Buff CBs look good - until the end

For much of Saturday's game, Colorado's new cornerbacks -- Greg Henderson, Parker Orms and Travis Sandersfeld -- played well against Cal's dynamic receivers. Yet, when it mattered most in overtime, Cal got the best of the Buffs.

BOULDER -- Keenan Allen was running off the field when he stopped one of the California assistants.

"I told you they couldn't cover me one-on-one," said Allen, the Cal receiver who caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat Colorado 36-33 on Saturday.

For much of Saturday's game, Colorado's new cornerbacks -- Greg Henderson, Parker Orms and Travis Sandersfeld -- played well against Cal's dynamic receivers.

Yet, when it mattered most in overtime, Cal got the best of the Buffs.

"I'm proud of how we played today, but it just wasn't good enough," Orms said.

Orms took the loss particularly hard. Allen leaped over him in the end zone to make the game-winning catch.

"He beat me outside and I've got to make a play," Orms said. "It's just me versus him, you know?"

It was a disappointing finish for CU, and it's new set of corners.

In Week 1, Allen and Marvin Jones combined for 230 yards and two touchdowns against Fresno State.

CU held that duo to seven catches for 107 yards during regulation Saturday.

"Yeah, I was surprised how good they played, but they didn't show us nothing new," Allen said. "They were just playing, flying around and making good plays."

In overtime, however, Allen and Jones got loose for three catches and 45 yards.

Jones caught an 8-yard pass on Cal's second play of overtime. Three players later, Cal faced 1st-and-30 and got out of that when quarterback Zach Maynard found Allen - his half-brother - for a 32-yard gain to the Colorado 3.

Two players later, Maynard found Allen in the end zone. Senior safety Anthony Perkins said that shouldn't take away from the effort of the cornerbacks.

"I think our corners have stepped up and they played fantastic," Perkins said. "I'm real proud of how they played, but as a team and as a defense, we're not getting the job done and that's the bottom line."

SCREENS WORKING: For the second straight game, CU was able to successfully move the ball with with screen passes to running back Rodney Stewart.

Tyler Hansen competed four screen passes for 72 yards to Stewart on Saturday.

In two games this season, Stewart has 11 catches for 184 yards. He had just 398 receiving yards in his first 32 college games, combined.

"Wherever I can get the ball to do my thing, I'm willing to do it," Stewart said. "Screens happened to be working, so we stuck with it."

RUNNING GAME WOES: While Stewart is gaining yards through the air, he and the Buffs continue to struggle running the ball.

The Buffs gained 108 yards on the ground Saturday. It was a dramatic improvement over the opener, when they had 17 against Hawaii. But, it's still not what the Buffs had in mind for their run game.

"We need to get those guys up front (on the offensive line) to get going a little bit, but we'll be better," Hansen said. "We'll get the running game going. If we get the running game going, we're going to be explosive as an offense and we'll be real good."

Stewart, who rushed for 1,318 yards last season, finished with 73 yards on 24 carries Saturday. He has just 125 yards in the two games.

"We'll get it going," he said. "I'm really not frustrated. I'm just looking forward to next week."


Facts and figures from Saturday's game:

0 -- Combined number of sacks allowed and turnovers committed by CU. Saturday was the first time the Buffs have ever lost a game in which they had zero turnovers and gave up no sacks.

5 -- Successful field goals, in five tries, for Buffs' true freshman kicker Will Oliver. He went 4-for-4 on Saturday. The school record for consecutive field goals made to start a career is six, by Jeremy Aldrich (end of 1996, beginning of 1997). One of Oliver's kicks Saturday was from 52 yards - the longest field goal ever for a CU freshman.

9 -- Team-high tackles for linebacker Douglas Rippy. He had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack.

154 -- Consecutive successful extra points for CU opponents before the Buffs' Will Pericak blocked a Cal PAT.

284 -- School-record number of receiving yards for CU's Paul Richardson. He broke the mark of 222 shared by Walter Stanley (in 1981) and Rae Carruth (in 1996). Richardson's 11 catches tied the school record.

474 -- School-record number of passing yards for Hansen. He broke the record of 465 set by Mike Moschetti on Sept. 11, 1999, against San Jose State. Hansen also tied the school record with 500 yards in total offense (Moschetti also had 500 in that 1999 game).

THIS AND THAT * Fifth-year senior Sione Tau saw his first action on a play from scrimmage.

* Receiver Tyler McCulloch became the seventh true freshman since 1973 to start a game for CU.

* Cal quarterback Zach Maynard threw an interception. He has thrown 17 interceptions in his last 14 college games (12 with Buffalo in 2009 and two this season).

* CU tackle Jack Harris suffered an ankle injury and did not return. He will be evaluated on Sunday. Hansen (cramp) and tackle Ryan Dannewitz (knee) also got hurt, but both returned.

* In two games, Buffs safety Ray Polk has been flagged twice for a late hit out of bounds.

* Former Buffs quarterback Cody Hawkins was on hand for the game. "It was good seeing him," Hansen said.

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