Boulder, Colo. -- Paul Richardson is making some kind of statement. One so big that Colorado fans have forgotten he was even missing.
Coming off a 10 reception, 208 yard effort against rival Colorado State last Sunday, Richardson outperformed himself this Saturday catching 11 balls for 209 yards and two secondary-burning touchdowns, leading the Buffaloes to a 38-24 victory
over a top FCS Central Arkansas squad.
Doing the math, that is 417 yards and four touchdowns for the wide out who red-shirted last season with a torn left ACL he suffered before the season even got underway.
Richardson’s speed led him out of the tunnel even before his mascot “Ralphie V” had a chance to do his thing—one of college football nation’s most treasured traditions.
The fog from the tunnel made the Buffalo uneasy while Richardson and his teammates rushed toward the student section. Ralphie’s trainers realized it wasn’t going to be in their best interest to let the 1,300lb buffalo free, calmed her down, and were forced to wait until the start of the second half to make an appearance.
Richardson’s first touchdown was a 55 yard bomb delivered by quarterback Connor Wood to give Colorado an early 7-0 lead. The junior’s speed is one of the most impressive in the nation and it was apparent on that throw. The ball hung up there long enough for him to catch it in
stride straight towards the end zone for six. There are only five 200-yard receiving performances in school history and Richardson has three of them.
While the dynamic wide receiver continues to draw “ooos” and “awwwws” from the spectators, he and the Colorado Buffaloes look to take the momentum into next week’s home game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Folsom Field. It’s safe to say they will be looking for revenge after last years romping in Fresno.