2011 Colorado Buffaloes football team

The 2011 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Led by first-year head coach and alumnus Jon Embree, the Buffaloes played their home games on-campus at Folsom Field in Boulder and were first-year members of the newly expanded Pac-12 Conference. They finished with a record of 3–10, 2–7 in Pac-12 play, in a tie for last place in the South Division.

2011 Colorado Buffaloes football
Colorado Buffaloes wordmark.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2011 record3–10 (2–7 Pac-12)
Head coachJon Embree (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorEric Bieniemy (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Brown (1st season)
MVPToney Clemons
Tyler Hansen
Captains
  • Tyler Hansen
  • Jon Major
  • Ryan Miller
  • Anthony Perkins
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 53,613)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 4 Oregon xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 7 Stanford x%   8 1         11 2  
Washington   5 4         7 6  
California   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   3 6         3 9  
Washington State   2 7         4 8  
South Division
No. 6 USC   7 2         10 2  
UCLA xy   5 4         6 8  
Utah   4 5         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   2 7         4 8  
Colorado   2 7         3 10  
Championship: Oregon 49, UCLA 31
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • † – USC ineligible for championship and post-season due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

PreseasonEdit

RecruitingEdit

National Signing Day was on February 2, 2011 and Colorado signed high school athletes from around the country.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 38:15 p.m.at Hawaii*ESPN2L 17–3437,001[1]
September 101:30 p.m.California*FCSL 33–36 OT49,532[2]
September 1711:30 a.m.vs. Colorado State*FSNW 28–1457,186[3]
September 241:30 p.m.at Ohio State*ABC/ESPN2L 17–37105,096[4]
October 11:30 p.m.Washington State
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
FCSL 27–3151,928[5]
October 85:30 p.m.at No. 7 StanfordVersusL 7–4850,360[6]
October 151:30 p.m.at WashingtonRTRML 24–5262,147[7]
October 221:30 p.m.No. 9 Oregon 
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
FSNL 2–4552,123[8]
October 294:30 p.m.at No. 23 Arizona StateRTRML 14–4853,168[9]
November 47:00 p.m.No. 21 USC
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
ESPNL 17–4250,083[10]
November 1212:30 p.m.Arizona
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
FCSW 48–2948,111[11]
November 195:30 p.m.at UCLAVersusL 6–4557,344
November 251:30 p.m.at UtahFSNW 17–1445,026
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

[12]

Game summariesEdit

HawaiiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 0 14 3 17
Warriors 3 14 7 10 34

Colorado lost their 18th consecutive road game with their 34–17 loss to Hawaii on September 3 in Jon Embree's debut as Colorado head coach. The Buffaloes' last road win came on October 27, 2007 against Texas Tech. Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz ran for a career-best 121 yards and three touchdowns and threw for one touchdown and 20 completions on 33 attempts. Although Hawaii led most of the evening, Colorado made it interesting at the start of the fourth quarter, and took advantage of a fumble by Moniz; the Buffaloes cut the lead to 24–17 with a 34-yard field goal by placekicker Will Oliver. That was the last Colorado score, as Hawaii scored the game's last 10 points to secure the win.[13]

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Golden Bears 0 16 7 76 36
Buffaloes 3 3 14 103 33

Although both teams are members of the Pac-12, this game counted as a non-conference game in the standings as this game was scheduled before Colorado joined the Pac-12.[14]

Things started off rough for Cal, but after a failure at 4th and goal for Colorado and later a field goal, Cal capitalized on the momentum shift and raced out to a 16–6 lead at halftime. Cal continue to score, but the Buffaloes rebounded strongly by outgaining Cal offensively and later tied the game. In overtime, Colorado was held to a field goal and Zach Maynard later connected to Keenan Allen for a game-winning touchdown.

Colorado StateEdit

1 234Total
Colorado State 7 007 14
Colorado 0 1477 28

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Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 7 3 7 17
Buckeyes 10 10 14 3 37

Washington StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 3 7 14 31
Buffaloes 3 10 7 7 27

StanfordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 7 0 0 7
#7 Cardinal 13 14 14 7 48

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 7 3 7 7 24
Huskies 21 17 7 7 52

OregonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Ducks 29 6 10 0 45
Buffaloes 0 0 2 0 2

Notes: Darragh O'Neill punts four balls inside the five yard-line, one causing the Ducks to retreat in their end zone from the momentum of the punt, and them being tackled forcing a safety, the Buffaloes' only score.

Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 7 0 7 14
#23 Sun Devils 21 10 10 7 48

USCEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Trojans 7 21 7 7 42
Buffaloes 7 3 0 7 17

ArizonaEdit

1 234Total
Arizona 3 7712 29
Colorado 7 131414 48

Colorado recorded their first ever Pac-12 win and avoided the first winless season in Folsom Field history.[16]

UCLAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 6 0 0 6
Bruins 21 0 3 21 45

First Quarter scoring: UCLA – Shaqell Evans 54-yard pass from Kevin Prince (Tyler Gonzalez kick); UCLA – Johnathan Franklin 14-yard run (Gonzalez kick); UCLA – Joseph Fauria 5-yard pass from Prince (Gonzalez kick)

Second Quarter scoring: CU – Toney Clemons 20-yard pass from Tyler Hansen ( Will Oliver kick failed)

Third Quarter scoring: UCLA – Gonzalez 22-yard field goal

Fourth Quarter scoring: UCLA – Fauria 15-yard pass from Prince (Gonzalez kick); UCLA – Nelson Rosario 11-yard pass from Prince (Gonzalez kick); UCLA – Malcolm Jones 1-yard run (Gonzalez kick)

UtahEdit

1 234Total
Colorado 7 370 17
Utah 0 0140 14

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RosterEdit

2011 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 63 Ethan Adkins Sr
FB 47 Tyler Ahles Sr
TB 33 Cordary Allen   Fr
OL 50 Paulay Asiata Fr
TE 43 Matthew Bahr Sr
OL 59 David Bakhtari So
OL 66 Blake Behrens Sr
QB 10 Brent Burnette Jr
WR 4 Keenan Canty   Fr
WR 35 Kyle Cefalo Sr
OL 60 David Clark Sr
WR 17 Toney Clemons Sr
C 64 Brad Cotner Fr
OL 54 Kaiwi Crabb   Fr
TB 44 Malcolm Creer Fr
OL 68 Shawn Daniels Sr
OL 53 Ryan Dannewitz Jr
WR 82 Jarrod Darden So
TE 34 Ryan Deehan Sr
QB 12 Stevie Joe Dorman Fr
WR 89 Drew Ebner Fr
WR 83 Dustin Ebner Jr
WR 15 Jason Espinoza Sr
TE 99 Scott Fernandez So
TB 29 Josh Ford So
ATH 22 D.D. Goodson Fr
WR 2 Logan Gray Sr
OL 76 Gus Handler So
QB 9 Tyler Hansen Sr
FB 49 Evan Harrington Sr
OL 75 Jack Harris So
QB 8 Nick Hirschman   Fr
TB 26 Tony Jones   Fr
OL 71 Alex Lewis Fr
TB 20 Brian Lockridge Sr
WR 87 Tyler McCulloch Fr
OL 73 Ryan Miller Sr
OL 52 Daniel Munyer   Fr
OL 72 Marc Mustoe Fr
WR 27 Tommy Papillon So
FB 38 Nick Plimpton Fr
WR 6 Paul Richardson So
QB 14 John Schrock Fr
TE 88 Kyle Slavin   Fr
WR 22 Nelson Spruce Fr
TB 5 Rodney Stewart Sr
OL 79 Sione Tau Sr
TE 85 DaVaughn Thornton So
WR 86 Alex Turbow So
WR 81 Austin Vincent Fr
TE 84 Alex Wood So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 21 Jered Bell So
DL 94 Nate Bonsu So
DB 40 Brandon Brisco Fr
DB 30 Jermane Clark Fr
DT 50 Curtis Cunningham Sr
LB 54 Brady Daigh Fr
DB 27 Vince Ewing Jr
OLB 55 David Goldberg Sr
DB 14 Justin Gorman   Fr
LB 37 Woodson Greer Fr
DB 28 Will Harlos Fr
DB 23 Sherrad Harrington Fr
OLB 17 Josh Hartigan Sr
DB 18 Jonathan Hawkins Sr
DB 20 Greg Henderson Fr
DB 22 Arthur Jaffe Sr
DE 44 Nick Kasa Jr
DL 97 Kyle Koch Fr
ILB 12 Patrick Mahnke Sr
OLB 31 Jon Major Jr
DB 36 Jordan Marquez   Fr
DB 39 Josh Moten   Fr
DE 90 Stephane Nembot Fr
DE 58 Andre Nichols Fr
OLB 48 Liloa Nobriga So
DT 93 Conrad Obi Sr
DB 25 Ayodeji Olatoye So
DB 13 Parker Orms So
OLB 2 Juda Parker Fr
DT 83 Will Pericak Jr
DB 7 Anthony Perkins Sr
DB 26 Ray Polk Jr
DE 95 Tony Poremba Sr
DL 91 Kirk Poston   Fr
DB 16 Makiri Pugh Jr
DL 70 Eric Richter Jr
ILB 3 Douglas Rippy Jr
DB 19 Travis Sandersfield Sr
OLB 34 Hunter Shaw Fr
DB 41 Terrel Smith So
DB 38 River Thompson Fr
LB 42 K.T. Tu'umalo Fr
DE 51 John Tuso Fr
DE 9 Chidera Uzo-Diribe So
DB 32 Paul Vigo So
LB 92 Casey Walker Fr
DB 4 Kyle Washington Fr
ILB 5 Derrick Webb So
ILB 45 Lowell Williams   Fr
DB 33 Richard Yates Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 8 Mark Brundage Sr
K 40 Justin Castor So
P 15 Zach Grossnickle So
LS 69 Ryan Iverson So
LS 57 Clayton Jones Fr
LS 65 Keegan LaMar Fr
P 8 Darragh O'Neill Fr
K 91 Will Oliver Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Eric BieniemyOffensive Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Greg BrownDefensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • Rip SchererAssistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks
  • J.D. BrookhartOffensive Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends/Special Teams
  • Brian CabralRun Game Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Bobby Kennedy – Wide Receivers
  • Steve Marshall – Offensive Line
  • Kanavis McGheeDefensive Line
  • Mike Tuiasosopo – Defensive Line

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes vs. Hawaii Warriors Box Score". ESPN. September 3, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "California Golden Bears vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. September 10, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Box Score". ESPN. September 24, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes vs. Stanford Cardinal Box Score". ESPN. October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Washington Huskies vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  8. ^ "Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. October 22, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  9. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils". ESPN. October 29, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "USC Trojans vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. November 4, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  11. ^ "Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes Box Score". ESPN. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  12. ^ "Football – 2011 Schedule/Results". University of Colorado–Boulder Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  13. ^ "Bryant Moniz's three TDs lead Hawaii past Colorado". ESPN. September 4, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "California Golden Bears Football Schedule". University of California at Berkeley Department of Athletics. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  15. ^ "Tyler Hansen in High Gear as Colorado Downs Colorado State". ESPN. September 17, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  16. ^ "Colorado Avoids First Winless Season at Folsom Field". ESPN. November 12, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Colorado Holds Off Utah, Snaps 23-Game Road Losing Streak". ESPN. November 25, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2014.