After his team racked up a whopping eight personal foul/unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Thursday night, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre didn't waste any time in addressing the problem.
"We were back here at 8 (on Friday) morning," MacIntyre said Monday, as the Buffaloes returned to practice. "We run for penalties and different things anyway, but it was a little bit more intense with the personal fouls and the unsportsmanlike conducts.
"They responded really well, did really well and then they went and lifted (weights). It was good."
Players may not have enjoyed the morning of punishment, but they all knew it was necessary after the uncharacteristic loss of composure during their 20-10 win against UCLA.
"It was more or less trying to make sure everybody on the team just kept their cool and got their head right," junior tight end/fullback George Frazier said of the message to the team after the game. "We had a bad week, but it won't happen again. We'll move forward and figure things out."
CU had been flagged for personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct just 10 times in the previous eight games combined. So, while the lack of composure has not been an ongoing issue, MacIntyre said it was vital to make sure it doesn't become one.
"It's really important because you don't want it to raise its head and all of a sudden we get one of those in a critical situation and it extends a drive (for the opponent)," he said. "It hurt us the other day. We basically gave them three to seven points off of it and basically took away about 10 points from us, so that's a huge difference in a game."
The 16th-ranked Buffs (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) will aim for a cleaner performance on Saturday, when they visit Arizona (2-7, 0-6).
"Friday we came in, got over the hump, figured out what we need to do to keep our edge and keep our cool, and we're going to show that against Arizona on Saturday," receiver Shay Fields said.
Sophomore cornerback/punt returner Isaiah Oliver was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week on Monday.
Oliver's 68-yard punt return for touchdown with 5 minutes, 27 seconds to play sealed the victory against the Bruins. It was the first punt return for touchdown by a Buff in 11 years.
In total, Oliver had five punt returns for 124 yards — the highest single-game total in the Pac-12 this season. He added a 42-yard return that set up a field goal.
Oliver's 124 punt return yards was more than any CU returner had for an entire season from 2011-15.
CU has had six conference player of the week honors this season, its most since also having six in 2002. The Buffs had six player of the week awards during their first five Pac-12 seasons (2011-15) combined.
Focusing on the 'Cats
Arizona has had a miserable season to this point and the Wildcats are coming off a 69-7 loss to Washington State, giving them six losses in a row.
CU is favored by 15 points, but MacIntyre said the Buffs have no business overlooking Arizona.
"There's a little bit of human nature in that when you see the score (against Washington State), but Arizona has beat us the last (four) times we've played them," MacIntyre said. "They beat us pretty good the last time we were down there. It's a hard place to play.
"They have a good football team and (the CU players) know a lot of those same guys are the same guys that beat us last year. No way we will overlook them at all. I guarantee you (Arizona) will come out foaming at the mouth after what happened to them last week."
The kickoff time for CU's Nov. 19 home game against Washington State will not be announced until Sunday. Usually, kickoff time is announced 12 days prior, but twice a year, the networks can opt for a six-day selection. Fox Sports has the top choice of Pac-12 games, with a 1:30 p.m. time slot, with ESPN having the second choice for its 8:15 p.m. time slot. Pac-12 Network games are slated for noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ... Washington's John Ross III was the Pac-12 offensive player of the week, while the Huskies' Sidney Jones IV was the defensive player of the week.
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