Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy does a little dance a couple times a week when he is requested for an interview.

He's not shaking his booty. He is forced to dance around the questions he is asked because answering them honestly often would mean criticizing or blaming players for either their mistakes or their shortcomings.

Bieniemy might be known for coaching his players hard on the field and yelling himself hoarse on game days, but he's not one to cast blame publicly. So he dances.

After the Buffs managed to score just three points in a loss to Washington at Folsom Field on Saturday, Bieniemy danced circles around questions about what is preventing his offense from moving the ball and scoring points. He said he blames himself first.

"We just got to get better across the board," Bieniemy said. "At the end of the day, we've got to coach better, players got to be better and we've got to go out and execute better."

The Buffs have scored just three points in the past two home games combined and they have accumulated only 217 total yards of offense in those home losses to Washington and Stanford. No one is more troubled by it than Bieniemy.

"I'm just pissed off and frustrated," Bieniemy said. "Let's keep it real. I hate losing. I hate it. I despise it and it doesn't make anything any easier."

Bieniemy said when the offseason arrives after next week's season finale against Utah, he will analyze everything he has tried to do this season and adjust. He said he that process starts with being honest with himself about where he is falling short.


Bieniemy said he isn't ruling anything out at this point when it comes to tweaks to the offensive system or wholesale changes.

Nearly all the players on the offensive side of the ball are eligible to return next season with some key additions coming in redshirts, grayshirts and new recruits. Bieniemy seems as excited about those realities as he is frustrated by the current state of things.

Colorado offensive coordinator works during Saturday’s game against Washington.
Colorado offensive coordinator works during Saturday's game against Washington. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

"You keep motivating and showing what we're not doing," Bieniemy said. "The thing is we're showing flashes of doing some good stuff. We've just got to understand what consistent behavior is. We've got to learn to put consistent behavior on tape.

"We have got to understand that consistency is the key to success."

Moving on up

CU freshman running back Christian Powell ran 17 times for 66 yards Saturday before suffering a concussion. The production allowed Powell to move into second place on Colorado's freshman single-season rushing chart.

He has rushed for 691 yards on 158 carries with seven touchdowns. He needs 140 yards to surpass Lamont Warren's single-season freshman record of 830 yards set in 1991. However, Powell might not get the chance to go after the record next week against Utah because of the concussion.

Woeful record

Colorado has allowed 510 points this season. It is the first time in the program's history the Buffs have allowed opponents to combine to score 500 or more points in a season.

The season opener against Colorado State was the only game this season in which the opponent has not scored at least 30 points.

The Buffs have given up 38 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. Opponents have attempted 196 passes without a CU interception. Linebacker Jon Major was the last Buff to pick off a pass earlier this season at Washington State, the Buffs' only win.

Iron Will

Defensive end Will Pericak tied the school record Saturday for most games played in a career by a defensive player. Pericak made three total tackles in his 48th career game.

Orms returns

CU defensive back Parker Orms returned to action Saturday after missing several weeks with a concussion that coach Jon Embree initially thought might end his season.

Orms made three tackles, including one for a loss against the Huskies.


Freshman Tyler Henington made his first career start at defensive tackle Saturday and finished with four tackles. ... Chidera Uzo-Diribe recorded the 16th sack of his career and is 12th on CU's career sack list. ... Freshman Marques Mosley returned a kickoff 59 yards. It was the longest return by the Buffs since 2010.

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