Notes: Shifting focus following big win

Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre estimated there were 200 fans that showed up outside the Champions Center to celebrate Colorado's win at Oregon upon the team's arrival back in Boulder early Sunday morning.

It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I'd say 70-80 percent of them were students. Our players went around and gave them all high-fives and they were chanting and signing the fight song. I thought it was really cool for our kids.”

Will it be more difficult for the Buffs to shift focus to Oregon State following a big win?

I don't know, we'll find out,” MacIntyre said with a laugh. “I don't think so. These young men have worked so hard, I don't think they'll let down for a second. They need to be prepared and ready to go.”

The Buffaloes opened as a 16-and-a-half point favorite over the Beavers, the most lopsided betting line Colorado has been on this side of since joining the Pac-12. Oregon State fell to 1-2 after losing to Boise State at home, 38-24, last weekend. The Beavers did battle Minnesota on the road in their opener and they defeated Idaho State, 37-7.

In our league, everybody is good, everybody has good football players, so we have to come ready to play and give our best to be able to win,” MacIntyre said. “Our preparation during the week is key.”

Offensive line update

The offensive line is often criticized and rarely praised. While Klayton Adam's group has made plenty of mistakes through the first four contests, the line has clearly improved its play from a season ago when the Buffs gave up the most sacks in the Pac-12.

There have been some times so far in the season we've been able to play physical football. We still have too many times where we're not playing with the technique that we want to play with," Adams said. "We had a few mistakes in the second half against Oregon protection wise and gave up a couple sacks that we didn't want to give up. But I think generally we're headed in the right direction.”

Junior Sam Kronshage began the season as the Buffaloes' starter at right tackle, but recently he has been rotating with redshirt freshman Aaron Haigler. Adams said he has been pleased with that rotation.

To be honest, I just kind of like playing both of them,” Adams added. “Aaron is 270-pounds or so. I don't know if it is fair to expect him to be able to play 85-100 snaps every week. Sam has played really well when he has played so it is not that I have been unhappy with him.

There is part of me that thinks about doing that at other positions as well. That is still something I am looking at, because I think it is all about competition. And if guys feel like, 'Well, I am going to play no matter what.' That is when you start declining during the season. I want those guys thinking, 'If I don't do my job, there is someone else that will. So I better make sure I am prepared.'”

Additional notes -

*** MacIntyre shed some tears and ran hugging players following the Buffaloes' win in Eugene. He admitted the dramatic nature of the ending further fueled his emotions.

Just seeing how hard they worked and knowing the history,” MacIntyre said of why he was so emotional. “We hadn't won at Oregon since 1966. And then when we went there before, the times I have gone, we got blistered. A lot off them, 75 percent of them, were on that field [against Oregon before]. That shows a lot, it shows how far they've come.

A lot of people in life go, 'Well, we can't do this, we can't do that.' And they give up. Well, these young men didn't give up. And then the fashion we won it in, showed even more fortitude and character. So I was just so happy for them getting through that. … I thought it was huge for them, I really do.”

*** Junior Ryan Moeller was moved from safety to outside linebacker last week, and according to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jim Leavitt, he played well in the role. Moeller's change in roles helped the Buffs' defense better match up with Oregon's speed.

[Safeties coach] Joe [Tumpkin] really wanted to try Moeller there,” Leavitt recalled. “He asked me about it earlier in the week and I said, 'Sure, why not?' We decided to start him and put 'Chido' (Chidobe Awuzie) at corner. Moeller had never played there before.”

*** It was announced Monday the Buffaloes' game at Southern Cal next Saturday, November 8, will kickoff at 2 pm (MT) with television coverage on the Pac-12 Network.

*** Colorado's players will wear white helmets, black jerseys and white pants during this Saturday against Oregon State.

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