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Buffs humiliate Rams 44-7, win RMS

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Justin M Guerriero, Sep 3, 2016.

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Was this the best win in the MacIntyre era to date?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Justin M Guerriero

    Justin M Guerriero Well-Known Member Club Member

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    Contact CU Independent Head Sports Editor Justin Guerriero at justin.guerriero@colorodo.edu and follow him on Twitter @TheHungry_Hippo.

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    Despite a strong showing, offensive woes, bad red zone execution and the Rams’ run game led to the downfall of the University of Colorado, who fell to Colorado State in the 88th Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field in Denver.

    Perhaps as recently as last year those themes might have been relevant, but it was not the case Friday night, as the Buffaloes easily handled the Rams and cruised to a 44-7 victory.

    The stage could not have been more set. With ESPN broadcasting the game and as senior quarterback Sefo Liufau made his return to the gridiron after his season-ending Lisfranc fracture he suffered against USC last November and in front of 69,850 fans, the Buffs delivered on a scale rarely seen in the history of the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

    “It’s a surreal feeling to put one of those games out there like that,” Liufau said. “Overall, we’re really happy as a team to get one of those wins.”

    “We played hard tonight,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “I thought there was a great crowd there and a lot excitement in the air for both schools. We got off to a really fast start, which is what we wanted to do.”

    The win Friday evening was the biggest margin of victory by a Buffs team over the Rams since Colorado’s 47-7 victory over Colorado State in Boulder on October 13, 1956.

    “They were ready, they came out hot, they had the momentum and we were unable to do anything to slow it down,” Rams head coach Mike Bobo said of the Buffs after the game. “It’s embarrassing. We embarrassed our name.”

    Liufau shined in his long-awaited return. The third-year starter completed 23 of 33 attempted passes for 318 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 14 times for 72 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

    Friday night’s game was nothing short of a dominating performance by Colorado. The Buffs put up 578 yards of total offense compared to the Rams’ 225. Perhaps most eyebrow-raising was the comparative passing yards. Colorado State managed only 63 net yards passing, compared to the Buffs’ 318.

    The Buffaloes kicked off to begin the game, something which senior kicker Diego Gonzalez would repeat as the contest went on, almost as if on loop. He would participate in nine kickoffs, launching the ball a total of 585 yards in the game.

    The Rams took possession, and thus began their game-long woes. It took Colorado State about 20 minutes to achieve its initial first down of the game, which was finally accomplished on the Rams’ seventh possession of the game.

    Senior quarterback Nick Stevens started the game for Colorado State, but after the Rams’ first three drives resulted in three-and-outs, Bobo replaced him with senior Faton Bauta. Bauta would eventually toss a five-yard pass to sophomore receiver Marcus Wilson at the beginning of the fourth quarter for the Rams’ lone score, however, both quarterbacks combined to throw for 63 yards, completing just 12 out of 29 attempted passes.

    On the day, the Rams averaged 3.5 yards per play, while the Buffs averaged 6.49.

    The Buffs got on the board quickly, as an 11-play, 73-yard drive was capped off by a five-yard keeper by Liufau into the endzone. However, Liufau fumbled in the endzone but luckily, senior center Alex Kelley was there to recover the ball and score his first touchdown.

    After the Rams punted on their next possession, the Buffs put another seven on the board, courtesy of a 17-yard touchdown reception by junior wide receiver Devin Ross.

    For all the successes Colorado had, there were a series of regrettable blemishes that came in the four total fumbles that the Buffs committed; two by Liufau and two by junior tailback Phillip Lindsay.

    “I’m not much of a fumbler and I let a couple go today, so that’s on me,” he said. “I’m going to continue to work on it. I’ll probably go around school with a football in my hand now.”

    Despite the fumbles, Lindsay had his way with the CSU defense, gaining 95 rushing yards on 20 attempts. He found the endzone twice and caught three passes for 23 yards.

    Junior wide receivers Bryce Bobo and Devin Ross had themselves a day. Bobo caught five passes for 99 yards and Ross was right behind him, snagging eight balls for 97 yards to go along with his touchdown in the first quarter.

    The Buffaloes would establish a 24-0 lead heading into the second quarter. But tragedy struck about three minutes into the second quarter, when the Buffs were forced to punt for the first time in the game. Just kidding, of course.

    At halftime, the score read 31-0 Buffs.

    The second half of the game featured continued offensive ineptitude by the Rams and the solid clock-eating abilities of CU. There was a scary moment in the fourth quarter, when Liufau rushed out of the pocket under pressure and cut upfield for a ten-yard gain, but was hit hard on the way down and fumbled, which the Rams were revealed to have recovered after a review.

    Liufau stayed down on the field for a short while, shaken up.

    “I was just pissed; I was just really upset with fumbling the ball,” Liufau said. “In a bigger game that’ll really cost us so I’ll definitely cut back on those.”

    But for as impressive as the Colorado offense was, the Buffs’ defensive 11 deserve to be recognized, as well. The defense recorded two sacks, two fumbles and two interceptions in the game, the interceptions coming from senior defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie and Tedric Thompson.

    “Coming out there and being dominant like that and really being able to go out my senior year and beat Colorado State like that has really made me proud of my teammates,” Awuzie said. “[We’re] kind of sad that we let them score seven points,” he added, perhaps more importantly.

    You have to appreciate the intensity.

    Defensively, Awuzie led the team with eight tackles. Senior linebacker Kenneth Olugbode was second on the team with six total tackles.

    Heading into the game, the defense’s main focal point was containing Dalyn Dawkins, the Rams’ dynamic junior tailback. Although he rushed for 88 yards on 14 carries, Dawkins was denied entry into the endzone, and especially early on, was limited to modest gains.

    It’s hard to say whether the Buffs could have started off the season in a better fashion, but after today’s win, perhaps that question is better left unanswered. Their next challenge will be defeating Idaho State next Saturday when the Bengals come to Folsom Field for the Buffs’ 2016 home opener.

    Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. MST.

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  2. Bufffan68

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  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Despite it being an ugly game, last year's win at Oregon State was a bigger win. The losing streak in conference play, particularly on the road, was hugely important to get off the program's back. Last night doesn't happen without the confidence builder they got from that win.
     
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    Sefo: "In a bigger game, that'll really cost us." Classic.
     
  5. CUBUFF80

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    Finally, they get it!
     
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    Everything they said before and after the game, and the swagger they showed on the field, makes me think this is accurate. They believe they should win games now, and that, I hope, is half the battle.
     
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  7. RiverBuff

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    I said "yes". Yes, beating OSU, in conference, is "bigger". This was not so much about win/loss, but the quality of play, attitude and coaching was great. Set a wonderful tone for this coming year and following years and recruiting.
     
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  8. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    I hope to see to see this kind of poll again and again and again and again this season.
     
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    This "rise" might be real... still remains to be seen, but it's off to a good start. Winning sure beats the hell out of losing. I would love to see the contest for the PAC South come through the mountains.
     
  10. CarolinaBuff

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    Yes and it's not really close
     
  11. RiverBuff

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    I've always found it 'funny' when people say "this is a big game" . . . . nobody has said "this is a small game". "The next game is our most important game". "Let's take it one game at a time". :)
     
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    The most important aspect of the victory to me is the reinforced confidence this win gives them.

    Last year they said all the right things. How they were bigger, stronger and faster only to lay a huge egg at Hawaii. Confidence gone.They've done a lot of talking this offseason on how it was for going to be different this year, and at least for one game/home opener, they were right. It was hugely important for them to win on Friday in any fashion, but the way they did it, they've got to be feeling pretty good right now.

    I hope Michigan keeps thinking of us as we were the past few years. I think we take them behind a fired up D and Leavitt getting a little payback for Harbaugh not bringing him to Michigan when he left the Niners. We're going to harass their young QB with some exotic blitzes.
     
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    Agree with Oregon State as bigger, but as far as this year, couldn't have gone better in terms of exceeding expectations. If we continue to say that, it will be a big year.
     
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    I can't figure out when the next game is because it's not counted down on the home page. Friggin 1*s.
     
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    Oh my. Congrats to the Buff team and fans. I realize your sights are generally set higher, but that had to be a fulfilling win/game. I thought CSU would lose but didn't see it happening in that fashion. Credit to CU - they made it look like they were playing against a high school team. How good/bad is either team? That's next on the list to find out. Bring on the B12 /sarcasm. Best of luck the rest of the way.

    As bad as it was, I came away with a bunch of positives:
    • No traffic when leaving at halftime - home early!
    • No heartbreaking loss to suffer - CSU was never in the game!
    • Tailgating was fun!
     
  16. Buff_since76

    Buff_since76 Still a fan... Club Member

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    I would add one thing to the list. You have a really good punter.
     
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    Pure class. Good luck in the rest of the your games.

    Thank you for your interest in Colorado.
     
  18. BuffLuKe

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    Good luck to the Rams man. You play long enough, you'll find yourself in games like that. It happens.
     
  19. DBT

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    It was kinda like the Broncos vs Seattle in the SB, haha. That was painful. Thanks for the kind words.
     
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    Unfortunately they look like they are going to need that punter a lot.

    Actually they have some good young talent, problem is that they have a gap between the kids they lost in the last couple years and the young kids coming in.

    Wouldn't surprise me to see CSU get a lot better over the course of this season. By the time the season ends they could have some solid reason to hope for the future. Doesn't look like the MWC is murderers row this year either. The Rams fans who give up on this year based on this game may be missing out.
     
  21. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I don't see much young talent. The one guy on the DL will be good and the frosh RB. But most of what I liked about their class was JUCO.
     
  22. MtnBuff

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    Outside of the JCs they had a number of legit 3* type kids sign including the QB, a couple DBs, and an OG.

    The problem is that like a lot of kids they have gotten over the years they aren't ready right now, they need developing. In a program like CSU when you have a year or two of gap in recruiting it shows up big. You can fill some holes with JCs but it doesn't cover all the deficiencies.
     

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