Buffs At Arizona: Quick facts and figures

Tony Harman

WR Jordan Tyson leads CU with two touchdowns this year.


Neill Woelk, editor

COLORADO BUFFALO (0-4, 0-1 Pac-12)

at ARIZONA WILDCATS (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12)

TUCSON, Ariz.— Karl DorrelThe Colorado Buffaloes are hoping October will be a fresh start.

September certainly wasn’t kind to the Buffs, with CU dropping all four games of the month, and none of them even closing the results.

But the Buffs have reason to believe they can start a new month with a new result on Saturday when they face Arizona at 7:30 p.m. (MT) at Arizona Stadium.

The Buffs have won back-to-back wins over the Wildcats – a 24-13 win at Tucson in the Covid-shortened 2020 season and a 34-0 win at Boulder last year in Jedd Fisch’s first year in charge. the AU.

But after a tough 1-11 season last year, the Wildcats have added a number of new faces and they look like an improved team.

Still, some old issues for Arizona — particularly the defense — resurfaced last week in a 49-31 loss to Cal. After taking a 24-21 halftime lead, the Wildcats allowed touchdowns on the Bears’ first three possessions in the second half and they never got back into the game.

There’s no doubt the Wildcats can move the ball — especially through the air — and get into the end zone. Behind quarterback Jayden of Laura, UA is averaging more than 300 passing yards and nearly 30 points per game.

The Buffs were unable to produce consistency on either side of the ball. Colorado is averaging just 11.8 points per game and has two touchdowns in one game this year. CU’s defense, meanwhile, is giving up nearly 44 points per game.

But CU coaches and players have done their best to maintain a positive attitude. The Buffs have had some good times and they say they can string those moments together into a long stretch of solid play.

Saturday’s game details:

TO START UP: 7:40 p.m. Arizona Stadium (50 782)

TELEVISION, RADIO: The radio show will be broadcast by KOA (850 AM, 94.1 FM) with Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson and Gary Barnett in the pit and Bobby Pesavento on the sidelines. KOA coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with the pregame show. The Pac-12 Network will air the telecast with JB Long and Max Browne in the booth.

ON THE INTERNET: The game can be streamed on the Internet at CUBuffs.com, and www.850koa.com in the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area. Live stats will also be available on CUBuffs.com.

THE COACHES: Colorado Head Coach Karl Dorrel is in his third year at the helm of the Buffs. Dorrell is 8-14 at CU and 43-41 overall as a head coach (five years at UCLA).

Jedd Fisch is in his second year at Arizona, where he went 3-13.

Dorrell is 2-0 against Arizona at Colorado while Fisch is 0-1 against the Buffaloes.

THE SERIES: Colorado leads the all-time series 16-8, including a 9-3 mark at Tucson.

WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Buffs need a win to avoid their first 0-5 start since 2006, when Colorado lost its first six games en route to a 2-10 season.

LAST EXIT: The Buffs gave freshman Owen McCown his first start at quarterback, but that wasn’t enough to change CU’s fortunes as Colorado lost a 45-17 decision to UCLA at Folsom Field. Last week, Arizona got a career-high 401 yards from Laura, but that wasn’t enough to defeat Cal, as the Bears rallied for a 49-31 win at Berkeley.

TEAM LEADERS: In a full game and a cleanup appearance, McCown already leads CU in passing with 310 of 30 yards on 49 passes with a touchdown and an interception. He also has a touchdown. Come back Deion Smith has 175 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries as the wide receiver Daniel Arias has 13 catches for 206 yards. First-year wide receiver Jordyn Tyson has two touchdown receptions and is the only Buff this year to find the end zone twice so far.

Defensively, linebacker Quinn Perry leads CU with 38 tackles while linebacker Josh Chandler Semedo has 25 tackles, including two sacks and three more stoppages for loss.

De Laura is 92 for 156 passes for 1,149 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Four different Wildcats have at least 11 catches, led by Jacob Cowing with 28 receptions for 386 yards and six touchdowns.

Linebacker Jerry Roberts leads UA with 35 tackles while point rusher Hunter Echols has 22 tackles, including two sacks. The Wildcats also forced six fumbles and recovered four.

KEY MATCH: The Colorado rushers against Laura. The Buffs need to pressure the AU quarterback and force him to make mistakes. If he has time in his pocket, he will find one of his excellent wide receivers, who will face a young secondary CU.

NEXT: The Buffs have their bye next week, then return home Oct. 15 for a game with Cal at Folsom Field. The time and television of the game have not yet been determined.

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