Buffs get chewed up by Beaver's offense

Many Buff fans hoped today's game would be an offensive showdown between two of the better quarterbacks in the league and two of the best wide receivers. Oregon State had its way with Colorado on a rainy Saturday in Corvallis to give the Buffs their first loss of the season 44-17.

CORVALLIS,Oregon: Many Buff fans hoped today's game would be an offensive showdown between two of the better quarterbacks in the league and two of the best wide receivers.

Colorado opened PAC 12 play here in Corvallis, and while one quarterback and wide out had an outstanding day, it wasn't Connor Wood or Paul Richardson.

Instead Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks turned in all-star performances, while the Beavers defense held Wood and Richardson in check for the most part on their way to an impressive 44-17 win over the Buffs.

Mannion set a school record by throwing six touchdowns, while throwing for 414 yards on 27 completions out of 52 attempts.

Cooks proved he was one of the league's top receivers with nine catches for 168 yards, making a couple of unbelievable type catches.

In contrast Wood was held to just 22 yards passing in the first half, finishing the game with 146 yards with the majority of his yards coming late in the fourth quarter with the outcome of the game already being decided. He completed 14 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Richardson entered the game with 208.5 yards per game average, he was held to just five catches and 70 yards, with his only touchdown coming on a 28 yard catch with :13 seconds remaining in the game.

Buffs Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre was visibly disappointed on his team's performance in their conference opener.

"Mainly to me it was turnovers and not taking care of the football," MacIntyre told the media after the game. "We gave up 590 yards of offense and we should have had three picks in the first half. Second half we came out and kept giving them the ball back."

Colorado trailed just 17-3 at intermission, the bottom fell out in the third quarter almost as much as the rain and storms did in Oregon on Saturday. The Buffs had trouble fielding the Beaver's squib kicks to begin the second half, a situation that spelled doom to any comeback chances the Buffs may have envisioned at the intermission.

The Buffs had several missed opportunities in the first half, but could never click like they had in their first two ballgames. Wood's passes were off, and Richardson was a non factor in the first half only having one catch in the first two quarters of play.

One of the few bright spots of the game for Colorado was the running game. MacIntyre and coaches had stressed the entire weeks of practice between Central Arkansas and Oregon State that the Buffs had put a lot of effort and focus on improving their rushing attack.

True freshman Michael Adkins was inserted into the lineup for the first time to begin his career as a Buff, responding with 14 carries for 105 yards, he netted 98 yards for his first game after seven yards of losses were added into the equation.

"If we hadn't had some losses on sacks we would have rushed for over 200 yards in the game," MacIntyre said. "We worked on that a lot, Michael has been showing that he can run the football and he is very fast. It won't be the last time you seem him in the backfield."

Things don't get easier for the Buffs, they host perhaps the best team in the country next weekend when the Oregon Ducks fly into Colorado.

Stay tuned to BuffPlayBook.com for video interviews, photos, and much more from Saturday's game against Oregon State.

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