Release: September 22, 2012
Colorado is now 7-3-1 in games played in the state of Washington (3-0 versus WSU, in three different cities: Spokane, Seattle, Pullman) ... CU now leads the series 5-3 ... Colorado is now 79- 38-2 in conference openers (1-1 in the Pac-12; CU snapped a fourgame losing streak in league lid-lifters with the win) ... This is sort of payback for the '81 game, when WSU scored twice in the last two minutes on botched CU punts to win, 14-10 ... CU's last one-point win was by the same score, 35-34, over Texas A&M in Boulder on Nov. 7, 2009 ... Colorado scored on its opening drive for the second time in four games (8 plays, 75 yards), matching the distance it went for 7 points against Sacramento State ... CU had eight first downs in the first quarter (4 rush/4 pass);it had 10 (5 rush/5 pass) against Fresno State last week (not including 1 penalty) ... The team on offense drove into plus territory of the first eight drives of the game (exception was when CU lost the ball on a fumble at its 39) ... Colorado had scored in eighth straight second quarters until being shutout today ... With TB Tony Jones (4-105) and WR Nelson Spruce (8-103) both gaining 100 yards rushing and receiving, respectively, CU is now 25-8 in its history with a 100-yard rusher and receiver ... Colorado had 255 yards in the fourth quarter, after netting just 276 in the first three ... CU's defense was not flagged for a penalty Saturday and has just six in four games ... CU has now played all four games well in excess of 3 hours; averaging 3:27:20 coming in, today's game went 3:47.
TE NICK KASA (3-87, 1 TD)
He scored his first career touchdown in this, his fifth game at the position (he moved over from defensive end with five games left in 2011, but only played at the position in the season finale at Utah). But his biggest play may have come in the final seconds—he recovered Christian Powell's third down fumble to give CU a chance at the fourth down play it tied the game on.
- The 70-yard touchdown catch from QB Jordan Webb was the second longest reception by a tight end in CU history, eclipsing a 68-yard TD pass from QB Cody Hawkins to TE Riar Geer at Nebraska in 2008 and a 68-yard reception TE Jon Embree caught from QB Mark Hatcher against Arizona in 1986. However, it is the longest in the regular season; in the 2004 Houston Bowl, QB Joel Klatt hit TE Joe Klopenstein with a 78-yard TD pass.
TB TONY JONES (4-105, 1 TD)
His 84-yard touchdown run tied for the eighth longest rush (and 17th longest overall) from scrimmage in school history. Also in CU history, he used the second fewest carries to gain 100 yards; Cliff Branch (2-100, 1 TD) did it in fewer at Kansas on Nov. 6, 1971; the last to do with under 10 attempts was TB Cortlen Johnson, also against Kansas but in Boulder on Sept. 22, 2001 (8-113-0) – 11 years ago to the day.
ALL-TIME LONGEST RUSHING PLAYS
Yards Player, Opponent, Site, Date
95 Emerson Wilson vs. Kansas State in Boulder, Nov. 20, 1954 (TD).
91 Kayo Lam vs. Brigham Young at Provo, Oct. 20, 1934 (TD).
91 Bob West vs. New Mexico in Pueblo, Nov. 4, 1944 (TD).
90 Eddie Dove vs. Kansas in Boulder, Oct. 5, 1957 (TD).
85 Dick Schrepferman vs. Colorado State in Boulder, Nov. 28, 1946 (TD).
85 Cliff Branch vs. Kansas at Lawrence, Nov. 6, 1971 (TD).
85 Chris Brown vs. Kansas State in Boulder, Oct. 5, 2002 (TD).
84 Carroll Hardy vs. Colorado State in Boulder, Sept. 25, 1954 (TD).
84 Tony Jones vs. Washington State at Pullman, Sept. 22, 2012 (TD).
WR NELSON SPRUCE (8-103, 1 TD)
He enjoyed his first 100-yard receiving game, with seven of his eight receptions earning first downs.
RED ZONE DEFENSE
Colorado limited WSU to just one score (TD) in three trips in the red zone; making two interceptions on the other two occasions. The Cougars ran five plays for a net 2 yards on plays run inside-the-20.
FIRST DOWN DEFENSE
In the first half, Washington State had 18 first down plays for 132 yards, or 7.3 per play; but in the second half, the Buff "D" really buckled down—WSU had 17 first down plays for 31 yards (1.8), and that wasn't skewed by long sacks; it had three plays (9, 7, 7) over five yards and 12 between 2 yards gained and 2 lost. And in the second half, while WSU was 6-of-12 on third downs, it was only 2-of-17 on second down (after converting 7-of-10 times on second in the first half).
CU rallied from a 17-point deficit to win, tying its fourth-largest comeback in school history; it was the second largest rally from a fourth quarter deficit ever and the largest in a road game. The top comebacks:
||at Missouri (Oct. 28, 1978)
||KANSAS (Oct. 7, 1961)
||at Iowa State (Nov. 8, 1997)
||at Minnesota (Sept. 19, 1992)
||OKLAHOMA (Sept. 29, 2007)
||at Washington State (Sept. 22, 2012)
INDIVIDUAL LINER NOTES
—DE/DT Will Pericak had his first quarterback sack of the season and No. 6 ½ of his career.
—CB Jered Bell had his first career interception.
—OLB Jon Major had his second career interception; his other came against California in 2011.
ILB Paul Vigo (stinger, concussion); DT Josh Tupou (concussion). Both are listed as day-to-day for UCLA.