Is that Darrin Chiaverini’s call up there? Or has someone invented a time machine, kidnapped Mark Helfrich from 2010 and dressed him in CU Buffs gold?
Forget the asterisk: take a picture.
The undefeated Buffalo (2-0) heading into Saturday’s hastily arranged visit from San Diego state, leading the Pac-12 in points scored per game (41.5), hasty touchdowns (eight), red zone score percentage ( 10-out-10), 100%) and percentage of touchdowns-in-the-red zone (9-for-10, 90%).
Just peel the label off the side of the helmet, just look at the numbers and you’d think it was Oregon. Turn right?
“Where I think our offensive staff has done a great job is that they all have some areas of expertise that they’ve had success with,” said Karl Dorrell, head coach of the freshman CU earlier this week when asked about the fertile score of the Buffs to open this shortened season.
And I think Darrin did a really good job of really creating that melting pot of information of a lot of people who have been offensively successful. And (he) really put it together to tailor it for us, in terms of our skills for our attacking staff. “
The Buffs ranked National No. 19 in points per attack stage, according to BCFToys.com, in their battle with the Aztecs (3-2). Take what the site describes as “garbage possessions” – the clock at the end of the half or kneeling at the end of a game, for example – and CU averages 3.07 points each time the attack takes the field.
Perspective: The site has been tracking disk data since 2007. On that stretch, no shock, the Buffs have never been in the top 50 most efficient offenses in the country, let alone in the top 20. The previous best national rankings were 59th in 2017 (2.12 points). per ride).
And it is true, it is only two games. We’re talking small samples within a season of small sample size, a college football campaign unlike any other since 1918. Scattered starts, cancellations, improvisation and, let’s face it, conferences do whatever it takes – duct tape, piano wire, whatever – to redeem the College Football Playoff payout at the end of the road.
But asterisk or no asterisk, the Buffs were all fun to watch when they got the ball. And that’s largely because they’ve gone back to their McCartney-era roots with a 21st-century spin – using the run game and the threat of the quarterback run game to open up everything else.
Graduate quarterback Sam Noyer enters the weekend and ranks second among Pac-12 signal callers with more than one appearance in terms of rushing yards per game (50), behind only the Ducks’ Tyler Shough (65.7 rush yards over three games).
Coupled with whirling dervish file Jarek Broussard, who has been rushing for the best class of 154 meters per game, Noyer’s large body (1.85 meters-4,220 pounds) package has surprising speed and the ability to the fake to sell leave UCLA and Stanford defenders guess. And usually wrong guess.
“Coach Chev and I have developed our relationship since I came here,” Noyer said recently. “He came in my freshman year (2016). I’ve spent a lot of time with him, learning what he likes, getting to know his system and understanding what’s going through his mind. And I think he does the same to me.
“And also (quarterbacks) coach (Danny) Langsdorf does a great job… he came in here and does a great job implementing a lot of things. I think those two are doing a great job together putting me and our offense in the best position to win, with their calls and their game plans. “
Langsdorf joined Dorrell’s staff in early March, shortly before the pandemic, bringing with him a load of Pac-12 miles, having served as Mike Riley’s attack coordinator at Oregon State from 2005 to 2013 and at Riley in Nebraska from 2015 to 2013 served.
That melting pot of ideas, as Dorrell called it, coupled with Chev’s calls on matchday, has seen the Buffs zoom in to a 35-14 halftime lead against UCLA and a 35-16 fourth quarter pad at Stanford.
“It’s a blessing to play college football right now, in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Chiaverini. “So I’m proud of our players and proud of our coaches. And you don’t take anything for granted anymore with what we’ve been through this year. “