Kahlil Tate set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback, going for 327 yards and four touchdowns (on only 14 carries), leading Arizona to a 45-42 victory in Boulder. Tate was also almost perfect through the air, completing 11-of-12 passes for 142 yards and another touchdown.

The loss wasted the efforts of senior running back Phillip Lindsay. On a night when Lindsay became CU’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, Lindsay had 41 carries for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Steven Montez went 19-for-32 for 251 yards and three touchdowns, including two to tight end Chris Bounds.

The teams were close in total yards (Arizona 567; Colorado 551) and first downs (Colorado 29; Arizona 25), but the Buffs committed 12 penalties for 110 yards … and couldn’t tackle Kahlil Tate, who didn’t even start the game.

“Could someone please tackle No. 14 [Khalil Tate] for Arizona?”, joked CU head coach Mike MacIntyre after the game, though no Buff fans were laughing. “That was the difference in the football game. He was amazing. He should be National Player of the Week. He’s a phenomenal player.”


For the CU football program, the Arizona contest was a “make-or-break” game.

Consider the Buffs broken.

Broken promises … 

This fall, the defending Pac-12 South champions were not picked to repeat as division winners.

But no one thought they would be this bad.

— The offensive line play has been awful.

We were told that the offensive line would be a strength this fall, not a weakness.

We were misled.

“I’ve said it a few times, this is the best offensive line we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Mike MacIntyre this August.

And it wasn’t just MacIntyre.


Drew Litton on CU/Arizona … CU facing a true “must win” game v. Arizona … Neill Woelk’s Five Keys for CU v. Arizona … Ralpie at 50 emoji


CU v. nation’s 8th-best rushing attack … Red zone battle pivotal … Bar Bet winner which stumped me


USC takes out Buffs’ next opponent, Oregon State, 38-10 … Washington State remains undefeated after 33-10 win over Oregon


“T.I.P.S.” for CU v. Arizona … Phillip Lindsay: “We’re going to be fine” … Buff fans are not so sure …