Buffs make statement against CSU

This is a new and improved Colorado Buff Football team. A more fundamentally sound Colorado team, with a new attitude and a new focus, defeated its arch rival Colorado State here Sunday 41-27. Go "Inside" to get the latest on today's game.

One thing for sure after Sunday's Rocky Mountain Showdown: this isn't last years Colorado Buff Football team.

This Buff team has a new attitude, a new focus and won it's season opener against arch -rival Colorado State 41-27.

Everyone realized that early confidence would be vital for a young Colorado team that won just one ballgame last year.

The Mike MacIntyre era got underway here at Sports Authority Field in Denver in quick fashion.

It took junior quarterback Connor Wood less than 3 minutes into the game before he hooked up with junior standout wide out Paul Richardson for a 82 yard scoring pass, giving Colorado an early 7-0.

"It's definitely great having Paul Richardson back," Wood said after the game. "Our chemistry has been getting better throughout the spring and summer. He definitely adds a big threat when he is on the field."

MacIntyre, known for turning struggling football programs into winners, realizes this is just one game, but he was happy for his team, especially the seniors.

"I'm excited for our seniors to start the season off like this," MacIntyre said. "It's a great rival game, I thought the crowd was phenomenal, not sure of the size of it, but the loudness of it, the back and forth of the game. What a great game. Wow, this is a great game."

Colorado scored the first 10 points, moved the ball well for most of the night, and Wood definitely established himself as the leader and quarterback of this team.

The former four-star quarterback out of Texas came into his own here Sunday, completing 33 passes out of 46 attempts for 400 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions.

When asked about Wood's game MacIntyre couldn't hold back his excitement.

"Whoa, I haven't looked at all of the stats. Ran the ball good, took care of the football," MacIntyre said. "I was really, really impressed with Connor today. That's what we had been seeing in practice. Knew he had the ability to do it. Now he has to regroup and do it again Saturday."

Colorado jumped out to a 10-0 lead before CSU responded with a field goal. The Buff's defense, which was one of the team's weaknesses, show much improvement throughout the game giving up just 13 points.

The Buffs defense gave up just 295 yards in total offense to the Rams, with a majority of those yards coming late in the game.

Colorado on the other hand finished the night with 513 yards of total offense, had 24 first downs to CSU's 16, and led 20-10 at the half.

MacIntyre had been saying throughout fall camp that he wouldn't know exactly what to expect from his team until they were faced with adversity and see how they would respond.

Colorado State took the lead 24-23 at the end of the third quarter, but it was Colorado that outscored the Rams 18-3 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

They definitely answered adversity by punching it in the mouth, finishing the game in great fashion.

Colorado now will return home to Folsom Field to take on a very good FCS team in Central Arkansas.

"I know that there were a lot of BCS teams that lost to FCS opponents this weekend," MacIntyre noted. "Central Arkansas is ranked No. 8 in the nation in FCS we will have to get back to work and prepare for another good game."

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