By the numbers: UCLA at Colorado

UCLA defensive back Randall Goforth, front, defends Colorado wide receiver Devin Ross during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Goforth was called for pass interference. Colorado won 20-10. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

UCLA defensive back Randall Goforth, front, defends Colorado wide receiver Devin Ross during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Goforth was called for pass interference. Colorado won 20-10. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A few key stats from UCLA’s 20-10 loss to Colorado on Thursday:

  • 210 total yards for UCLA, a season-low (previous season-low was 301 vs. WSU)
  • 25 rushing yards, second-lowest total this year (lowest is minus-1 vs. ASU, third-lowest is 43 vs. WSU)
    • 30 carries, most since 32 vs. Arizona
    • 0.8 yards per carry, second-lowest of the year
    • 22 yards lost on the high snap from Scott Quessenberry that went down as rushing yards
  • 66 rushing yards for Soso Jamabo, the most for him since 90 against UNLV
    • 4 rushes from Jamabo that went for negative yardage or no gain on 23 total carries (1 carry for negative yards, 3 for 0 yards)
      • 57.9 percent of Jamabo’s carries in Pac-12 play entering Thursday’s game had gone for 0 or negative yards
  • 44 individuals at FBS schools have rushed for more yards than UCLA has as a team (709)
  • 4 turnovers for UCLA that only resulted in 3 points
  • 3 interceptions for UCLA
    • 8 of 9 games this season in which UCLA has had an interception (the only game without one is Arizona)
  • 15 tackles for loss for Takkarist McKinley in the past seven games (2 against Colorado)
  • 3 missed field goals
    • 8 missed field goals total this season
  • 35-3 in games when leading at halftime under head coach Jim Mora, but all three of those losses have come in the past two seasons.
    • First was last year vs. WSU, two this year were Stanford and Colorado
  • 1st loss to Colorado since 2003 (breaks five-game winning streak in the series)
  • 7-11 vs. Power 5 teams (2-0 against BYU, an independent) in past two seasons

 

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Wrapping up UCLA’s 20-10 loss to Colorado

Colorado linebacker Jimmie Gilbert, top, hits UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado linebacker Jimmie Gilbert, top, hits UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The offense lost Josh Rosen officially for the rest of the year and continued its abysmal form while the special teams had multiple costly mistakes in UCLA’s 20-10 loss to Colorado on Thursday night in Folsom Field.

The Bruins missed three field goals between two place kickers and gave up the back-breaking punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. UCLA’s season rushing average continues to drop after 25 yards on the ground against the Buffaloes. The Bruins are averaging 78.8 rushing yards per game.

With four straight losses, the Bruins need three straight wins to earn bowl eligibility and finish 6-6.

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Weekly Q&A – Colorado answers

Ralphie is awesome

Ralphie is awesome

With Josh Rosen done for the year, wouldn’t it make sense to get Devon Modster some experience for next year? We are losing these games anyway with Mike Fafaul. I’m sure he is a good kid but 4-8 is 4-8.

The other reporters and I were discussing this as well, and yes, it does seem to make sense to give one of the freshmen experience, but there are also other things to consider. You don’t want to make it just any experience for him; you want to make sure it’s a good experience and he can have success and build confidence. It’s hard to come by that kind of success when you’ve been servicing the scout team the entire year and running around trying to be a different person every week at practice.

Also, if one of the freshmen gets experience, how important is that really going to be next year when you assume/hope that Rosen will be back and healthy anyway? It would be different if Rosen was leaving and UCLA was looking for someone for next year, but experience or not, Modster (or Lynch) would still be the backup next year. Do you want an “experienced” backup? Sure, that’s always the dream, but then it brings us back to the first concern of whether that experience was good and built confidence. For Fafaul’s sake, I don’t think he’s the reason why they’re losing these games. He’s prone to turnovers, which is a huge problem, but if he had even a middling running game to help him out, then I honestly think the results would have been different. He’s cut his teeth for four years now, understanding 100 percent that he’s probably not going to play and now he’s got this chance and he’s trying to make the most of it. Let the dude live a little.

For those wondering, I think it is indeed Modster in line after Fafaul and before Matt Lynch. The two true freshmen are still essentially QB3 and QB3a, but this week, when Rosen was not on the practice field, Modster was not dressed as a scout-team quarterback, suggesting that he was taking the No. 2 reps to Fafaul. This is the first time I recall in the past few weeks that Modster wasn’t dressed as a scout-team quarterback.

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Five questions: The Daily Camera’s Brian Howell on Colorado

With one of the Pac-12’s stingiest defenses and a balanced offense, Colorado is the surprise leader of the Pac-12 South. The Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1) are in the midst of their best season since 2005. We caught up with Brain Howell of The Daily Camera and BuffZone.com to figure out what’s behind Colorado’s big season.

1. From the outside, it seems like this Colorado team came out of nowhere. Not many people expected the Buffs to be anywhere than last in the Pac-12 South and now they have a very real chance of winning the division. From someone who has followed regularly, what indications (if any) were there that this year would unfold this way?

The Buffs have been better than I expected, but I did predict they’d win seven games and get to a bowl game because I did see them as a team ready to win. First and foremost was the experience factor. They are loaded with seniors and juniors this year, many of them playing significant roles, and many of those guys have seen the field throughout their careers. With that, the leadership on this team is phenomenal, and since the end of last season, there’s just been a different vibe around this team because of that leadership. They’ve managed to put that all together and now they’ve confidence to go with it. Going up tempo on offense has helped, too. That’s brought a new attitude to the offense. Continue reading

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First look: UCLA at Colorado

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, center, leads his team in warm up exercises before the NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, center, leads his team in warm up exercises before the NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

UCLA Bruins (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) vs. No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12)
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT, Folsom Field
TV: FS1
Radio: AM 570

Scouting report: With a veteran-laden team and a lockdown defense, Colorado is one of the biggest surprises of a Pac-12 season full of them. The Buffaloes, who haven’t played in a bowl game in nine years, are in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South. Their one loss in conference play is to USC. Colorado entered the season with the most returning starters in the conference with 20. The team’s defense is one of the best in the conference, ranking second in points allowed per game (18.1), and first in yards allowed (307.8). The Buffaloes, coming off a bye, lead the Pac-12 in pass defense efficiency and are second in pass yards allowed (178.6). They have an FBS-leading 21-game turnover streak. Continue reading

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