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CU Buffs throttled by USC at home, 37-14, extending losing streak to 4 games

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CU Buffs throttled by USC at home, 37-14, extending losing streak to 4 games

BOULDER — The Buffs’ bye week can’t get here soon enough.

CU’s football losing streak hit four games on Saturday afternoon. And it hit it at about 150 miles per hour, thanks to a 37-14 thrashing delivered by USC.

And while the opponents’ names have changed the last three weekends, the script for the Buffs, sadly, has not: CU had managed only 137 passing yards — 65 on them coming on one play — through the game’s first three quarters.

The Buffs’ defense, meanwhile, was on its back foot almost from the get-go, as the Trojans had 437 yards through three quarters.

The Buffs (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) have next weekend off, then host slumping Arizona on Oct. 16.

USC is now 15-0 all-time against CU, 10-0 since the latter began playing in the Pac-12 for the 2011 season.

Saturday’s result was the largest margin of victory for the Men of Troy against the Buffs since October 2014, when USC rolled to a 56-28 win. More salt in the wound: It was also the largest margin of victory for the Trojans in Boulder since 2011 (42-17, 25 points). USC (3-2, 2-2) was coming off a 45-27 loss at home to Oregon State.

Which wasn’t to say there weren’t bright spots, however fleeting. With six minutes left in the third quarter, Buffs quarterback Brendon Lewis scanned the field and completed his most impressive toss of the season, hitting a wide-open Brady Russell for a catch-and-run of 65 yards — CU’s longest offensive play of the season. Russell,a tight end, got free behind the USC defense and galloped to the Trojans’ 9.

The cloud within that silver lining?

The Buffs trailed 30-7 at the time.

Down 20-7 at the break, the Buffs opened the second half brightly, driving 31 yards on five plays to start the third quarter. But on 3rd-and-6 from the CU 48, Lewis dropped back to pass and got smothered from his blind side on a sack by the Trojans’ Grant Jackson, who ripped the ball away and rumbled with the rock all the way to the Buffs’ 29-yard line.

USC didn’t advance much after that, but tacked on a 49-yard field goal to push its lead to 16 points, 23-7.

The mood was downright dour until 4:01 left in the first half, CU down 20-0, when CU defensive end Guy Thomas stuck his hand in to punch the ball loose from USC tailback Keaontay Ingram, who’d broken free for a 17-yard gain. Buffs safety Mark Perry fell on the loose ball at the Trojans’ 48-yard line, and for the first time all afternoon, CU was in business.

The hosts responded to the break and a welcome change in momentum, punching it in for a score after six plays, including a spirited 13-yard catch-and-run from Lewis to Russell on 2nd-and-7 to the USC 6. Two plays later, CU tailback Deion Smith outran the Trojans defense wide left into the end zone from the Buffs’ 2-yard line.

With reps from a dozen NFL teams in attendance, including Broncos general manager George Paton, it was the Trojans’ prospects who put on a show.

In a game that featured the return of former CU wideout K.D. Nixon, who transferred to USC after last season, the star of the day was another Trojans receiver — Drake London. The 6-foot-5 junior, a high flyer who also plays for the Trojan men’s hoops team, was a match from Hades for the Buffs.  And once USC unlocked the cheat code, the Buffs were in trouble.

The Men of Troy’s final drive of the first quarter proved to be a case in point. On the first play of the series, USC QB Kedon Slovis lofted a fade for his big target for a 29-gain to the CU 35. On 1st-and-20 from the Buffs’ 29, USC took the Fade-To-London train again, another rainbow that No 15 brought down this time at the CU 1.

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Arc’teryx climbs out of Cherry Creek

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Arc’teryx is venturing out of its Cherry Creek space.

The 3,500 square feet the Vancouver-based outdoor apparel and gear company occupies at 250 Columbine St. is being marketed for lease, according to materials obtained by BusinessDen.

Arc’teryx did not confirm when it plans to move out of its only Denver retail store.

“Our team is still in the midst of finalizing details for this location, but we are committed to having an Arc’teryx location in Denver,” a spokesperson told BusinessDen.

Courtesy of Legend Partners

The Arc’teryx store in Cherry Creek opened in 2018.

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No final ruling over St. Louis County mask mandate after latest court hearing

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ST. LOUIS – There is still confusion over whether a mask mandate continues to exist in St. Louis County. 

That after no final rulings were made this morning by the Judge overseeing the controversial St. Louis County mask mandate court case. 

Judge Ellen “Nellie” Ribaudo held about a half-hour hearing with lawyers for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and attorneys for St. Louis County. 

A key issue in the hearing was the impact of a ruling last week by Cole County Judge Daniel Green that bars local governing bodies from imposing COVID-19 health orders like mask mandates. 

We’re told the ruling does not officially go into effect until later in December. 

An attorney for St. Louis County, Neal Perryman, said county officials are still working through the ruling. 

Perryman conceded that county officials took the masking order off the county website following the ruling by Judge Green and that the St. Louis County masking order could now be moot. 

But Perryman would not go so far as to say that a mask mandate no longer exists in St. Louis County. 

An attorney for Missouri Attorney General’s office, Jeff Johnson, argued it’s not enough that the order was taken down from the website because St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page said just yesterday that the mask mandate was still in effect in St. Louis County. 

A spokesperson for AG Schmitt says Schmitt wants a preliminary injunction officially ending the second St. Louis County mask mandate announced by County Executive Dr. Sam Page back in September. 

Officials with the AG’s office have filed a lawsuit contending the mandate is illegal under state law. 

Judge Ribaudo set another meeting for December 9th so that attorneys on both sides could meet and try to work out the various issues that are still outstanding. 

Meanwhile, the latest COVID numbers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force show local cases rising again. 

The seven-day moving average of hospital admissions is at 48. The Task Force wants that number below 40. 

The total number of COVID patients hospitalized is nearly 400. Earlier this month there were just above 250. 82 confirmed COVID patients are now in ICUs. 

Less than three weeks ago that number was 53.  And there are now 52 confirmed COVID patients on ventilators. Two weeks ago there were just 32. 

Tragically 10 more people died from COVID in the latest numbers. 

That has pushed our region into double-digit COVID deaths in a single day for the first time in more than two months. 

The Pandemic Task Force is expected to address the latest COVID developments later today. 

The mask mandate controversy is also on the agenda for tonight’s St. Louis County Council meeting. 

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Ravens’ Week 15 game vs. Packers pushed back to late-afternoon kickoff

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The Ravens’ Week 15 home game against the Green Bay Packers has been pushed back to a 4:25 p.m. kickoff, the NFL announced Tuesday. Fox’s telecast of the game had been scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19.

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” in Weeks 11-18, meaning that, after consultation with its broadcast partners, it can move games into prime-time or late-afternoon slots. The announcements are made no later than 12 days before the game.

The Ravens are 3-0 against NFC North teams this season, edging the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, but Green Bay should be the division’s stiffest test. The 9-3 Packers, led by reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers, have the NFC’s second-best record. On Sunday, they knocked off the Los Angeles Rams, 36-28, in Green Bay.

The Ravens’ Week 15 game will be second of three late-afternoon kickoffs in a five-week span. On Sunday and in Week 17, they face the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams at 4:25 p.m.

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