Time to flush 'SC, look ahead to Colorado

IT'S TIME TO FLUSH the horrible loss to USC and look ahead to the Beavs' game with Colorado (1 pm, Pac-12 Networks). The Buffs (2-3) are a better team this season. And meanwhile, this one suddenly is shaping up as "desperate win time" for the Beavers.

This Colorado team can score.

They took Cal to overtime in a wild, 59-56 loss on Saturday. And if they hadn't gone for an ill-advised two-point conversion in OT, they might still be playing.

Colorado is averaging 321.6 passing yards per game (No. 18 nationally, 5th Pac-12). Their rushing offense averages 164 yards a game (71st nationally, 10th Pac-12).

Colorado's scoring offense: 31.8 ppg (61st nationally, 10th Pac-12).

Victor Bolden (dislocated finger), Mike Riley said Sunday night, is "a little doubtful" for Colorado though he didn't want to fully rule him out. But on Monday he lined up behind the offense and ran his routes on each play, reported the Oregonian. Bolden's sutures come out Thursday, which would be the first day he would be allowed to attempt to catch a pass.

Starting defensive tackle Jalen Grimble (pictured, knee) did not practice on Monday and had a little limp. And that was just the beginning of the laundry list on injuries Oregonian beat writer Gina Mizell listed:

Starting safety Tyrequek Zimmerman (undisclosed) did not practice. Cyril Noland-Lewis took the first-team reps in Zimmerman's place.

Starting linebacker D.J. Alexander (undisclosed) did not practice. Rommel Mageo stepped in for Alexander on the first team.

Starting right guard Grant Bays (undisclosed) did not practice. Roman Sapolu moved over from left to right guard, and Garrett Weinreich took the first-team reps at left guard.

Beaver star center Isaac Seumalo (foot) did not practice.

Reserve defensive lineman Noke Tago (knee) did not practice. He was on crutches and wearing a brace.

Reserve safety Zack Robinson (undisclosed) did not practice.

Receiver Rahmel Dockery (hip pointer), who did not play against USC, practiced fully.

--Oregon State is listed as a 7 1/2 point favorite according to Las Vegas betting lines on Monday afternoon.

-- By the way, Sean Mannion is on pace in 2014 to finish his career with 13,771 yards at his current season pace assuming the Beavs (3-1) make a bowl game. That would eclipse Matt Barkley for the all-time Pac-12 mark (12,327 yards, 2009-12.) WSU senior QB Connor Halliday is on a video-game like pace to compile over 6,000 passing yards but he would, at his current pace, fall short of Mannion's career projected numbers with 13,462 yards.


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