Colorado 44, California 28


Colorado 44, California 28

//posted 10.29.2017

On an afternoon when Rashaan Salaam’s No. 19 was retired by the school, the Colorado offense put forth an effort CU’s Heisman trophy winner would have been proud to witness. Steven Montez threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns as the Buffs posted 553 yards of total offense in a 44-28 Colorado victory over California.

A week after being benched in the second half against Washington State, Montez went 20-for-26, also rushing for a seven-yard touchdown. Phillip Lindsay posted “Salaam-worthy” 33 carries for 161 yards, while Shay Fields led the receiving corps with four catches for 101 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown.

“I was really happy with the way Steven [Montez] played,” said Mike MacIntyre. “That’s the way I expect him to play all the time, because he can do all those types of things. The offensive line did a good job and helped him. [Phillip] Lindsay does what Lindsay does. He’s pretty special always.”

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Any Given Saturday

//posted 10.29.2017

It has been a frustrating year for Colorado fans.

At times the Buffs have played well, but at other times – too many other times – the Buffs have looked out-of-sync, unprepared, even indifferent.

Colorado entered the game against California with a 4-4 record … a record which would have been heaven on earth for the Buff Nation a few years ago, but, after a 10-4 campaign in 2016, a real disappointment.

“We still have a lot left to accomplish,” said Phillip Lindsay in the Tuesday press conference leading up to the 44-28 win over the Bears. “For a lot of us, it is the last four or five games left in our college careers, so the sense of urgency is we’ll never play another down in black and gold after these five games. We want to go out with a bang. We want to leave everything out there.”

All well and good, but the Buffs had been promising improvement for weeks, with little to show for it in Pac-12 play.

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 10.27.2017

Cal has five (?) national titles? … CU set 37 school records v. Cal in 2014 … Lindsay No. 7 in rushing

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Colorado Daily – Cal

//posted 10.27.2017

Drew Litton: “Excellence is attainable” … Lindsay: Buffs to play with a “sense of urgency” … Plati-tudes No. 105

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CU v. Cal – A Preview

//posted 10.26.2017

“T.I.P.S.” for Cal … Bears 95th in total offense; 100th in total defense … Turnovers the stat to watch …

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In terrible conditions (41 degrees, 22-32 mph winds at kickoff), No. 15 Washington State handled Colorado, 28-0. Cougar quarterback Luke Falk threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns, while the Buffs used three quarterbacks but were shutout for the first time since 2012.

Phillip Lindsay became the first running back in Colorado history to rush for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, with his 29 carries for 95 yards giving him 1,093 for the year. Lindsay, though, was the lone positive for the Buff offense, which was held to a season low 174 yards of total offense.

“That was the worst offensive performance we’ve had since I’ve been a coach here,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. The Buffs had just 13 first downs on the night, and converted just one of 17 third down opportunities.

“Mainly they just whipped us,” MacIntyre said. “Washington State played great tonight.”

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Same Song, Different Verse

//posted 10.22.2017

Phillip Lindsay: “Everybody needs to look at themselves in the mirror and man up” … Will they? … Can they?

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 10.20.2017

CU/WSU: players and stats to track … Luke Falk and Phillip Lindsay: Heisman numbers (but no hype)

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Drew Litton … Buffs hoping foul weather will assist upset bid … CU hopes to play a complete game

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“T.I.P.S.” for WSU game … CU is a 10.5-point underdog, but the Buffs are 5-2 against Mike Leach coached teams

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Less Worse

//posted 10.15.2017

The Buffs played just well enough to win. In the Pac-12 in 2017, that’s all that matters

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