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Colorado At Arizona: What You Need To Know

Dec 5, 2020

Colorado Game Notes

COLORADO (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) AT ARIZONA (0-3, 0-3)

KICKOFF: 5:05 p.m. at Arizona Statdium

TV, RADIO: FS1 will televise the game with Alex Faust and Evan Moore. KOA Radio will broadcast the game with Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson on play-by-play and Gary Barnett providing color commentary.

ON THE INTERNET: The game can be heard on the internet at CUBuffs.com or via KOA Radio website (www.850KOA.com). CUBuffs.com will also provide a live blog with continuous updates and statistics throughout the game.

THE COACHES: Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell is in his first year at the Buffs' helm. He is 3-0 at CU and 38-27 overall as a head coach. Kevin Sumlin is in his third year at Arizona, where he is 9-18. Sumlin is 95-61 overall as a head coach and 2-0 against Colorado.

THE SERIES: Colorado leads by a 14-8 all-time count, but is just 2-7 against UA in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats have won the last three by a combined 16 points.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: A win will keep the Buffs unbeaten and in at least a tie with USC in for the Pac-12 South lead in terms of overall record. The Wildcats need a win to break a 10-game losing streak.

LAST OUTING: Colorado jumped out to a 14-0 lead over San Diego State, then leaned on its defense in the second half to collect a 20-10 win. Arizona dropped a 27-10 decision to UCLA.

TEAM LEADERS: Offensively, the Buffs are led by running back Jarek Broussard, who has 432 yards rushing on 90 carries this season (4.8 per carry, 144 per game). Quarterback Sam Noyer has thrown for 650 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions; and has also run for 112 yards and four TDs. Dimitri Stanley leads the team in receiving with 13 catches for 202 yards and a score. Defensively, ILB Nate Landman leads the Buffs with 37 tackles and three sacks. OLB Carson Wells has 15 tackles (seven for loss) and an interception and safety Derrion Rakestraw has 19 tackles, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Gary Brightwell leads UA in rushing with 224 yards on 49 carries, and Arizona is 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (125.7). Quarterback Grant Gunnell, who was injured on the first play of last week's loss to UCLA, has thrown for 547 yards and six touchdowns. Backup Will Plummer, a freshman, threw for 151 yards and two interceptions against the Bruins, and also had 49 yards rushing. 

KEY MATCHUP: Colorado offensive line vs. UA front seven. The Buffs have some injury problems up front, but the Wildcats have struggled against the run, giving up 229 yards per game on the ground while recording just one quarterback sack in three games. If the Buffs can establish control in the trenches, they will dictate the tempo and dominate the game.

UP NEXT: The Buffs are scheduled to play host to Utah next Friday in a 7:30 p.m. game at Folsom Field.