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    [h=3]Colorado Daily – Arizona State[/h] October 1st
    Buffs to use bye week to heal, get back to basics
    Remember the “Bloodbath Trilogy”?
    In 2003, after the Buffs were manhandled by No. 10 Florida State, 47-7 (here’s the game recap, if you are up for it), Colorado head coach Gary Barnett took advantage of the CU bye week to put the team through a series of drills, dubbed the “Bloodbath Trilogy” by the players. It was a return to basics for a team ranked 104 (out of 117) in rushing offense in the nation, 107th*in scoring defense, 108th in total defense, and 115th in passing defense. “Those drills helped us,” said senior linebacker Sean Tufts. “We just lined up and played football. It’s almost like two-a-days again.”
    Fortunately for Colorado, the schedule makers had been kind. After running the non-conference slate 2-2 (wins over Colorado State and UCLA; losses to Washington State and Florida State)*the two-time defending Big 12 North champions would face Baylor in their first game in conference play. The Bears were as close to a bye week a Big 12 team could ask for while still actually taking the field. The Bears had lost 37 of their previous 38 conference games, and had won only four conference games since the league had been formed in 1996. The last two times Colorado had played Baylor, the Buffs had shut out the Bears.
    Looking for a confidence boost? Play Baylor.
    Baylor 42, Colorado 30. (Here’s a link to the story for that game, if you are really masochistic).
    Oops.
    The 2003 Buffs finished the season 5-7, the only year between 2001 and 2005 in which Colorado failed to win the Big 12 North.
    So, how will the 2012 Buffs, 1-4 for the month of September, deal with the bye week?
    “It will give us a chance to really focus on the younger kids and work on some fundamental things,” said Jon Embree. “Some more individual technique stuff that you don’t necessarily maybe get during a normal game week.”
    “I am not familiar with a bye week here,” said quarterback Jordan Webb. “But a bye week is good for getting back to the fundamentals. Really focusing on the little things and getting back to what we were doing really well during camp. Getting back out there and converting on third downs and getting guys healthy will be pretty good.”
    Defensive coordinator Greg Brown said it will be back to fundamentals for his defense as well.*”Fundamentals and tackling,” said Brown. “The amount of missed tackles we had (Saturday), we left a lot on the field simply by missed tackles. There were a lot of plays underneath that turned into big plays because of the missed tackles. That would have to be first and foremost. The bye week is all about fundamentals – get better and improve on the fundamental aspects.”
    Colorado did not have a bye week in Jon Embree’s first season. A 13-week gauntlet was one of a myriad of reasons given for the Buffs falling to a 3-10 record.
    So this is Embree and Co.’s first chance at a mid-season do-over.
    Buff fans can only hope that it helps …



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