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Below the Low-Point

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  1. allbuffs

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    Below the Low-Point
    By Michael Krumholtz

    The colors are changing now. Nothing is happening too fast, but still the mind registers
    this all in a slow rewind under a sunlit daze.

    White uniforms run wild in amazed triumph, completely replacing the black-jersey
    Buffaloes who migrate dejected to the locker-room. Above them, the yellow clad fans
    abandon their posts, leaving the steel benches bare. It’s the kind of event where one
    doesn’t know if what has happened in fact did happen until the people around him start
    commenting in ways to prove his suspicion true.

    The Buffs 28-30 home-opening loss to FCS opponent Sacramento State left a sad mosaic
    for their Folsom faithful. After taking an early 14-0 lead, the Buffs defense allowed 466
    yards to the Big Sky member.

    Quarterback Jordan Webb completed 50% of his passes, overthrowing open receivers on
    more than one occasion.

    Upon a reporter asking Head Coach Jon Embree if he would bench Webb in favor of
    Connor Wood (who completed his only attempt of the day for 28 yards after Webb’s
    helmet came off), he responded with a one-upper.

    “Everything will be re-evaluated,” Embree promised. “(For) all positions.”

    Webb looked indecisive and panicky as soon as the first jeers began ringing down from
    the stands. Again, the offensive line’s protection was suspect, leading to three sacks and
    an unrecorded amount of rash decisions.

    “Yeah I missed a couple but every quarterback does,” Webb said. “A couple of them I
    was just trying to get the ball out of my hands and avoid a sack.”

    And though the passing game didn’t create any turnovers, the consistent offensive spark
    came from the determined engine of fullback Christian Powell. The freshman looked
    like a retrograde big back while carrying the ball 28 times for 147 yards and three
    touchdowns. His 64-yard score after only a minute of play seemed to be the beginning of
    a blowout.

    Then, Sacramento State continued to hang around, even carrying a 24-21 lead into
    halftime. After giving up all those points, the defense responded better in the second
    half, but remained cursed by a non-influential defensive line and a young secondary that
    started three freshman cornerbacks in the nickel rotation.

    “The kind of things we do in practice against our offense, no disrespect to Sacramento
    State but they are nowhere near our offense,” defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe
    said. “And to go out there and for them to do what they did against us – it’s
    embarrassing.”

    Embarrassing is a PG way to put it. Embree said after the loss to Colorado State that he
    still expects his squad to qualify for a bowl game. Bowl game? It’s more likely that Ellen
    Degeneres will advertise for Chick-Fil-A. Really, what team remaining on the schedule
    will CU be favored to beat?

    The last offensive drive flamed out in a predictable set of three straight running plays,
    surrendering the ball back to the Hornets offense for their winning score. Embree
    declined that there exists a miscommunication between the coaching staff.

    “We’re on the same page,” Embree said. “We just have to get a different book.”

    Now in a 0-2 hole, the Buffs continue plummeting deeper, away from the hopeful rays
    that reserve their shine for the competitive. All that can be seen from the view here is a
    long, almost never-ending darkness that is blinding the eyes of any tint.
     
  2. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Love it. Great melancholy review of the game and the program
     
  3. Buffalo Brad

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    Michael, it was great to meet you on Sat and I look forward to reading more from you. Mhopefully more positive but the Buffs will provide the direction and mood. Nice piece.
     
  4. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Best work so far, thanks Michael.
     

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