No. 6 Utah 45, Colorado 15

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No. 6 Utah 45, Colorado 15

//posted 11.30.2019
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A 17-7 game at halftime becomes a rout as CU offense stalls in third quarter … The Buff defense holds its own against Utah (372 total yards), but the offense is held to 217 total yards … Mel Tucker: “Our (5-7) record doesn’t necessarily reflect everything about this football team” …


Senior Moments

//posted 11.24.2019
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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 …


Colorado 20, Washington 14

//posted 11.24.2019
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Buffs hold Washington offense to 238 total yards … Laviska Shenault (100 yards receiving) and Alex Fontenot (105 yards rushing) lead the offense … Mel Tucker: “I am just really proud of our football team” … Tim Lynott the first offensive lineman to win Buffalo Heart Award … Game Notes added …


Colorado 16, Stanford 13

//posted 11.9.2019
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Red-shirt freshman kicker Evan Price hits a 37-yarder as time expires, giving the Buffs a 16-13 win … The Buff defense holds an opponent under 30 points for the first time in over a year, as CU breaks a five-game losing streak …


UCLA 31, Colorado 14

//posted 11.2.2019
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The Buffs fall behind 17-0 before posting their first first down on offense … With a late score, UCLA becomes the 14th straight team to score at least 30 points on the Buff defense … Mel Tucker: “We’re gonna stay the course. I’m looking for guys that are going to compete and continue to fight” …


USC 35, Colorado 31

//posted 10.25.2019
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Steven Montez throws for 324 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for a fourth score, but it was not enough … Mel Tucker: “I told the players that and I think they can see what type of team we can have” … Why Ralphie didn’t run …

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Washington State quarterback Alex Gordon threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Cougars to a …. rout of Colorado. The Cougars raced out to a 21-3 first quarter lead, never looking back, handing the Buffs their third straight defeat.

Steven Montez, for the second game in a row, was ineffective. Montez went 16-for-30 for 129 yards and two interceptions before being pulled in the fourth quarter. Running back Alex Fontenot was a bright spot, going for 105 yards on 11 carries, but a porous defense and an ineffective red zone offense doomed the Buffs to a second straight rout on the road.

“We had a few turnovers and we couldn’t finish drives,” said Mel Tucker, who fell below .500 (3-4) for the first time as CU’s head coach. “We knew we would be able to run the ball but our passing game was inconsistent. Defensively, it just took us too long to settle down.”

“It is a little frustrating but you cannot let it get to you”, said running back Alex Fontenot, who had his second career 100-yard rushing game. “You have to keep the mentality of, when I am out there I am going to score, and just keep going.”


No. 13 Oregon 45, Colorado 3

//posted 10.12.2019
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Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert completed 18-of-32 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns, while his Colorado counterpart, Steven Montez went 19-for-34 for 131 yards … and a career-high four interceptions, as No. 13 Oregon routed Colorado, 45-3.

The Buff offense was held to just under 300 total yards, while the Buff defense surrendered over 500 of total offense as the Ducks were successful both on the ground and through the air.

Alex Fontenot had 70 yards rushing on 15 carries, while Laviska Shenault returned to action for the first time in two games to post 70 yards receiving on only four catches. But it was much too little, much too late, as the Buff offense was its own worst enemy, with two major penalties committed after the Buffs pushed the ball inside the Oregon ten yard line … two of CU’s 14 penalties for 114 yards on the night.

“We feel like we can beat every team on our schedule but any team on our schedule, we can lose to, as well,” Mel Tucker said, “My experience in these type of situations is that it’s a very tough road to go down but we have to go down this road. There is no shortcut to success and where we want to get to. It really tests your character and your mettle, individually and as a team.”

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Three years, two weeks, and two days before the 2019 Oregon game, Steven Montez made his CU starting debut, surprising Oregon with a 41-38 win … Three years later, as the Buffs continue to struggle in the mid-season – again – how much of the responsibility can be laid at the feet of CU’s fifth-year senior quarterback? …


Arizona 35, Colorado 30

//posted 10.6.2019
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Buff killer Kahlil Tate did it one more time to the Buffs, passing for 404 yards and three touchdowns, leading Arizona to a 35-30 win over Colorado in Boulder.

The lead changed hands nine times on the afternoon, with a Nathan Tedford five-yard touchdown run with 6:51 remaining being the deciding score. The Buffs mounted one final drive, but a Steven Montez pass intended for Dimitri Stanley on a fourth-and-four at the Arizona 46-yard line with 2:29 remaining ended CU’s final threat.

Steven Montez completed 28-of-42 passes for 299 yards and a touchdown, while K.D. Nixon added a 38-yard touchdown pass to Dimtri Stanley. Tony Brown, taking over as CU’s lead receiver for the second game in a row in the absence of Laviska Shenault, had 10 receptions for a career-high 141 yards, while Alex Fontenot added 94 yards on 21 carries to lead CU’s ground attack.

“We have a very disappointed locker room”, said CU head coach Mel Tucker. “We have to give Arizona a lot of credit. They made more plays than we made. They executed more often than we did. We felt like in the first half that we left some plays on the field on both sides of the ball”.

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Colorado snapped a 29-game road losing streak against ranked teams, taking down No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe, 34-31.

Steven Montez went 23-for-30 for 337 yards and three touchdowns, with all three scoring passes going to Tony Brown. The senior wide receiver collected nine passes in all, going for a career-high for 150 yards, with Alex Fontenot gaining 89 yards on 25 carries to lead the rushing attack.

The Buffs posted 447 yards of total offense, surrendering 453 to the Sun Devils. The CU defense remained consistent, giving up 31 points for the third time in four games (giving up, oddly enough, 30 points in the lone loss of the season).

The victory not only gave CU its first win over a ranked team since defeating UCLA 31-20 in the Rose Bowl in 2002, it also gave the Buffs their first win in six attempts against the Sun Devils in Tempe, and a 2-0 record against ranked teams in the fourth game of the Mel Tucker era.

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For the Buff Nation, September 21st no longer represents a date of infamy – the beginning of a 17-year run of failing to defeat a ranked team on the road – but a day of renewed hope that the Buffs are finally ready to reclaim its place as a nationally recognized program …

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