Observations from start to beginning and some points to make: Crowd sucked at beginning. We are going to be lucky to have 15k in there by kickoff this week if people can’t get there by noon. Student section has stayed longer, but about the same size as last year. Fortunately close late games have kept them from mass exodus with 10 minutes remaining. The student section is getting better. I hear all this **** talking about the defense yielding 300 yards rushing. 92 of it was on awful misalignment and Gillam completely inept. I have called for Daigh to start and minus one pass defense, he is the better player this year. They need to keep with him and let Gillam freaking heal and eat. Outside of that long run, the defense played well. They gave up 4 key long runs, but besides that they stepped up to an offense that put 60+ on ASU. Additionally, they kept us in the game at many key points. That didn’t happen last year. Can’t give up huge early leads and offense needs to bail out defense. Defense had a key stop to make it 17-0. Sefo should have answered with a TD immediately to make up for his AWFUL throw. Instead we had to wait and Washington answered quickly. You score a TD and the defense comes up big again and instead of having the head to get under center and snap the ball or call for the ball and spike it, 24 seconds winds down. I knew what to do with 20 seconds left and so did MacIntyre but Sefo was too flustered. Needs to get some composure. Come out flat again in 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] and waste a great 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] quarter by the defense, as noted above. The 4[SUP]th[/SUP] quarter comeback was huge. Bobo does not see enough snaps IMO. He has dynamic speed and he brought us back into that game. While Tony Jones had a great game, Adkins II was better. He should have had some key short yardage carries that Jones got stuffed on. The timeout at the end of the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] was idiotic. The lack of a timeout on 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] and 3 was idiotic as well. Set up a good play like you did the play before. Calm the team down. You have to step on the damn pedal when you have the chance to win the game. You don’t settle. At end of game, you have to score a TD, not kick a FG. At 1[SUP]st[/SUP] OT, you score a TD. You can’t settle. In 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] OT, you have nothing to lose, ****ing go for it on 4[SUP]th[/SUP] and 1. Sefo has to quit throwing picks and not sustaining drives. We have to answer with scores. 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] quarter we had 2-3 and outs and a 5-yd drive. To open the game we had first 5 drives end in 5-plays or less. If you are in a hole, you have to dig out of it. If we are going to get the ball first, set the tone. We need to start setting the damn tone. Sefo is solid, but not great. There is no excuses for the picks he is throwing. They are bad reads and overthrows. While he is amongst the top half of passers in the league in percentage, yards and TDs, his QBR is amongst the lowest and his interception number and rate is extremely high. He has to take the next step. We have to let Sefo finish the season. Then it is open competition. I don’t think we have better on the roster and probably won’t next year other than HOPEFULLY Montez. Hopefully with Sefo being an intelligent, hardworking, humble kid he will take the next step and shine enough that he leads us to a bowl next year and then is pushed his senior year by a young stud (Montez or otherwise) but is the best option for a 10-win season. I don’t know. He hasn’t been great, but hasn’t been awful. Just has to be smarter. I love him not taking sacks, but he often kills drives by not picking up that second read that the special QBs make. We should have beat UCLA, Cal and Oregon State. We waited too long against ASU and had no answer to CSU in the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] half of that game and USC was a no chance once we let them start going. We should be at least 4-4 or maybe 5-3. Instead we sit here at 2-6 and go well maybe next year. It has to be next year. Fortunately, I see progress in many areas. Crawley has become a special player and Henderson has got picked on. Tedric Thompson is a stud and I hope he heals. Gillam is undersized and unless he puts on some weight, he needs to be moved to a rover position and take Greer’s spot. I really am not hating on Addison. He just has been a liability and Daigh has been better. A healthy Watanbe may have something to say about playing time next year. The student section moving over after the redshirt freshmen moved over was special to see. I was hoping for a running on the field moment for those guys. They have been better this season. Like I said, wish they had got their earlier, but they were there late and it was very cool to see. The stadium was dead quiet after OT. Worse than Oregon State. Rather than getting screwed, we screwed ourselves. Early deficit, halftime, turnovers and not taking control of the game late cost us. It felt like we were going to win but those things all added up to another damn loss. That all said; we are so much better this year than the last two. To be down 17-0 and should have beat a ranked team, so disappointing but last year it would have been at least a 42-21 loss. So bitch all you want about the defense but main thing is stopping those big gashing runs. We were held all game. UCLA got away with a lot but secondary stepped up. Can’t give QB that much time and you have to sell those holds as a DL. McCartney is going to be a beast by the time he is a senior. Has been great to see his transformation into a legit Pac 12 player. Tupou was disruptive as could be this week and I saw the beast he is supposed to be. Our run blocking was mean. We hit, initiated and re-engaged when there was separation. That is something I have not seen near enough as. The Mountain of Cameroon, Stephen Nembot, has his QBs back and a fire. He will be a big key for our success next year. We are going to beat Washington. Washington does not have the weapons they did last year. They got lucky and caught Cal completely shell shocked after that early turnover so they made them look inept. Otherwise, they have been inept on offense since non-conference slate and can’t keep up. They do not have the horses to put up the points they need to and while they have a good defense, the Buffs can put up points if they play their style of ball. We also have a bad taste from the joke of a game we played against them last year. Sefo has a couple points to make: He should have been recruited better by his home state and that he will be the QB of the Buffs until he graduates. While he has all the coaches support, they want to see that next step as much as we do. He isn’t the only kid holding us back but special QBs bring success to programs, especially ones that are so pass dependent like a Pac 12 Colorado!!! One thing I heard Saturday I never care to hear again is WE ARE YOUNG. I am optimist but come on! This team has starters at every position that have played a full season and a half for the most part. This isn’t the last two years. That said, Embree’s recruits have not panned out and like Hawkins guys, we are playing with a mixture of 3 different coaches kids still. Unlike Embree that things regressed, we see progress and a system with the majority of big playmakers being Embree’s recruits that bought in and signed with MacIntyre as the coach. This team needs to now believe they can finish and step on it and get a win. So Rick New-weasel, we are a Pac 12 team. We are close. But close sucks. We will beat Washington and then get a big win vs. Arizona. Then get rolled by Oregon. Then end on a high note in a close fought win over a surprising Utah team and finish a happy 5-7. Hell, I would be fine with one more damn win. Just keep showing progress. 2015 is the decision making year for MacIntyre. I believe we go 8-5 or 7-6 next year. Let’s finish the season supporting the team, hope progress continues to show, and let the **** hit the fan next year or enjoy the rise of CU football gain in 2015.