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CU Buffs aim to end losing skid against Arizona

Jarek Broussard: “We’re at a point where you either want it or you don’t.”

DENVER, CO - September 11, 2021: University of Colorado Boulder's  Jarek Broussard during the Texas A&M game on September 11, 2021 game at Empower Field in Denver.  (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
DENVER, CO – September 11, 2021: University of Colorado Boulder’s Jarek Broussard during the Texas A&M game on September 11, 2021 game at Empower Field in Denver. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Following three consecutive blowout losses, the Colorado football team got a break with last week’s bye, giving the Buffaloes an opportunity to step back and re-evaluate everything and at least pause the negative momentum.

With the break over, running back Jarek Broussard and several of his teammates know the importance of Saturday’s matchup with Arizona.

This is a test of the Buffs’ pride.

“One-hundred percent,” Broussard said. “I mean, we’re at a point where you either want it or you don’t. It’s simple. You only take so many punches to the face till you’re like, ‘OK, now it’s time to retaliate.’ When is that going to be? It’s going to be now.

“Guys on the team are tired of getting their (butt) whooped week in and week out. We put in too much work.”

Asked if this is a game that will tell him a lot about his team, Broussard said, “Yes, 100 percent.”

Center Colby Pursell said every week is about pride because “You always want to come out and win. You always want to fight as hard as you can.” But, he also knows this could be a pivotal point of the Buffs’ season.

Two years ago, Arizona came to Boulder with first-place in the Pac-12 South division on the line. This time, the teams are tied for last place. The loser of this game might not leave the basement in 2021.

“Bye weeks are a great time to reset if things aren’t going your way,” Pursell said. “Reset, collect yourself, and get ready for the next big push.”

Arizona could be the ideal opponent for CU at this point, as the Wildcats have lost 17 straight and have struggled as much, if not more than the Buffs.

Of course, Arizona looks at CU the same way, as this might be the Wildcats’ best shot at a win this season.

“In a lot of ways they mirror a lot of the issues that we’ve dealt with, with having a lot of new players playing,” Dorrell said. “They’ve had some quarterback rotation. There’s been some just trying to fact-find on their own from an offensive standpoint.”

CU is on its own fact-finding mission offensively but is also looking to regain its confidence as it aims to end the losing streak.

“It’s definitely important to me because I’m a very prideful person,” defensive tackle Jalen Sami said. “Of course we always play this game to win but to have fun as well while we’re at it. So if we can use both of those emotions and just that desire to force our will upon players and opponents I think we’ll be in good shape.

“Personally I’ll do whatever I can, no matter what. That’s just how I am every game. I treat it like it’s my last because you only have a select few of these while you’re here on this earth. You never know what could be your last one. We took that into consideration for this weekend just for the rest of the season. This next seven-game run we want to just play our best and just show the world that we are a good football team.”

Game at a Glance

Matchup: Arizona Wildcats (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12) at Colorado Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2)

Kickoff: 1:40 p.m. MST

Where: Folsom Field in Boulder. Playing surface: Grass

TV: Pac-12 Network

Radio: KOA (850 AM & 94.1 FM)

Odds: Colorado by 6

Series: Colorado leads 15-8

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