CU opponent glance

Opponent: UCLA Bruins

Game time: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. MT, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Coach: Jim Mora, 6th season (43-26)

Record: 2-2, 0-1 Pac-12

Last week: Lost to Stanford, 58-34, on the road

Key players: WR Darren Andrews, Sr. (32 catches, 458 yards, 7 TD); RB Soso Jamabo, Jr. (19 att., 146 yards, 2 TD); QB Josh Rosen, Jr. (131-of-200, 1,763 yards, 16 TD, 4 INT); DL Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (9 tackles, 2.5 sacks); S Jaleel Wadood, Sr. (22 tackles, 3 PBU); TE Caleb Wilson, So. (32 catches, 424 yards, 1 TD).

Notable: UCLA has lost two in a row, to Memphis and Stanford. Both games were on the road. ... The Bruins are just 2-9 in their last 11 Pac-12 games, including a 20-10 loss at Colorado last year. ... Rosen leads the country in passing yards and touchdowns. ... After ranking 127th nationally in rushing offense last year (84.25 yards per game), the Bruins are 104th this year (120.0 per game). ... Andrews and Wilson are tied for sixth nationally in receptions and both are in the top 13 in receiving yards. ... The Bruins rank 125th in scoring defense, allowing 43.3 points per game.

One snap and clear.

That's been the mantra of the Colorado football team for the past year, designed to help them forget the last play or last game and move on to the next.


Not long after Saturday's 37-10 loss to No. 7 Washington at Folsom Field, the Buffs were already trying to put the disappointment in the past.

"We just have to come out next week and prepare for UCLA and move forward," senior safety Afolabi Laguda said.

On Saturday, the Buffs (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) will make their first road trip of the season, as they visit the Bruins (2-2, 0-1). UCLA has lost two in a row, including a 58-34 loss to Stanford on Saturday.

The last time the Buffs were routed by Washington, in last year's Pac-12 title game, they had nearly four weeks to think about it before playing again. This time, they have just a week.

"I think it's a good thing," Laguda said of the quick turnaround. "It's definitely humbling when you take an L. You just have to keep pushing and I think we're going to keep pushing. I think we'll bounce back. We're going to practice hard this week and we'll see how the chips fall next Saturday."

Despite starting the conference schedule with a loss, the Buffs said their goal of winning the conference hasn't changed.

In the six-year history of the Pac-12, there's never been an undefeated league champ. Five of the six had just one loss, but none of them started 0-2. The Buffs will try to avoid that this week.

"I hope we always keep plowing along and going," MacIntyre said. "You just keep playing. You never know what happens. Everybody can beat everybody."

Limiting Pettis

After all the talk about Washington's Dante Pettis last week, the dynamic receiver/punt returner had a minor impact on Saturday's game.

The Buffs never allowed Pettis to return a punt, ending his streak of three consecutive games with a touchdown return.

As a receiver, Pettis had three catches for 54 yards. Unofficially, Pettis was targeted five times with CU's standout corner, Isaiah Oliver covering him, catching one pass for 25 yards.


CU linebacker Drew Lewis got a chance to play against some old teammates on Saturday.

Lewis redshirted at Washington during the 2014 season and then was dismissed from the team the next summer.

He made his presence known on the first play, dropping Huskies' running back Myles Gaskin for a 4-yard loss.

"That felt good you know?" he said. "I tried to start off hot and I did pretty well. I felt pretty good the whole game mentally and physically so that was a lot of fun.

"I got the chance to talk to some (former teammates) after the game, which was cool."

While Gaskin wound up having a huge day, so did Lewis, who posted 10 tackles.


Asked about several low snaps by center Tim Lynott Jr., MacIntyre said he wasn't sure if a wet ball played a role. That'll be something the Buffs look at on film, he said, and "make sure we fix that" if the Buffs play in another rainy game. ... Quarterback Steven Montez became the 21st player in CU history to reach 2,000 career passing yards. He's currently at 2,046. ... The Buffs didn't have any kickoff returns in the first three games, but had five for 111 yards against Washington. Freshman KD Nixon had three returns for 77 yards, including a 33-yarder.