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Colorado-USC Notes

Courtesy: CUBuffs.com
Release: October 20, 2012
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QUICKLY USC now leads the series by a 7-0 count (4-0 in Los Angeles; the seven games is the longest current losing streak CU has against any school (next is five against Missouri and Texas) ... CU has lost nine in row against ranked teams (last win: 34-30 over Kansas in 2009) and have lost 19 straight road games against ranked opponents (last win coming in the Los Angeles area, a 31-17 over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2002) ... Colorado's modest two Pac-12 road game winning streak came to an end (had won the finale at Utah last year and the opener this year at Washington State) ... The 83,274 in attendance was the 16th largest a Colorado team has played before (largest in the Mountain or Pacific time zones) ... The last time CU allowed 50 or more points in back-toback games was in 1962 (Nov. 3-10: 62-0 loss to Oklahoma in Boulder and a 57-0 loss at Missouri) ... USC was only the third team to score on its first possession against Colorado this year (Fresno State and Washington State also scored touchdowns); USC also was just the second to score on the second half opening possession (CSU was the other in the season opener). First down was again an issue for the Buff defense: USC ran 16 first down plays in the first half for 203 yards (12.7 per) ... QB Matt Barkley became the first quarterback to have two games with five or more touchdown passes against Colorado (he also had 6 in the 2012 game) ... USC's 7 passing touchdowns were the most ever against Colorado (it had set the record of six in last year's game) ... USC turned CU's six turnovers into 29 points ... The USC defense held CU to 108 yards on 45 plays in plus territory, and really buckled down in the red zone: in five trips inside-the-20, the Buffs came away with two field goals and ran 14 plays for minus-14 yards ... CU last ran 85 plays in 2010 (85 vs. Texas Tech). CU's first field goal drive today marked highs in both plays (15) and time (6:52) for any scoring drive, TD or FG, in 2012... CU played 58 of 67 healthy players on the trip ... Opponents are 10- of-12 in FGs (102 of 131 since 2006, including 70-of-81 inside 40 yards (USC's came from 37 yards) ... All seven CU games this fall have taken at least 3 hours and 11 minutes; tonight's was 3:14. LAST

RECEPTION BY A QB / COMPLETION BY A WR WR Nelson Spruce and QB Jordan Webb connected on a 15-yard pass play (the first career pass and catch for both, respectively—Webb did not have a reception at Kansas); the last reception by a CU quarterback was last year against Arizona, a 14-yard TD pass from TB Rodney Stewart to QB Tyler Hansen. The last completed pass by a Colorado receiver came in 2002, when WR Barry Kunkel threw a 29-yard pass to QB Robert Hodge.


  • DE Will Pericak started his 44th straight game today (every game of his career, dating back to his first in the '09 opener). He is now one shy of the most starts by a defensive player in CU history—45 by ILB Jordon Dizon, 2004-07; the most starts overall is 47 (OL Ryan Miller, 2007-11).
  • P Zach Grossnickle kicked off for the first time in his career in the game; he had two free kicks back in 2010 (punted those).
  • PK Will Oliver (2-2 FG: 37, 27) made and tried two field goals in the same game for the first time this season; he is now 4-of-5 this year and is now 15-of-21 (71.4%) for his career.
  • TB Tony Jones (10-36 rush/4-57 receiving) had the longest reception of his career – 45 yards – he doubled his receiving yards on the year as he came in with 55 on 14 receptions.
  • FS Ray Polk saw action for the first time since the CSU game (opener), recording six tackles; he missed the five games in-between with a high ankle sprain.

CU'S CLOUGH NAMED TO PREMIER NCAA COMMITTEE On Friday, Colorado's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) to the Pac-12 Conference, Dr. David Clough, was selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance. He is replacing Rhode Island's Barbara Luebke, who recently retired; Clough is filling the vacancy and his appointment is effective immediately, through Sept. 1, 2014, at which time he will be eligible for reappointment. A professor of chemical and biological engineering, Clough is in his eighth year serving in the FAR role, named to the position in March 2005 when CU was in the Big 12.

SPECIAL GUEST / EARTH WIND & FIRE'S PHILIP BAILEY The cofounder and lead singer for the world famous musical group Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Bailey, was CU's guest on its bench today. The connection? EWF is Jon Embree's favorite musical group, and Bailey graduated from Denver East High School and attended CU where he was a member of the marching band (drummer) in 1970-71. The two spoke last month (arranged by AEG Rocky Mountain's Chuck Morris) and Embree invited Bailey, a southern California resident, to the game.

COLORADO INJURIES Today's injury report: DT Josh Tupou (sprained ankle, same one he sprained against UCLA); he is day-to-day, as is OL Jack Harris, who was scratched from the trip Thursday due to concussion symptoms

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