By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard
The 88th edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown wasn’t much of a showdown at all. It was a one sided, behind the woodshed thrashing by the Colorado Buffaloes over the Colorado State Rams. The biggest concern for the Buffaloes after this 44-7 victory is will they let the success go to their heads?
The Buffaloes senior quarterback Sefo Liufau showed no ill effects from his foot injury that end his season a year ago. Liufau was in complete control of the new uptempo offense installed by first year co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini.
“We knew we could do a lot of things against this defense that they were coming out with,”stated Liufau who finished 23-33 for 318 yards and one touchdown. “We just gotta be more consistent in the second half I think there was a little bit of a drop off.”
The Buffaloes offense was snapping the ball as quickly as 15 seconds after the previous play putting the young Colorado State Rams defense on their heels right from the start. Liufau marched the Buffaloes up and down the field on their way to a 31-0 halftime lead capped by a spectacular 46 yard catch by junior wide receiver Bryce Bobo to set up a Phillip Lindsey touchdown.
“We came out in the game fast and that was important,” said fourth year Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre after the game. “I think we should be a top PAC-12 defense.” That defense held the Rams to just 79 yards of total offense in the first half and didn’t get their initial first down until there was 10:42 remaining in the second quarter.
Senior defensive back Chidobe Awuzie led the swarming Buffaloes defense. Awuzie intercepted Rams quarterback Nick Stevens to set up the Buffaloes final scoring drive right before halftime. Stevens finished 6-20 for 31 yards and two interceptions.
There wasn’t much for the Rams to hang their hat on except for redshirt junior running back Daylan Dawkins performance. He rushed for 88 yards on 14 carries along with a 35 yard kickoff return. Head coach Mike Bobo and his staff have a lot to work on before their next game against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Despite the Buffaloes dominating performance, they too have a lot to work on. They turned the ball over twice, settled for field goals and gave up some big runs in the second half. They should be able to get most of that fixed in time for next week’s home game against the Idaho State Bengals.