Rams picked off by Buffaloes

It was a tough stage for the debut of a pair of new Sophomore quarterbacks, and the inexperience showed as the Rams took it on the chin from their in-state rivals, the Colorado Buffaloes, 41-14 Saturday at Invesco Field in Denver.

The Buffs, who were burned for four long TD passes by Matt Newton a year ago, got plenty of pay back this time around, picking off four Rams passes, and returning two of them for scores. Starter D. J. Busch showed his nervousness early, as the Buffs Donald Strickland took an errant pass back 31 yards less than a minute into the game to give the Buffs a lead they would never relinquish. Early in the third quarter, Michael Lewis picked off a Busch throw and went untouched 41 yards to effectively put the game away for CU. Back-up Bradlee Van Pelt also struggled, overthrowing several receivers and tossing an interception.

Rams coach Sonny Lubick was down, but far from out after the game. "I think our inexperience showed a little bit, maybe on that second (interception thrown by Busch) in the second half, a more experienced quarterback would have taken a knee and not tried to force the ball in there," Lubick said. "I told both of those guys before the game that they didn't have to take this game on their shoulders, that we had people that could make plays. Unfortunately, it didn't work out today.

"But we'll be okay. They'll both learn from this one, and get better," Lubick added.

"I made some bad reads and it really cost us," said Busch after the game. "I obviously need more experience, but inexperience is no excuse for turning the ball over. You can't give a good team like CU 14 points."

Busch ended up completing 15 of 31 for 137 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions. Van Pelt rushed for 43 yards on just four carries, but completed only 3 of 9 throws for 49 yards, including a touchdown and an INT.

The Rams are back at Hughes Stadium next week for a 3 pm kick-off with Nevada, a team buried 52-7 Saturday by BYU. The game will be televised in Denver, and can be heard on the CSU (radio) Sports Network (AM 1410 KIIX in Fort Collins, AM 630 KHOW in Denver…).

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