The Colorado Buffaloes won back to back games against Oregon and Oregon State. This brings their record on the season to 4-1 and rank 21st. It is their first ranking since 2005.
The Colorado Buffaloes have won back to back games for the second time this season. They started their season 2-0 after wins against Colorado State and Idaho State. Then they suffered a loss to Michigan thanks to poor special teams play and an injury to their senior quarterback Sefo Liufau.
After that loss, they won a close one against the Oregon Ducks. Their backup quarterback, Steven Montez threw three touchdowns and ran one in to help give the Buffaloes the win. For the second week in a row, Montez was the starting quarterback against Oregon State.
Montez was on fire. He went 19-27 for 293 yards and three touchdowns through the air. There were multiple beautiful passes from Montez that were NFL caliber passes. That is rather impressive for the redshirt freshman. Montez is showing traits that some NFL starters have shown they don’t have. In a few years, when he is entering the draft, he should be a hot commodity, especially if he keeps his play up.
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Helping out Montez was Phillip Lindsay running the ball, who added 90 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This brought Lindsay to 338 yards rushing and six total touchdowns on the season. Of course, Montez needed someone to throw the ball to and Shay Fields was that guy. Fields caught all three on the touchdown passes and totaled 169 yards receiving.
The game was a blow out and the Buffaloes put up 47 points to the Beavers six points. Not only did the offense play tremendous football as they put up all of those points, the defense was tremendous as well.
The Buffaloes defense held the Oregon State quarterbacks to 100 total passing yards. There were no touchdown passes thrown on them, but they picked off two passes. Sophmore linebacker Rick Gamboa picked off one, with Senior defensive back Tedric Thompson picking off the other.
Tedric Thompson has played really well so far this season, which is helping his draft stock. Also in that Buffaloes secondary is corner Chidobe Awuzie, a senior who is getting first round talk already. Against Oregon State he showed why he is getting talked about so much. Awuzie isn’t just a great coverage corner, he can blitz and create pressure. He didn’t get a sack, but got credited with a hurry.
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They got pressure from all over against Oregon State, and ended with five sacks on the game. They got three from senior outside linebacker Jimmie Gilbert and another from their senior nose tackle Josh Tupou. Tupou has the ability, but off-field stuff has been a serious concern.
The defense played lights out from start to finish, but it was a very favorable match-up for the Colorado Buffaloes defense. Oregon State doesn’t have the best team, and that was made very clear from the start. That shouldn’t take away from how talented the Colorado Buffaloes are.
There is still a long road ahead for the #21 ranked Colorado Buffaloes. They are getting ready to take on USC next week, but have games against Stanford and Utah, both of whom are currently ranked. The Buffaloes have a talented team and can compete with any team they take on.
As for taking on USC, it looks like the Buffaloes will win their third game in a row.