Colorado's coordinators aren't up for reelection on Tuesday.
That's good news for Greg Brown and Eric Bieniemy. Both 2012 scapegoat candidates would be voted out of their offices at the Dal Ward Center by an angry base.
Jon Embree hinted that he will be shaking things up with an announcement at next Tuesday's press luncheon, but the second-year CU head coach was likely referring to the unstable quarterback situation.
Believe it or not, the Buffs' maligned defense was the bright spot during Saturday's 48-0 loss to No. 15 Stanford at Folsom Field.
Brown's unit, which entered Saturday's game ranked 124th nationally in scoring defense (46.0 ppg), only gave up 41 of the points.
Jordan Webb was responsible for
Bieniemy's offense used three different quarterbacks. The trio combined to complete 12 of 23 passes for 97 yards and was sacked seven times, which is why CU rushed for a net of minus-21 yards on the afternoon.
Christian Powell only had six carries for 17 yards (2.8 per).
This is the first time CU has been shut out at home since a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 15, 1986.
"They're a real good defense to start off with. Their front is I think better than anybody we've played so far, or anybody I've personally played so far," CU backup quarterback Nick Hirschman said after completing 4 of 6 passes for 12 yards. "A lot of that responsibility of moving the ball falls on the quarterback, and all three of us need to be better in order for this team to move on."
The Buffs did not cross midfield until third-string quarterback Connor Wood connected on a 20-yard pass to tight end Nick Kasa midway through the fourth quarter.
Two snaps later, Wood was sacked and fumbled. The home team recovered the ball for a loss of 24 yards on the play back at the CU 45.
The offense was called for a delay of game on the next play. Wood completed a 10-yard pass to Tyler McCulloch on the ensuing third-and-37.
The Buffs never got the ball back after Darragh O'Neill's ninth punt of the game with 6:35 remaining.
"You can't really put a finger on one player, one position," Wood said after completing 4 of 7 passes for 66 yards in mop-up duty. "It seemed like when 10 guys were doing the right thing, one guy wasn't."
Embree said the absence of Gus Handler, CU's starting center, was a key factor in the offensive line not being able to build on decent performances against USC and Oregon.
"We tried to run outside, we tried to run inside ... you can have a game plan but when you're second-and-long you have to do things differently," Embree
The Buffs continue to mix in more spread offensive sets, but right now it doesn't appear that there is enough talent to execute any type of scheme against strong defenses.
CU finished with six first downs and 76 total yards of offense.
"I've said this before, but I'm taking a real hard look at what we do on both sides of the ball," Embree said. "(To) make sure that we give our kids the opportunity to be successful."
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