After making her first appearance of the season against Mississippi, senior communications major Katie Griffin is ready to lead the CU women’s soccer team into action.
Updated with 7:11 left in first quarter:
CU Head Coach Dan Hawkins surprised the Buffs faithful by starting junior Bernard Jackson at quarterback instead of senior James Cox, who started the season opener against Montana State.
The Buffaloes used Jackson in their first drive primarily in shotgun formations and allowed Jackson to use his athletic ability to run the ball.
After CSU’s punt, the Buffs gave the ball right back by going three-and-out themselves after a 3 yard carry by Mel Holliday, a 4-yard catch by sophomore Patrick Williams, and a tipped pass intended for junior Alvin Barnett.
CSU’s next possession garnered them their initial first down of the game after 2 running plays and a 4 yard pass to H-Back Kory Sperry.
DiLallo’s punt to begin the second quarter was a booming kick that sailed 73 yards to pin the Rams inside their own 20-yard line.
The first play of the Rams’ ensuing possession was a completion to Ram receiver Damon Morton. Morton fumbled the ball after getting hit by Buffs’ sophomore linebacker Marcus Burton.
End of second quarter:
The Rams’ next series netted them their initial first down of the series via a 15-yard facemask penalty. The penalty negated a Wright sack on third-down and rather than punting, CSU was able to keep its drive going. Hanie had the hot hand on the drive, completing passes of 15 and 29 yards to move the Rams to inside the Buffs’ 20.
5:38 left 3rd quarter:
The Rams opened play in the second half by going three downs and out after Dizon sacked Hanie on third down, forcing CSU to punt.
The Buffs’ next series began well as Holliday and Jackson each carried for 5 and 6 yards respectively, but the drive was derailed by a CSU sack of Jackson on third down.
End of third quarter:
The Buffs squandered a good return by Robinson and could not garner a single first down on their next drive. Jackson’s pass on third and 10 was nearly intercepted by CSU. DiLallo’s punt on fourth down went off the side of his foot and only went 39 yards, giving the Rams ample field position rather than pinning them deep in their own end.
The fourth quarter began with still another wide receiver screen, this one to receiver Luke Roberts. The Rams would eventually find themselves in a third and 6 yards to gain situation.
Hanie ran the option keeper and was stopped inches short of the line to gain for a first down.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda.
These three words defined the University of Colorado football team Saturday as the Buffaloes suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Colorado State, 14-10, before 65,701 Rocky Mountain Showdown fanatics at INVESCO Field at Mile High.