Everyone knew going into Saturdays game against No. 2 Oregon it wasn’t going to be an easy task for the Colorado Buffs.
CU New Head Coach Mike MacIntyre attacked early and often in the first few minutes of the game sending a signal to his players and a signal to the fans that the Buffs had come to play.
Oregon won the toss and elected to put its high power offense on the field first, MacIntyre sent message No. 1 to the Ducks by going for an onside kick.
“The onside kick was a read situation,” MacIntyre said after the Buffs 57-16 loss to No. 2 Oregon. “I told our players all week that we going into this game all-in. Sometimes you can dip your toe in the water or you can jump in and start swimming. We wanted our players and wanted everyone to know we were going to be aggressive.”
After the onside kick, the Buff’s defense arose to the occasion and held the Duck’s high octane offense to three and out, giving CU the ball and early momentum in the game.
Colorado quarterback Connor Wood didn’t waste anytime finding his big time play maker wide out Paul Richardson on a 55 yard pass, driving the ball during their first possession. While the Buffs had to settle for a Will Oliver field goal, Colorado took the game’s first lead 3-0 with a 33 yard field goal with 12:02 remaining in the first quarter.
Oregon marched the ball 75 yards on nine plays on its second possession, scoring on a Marcus Mariota 2 yard run with 10:13 remaining in the first quarter, it only took the Ducks 1:49 seconds to take the lead back from the home standing Buffs. The two point conversion was good and Oregon went on top 8-3.
Two plays later Colorado’s offense struck again, this time with Richardson connecting with D.D. Goodson on a 75 yard pass giving the Buffs the lead back only :38 seconds later. Oliver’s extra point put CU up 10-8 early in the first quarter in front of over 45k fans.
The first quarter ended up with Oregon scoring 29 points and Colorado putting 10 on the scoreboard.
“We knew that we had take our shots,” MacIntyre said. “We had our chances, we missed some opportunities. We made some costly mistakes, you have to make those plays against a really good team like Oregon.”
Oregon scored on their next three possessions for 43 yards, 75 yards and 26 yards to give the Ducks the next 21 points of the initial quarter.
“They are fast,” MacIntyre said. “We knew that coming in, Mariota is a great quarterback that can make a lot of things happen in a hurry.”
Oregon finished the game 755 yards, 349 yards rushing and 406 yards passing.
Colorado on the other hand picked up 374 total yards, 280 yards passing and 94 yards on the ground.
BRIGHT SPOTS OFFENSIVELY
Christian Powell came alive Saturday against Oregon, turning in his best game of the season, carrying the ball 20 times for 81 yards and a net gain of 78 yards with a long run of 12 yards.
Richardson showed that he can not only catch the ball, but can throw it as well. Richardson ended the game with 5 catches for 134 yards and no touchdowns in receptions. He was 1 for 1 throwing the ball with a 75 yard touchdown scoring toss.
BRIGHT SPOT DEFENSIVELY
True freshman Addison Gillam led the Buffs with 15 tackles on the night, and one huge sack. He doubled all other tacklers on both teams, with Oregon’s top tackler with eight tackles and Parker Orms was second for the Buffs, also with eight stops.
Oregon goes 5-0, 2-0 in the PAC 12 as the No. 2 team in the nation while Colorado fell to 2-2 and 0-2 in conference play.
Colorado now travels to Arizona State to take on a very much improved ASU squad before returning home for a non conference game against FCS Charleston Southern in two weeks.