Colorado vs. Arizona: Buffs losing streak continues

With a 56-31 loss to the Wildcats, Colorado's losing streak in the Pac-12 moved to six on Saturday.

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Buffs' offense performs well in loss to Arizona

The Colorado Buffaloes racked up 437 yards of total offense in Saturday's 56-31 loss to the Arizona Wildcats. Ralphie Report's Jon Woods writes that, while it should be taken with a grain of salt, the offensive performance should be looked at in positive light.

Colorado absolutely dominated the Wildcats in time of possession, holding on to the ball for more than 41 minutes compared to Arizona's 18. The running game was in especially good form, with two freshman tailbacks carrying the load:

(Christian) Powell finished with 31 carries for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns while Donta Abron racked up 83 yards on 13 carries while having a 75-yard screen pass called back. Both of these guys are true freshmen running behind an extremely inconsistent offensive line. The future at running back is bright.

As for the Buffs' defense? Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey gained a Pac-12-record 366 yards and scored five times, representing yet another new low for Colorado Football. There are a lot of problems that need to be addressed, says Woods:

Something has to change and something has to change fast. Fundamentals are terrible. The linebackers have no idea what they are doing. Players are quitting. Greg Brown and probably multiple other coaches have to go. If not right now, then immediately after the season ends. That side of the ball is a complete disaster.

The Buffaloes welcome No. 25 Washington to Boulder next weekend before closing out the season at home against fellow Pac-12 South doormat Utah.


Colorado TE Kasa suffers concussion vs. Arizona

Colorado Buffaloes tight end Nick Kasa was unable to play in the second half against Arizona due to a concussion.


Colorado vs. Arizona final: Buffs lose 56-31

The Colorado Buffaloes led 10-7 after the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. They were outscored 49-21 the rest of the way as the Wildcats defeated the Buffaloes, 56-31, to continue the Buffaloes forgettable season.

The Buffaloes were able to do some things on offense. They put up 213 yards passing and 224 yards rushing with four touchdowns. Christian Powell had a monster game with 137 yards and two touchdowns.

But the Buffaloes' defense once again struggled, particularly against the run, and just couldn't stop the Wildcats. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for an astounding 366 yards on 25 carries. He scored five touchdowns and averaged 14.6 yards per carry. The Wildcats totaled 438 yards rushing as a team with six rushing touchdowns. Quarterback B.J. Denker added two passing touchdowns.

The Buffaloes just couldn't stop the Wildcats and it dampened their early excitement after building the early lead.

The Buffaloes had the ball for more than 41 minutes but couldn't prevent the Wildcats from putting up their numbers in just over 18 minutes of possessing the ball.

The Buffaloes dropped to 1-9 overall, 1-6 in the Pac-12 and the Wildcats improved to 6-4, 3-4 in the Pac-12.

Box Score Hero: Ka'Deem Carey had the game of his life with 366 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries.

Rankings Ramifications: The Wildcats did what they were supposed to do but they shouldn't be ranked when the new rankings come out.

But Did They Cover?: The Wildcats won by 25 but still didn't cover the spread after being 31-point favorites heading into the game.

Next Week's Schedule: The Buffaloes host the Washington Huskies Nov. 17 while the Wildcats travel to face the Utah Utes.

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Buffaloes need defense to step up against Wildcats

The Colorado Buffaloes are not going away quietly as they have stuck close to the Arizona Wildcats through one half of play and are only trailing 21-17 in Tuscon.

The Buffaloes trailed by 11 points early in the second quarter after Ka'Deem Carey rushed for two more touchdowns in a three-minute span to give the Wildcats a 21-10 lead after they entered the second quarter trailing the Buffaloes by three.

But the Buffaloes answered late in the second quarter on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a Christian Powell 1-yard touchdown run, his second of the game.

The quarterbacks were almost forgotten men until Arizona's B.J. Denker was able to put up a late touchdown pass to Dan Buckner to extend the Wildcats' lead to 11 points.

The Wildcats have had the ball for only 7:07 compared to the Buffaloes' 22:50 and yet the Wildcats still hold their double-digit lead.


Buffaloes lead after first quarter over Wildcats

The Colorado Buffaloes have surprised the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Saturday as they lead 10-7 after the first quarter.

The Buffaloes got on the board first with a 7-yard touchdown run by Christian Powell after B.J. Denker fumbled and it was recovered by Derrick Webb at the Wildcats' 7-yard line.

The Wildcats answered with a Ka'Deem Carey 10-yard touchdown run to tie it up. A Will Oliver field goal gave the Buffaloes the lead heading into the second quarter.

The Wildcats have only had the ball for 3:05 of the first half as the Buffaloes have managed to keep the ball out of the hands of Denker and the Wildcats' offense.

The Buffaloes are 1-8 overall and just 1-5 in the Pac-12. The Wildcats are 5-4, 2-4 in the Pac-12 and have beaten the likes of the USC Trojans. If the Buffaloes can pull off a win in this game, it would be an upset bigger than the Wildcats over the Trojans.


Hirschman in, Webb out against Arizona

Colorado head coach Jon Embree announced sophomore Nick Hirschman will start in place of Jordan Webb for Saturday's game against Arizona.


Arizona QB Matt Scott doubtful vs. Colorado

Arizona will likely be without their starting quarterback as they look to become bowl eligible on Saturday.


Buffaloes look to force more turnovers

The Buffaloes rank last in the Pac-12 with 12 turnovers created and are on pace to post the team's worst turnover ratio since 1980.


Arizona QB questionable against CU

Colorado could face Arizona without the Wildcats' starting quarterback, Matt Scott, who suffered a concussion last weekend.

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