History tells us Colorado-UCLA football game will be must-watch TV


The University of Colorado and UCLA both suffered double-digit losses last weekend, but history tells us the Buffaloes-Bruins result this Saturday will come down to the wire. Their past three meetings each dialed up the drama.

2014: A double-overtime thriller in Boulder where CU scored 17 fourth-quarter punts to tie the game at 31 apiece, but the Buffs couldn’t stop UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who had an game-winning 8-yard touchdown run.

2015: CU took the lead, 31-28, early in the fourth quarter on the road at UCLA, but the Bruins responded with a four-play, 69-yard touchdown drive to win it.

2016: In a rare low-scoring affair, the teams were tied at 10 entering the fourth quarter. CU pulled ahead with a field goal in addition to Isaiah Oliver returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.

“I think it’s always a good game to tune into to watch,” CU coach Mike MacIntyre said. “The last few games, it just seems like we match up and it’s back and forth, so to speak. I would imagine that this Saturday would be the same way.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

CU defensive end dismissed. Frank Umu, one of the most promising young defensive linemen on the CU football team, has been dismissed from the program following a violation of team rules.

Umu — a 6-foot-4, 295-pound sophomore defensive end from Heritage High School — was the recipient of CU’s Dan Stavely Award last spring, given to the team’s most improved defensive lineman. Umu, a Littleton native, appeared in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 with a one tackle recorded against Idaho State. His role was expected to increase this fall.

CU coach Mike MacIntyre suspended Umu prior to the Rocky Mountain Showdown for an unspecified but non-legal matter. Now, Umu will not return to the university. MacIntyre would not comment on the dismissal, citing “FERPA and privacy concerns,” according to a news release.

CSU ticket sales rise. Colorado State athletics announced Tuesday that the school has sold out of general public tickets for the Rams’ Oct. 28 home showdown against Air Force.

It will mark the third consecutive sellout following CSU’s season opening victory against Oregon State and its Oct. 11 homecoming game against Nevada. Limited amounts of standing room only tickets remain available for each remaining home game. The only remaining CSU home games with seated tickets available are against Boise State (Nov. 11) and San Jose State (Nov. 18). Visit csurams.com for more information.

California Buffaloes. CU’s visit to the Rose Bowl will be a homecoming of sorts of a large portion of the Buffaloes. Their roster is composed of 35 California natives, including junior cornerback Nick Fisher of Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif., about 60 miles north of San Diego.

“Of course I’m excited to go back home, I don’t think I’ve been there since last December,” Fisher said. “It’s always fun playing against guys you grew up with. … I do have friends at UCLA, so I really do want to beat them.”

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