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Colorado vs. Arizona 2012: Buffaloes' offense shows promise in loss

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.