory on its second drive of the game; after that point, it ran 23 plays for a net total of 50 yards the remainder of the game.
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