The Colorado Buffaloes finished their worst season in recent memory on Black Friday, losing to the Utah Utes 42-35 at Folsom Field. Despite a 1-11 season where very little went right, the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders writes head coach Jon Embree said he thinks better times are ahead for Buffaloes football.
"I know the score hasn't always reflected it, but our kids have always fought," Embree said. "They have never quit. ... We have lot to build on. It may not be crystal clear to people outside the program, but we have a lot to build on."
Despite surprising losses to Colorado State and Sacramento State, as well as blowouts to USC and Oregon, optimism among the team's younger players remained high after the game. Sophomore quarterback Nick Hirschman echoed his head coach, saying the team will have a lot of play makers returning next season. Freshman running back Donta Abron added that the playing time several of the young players received this season will give the team big momentum heading in to next season.