Greetings, Buffs fans, from CU at the Game.
There are tough losses, and then there are tough losses.
The 40-31 defeat at the hands of Nebraska will be remembered for some time. Not only did the Buffs lose in ignoble fashion—on a Nebraska school-record 57-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play—but the loss will keep Colorado home for the holidays.
There is a complete wrap-up of the game posted on the Web site, including stats and locker room quotes. If that sounds about as appetizing as a third day of turkey, I offer you the following essay:
"Coach Mac v. Coach Hawk" takes a look at the programs each coach inherited, then follows the parallels for each coach as they posted two-win seasons in their first campaigns, then seasons of improvement, followed by seasons of disappointment.
In Coach Mac’s fourth season, the program shifted, taking the Buffs on a path which culminated in a national championship. Will the same hold true for Buffs in Coach Hawk’s fourth season? We’ll take a look.
Please note: CU at the Game will not be going into hibernation until August 2009. Far from it. There will be recruiting updates as warranted by events (all the more reason to let your CU friends know they should send me an email and get on the update list).
ALSO, coming in a few weeks will be an addition to the Web site—an interactive element which I believe you will not only enjoy, but will wish to be an active participant!
Hang in there, Buff fans! www.cuatthegame.com
For you, the last "Going Down in History" update for 2008:
Going Down in History - Daniel Graham
Patrick Williams had one reception against Nebraska, giving him 104 receptions for his Colorado career (CU does not count bowl records in its all-time count). This leaves Williams ninth on the all-time receptions count, just behind Daniel Graham, who had 106 catches while in Boulder (1998-2001).
As a senior in 2001, Graham was selected as the sixth unanimous All-American in Colorado history. That season, Graham collected 51 catches for 753 yards and six touchdowns, including four catches for 112 yards and a memorable early touchdown in the 62-36 rout of Nebraska.
Graham’s season’s efforts were good enough that Graham was given the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end. Graham’s 106 catches for 1,543 yards are both career bests for tight ends at Colorado.
A first-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 2002 NFL draft (21st overall). Graham played with New England between 2002 and 2006, earning Super Bowl rings in 2003 and 2004. Graham signed with Denver Broncos in 2007, and continues to play in the NFL this season.
For being a Denver prep project (Thomas Jefferson) who stayed at home to help bring a Big 12 title to Boulder - Thank you, Daniel Graham!
Going Down in History - Bobby Anderson
With his 216 yards of total offense against Nebraska (249 yards passing, minus-33 yards rushing), sophomore quarterback Cody Hawkins finished the 2008 season eighth on the all-time Colorado total offense list with 4,551 total yards. The holder of the No. 7 spot is Bobby Anderson, who had 4,565 yards of total offense (2,367 yards rushing; 2,198 passing) in his CU career (1967-69).
Anderson was a consensus All-American at tailback for Colorado in 1969, switching to tailback in the third game of the season. As a sophomore in 1967, Anderson was an honorable mention as a quarterback, and was good enough at both positions to be selected All-Big Eight at quarterback (1968) and at tailback (1969).
When Anderson graduated, he left with 18 Colorado records, with his 4,565 yards of total offense being a Big Eight record at the time. In his election to the CU’s All-Century team, Anderson was second in the voting only to Byron "Whizzer" White.
Anderson is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Big Eight Hall of Fame, and Anderson’s No. 11 is one of only three CU players to have his jersey number retired.
A first-round selection by the Denver Broncos in 1970 (11th overall), Anderson played with Denver, New England, and Washington in six seasons in the NFL. Anderson has maintained his connections to the program, being a color commentator and sideline reporter for KOA radio for many seasons.
For setting a standard of excellence in Boulder, and for staying a Buff for over four decades, Thank you, Bobby Anderson!
Check out the "Coach Mac v. Coach Hawk" essay at www.cuatthegame.com - it will make you feel better!
Back to you in a few weeks!