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Buffs get a Victory Party against Arizona, next-up Cal

Buffs get a Victory Party against Arizona, next-up Cal
By TrevMon • Issue #10 • View online
The Buffs defense was brilliant in 34-0 shut-out of AZ. The offense stepped up their pass protection, QB play to get as many explosive plays as they have had all season. A huge momentum swing was initiated by a block punt scoop and score, followed by a pick six a few plays later put to put the Buffs on roll in the second half.

Takeaways from CU victory over Arizona
  • Buff defense quickly diagnose and pursued, shutting down the perimeter runs and passes.
  • 5 TFLs early, 26 stops recorded on the day. Excellent goal line stance.
  • Nice day for OLB, Gustav and Thomas had productive days
  • Safeties played good, Lewis led the team in tackles with 7 and some key stops early; Mark Perry had his best game, including his first pick
  • Brendon Lewis had a break-out game. He had an outstanding rating for PFF 90, his previous high was 69. His time to throw (TTT) was 3.21 (a little better but still not ideal ~2.8, flushed right. He was able to pass the ball downfield (ADOT 11.4 vs previous high of 7.9)
  • Pass protection was good. No sacks allowed. Notable improvement by Jake Wiley (T) who had 73 pass block rating (up from his average 43)
  • Individually, Carson Wells had an exceptional game, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, one PBK, one pick six.
  • Special teams was great. Watt had a 60 yrd net punt out of the end zone. Trevor Woods (Mr. Big Play) sparked the rally with a block punt, scoop and score.
Cal Bears
  • FBS Power Ranking 76 (CU 93); Schedule opponents team strength (81), vs CU 81)
  • Offense 54 FBS rank (CU 85) Defense 69 (CU 55)
  • Chase Garbers QB (76)
  • Played Oregon and Washington very toubh
  • Positive Overall Team Performance (.85)
  • Run Defense (pff 72 grade); Pass Coverage 75 ; Tackling (50)
  • RB DeCarlos Brooks (81); Damien Moore ; Christopher Brooks Jeramiah Hunter (79);
  • Chase Garbers, 5th yr,
  • Injuries; Defensive Starters are out: Deng (LB), Johnson (DE)
Things to look for against Cal
  • Defense keep tightening the screws, limit explosive plays. Cal spreads it around to the WRs. Cal with Garbers is capable of making explosive plays that AZ left on the table
  • Offensively, keep trending positive on TTT, Depth of Target and Pass Protection
  • Take shots downfield if they keep stacking the box; exploit the single coverage like they did with B-Lew to Rice a
  • Keep working on the multiple run game to exploit Cal’s weak tackling. Power run blocking, running out of spreads; get running backs in space, keep doing the fly and jet sweeps to get WRs going
  • Get the Tight ends more involved; scheme them into some plays when they come off pass protection, play action roll-out
  • Wildcat (Matt Lynch?)
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