The Buffaloes at University of Colorado and the Rams of Colorado State restored their 120-year Rocky Mountain Showdown rivalry game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Buffaloes came into today's game hoping to avenge last years disappointing loss to the Rams in a 22-17 showdown.
Connor Wood, redshirt Junior transfer from the University of Texas faced his real test today against the in state rival Rams as the new starting quarterback of the Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffaloes came into the 2013-2014 season with an offense from a year ago that only averaged a mere 18 points per game. Clearly, offense was going to need to be addressed on Coach MacIntyre's new team.
And with that, Wood took no time to ignite the Buffaloes newly transformed offense after starting off the game with an 82-yard hail-mary touchdown pass to star wide-out Paul Richardson.
"It was Christmas in September" said Wood, "Paul found an open zone in the defence and took it.
Paul Richardson who came off a season ending ACL injury last year, once again put up remarkable numbers with 208 yards and 2 TDs today.
Wood would then end up with 400 passing yards, 3 TDs, completing 33 of 46 passes and sharing the love with seven different receivers. Wood found his favorite target Richardson once again in the 4th quarter to seal the game on a 75 yard touchdown pass, making the score 41-27.
"He took care of the football, I am really impressed with him." Coach MacIntyre stated, "That's what we have been seeing, I knew he had the ability, he had to go do it, and I am very proud of him."
The Buffaloes can credit their first win of the season to the relentless conditioning in the offseason.
"Our conditioning has paid off tremendously, the way we practice, our repetitions" MacIntyre announced. "I am so happy for these kids."
With just one game into the season the Colorado Buffaloes have now matched their win total from last season, hoping to get away with more wins as the continues. The Colorado Buffaloes next test will be September 8th versus Central Arkansas, a team that beat them a year ago. With consistency at the quarterback position, Colorado will be looking to double their win total from last season, and remain unbeaten next Saturday.
OFFENSIVE LINE TURNS IN SOLID PERFORMANCE
The Buffs offensive line drew praise from CSU Head Football Coach Jim McElwain after Sunday's Rocky Mountain Showdown. "There offensive line did a good job against us, they protected Wood and allowed him to have an outstanding outing.
It was obvious that the Buffs offensive line was a definite bright spot Sunday against CSU, allowing no sacks during the game.
RICHARDSON IS BACK
Junior wideout Paul Richardson has been asked several times this fall camp if he was a 100 percent, he would answer I'm not sure yet until we play a game. After turning in one of his best games of his career, he was willing to answer the question. "I'm definitely 100 percent now."
RICHARDSON PLEASED WITH WOOD
Richardson peaked back, something he isn't suppose to do when running routes, saw no one near him and all he could think about is the ball not being over thrown or him not catching it. Wood threw a good ball, Richardson did the rest on the 82 yard scoring play. Richardson had this to say about Woods performance. "He turned into a grown man. He was confident out there tonight and did an outstanding job.
QB -Connor Wood – 33-46 400 yds 3 TDs
HB -Tony Jones- 13 carries for 27 yards
HB -Cristian Powell – 15 carries for 42 yards
WR -Paul Richardson – 11 receptions for 208 yards 2 TDs
WR -Nelson Spruce – 8 receptions for 99 yards
WR -D.D Goodson – 5 receptions for 44 yards TD