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CU@Game CU At The Game: Colorado 44, Colorado St. 7

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    September 2nd – Denver Colorado 44, Colorado State 7

    Colorado wanted a fast start to the first game of the 2016 season.

    The 2015 opener against Hawai’i opened with a three-and-out and a blocked punt from the Colorado offense, and the Buffs never really recovered … in that game, or really, the entire season.

    Against Colorado State in the 2016 opener, though, the Buffs got off to a fast start, storming out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, never looking back in a 44-7 domination of the Rams.

    Sefo Liufau went 23-for-33 for 318 yards and a touchdown, also contributing 66 yards rushing on 14 carries. Phillip Lindsay had 20 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns to lead a 260-yard rushing attack. The receiving corps also failed to post a 100-yard effort, but were more than happy to settle for Bryce Bobo’s 99 yards on five catches, and the 97 yards and a touchdown from Devin Ross.

    In all, Colorado went for 578 yards of total offense, holding Colorado State to 225 yards (including only 63 yards passing). The Buff defense forced four turnovers, and surrendered only 12 first downs.

    Colorado State got the ball to open the game, and the Colorado defense forced a quick three-and-out. Taking over at 27, the Buff offense pieced together an 11-play, 73 yard drive to take the lead for good.

    Other than a ten-yard completion from Sefo Liufau to Bryce Bobo, it was the Phillip Lindsay show all the way into the Ram red zone. Five Lindsay runs totaling 39 yards, coupled with an 11-yard reception on a swing pass from Liufau, set the Buffs up at the Ram 13 yard line.

    After an eight-yard run by Liufau, the Buffs’ quarterback kept the ball again, trying to score from four yards out. Liufau fumbled, though, with the ball – fortunately – being recovered by senior center Alex Kelley in the CSU end zone.

    7-0, Colorado, just 4:29 into the 2016 season.

    The first series for each team was about as good as any Buff fan had any right to expect … but the Buffs kept repeating the scenario.

    Second drive for the Rams … three-and-out.

    Second drive for the Buffs … six plays, 70 yards, touchdown. The highlight of the drive was a 31-yard completion to Devin Ross (which could have been a touchdown if the ball had been thrown better by Liufau). Ross got his touchdown two plays later, though, scoring on a 17-yard pass from Liufau to make it 14-0, Colorado.

    Third drive for the Rams … three-and-out.

    Third drive for the Buffs … a fumble by Phillip Lindsay, giving Colorado State a momentary respite.

    Fourth drive for the Rams … three-and-out.

    Fourth drive for the Buffs … three plays, 61 yards, touchdown. It was almost a one-play drive, with Liufau hitting Shay Fields on a bomb on the first play from scrimmage. Originally ruled a touchdown, Fields was tackled just short of the goal line. Two plays later, Phillip Lindsay scored from a yard out. Colorado 21, Colorado State 0 … with 1:39 still left in the first quarter.

    When linebacker Jimmie Gilbert sacked Ram quarterback Nick Stevens three plays later, forcing a fumble which was recovered by linebacker Kenneth Olugbode at the CSU 13-yard line, the potential for a 28-0 first quarter was in the offing. Instead, the Buffs failed to move the ball for the first time all night, settling for a 30-yard field goal from Diego Gonzalez early in the second quarter.

    After the teams exchanged three-and-outs, Colorado State picked up its first first down of the game five minutes into the second quarter, but punted three plays later. On the Rams’ next possession, Stevens was picked off by senior cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who returned the interception 14 yards to the Colorado 41 yard line.

    The Buff offense then got in gear once again. After converting a third-and-four on a great grab by Devin Ross, Liufau hit Bryce Bobo for a 46-yard gain on a one-handed grab. On the next play, Phillip Lindsay did the honors from a yard out.

    Halftime score: Colorado 31, Colorado State 0

    Could Colorado State mount a comeback? The first drive for each team would tell the tale.

    Colorado … a 16-play, 64-yard drive resulting in a 29-yard field goal by Diego Gonzalez.

    Colorado State … an eight-play, 38-yard drive which resulted on an interception by Tedric Thompson on a fourth-and-eight at the CU 37-yard line.

    Game over.

    The Buffs went on another long drive after the interception, a drive which once again ended in the red zone without a touchdown. The Buffs did take 4:28 off the clock, though, before settling for a Gonzalez 22-yard field goal. Colorado 37, Colorado State 0, late in the third quarter.

    The Rams finally got on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter, with transfer Ram quarterback Faton Bauta hitting Marcus Wilson for a five-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal.

    The Buffs fumbled the ball away on their next possession, with Sefo Liufau losing the ball on a ten-yard run (a run which also brought out the training staff, giving some Buff fans pause as to whether Liufau should have even been in the game at that point).

    After the CU defense held on downs, however, the Ram defense was given a steady dose of running back Kyle Evans. Evans, a sophomore walk-on who was put on scholarship during Fall Camp, carried the ball eight straight times, collecting 41 yards and a one-yard touchdown run along the way.

    The final play of the night for the defense came on, fittingly enough, a turnover, with freshman Tony Julmisse recovering a fumble with 2:10 left in the contest.

    Final score: Colorado 44, Colorado State 7

    The game was dominated by the Buffs, not only on the scoreboard, but on the stats sheet. Colorado State was held to ten total yards in the first quarter, and the advantage at halftime was 364 to 79. The 578 total yards of offense by the Buffs were the most since the 1994 Buffs (who went on to finish with a No. 3 national ranking) opened the season with 649 yards of total offense against Northeast Louisiana.

    “It’s always good to come out and do well, which gives a lot of momentum to those young men”, said Mike MacIntyre. “We’ve been coaching them for 29 practices and they’ve gotten tired of hearing it. Now it validates what you’ve been telling them and what you’ve been teaching. They’ll come back ready to listen hard on Monday, because we’ve got a lot of things that we’ve got to correct.”

    “It is just a surreal feeling being able to put one of those games out there like that”, said Sefo Liufau. “But there are a lot of things we need to work on, especially coming out in the second half. I think our offense dropped especially. I think we could have put a lot more points on the board. CSU is a great defense but I just think we were not executing as well as we should have. Overall, we are really happy as a team to get one of those wins.”

    On the other sideline, Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo had little to offer. “They were very well prepared, very well coached, ready to play this game and we were not”, said Bobo. “That starts with me. I did not have this team ready to play. They were ready and they came out hot and they had the momentum and we were unable to do anything to slow it down. It’s one of those things, it’s embarrassing”.

    Here are some game highlights, from You Tube, courtesy of CU at the Gamer Paul:

    Game Notes:

    — Attendance for the game of 69,850 was the most in the series since 2003 (76,219); this was the sixth-highest in the 16 games in Denver; Colorado sold 33,486 tickets (9,217 student) for the game; the Broncos moved 3,697 ducats; CU accounted for that number despite season ticket holders of just under 2,800 tickets opted out for the game to receive an equal value in number for a Pac-12 game;

    — Mike MacIntyre raised his record against CSU to 3-1. The Buffs upped their advantage in the series against the Rams to 64-22-2, with a 10-6 record in Denver (so, for those scoring at home … even if CU were to lose the last three games in the series to be played in Denver – 2017, ’18, and ’19 – CU would still walk away with an overall lead in the Rocky Mountain Showdown games played in Mile High stadia;

    — CU’s 44 points were the most in the series by either team since 1996, when the Buffs won 48-34 in Fort Collins;

    — Two Buffaloes made their first career starts: S Afolabi Laguda and G Tim Lynott Jr.;

    — A total of 14 players made their Buffalo debuts against the Rams (*denotes mostly on special teams):

    True Freshmen(4): TB *Beau Bisharat, WR Johnny Huntley, WR/CB Tony Julmisse, QB Steven Montez
    Red-Shirt freshmen (7): SN *J.T. Bale, TE *Chris Bounds, DB *Lucas Cooper, OL *Aaron Haigler, OG Tim Lynott Jr., QB Steven Montez, DT *Brett Tonz
    Sophomores (2): ILB Drew Lewis, DB *Daniel Talley
    Juniors (1): WR Kabion Ento

    — Sefo Liufau (33-23-0, 318, 1 touchdown, 160.6 rating; 14-66 rushing; 384 yards total offense). He became CU’s all-time leader in passing yards (7,715, passing Cody Hawkins, 7,409, 2007-10), and he also passed Hawkins in all-time offensive plays with 47 against Colorado State, giving him 1,356 (Hawkins had 1,335);

    — Center Alex Kelley scored the first touchdown by a Buff offensive lineman since Oct. 28, 1995, when offensive guard Heath Irwin recovered a fumble in the end zone in a 44-21 loss to Nebraska. Kelley is the first offensive lineman in CU history to score the team’s first points of the year (127 seasons).


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