Colorado Postgame Notes
Quickly... Colorado finished 2-10 in 2006, just the third 10-loss season in school history (the 1980 and 1984 teams finished 1-10)... The 23-point loss topped CU’s previous largest setback, a 21-point loss at OU; both times, the opponent added cosmetic touchdowns in the final 30 seconds (OU with :17 left, NU with :23 left), something CU undoubtedly will remember in future meetings... Colorado has now dropped 14 straight to ranked teams...The Buffs finished 0-5 on the road, its first winless season away from home since a similar mark in 1984... DL Alex Ligon had his first sack since the middle of the 2004 season, when he was credited with half a sack against Iowa State (his last full sack came when he had three at Washington State earlier that same season)... Colorado gave up a safety for the first time since Oct. 18, 2003, when Kansas State blocked a punt out of the end zone at Manhattan... QB Bernard Jackson ended the season with a string of 66 passes without throwing an interception... Nebraska had one play of 40 yards or longer (a 57-yard pass completion), with CU allowing six for the entire year, matching a 20-season low done three other years since the 1987 team only gave up four of that distance... Nebraska TB Brandon Jackson was only the second player to rush for 100-plus yards against Colorado this season (34-142); Oklahoma’s Allen Patrick was the other (35-110)... Colorado was outscored 106-40 in the fourth quarter this season (16-0 today)... The stadium record crowd of 85,800 is the sixth largest crowd CU has played before in its history, trailing three crowds at Michigan and one each at Ohio State and Georgia (earlier this season).
Scoring Streak. CU extended its consecutive scoring streak to 222 games, with today marking the 155th time that the Buffs extended the run in the first quarter. It is the 11th longest streak in NCAA history (the fifth longest active streak).
*-ILB Thaddaeus Washington (6,2—8 TT). Credited with eight tackles from press box totals (subject to coaches review), he had 335 in his CU career, which if holds, he’ll finish ninth all-time at CU. However, Michael Lewis is in eighth with 336, and Mickey Pruitt in 10th with 332, so just like with elections, we’ll wait for the official final tally. He’ll finish the year with over 100, joining ILB Jordon Dizon as the first set of inside linebackers to both post over 100 since Ted Johnson and Matt Russell did so in 1994.
*-TB Mell Holliday (8-67, 1 TD). He enjoyed a good return to his home state, scoring his second touchdown of the season, a 45-yard jaunt in the third quarter that was the fifth longest rush against Nebraska this season. Holliday finished the year with 512 yards; with Hugh Charles (779) and Bernard Jackson (677), they become the first Buff trio to all rush for over 500 yards since 2001 and the 10th group to do it in CU history (detailed list on page 15 of CU’s game notes).
*-Lasts. Seniors who were not regular starters over the course of the season who started their Colorado career finale today included TE Paul Creighton and DL Alex Ligon.
*-TE Riar Geer (1-14, 1 TD). He became the first freshman, true or redshirt, to lead the Buffaloes for a single season in both receptions and yards, as he finished the year with 24 catches for 261 yards (and 3 TDs).
*-WR Cody Crawford (5-79, 0 TD). He had single game career bests in receptions and yards, and finished the season with 15 grabs for 222 yards (13 for 184 over the last five games).
*-TB Hugh Charles (5-61, 0 TD). His 44-yard run in the first quarter set up a CU touchdown; in the 2005 game, he had a 45-yard run on the first play of the game, which set up Colorado’s lone score (a Mason Crosby field goal). A year ago, he had 12 rushes for 78 yards against the Huskers, getting 33 yards on 11 tries after the long run. He finished the season as CU’s leading rusher for the second straight season (139 carries for 779 yards); with 1,640 career yards, he’ll enter his senior year ranked 21st all-time at Colorado.
*-PK Mason Crosby (2-2 PAT, 0-1 FG/55wl, 2 points). Crosby wraps his career as CU’s all-time career leading scorer with 307 points. He finished with 66-of-88 field goals made, the 75.0 percentage tying the school career record, first set by PK Jeremy Aldrich between 1996-99 (48-of-64). He was 19-of-28 this season, his average make 40.6 yards and average miss from 52.1.