No. 6 Utah 45, Colorado 15


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No. 6 Utah 45, Colorado 15

//posted 12.2.2019

No. 6 Utah used short fields and a punt return for a touchdown to turn a close game into a rout, taking the Pac-12 South title with a 45-15 win over Colorado. The Buffs became the only Pac-12 opponent in the 2019 season to score two touchdowns against the Utes in Rice-Eccles stadium, but an inability to convert on third downs (2-of-11) kept the Buff offense from creating any consistent movement on offense.

Senior quarterback Steven Montez completed his final game as a Buff completing 17-of-26 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. The passing yardage, along with his 136 yards of total offense (after rushing losses due to sacks were taken into account), allowed Steven Montez to pass Sefo Liufau on the CU all-time lists for both career passing yards and career total offense.

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Colorado 20, Washington 14

//posted 11.25.2019

On senior night in Folsom, quarterback Steve Montez threw for a touchdown and led a long final drive from the shadow of his own end zone to run out the clock as Colorado beat Washington 20-14.

Alex Fontenot added 105 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries, springing free for a couple of first down runs on the Buffaloes’ last drive, which ran off the final 5:09. It began at the Buffaloes one-yard and ended with Montez taking a knee at the Huskies 18 to run out the final seconds. The victory for Colorado (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12) snapped a nine-game losing streak to Washington (6-5, 3-5).

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Senior Moments

//posted 11.24.2019

A total of 17 seniors were honored before kickoff of the Washington game … The seniors, led by the enigmatic Steven Montez, produced CU’s first win over Washington in 23 years, and gave the Buff Nation not only hope for next week, but for the future …

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Air Force running back Kadin Remsberg went 25 yards for a score on the first play of overtime to give the Falcons the lead, and Colorado was unable to answer, giving the Falcons a 30-23 overtime victory in a series which had laid dormant for 45 years.

Montez went 26-for-43 for 220 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, while Lavisksa Shenault (eight receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown) had his first 100-yard game of the season, but Montez was unable to hit Shenault on a fourth-and-12 at the AFA 16-yard line on the game’s final play. Jaren Mangham (ten carries for 56 yards) and Alex Fontenot (13 carries for 42 yards) for a Buff offense which was held to 325 yards by an Air Force defense which struggled in the 2018 season, but kept the Buffs from scoring for three full quarters of the game.

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Preseason Magazines

//posted 7.31.2019

College Football at 150: Ralphie of the game’s most iconic symbols … CBS Sports: Sixteen teams with a shot at the national championship (surprise! Four are from the Pac-12) … College Football News: CU one of the most valuable Pac-12 over/under bets … Final preseason tally: Seven Buffs named to a total of 14 preseason Watch lists (Shenault named to four …

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Over 720 players have entered the Transfer Portal since its inception last October … Reactions of coaches and administrators … How many players Pac-12 teams have gained (and lost) … How CU has fared in Year One of the Transfer Portal …

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Questions abound for CU’s defense and special teams … Can Jalen Sami (out since 2016) adequately replace Javier Edwards at nose tackle? … Can Davion Taylor successfully transition from Buff Backer to “Star Backer”? … Will the Buffs start a converted wide receiver and a converted cornerback at safety? … Whatever happened to Sam Loy? …

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CU’s 2018 starting safeties graduated, and two potential replacements are out this spring with injuries … Will DC Tyson Summers be left with a starting lineup at safety consisting of a converted wide receiver, a converted cornerback … and an outside linebacker? …

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Buffs are solid at the cornerback position, with two eight-game starters returning – with one of them likely to be replaced by Chris Miller (if healthy) … Both safety positions, however, must be replaced – will linebacker Davion Taylor come to the rescue? …

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CU two linebackers coaches are a generation apart … Nate Landman: A superstar in the making? … Tyson Summers cut his coaching teeth with 4-3 defenses. Can he successfully make the transition to an attacking 3-4 defense under Mel Tucker? …

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Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew completed 35-of-58 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns, running for a third, leading the No. 10 Cougars to a 31-7 win over Colorado in Boulder.

The Cougars held the ball for 41:46 of game clock (to 18:14 for the Buffs), going for 477 total yards. The Buffs were held below 300 yards (297), and turned the ball over three times. Steven Montez went 20-of-35 for 199 yards, but was ineffective against the Cougar defense. Wide receiver Laviska Shenault returned for the first time in a month, collecting ten receptions for 102 yards, but had drops when the game was still in doubt, and later fumbled the ball away for the first time all season.

“Washington State is good team,” said Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre. “Minshew made some plays like he always does. I thought our guys came out and played extremely hard. I feel like if we had been able to get something going offensive, it might have been a different story.”

“We have to say on the field and convert on third downs,” said Montez (the Buff offense was 2-for-11 on third down conversions). “I think we are struggling in the third down area. We had opportunities in this game to keep those drives going but we have to do a better job executing.”

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Buff fans have great confidence in the CU secondary, but Athlon has the unit ranked 9th in the Pac-12 … Who’s got it right?

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