In the span of three weeks, things went from bad, to worse and finally downright terrible for the CU Buffs football team.
Losing to CSU and Sacramento, teams that Colorado was favored to beat, signaled a tough road ahead. Coach Jon Embree and staff hoped that a (rare) win on the road against Fresno State would turn things around for his team.
Colorado head coach Jon Embree watches a replay on the video board during the second half of the 28-30 loss to Sacramento State. This weekend the Buffs were routed by Fresno State 69-14. (CU Independent File/James Bradbury)
After all, if losing to a FCS school was the lowest of the low for a D1 FBS program, then things couldn’t possibly get much worse, could it?
If Fresno State’s 69-14 blowout is any indication, things have gotten worse.
The Bulldogs did what they wanted when they wanted against the Buffs Saturday. Whether it was on the ground or through the air, Fresno State found a way to score often and with ease.
Bulldog tailback Robbie Rouse rushed for over 144 yards in only nine carries with two touchdowns on the ground while catching two more passes for points. His performance set an all-time Fresno State rushing record.
An already young defense looked even younger against the Bulldog passing attack. Quarterback Derek Carr had a field day as well, passing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns with one interception in only one half of football. Isaiah Burse had three catches for 107 yards and one touchdown which came on a 97-yard pass from Carr.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that the Buffs scored, and by then it was a moot point as the Bulldogs had a commanding 55 point lead. Offensively, the Buffs only produced 14 points off a catch by Tyler McCulloch and a run by Josh Ford.
CU Quarterback Jordan Webb threw more touchdowns for the Bulldogs than he did the Buffs, as his two interceptions were both returned for touchdowns by Phillip Thomas.
Next up for the Buffs will be the Washington State Cougars at 2 p.m. next Saturday.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Shay Knolle at Shay.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statistics courtesy ESPN.com
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