Notes From CU's Win over TTU

Inside, notes from CU's 30-6 win over Texas Tech, which moved the Buffs to 1-6 on the season.

• For the first time this season, CU played in its all-black uniforms.

• Colorado lined up with three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs early. The DBs to start the game were Chapelle Brown, Terry Washington, Terrence Wheatley, Lionel Harris and Ryan Walters.

• When CU tight end Riar Geer was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass in the first quarter, it marked the first time Texas Tech had given up a touchdown in the first quarter this season.

• Fullback Maurice Cantrell has his first career touch when he hauled in a 20-yard reception on the team's first drive. He added an 18-yarder in the second quarter. Not bad for a guy who was playing linebacker in August.

• Ryan Walters had his first career pick Saturday, and followed it up later in the game with his second.

• Cornerback Gardner McKay played a lot this game for the first time this season after battling through an injury in September.

Jarrell Yates' first career reception was a touchdown. Yates, who is starting to show some signs of consistency in practice, was the primary receiver on the play. He badly beat a TTU defender on a stop and go route, and Bernard Jackson hit him in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown.

• Senior Abraham Wright continues his march toward a CU sack record. Saturday he got loose in the second quarter on a 4th and 6 and sacked TTU QB Graham Harrell. He currently has 9 sacks on the season. Dan McMillan holds the CU single-season record with 14 (1985).

Mason Crosby's 56-yard field goal in the second quarter is the second-longest field goal this season, behind Oregon kicker Alex Serna's 58-yarder. Crosby added a 53-yarder in the second half, and now has 12 of 50 or more yards in his career.

• The Buffs scored 20 points in the first half – more points than they had scored in regulation to date. And while Texas Tech was averaging 31.7 points per fame, CU had held them scoreless by halftime. Which begged the question: Which was the more impressive feat?

• The win means CU avoids setting a program record for consecutive losses. Instead, they tied the record with 10, dating back to last November.

• Officials said 50,233 tickets were distributed for the game, and an estimated 45,233 were in attendance.

• Tech's leading receiver coming into the game, senior wideout Robert Johnson, did not make the trip to Boulder due to disciplinary reasons.

• INJURIES: No injuries were reported from the game. J.J. Billingsley (knee) and Mark Fenton (leg) are questionable for practice this week. They will try and practice Tuesday. Neither is expected to play at Oklahoma Saturday.

• Colorado honored this year's inductions into the CU Athletics Hall of Fame at halftime. Included in the class are the 1959 ski team, football player Bobby Anderson, longtime SID Fred Casotti, cross country runner Adam Goucher, athletic director Bill Marolt and football coach Bill McCartney. In addition, Anderson's No. 11 was painted at the 25-yard lines on the field. Those in attendance were escorted onto the field at halftime in a convoy of vintage automobiles. With Colorado ahead 20-0 at that point, it was a pretty sweet scene.


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