Ryan Thorburn, Camera Sports Writer
Ryan Thorburn, Camera Sports Writer ( PAUL AIKEN )

There wasn't a lot to say after this one.

Sacramento State's 30-28 victory over Colorado on Saturday at Folsom Field left both locker rooms stunned.

"I'm kind of speechless," said visiting head coach Marshall Sperbeck, whose Hornets were coming off a 30-point drubbing at New Mexico State.

"I have no (opening) statement," CU counterpart Jon Embree said. "Questions?"

What do you say to the fans who are tired of the Buffs losing to Big Sky programs in Boulder?

"Sorry," Embree said. "And we're going to do everything to make it right and fix it. Just like I tried to last week. You guys that know me know I'm competitive.

"I'm going to fight until there is nothing left."

There are still 10 games left in the 2012 season. That seems like cruel and unusual punishment for everyone who follows this program.

It's certainly an awful lot of bad reality television for the Pac-12 Network to fill time with. Dish Network customers, you've been warned.

Embree held a meeting with his staff following his postgame press conference. There was plenty to discuss.

Like burning this thing to the ground and starting over.

"We're on the same page," Embree said. "We have to get a different book."

Eric Bieniemy's offense found its missing running game with fullback turned tailback Christian Powell getting the start and producing 147 yards and three touchdowns. But quarterback Jordan Webb completed a Jayhawk-like 50 percent of his passes, finishing his second CU start with 160 yards and a touchdown.


Connor Wood should break the huddle at Fresno State next Saturday.

The Buffs would trade for Sacramento State signal caller Garrett Safron (312 yards, two touchdowns) if they could.

"Everything will be re-evaluated," Embree said of his quarterback situation. "All positions."

Senior free safety Ray Polk missed the game with an ankle injury. Senior linebacker Doug Rippy left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury.

And senior linebacker Jon Major had his soul crushed when Edgar Castaneda's game-winning field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired.

"It's hard to talk about right now," Major said.

CU's defense was spotted a 14-0 lead 6:32 into the game before allowing touchdown drives of 75, 57 and 80 yards and then a 59-yard drive that ended with a field goal before the half.

Sacramento State, a team Big Sky coaches picked to finish ninth in the conference's preseason poll, finished the game with 466 yards of total offense (6.5 yards per play).

Defensive coordinator Greg Brown had some explaining to do at Embree's come to Jon meeting. And starting four true freshmen wasn't the explanation the head coach is looking for.

"They're our guys. I don't care what year they are," Embree said. "They are going to make mistakes, but there are other guys playing."

CU might be cashing large Pac-12 checks and getting more national exposure these days, but the only thing this program has proven through two games is that it can't beat middle-of-the-pack Mountain West teams.

Or even FCS teams. We used to call them Division I-AA and automatic win.

It was easy for me to predict a CU triumph over Sacramento State in this space. The wise guys in Las Vegas had the Buffs as three-touchdown favorites.

Embree knew the cold, hard truth about the talent levels of these two teams when he turned on the Week 1 film.

This wasn't a surprise inside the Dal Ward Center.

"I did not come into this game thinking we were going to dominate. I came in thinking this was going to be a football game where we were going to have to fight and win," Embree said. "And that's how they were coached all week and how they were talked to.

"No one thought we were just going to come in and win."

Right now, it's hard to imagine the Buffs winning a game, let alone six games. Losing to Sacramento State has muted any talk by the Buffs of a bowl game.

This was the easy part of the schedule.

Fresno State, Washington State, UCLA ... all 10 remaining opponents can smell the blood seeping out of a once proud program.

"They're going to come after us. Everybody," Embree said. "So we have to figure out a way."

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