QUICKLY... With the 30-24 loss to Alabama, the Colorado Buffaloes finish the 2007 season with a 6-7 record...The Tide now lead the all-time series 2-1, all bowl games, all high scoring; CU owns a slight 96-93 scoring edge in the trio. This final was almost identical to the last meeting, a 30-25 ‘Bama win in the ’91 Block-buster Bowl... The loss did cause CU to record back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in 22 years (a six-year run between 1979-84); it was the 17th longest active run in the NCAA without going below .500 two straight years. Alabama was in the same boat and extended its run to 50 seasons, the fifth longest... Colorado is now 1-4 all-time in the state of Louisiana...Colorado’s run of 17 points tied for the longest scoring run in a bowl in school history, trailing 38 (vs. Oregon, ’98 Aloha), 35 (vs. Boston College, ’99 Insight), 21 (vs. Notre Dame, ’95 Fiesta) and 20 (vs. Clemson, ’57 Orange)... QB Cody Hawkins' first quarter interception ended a streak of 10 bowl quarters without a turnover; CU’s last prior had been an interception in the second quarter of the 2002 Alamo Bowl. It was his first pick after 70 attempts without one, but he rebounded to pass for 322 yards and 3 TDs, just third 300-yard passing game in school bowl history (behind 371 by Koy Detmer in the ’96 Holiday Bowl and 333 by Joel Klatt in the ’04 Houston Bowl)... TE Tyson DeVree caught nine passes for 94 yards and 2 TDs, with the nine receptions the second most in CU bowl annals (trailing 10 by Daniel Graham in the ’02 Fiesta); his two scores tied the school record, first done by WR Rae Carruth (’96 Holiday) and matched by D.J. Hackett (’02 Alamo); he tied five others for the career mark, which is also two... Alabama is the first team to score on the first possession against the CU defense since the 1996 Holiday Bowl, when Washington’s Corey Dillon scored on a 2-yard run to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead just 2:56 into the game... Alabama’s 27-0 run to start the game was the largest by any Colorado bowl opponent (28 games); it was just the fourth that reach double figures. Others: Auburn took a 17-0 lead in the ’72 Gator in winning 24-3; Notre Dame went up 14-0 in the ’90 Orange and won 21-6; and Washington led 14-0 in the ’96 Holiday before CU rallied for a 33-21 win.
THIRD QUARTER BUFFS... For the second straight game, Colorado had a dominant third quarter. Tonight, the Buffs outgained the Crimson Tide by 157-28 (Alabama had six plays), though owned just a 3-0 edge on the scoreboard. In the regular season finale against Nebraska, when CU won the third by 20-0 on the scoreboard and held the Huskers to 40 yards in the quarter after 393 in the first half. ‘Bama had 285 in the first half tonight.
PENALTY LOW... Colorado had four penalties (for 30 yards), the fewest in a bowl since it also recorded four in the ’95 Fiesta. The low is just 1, attained in the ’90 Orange.
SCORING STREAK... The Buffs extended the nation’s fourth longest active scoring streak, which is also the ninth longest all-time in I-A/FBS play, to 235 games. CU has now also scored in all 28 of its bowl games in its history, and has scored in 39 of their last 47 bowl quarters, dating back to the 1993 Fiesta; Oregon (three quarters but in two games), Wisconsin (2), Clemson (2) and Alabama (1) are the only teams to shut CU out in a quarter in that span.
SEASON TRENDS... Here are some key trends in Buff football for 2007:
4-1 in games in the fourth week (or later) of a month)
5-2 when owning the edge in return yards
5-3 when owning advantage in average field position
5-3 when owning the edge in time of possession
2-3 when owning the edge in total offense
2-6 when trailing at halftime
CHARLES IN ELITE COMPANY... Senior TB Hugh Charles finished sixth all-time at CU in combined regular season and bowl game rushing after 69 yards tonight pushed his total to 2,795. A look at the top 10 combined rushing careers at Colorado:
CU COMBINED RUSHING Reg. Bowl Total
Player Seasons Yards Yards Yards
Eric Bieniemy...................... 1987-90 3,940 296 4,136
Rashaan Salaam................ 1992-94 3,057 218 3,275
Charlie Davis....................... 1971-73 2,958 214 3,172
Bobby Purify........................ 2000-04 3,016 99 3,115
Chris Brown ........................ 2001-02 2,690 127 2,817
Hugh Charles ..................... 2004-07 2,659 136 2,795
Bobby Anderson ................. 1967-69 2,367 362 2,729
Herchell Troutman ............. 1994-97 2,487 144 2,631
James Mayberry ................. 1975-78 2,544 2 2,546
Cortlen Johnson.................. 1998-01 2,199 230 2,430
BOWL TRENDS... Colorado is 12-16 all-time in its 28 bowl appearances. Here’s a look at some won-lost trends:
when scoring 20-plus points 11-5
when scoring 30-plus points 9-0
when scoring 13 or fewer points 1-7
when scoring first 10-6
when coming from behind (from the start) 2-10
when trailing at halftime (0-2 when tied) 3-10
with two or fewer turnovers (2-1 with zero) 8-9
when playing at night (5 p.m. or later start) 3-7
PICK CITY... With FS Ryan Walters’ second quarter interception, Colorado now has one interception in its last 14 bowl games. The streak started in the ’91 Orange Bowl when CU defeated Notre Dame, 10-9, to win the consensus national championship. Walters is the 32nd Buffalo to pick off a pass in a bowl game, and his 35-yard return was the seventh longest in CU bowl history.
TALE OF TWO NEAR HALVES... Alabama took a 27-0 lead and at one point had outgained the Buffs, 271-52. CU “won” the rest of the way, 24-3, with an edge of 345-117 in total offense from late in the second quarter on. CU had 397 yards, its most ever in a bowl setback.
CU INJURIES... The trainers started on the field once but were waived off, and reported no significant injuries of any kind.