Jon Embree's first year at the helm of the Colorado Buffaloes has not turned out as well as expected. His team has sunk to 1-5 after a 48-7 loss to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday evening. The game started off well when Stanford fumbled the kickoff, allowing Colorado to recover it. But that's really when things went bad.
Will Oliver's field goal attempt was blocked at the end of the ensuing drive and returned for a touchdown. Stanford went on to score three more touchdowns in the first half of the game. Colorado managed its one score on a Tyler Hansen five-yard touchdown pass to Tony Clemons in the second quarter. A 76-yard screen pass to Rodney Stewart set up that eventual scoring play.
Stewart, however, managed just 21 yards on 11 carries. Tyler Hansen wasn't that great either, completing just 16 of 30 passes for 204 yards. Stanford's Andrew Luck, though, finished 26-of-33 for 370 yards and three touchdowns. His last touchdown pass was a 30-yard strike to Griff Whalen.
The Buffs stay on the road next week with a trip to the northwest. They will face the Washington Huskies.
The Colorado Buffaloes squandered an early opportunity in the first quarter and then saw the game start slipping away during the latter half of the second quarter. The Stanford Cardinal received the opening kickoff, but the ball was fumbled and recovered by Colorado. The Buffs were unable to punch the ball in, which led to a Will Oliver field goal attempt. It was blocked and returned 75 yards for the touchdown.
Late in the first quarter, Stepfan Taylor punched the ball in for a one-yard touchdown. Colorado answered back in the second quarter with a Tyler Hansen five-yard pass to Tony Jones. A 76-yard screen pass to Rodney Stewart set up that eventual score. Will Oliver missed a 46-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
But a Jeremy Stewart touchdown six minutes later and an Andrew Luck touchdown pass put the Cardinal in the 27-7 lead. Luck is 14-of-18 for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Richardson had a breakout game against the California Golden Bears during the second week of the season when he caught 11 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He has been quiet in the three games since then, but he did catch a touchdown in last week's loss to the Washington St. Cougars. For the season, Richardson has 29 receptions for 474 yards and five touchdowns.
The Buffs will need its defense to hold together as it deals with a largely untested secondary. But quarterback Tyler Hansen also needs to step up. While he has 1,325 passing yards, he had completed just 56.6 percent of his passes. Running back Rodney Stewart can hopefully continue the success he found last week when he rushed for 132 yards. He's also a threat out of the backfield as a pass-catcher.
Game date, time: 5:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011
While the particulars for handing down the suspensions are not known right now, the authorities are not involved:
None of the problems that led to the suspensions involved the police, but the rules violations were serious enough that CU is expected to announce today that none of the five will play again this season.