EUGENE, Ore. -- When the Colorado football team began offseason workouts last winter in preparation for the 2012 season, it finished each of those sessions and all the ensuing practices in the spring and summer in a group huddle shouting two words.
The Buffs watched their dream of a first postseason berth since 2007 die a slow death over the first two months this season culminating in another wipeout Saturday at Autzen Stadium. The No.2 Oregon Ducks clobbered coach Jon Embree's team 70-14, ensuring a seventh consecutive losing season, the longest such stretch in school history.
In the aftermath, senior linebacker Doug Rippy trudged into a small room just beyond the west end zone to talk to reporters about where things stand for his team and where the Buffs go from here.
"You got to keep playing man," Rippy said. "We're not giving in. I know I'm not giving in. ... A bowl game is obviously out the window, but at the same time, you're still playing for Colorado and the people that played here before us. That's how I feel."
Rippy and the other seven seniors comprise the first senior class in 28 years to never have played in a bowl game. The reality is the majority if last year's seniors also suffered the same fate, but a few of them were on the roster when CU lost in the 2007 Independence Bowl it Alabama.
This season's seniors have never played beyond November.
Rippy said that despite the nosedive the program has taken in recent years, he would not change his decision to come to Boulder
CU already had one recruit pull out of his commitment this week. Embree said after the loss to Oregon he hopes fans will continue to come to Folsom Field in the final month of the season when CU will play three home games, starting next week against Stanford.
Embree said his program will host numerous recruits in the coming weeks and landing some of those players will help CU avoid more outcomes like the pitiful results lately. The Buffs have been outscored 171-37 in the last three games, allowing at least 50 points to the opponent in all three contests.
"The guys that we have coming in next year and the guys that we have coming back, I'm excited about that," Embree said. "We have some good recruits coming in. It's important that our fans continue to come out to the games we have because they're going to make an impression on the recruits we have coming in these next couple weekends, which will helps us a lot, immensely. As your players improve, your results improve. That's what keeps me going."
Colorado will likely feature a new starting quarterback against Stanford. Sophomore Nick Hirschman replaced junior Jordan Webb on Saturday after Webb missed several open receivers. Both CU quarterbacks combined to complete 14 of 27 passes for 95 yards.
Oregon's dynamic tandem of running back Kenjon Barner and do-it-all playmaker De'Anthony Thomas accounted for 201 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the first half, including a dazzling 73-yard punt return by Thomas.
"The play that epitomized their speed the most was obviously that punt return," Embree said. "We had three guys, maybe four, that had a shot at him. I don't know if we touched him."
Oregon wasted little time putting the Buffs out of their misery with two quick scores to take a 14-0 lead 2 minutes, 32 seconds into the game. The Ducks benefited from a fumbled kickoff return the first time CU touched the ball on offense.
By the end of the first quarter, Oregon led 28-0. Colorado has been outscored 112-24 in the first quarter this season.
Oregon hasn't needed to play its starters much beyond halftime of games this season and it continued that trend with ease against CU. The Ducks rolled to a 56-0 halftime lead, racking up 311 rushing yards, 447 yards of total offense in just 13 minutes, 5 seconds of possession time.
The Buffs lost their fourth consecutive game this season and their 20th consecutive game against a ranked team on the road. Oregon's 70 points set a school record for scoring in a conference game. It is the most points scored by a CU opponent this season, but just barely. CU allowed Fresno State to score 69 last month.
The last time CU allowed 70 points in a game was the 2005 Big 12 Conference championship game loss to Texas, which went on to win the national title that season. Oregon, which entered Saturday's game No. 4 in the BCS standings, looked like it could be playing for the crystal ball this January.
If there was a bright spot for Colorado, it was freshman running back Christian Powell, who carried 20 times for 121 yards and two scores. Both came early in the third quarter, the only portion of the game in which CU fans had anything to celebrate.
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Oregon 70, Colorado 14
Colorado 0 0 14 0--14
Oregon 28 28 14 0--70
Ore -- Barner 1 run (Beard kick), 13:13.
Ore -- D.Thomas 9 run (Beard kick), 12:28.
Ore -- Mariota 5 run (Beard kick), 6:56.
Ore -- Addison 16 pass from Mariota (Beard kick), 1:44.
Ore -- Barner 24 run (Beard kick), 12:36.
Ore -- D.Thomas 73 punt return (Beard kick), 11:06.
Ore -- Hawkins 7 pass from Mariota (Beard kick), 6:16.
Ore -- Bennett 6 run (Beard kick), :20.
Col -- Powell 1 run (Oliver kick), 9:41.
Col -- Powell 20 run (Oliver kick), 8:02.
Ore -- Bennett 3 run (Beard kick), 3:55.
Ore -- Bennett 17 run (Beard kick), 1:00.
A -- 57,521.
First downs 12 30
Rushes-yards 33-150 57-425
Passing 95 192
Comp-Att-Int 14-27-0 14-18-0
Return Yards 0 112
Punts-Avg. 8-45.0 3-28.7
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 5-60 7-85
Time of Possession 32:13 27:47
RUSHING -- Colorado, Powell 20-121, Abron 5-20, Hirschman 1-13, Goodson 2-6, Ford 2-2, T.Jones 1-1, J.Webb 1-(minus 5), Team 1-(minus 8). Oregon, Barner 9-104, D.Thomas 5-97, Bennett 10-73, Marshall 12-67, Forde 3-27, Mariota 4-22, Chimphalee 6-18, Bassett 5-13, Haines 2-6, Addison 1-(minus 2).
PASSING -- Colorado, Hirschman 7-16-0-64, J.Webb 7-11-0-31. Oregon, Mariota 10-14-0-136, Bennett 4-4-0-56.
RECEIVING -- Colorado, Hobbs 4-28, Kasa 2-26, T.Jones 2-7, Powell 2-7, McCulloch 1-24, Slavin 1-6, Spruce 1-(minus 1), G.Thomas 1-(minus 2). Oregon, Huff 4-49, Barner 2-47, Stanton 2-10, Kelley 1-32, Addison 1-16, Marshall 1-14, D.Thomas 1-9, Murphy 1-8, Hawkins 1-7.