Oregon State 44, Colorado 17


Sean Mannion passed for 414 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and Oregon State won its fourth consecutive game Saturday with a 44-17 victory over Colorado.

Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12), and had five carries for 47 yards. Mannion battled gusty wind conditions to complete 27 of 52 passes.

The Buffaloes’ offense, which hadn’t seen action for three weeks due to the postponement of the Fresno State game, was out of sync for most of the game. Quarterback Connor Wood connected on just 14 of 34 passes for 146 yards. Paul Richardson, who came into game as the country’s leading receiver averaging 208.5 yards per game, was held to five receptions for 70 yards.

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CU was hit hard by reality against Oregon State, but – perhaps – a little perspective will help put the loss behind us, and give the Buff Nation some hope going forward in Year One under Mike MacIntyre …

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Wood on first road game: “It’s an attitude; it’s a mindset” … Neinas: “I’ll really be disappointed (if the special teams unit isn’t better)”

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Charleston-Southern the pick to replace Fresno State, will be in Boulder October 19th … Seven players designated for redshirt seasons … Paul Richardson Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week for ESPN – but not for Pac-12 …

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Oregon State – Preview

//posted 9.25.2013

If you can’t beat ’em … out-score ’em? This week’s “T.I.P.S.” previews a potentially high-scoring game

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Random Thoughts

//posted 9.22.2013

Buffs No. 29 in the nation (perhaps top 25!) … Buffs 2014 non-conference opponents 1-10 to date …

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Mixed Emotions

//posted 9.15.2013

Not playing the Fresno State game was the right choice, but the weekend was not without its complexities …

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Latest team rumored to be the Buffs’ 10/19 opponent: Hawai’i … Mac mentions playing “10 straight games”

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Fresno State – Preview

//posted 9.11.2013

CU moves up in competition, taking on the No. 27 team in the country … with one very helpful advantage …

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For the second week in a row, Colorado faced a fourth quarter deficit.

For the second week in a row, Colorado rose to the challenge.

Aided by two defensive touchdowns and yet another 200-yard receiving night from Paul Richardson, the Buffs were able to withstand a strong challenge from Central Arkansas, scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win its home opener, 38-24.

Connor Wood went 23-for-36 for 341 yards and three touchdowns, but also committed four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles) which led to 21 of the Bears’ 21 points. Paul Richardson had 11 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 21 catches for 417 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games (Nelson Spruce led the Buffs’ receivers in 2012, with 446 yards receiving in 12 games).

The Colorado defense, which had not posted an interception in over nine games, and only three in all of 2012, had three on the night against the Bears. Greg Henderson had a 46-yard pick six early in the second quarter, and Kenneth Crawley had a game-clinching interception in the end zone with two minutes to play … but it was Jered Bell’s interception and 79-yard return for a touchdown to tie the score in the fourth quarter which was the play of the game.

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