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OHIO STATE 37 COLORADO 17 REVIEW: Buffaloes WR Clemons has played three times in career vs. Buckeyes

 

Toney Clemons Colorado WR (megasportsnews.com photo)

Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Toney Clemons caught 4 passes for 31 yards in Saturday’s 37-17 loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

Clemons knows the Buckeyes quite well. He grew up in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, which is northeast of Pittsburgh and was invited to their Junior Day as a 2007 football recruit.

Clemons said that “Ohio State was a team I grew up wanting to play against when I was little. I was fortunate to get a chance to do it-twice.”

And Clemons took two losses. He played two seasons at Michigan (2007, 2008) before transferring to Colorado in 2009. In his freshman year in Ann Arbor, Ohio State visited and won 14-3. In 2008, Michigan played in Ohio Stadium and left with a 42-7 whipping. Clemons, played in 19 games with three starts while at Michigan, did not register a stat in either game against the Buckeyes.

With Saturday’s loss in Columbus, Clemons has faced Ohio State three times and is 0-for-3.

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM COLORADO WIDE RECEIVER TONEY CLEMONS:

48 229 Toney Clemons CU WR Opening KOR by OSU was it demoralizing

48 230 Toney Clemons CU WR A former Michigan player playing vs OSU again

48 231 Toney Clemons CU WR Did he talk to Jordan Hall after the game

(megasportsnews.com photo)

POSTGAME NOTES:

 * Colorado has had 9 unanimous All-Americans:

 Eric Bieniemy (1990), Joe Garten (1990), Alfred Williams (1990), Jay Leeuwenburg (1991), Rashaan Salaam (1994), Daniel Graham (2001), Mason Crosby (2005), Jordan Dixon (2007), Nate Soldier (2010).

 * Most Notable Colorado alumni:

Byron “Whizzer” White was a Supreme Court Justice after his football playing days.

Hale Irwin, current Champions Tour golfer who was a two-time All-Big Eight defensive back and an NCAA individual golf champion for the Buffaloes. As a pro golfer, he has won three U.S. Opens and 17 other PGA Tour events, and is the all-time leader in both wins and career prize money on the 50-and-over Champions tour.

* Chauncey Billups, who now plays for the New York Knicks.

* Jeremy Bloom who played football and was a skier in the 2006 Winter Olympics. He is in the NFL currently.

Info on Toney Clemons courtesy of B.G. Brooks, Contributing Editor of www.cubuffs.com; other info compiled from game notes & Colorado media guide

 

COLORADO AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: Colorado football history goes back to 1890

 

(file photo)

The University of Colorado football program has been playing competitively on the Boulder campus since 1890.

The early games, which were similar to rugby than actual modern football, were played against the Colorado School of the Mines and Utah.

The football stadium, originally named “Colorado Stadium”, was later changed to Folsom Field in November of 1944 in honor of Coach Fred Folsom, one of the most respected college football coaches in his day.

The nickname Buffaloes or Golden Buffaloes, was selected by the campus newspaper in a contest with a $5 prize in 1934 won by Andrew Dickson of Boulder.

In 1947, marked a key point in race relations on campus. The Buffaloes joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, commonly known as the Big Six, then became known as the Big Seven, and later the Big Eight. Since 1996, the conference has been named the Big 12. The Big 12 does not claim any Big 8 history as its own.

However, Missouri and Oklahoma had rules which would have allowed them to challenge teams with “colored” players. A student outcry led by the campus newspaper Silver and Gold, led to a movement against such restrictions which expanded to all of the campuses and lead to a repeal.

On June 10, 2010, Colorado announced that they would join the Pacific-12 Conference in all sports beginning on July 1, 2011, leaving the Big 12 Conference behind.

The Buffaloes have won one national championship, in 1990.

Bill McCartney, who is one of the founders of the religious movement “Promise Keepers”, is the most famous head coach, leading Colorado to their only National Championship in 1990.

Folsom Field home of Colorado with Flatirons in the background October 2008 (photo by Jason Oliver via wikipedia commons)

The Colorado football program is 16th on the all-time NCAA Division I list and 22nd in all-time winning percentage at .614. Since Folsom Field was built in 1924, the Buffaloes have been 280-152-10 at home. The Nebraska game in 2006 was the school’s 1,100th football game.

Info compiled from staff, NCAA, University of Colorado & College Football History Books

Conference shakeups already! Colorado to Pacific 10

compiled from staff, wire, University of Colorado and Pacific 10 Conference news

As expected Thursday, the first school that was going to leave the Big 12 was Colorado and they’ve chosen the Pac-10.

Colorado will become the 11th member of the Pacific 10 Conference.

The Buffaloes might not be the only team bolting from the Big 12. Nebraska could become a part of the Big 10 as soon as this weekend and there is speculation that Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may also jump to the Pac-10 to possibly form a 16-team super conference.

Mike Bohn Colorado AD (courtesy of Colorado Athletics)

If all the expected shakeup continues, the Big 12 might just be history. That would leave Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State out in the middle of the desert with nowhere to go. The Big 12 has been a highly successful conference that was formed in 1994 when the Big Eight invited the four Texas schools from the Southwest Conference.

The benefactor of all of this could be the Mountain West Conference, which could swoop up those ‘leftover’ schools and former a superconference of its own. There have been rumblings that Boise State is going to join the Mountain West.