Colorado coach Jon Embree praised the play of quarterback Jordan Webb and defensive lineman Will Pericak today during his weekly media luncheon and said last week's victory at Washington State was good for the team's psyche.
The Buffs overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Cougars and stabilize the season after fans and boosters had been in an uproar following three straight losses to start Embree's second season as coach.
“To win in that manner was important and to do it on the road was important,” Embree said. “It gives them confidence and helps validate the things we've been asking them to do. We put a lot of demands on them and when you put all these demands on them and there is no success, it can be demoralizing.”
The Buffs will host UCLA (3-1, 0-1) which is coming off a loss to Oregon State. The Buffs are looking for their first home win against an opponent that beat them soundly a year ago 45-6 at the Rose Bowl.
Of course, both teams are significantly different this fall. The Buffs are a young group finding their way behind Webb, who earned his first win as CU's starter last week. The Bruins are under new management with coach Jim Mora in his first season at the helm and redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley guiding the offense.
“When you have a dual-threat quarterback like that, you have to be very assignment conscious,” Embree said.
Embree is very familiar with many members of the UCLA team because his oldest son, Taylor, played wide receiver for the Bruins the past five seasons.
Mora's father, Jim Mora Sr., is a former CU assistant coach who will be at Folsom Field on Saturday as one of many former players and coaches from the 1970s who were invited back to campus for a celebration of that era in the program's history.
Other notable names who are making their way back to campus this weekend are former coach Bill Mallory, former players Cliff Branch, Larry Brunson, Greg Horton, Jim Kelleher and Emery Moorehead.
The Buffs will be wearing pink accents to uniforms on Saturday against the Bruins in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.
“It has hit a few people close to us, coaches and players, so wear your black and your pink,” Embree said.
This weekend is also parents weekend at CU, which has become a bigger draw than homecoming at CU over the past decade.
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