It wasn't pretty.
After turning in an almost perfect performance last week in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in several areas, especially where turnovers were concerned, that didn't happen when Colorado hosted the No. 5 FCS rated University of Central Arkansas Bear team.
Colorado's offensive line last week didn't allow any true sacks in the first game of the season, they allowed four tonight.
The offense last week didn't have a turnover. Against the Bears tonight, they had four--two quarterback fumbles and two interceptions by junior quarterback Connor Wood.
But despite the negative things that occurred here at Folsom Field, this team, unlike last year's 1 win team, found a way to win despite not playing a solid game.
Colorado trailed Central Arkansas 24-17 in the fourth quarter, but with some solid defense and explosive offensive plays they won the game 38-24 to start the season under new Head Coach Mike MacIntyre 2-0 for the first time since 2008 when the Buffs started that season 3-0.
While things didn't go as smooth as last week, a couple of things didn't change.
Junior wideout Paul Richardson turned in his second consecutive 200 yard reception night, catching 11 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
Wood, who threw the ball for 400 yards in week one, turned in another big game, connecting with 23 passes out of 36 attempts, adding three touchdowns for a 341 yard night. The only thing that dampened his performance was the four turnovers.
Buff Nation should have realized early on that this wasn't going to be an easy or normal night.
?Ralphie, the live Buffalo mascot of Colorado, got spooked by the new smoke that was used to welcome the team out on the field. The football team ran onto the field, but Ralphie, who normally leads the team out, stayed in her cage.
"These young men keep fighting, they never get down, they don't quit playing," MacIntyre said after the game. "Yeah we made some mistakes, but we didn't quit. That's a good football team we played tonight. Three of those guys will play on Sunday. It wasn't pretty, but I will take a win any day."
Colorado has given up double digit leads in their last two games, but one of the most impressive things is that the Buffs have outscored their opponents in the fourth quarter 21-7 tonight, and 18-3 last week against Colorado State.
MacIntyre explained that he is glad his team had double digit leads, but was more excited his team is finishing strong in games.
"Right now we are just learning how to win," MacIntyre said. "Glad we are doing that. Today we made mistakes. Last week the punt returner made five guys miss. We have to correct those mistakes we made tonight. Had way too many penalties tonight, something we have to get fixed."
MacIntyre feels his team is overcoming big hurdles so far this season.
"The kids are believing they can win no matter what," MacIntyre said. "That's a big hurdle."
NOTES FROM SATURDAY NIGHT'S WIN OVER CENTRAL ARKANSAS
It took two defensive touchdown returns to help the Buffs secure the victory here Saturday night.
Tonight's win snapped a 6 game home losing streak (last win: 48-29 over Arizona on November 12, 2011.
Ralphie V did not lead the team out on the field for the first time in about a decade because of a timing snafu; once the smoke from the tunnel reached her pen, it also freaked her out a little bit. She made the second half run just fine.
Colorado has scored 30 points in back to back games for the first time since the 10th and 11th games of the 2010 season, and has allowed under 30 points for two games in a row since games 4 and 5 of the same year. CU has held it's first two foes to under 100 yards rushing for the first time since 2008.