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1,111 Days

//posted 10.13.2019
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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? …

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No. 13 Oregon 45, Colorado 3

//posted 10.11.2019
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Steven Montez throws a career-worst four interceptions, with the Buff defense surrendering over 500 yards of total offense in rout … Mel Tucker: “(Games like this) really test your character and your mettle, individually and as a team” …

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Arizona 35, Colorado 30

//posted 10.5.2019
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Buff-killer Kahlil Tate makes it three-for-three against the Buffs, throwing for 404 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wildcats … Mel Tucker: “There are a lot of folks who left disappointed, but there is no one more disappointed than us” …

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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For the Buff Nation, September 21st no longer represents a date of infamy – the beginning of a 17-year run of failing to defeat a ranked team on the road – but a day of renewed hope that the Buffs are finally ready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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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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James Stefanou hit a 34-yard field goal in overtime to give Colorado its first lead of the game, and the defense made it stand up, as Isaac Armstrong’s 49-yard attempt for Nebraska sailed wide right, giving the Buffs an unlikely 34-31 overtime win over No. 25 Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers dominated play for most of the contest, taking a 17-0 lead into halftime before 52,829 fans in CU’s first sell-out since 2016. The Buffs didn’t score until only 1:42 remained in the third quarter, when a Jaren Mangham 11-yard run made it a 17-7 game. Mangham’s score touched off a frenetic fourth quarter, in which the teams combined for 38 points. A Steven Montez 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Brown with 46 seconds remaining in the game set the stage for CU’s dramatic win in overtime.

Steven Montez had a sluggish start to the game, but finished 28-for-41 for 375 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. K.D. Nixon led the receiving corps, with six receptions for 148 yards and an electrifying 96-yard touchdown – the longest touchdown in CU history – in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

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Colorado 52, CSU 31

//posted 9.2.2019
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Colorado was out-gained by Colorado State (505 yards to 475), and had fewer first downs (27-23), but four CSU turnovers (including two interceptions by Buff safety Mikial Onu) doomed the Rams’ chances at an upset, with the Buffs posting a 52-31 victory in Denver.

In the final Rocky Mountain Showdown game to be played in Denver, sophomore running back Alex Fontenot led the Buffs with three touchdowns and 125 yards rushing on 19 carries. Steven Montez had a mediocre start to the 2019 campaign, completing 13-of-20 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns, with star wide receiver Laviska Shenault being held to three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown (also contributing 35 yards on three rushes).

The game was a see-saw affair until the Buffs created a two-touchdown lead on the last play of the third quarter on an Alex Fontenot 14-yard run. A 22-yard rushing touchdown by Fontenot and a nine-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson were enough to send new head coach Mel Tucker back to Boulder with a 1-0 record.

“I’m proud of the group, I really am,” said CU head coach Mel Tucker, who became just the third Colorado coach since 1932 to win their opener. “It’s very rewarding to take a group like this, that’s all bought in, players and coaches, and see them go out and perform and have a really good team win.”

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Preseason Magazines

//posted 7.31.2019
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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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The Post-Spring Depth is not written in stone (Kary Kutsch and Jack Shutack as starting guards?), but there certainly has been some movement on the roster since spring drills started, with some guidance as to what CU fans can expect from the Buff offense this fall …

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Game Day!! … Ten Questions for the CU Spring game, including: Does Steven Montez have a clear command of the Jay Johnson offense?; and, Who are No. 10, No. 13, No. 14, and No. 22? … ADDED: “Neill Woelk: What To Watch In Saturday’s Buffs Spring Finale” …

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Compare: Neill Woelk’s Five Takeaways from Second Spring Scrimmage … According to head coach Mel Tucker, the Buffs “put some money in the bank” on Friday at CU’s second spring scrimmage … A unit-by-unit review of the numbers show a number of positives (and a few negatives) …

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2016 No. 12 Buffs take down No. 20 Washington State, 38-24, led by Sefo Liufau and Phillip Lindsay Essay for the game: "Giving Thanks" READ