Bits and Bytes - Colorado

It's a long way to gametime, so we provide these final bits of information, insight and a bit of just plain fun to help get you to kickoff.






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Series: First Meeting
Thu 09/18/08 8:30 PM
Boulder, CO

Folsom Field
Record: 1-1
USA: 24th
Last Game
ECU L 3-24

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Record: 2-0
USA: 40th
Last Game
E Wash W 31-24
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2008 Schedule
First Meeting: 2008
Last Meeting: - - -
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PLAY THE WHOLE HALF

West Virginia has at times been lax in yielding points right before the half, and that's something Colorado feasts on. Over the last 20 years, the Buffs have scored 121 times in 187 two-minute drill attempts. That total includes 20 game winning or tying scores.

Colorado was a lights-out 9-of-12 in this statistic in 2007.


POSTSEASON PLAY

Colorado has appeared in 28 bowl games, which puts them in a tie for 24th all time with Notre Dame. West Virginia stands just one behind, having appeared in 27 bowl games in its history.


ROAD MILES

The last time West Virginia traveled this far west for a regular season game was in 1980, when the Mountaineers flew to Hawaii for a 16-13 loss to the Rainbow Warriors in Don Nehlen's inaugural campaign with the Gold and Blue. Oddly enough, that record trek followed another lengthy trip by just one month, as WVU traveled to Fort Collins, Col. on Sept 13. The Mountaineers won that game 52-24, but the lengthy trips had a disastrous effect on a team that was 4-1 prior to the island junket. The Mountaineers went just 2-4 the rest of the way, resulting in a final record of 6-6.


OFF-FIELD TIES

Although West Virginia and Colorado have never met on the football field, at least one occurrence has created a link between the two programs. Following the 1979 season, West Virginia was very close to hiring Bill Mallory, who coached the Buffs from 1974-78, for its open head coaching job. That slot instead went to Nehlen.


GENDER CONFUSION

Ralphie, the Colorado mascot, is certainly an impressive site as it storms onto the field. That intimidation factor is tempered a bit, however, with the knowledge that Ralphie is, in fact, female. Last week marked the debut of Ralphie V at her first game, a win over Eastern Washington.

Ralphie V hasn't fully taken over game day duties, however. Ralphie IV has not officially retired and will appear during the 2008 season; it's just not known how many times. As they say in the sports business, the decision if Ralphie IV or V will be running at CU home games will be a ‘game day' call. Both buffaloes are an active part of the program, and either could appear and run at a game (though will never appear together). Program managers will choose IV or V for a particular game based upon each animal's weekly practice performance leading up to the game. And you thought WVU had problems figuring out who to start!

You can Learn more about Ralphie and the tradition of the Buffaloes at this well-done site. Colorado just wrapped up "Ralphie Week" 11 days ago – a celebration of all things Ralphie on the CU campus.


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Despite WVU's impressive record over the past few years, a vocal minority of fans clamored for more balance between the run and the pass. Well, this year, they've gotten it. Through two games, the Mountaineers have run a total of 110 total plays, 58 coming on the ground and 52 through the air. The rushing game has totaled 328 yards, an average of 5.7 yards per play. The passing attack has totaled 277 yards, five touchdowns and an average of 7.5 yards per completion.

That balance, unfortunately, has also resulted in a balanced won-loss record.


NOT SO RARE

Thursday games have become more commonplace over the past few years, but WVU is actually well-versed in playing on the penultimate weeknight. Other than Saturday, West Virginia has played more games on Thursday than any other night of the week. The Mountaineers are 32-29-2 on that night for a total 63 games played. The next most frequent date is Friday, where WVU holds a dead-even 25-25-2 record.


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