Buffs-Bobcats Postgame Notes

Inside, notes from Colorado 19-10 loss to Montana State.

• This was the first time Colorado has played a Division I-AA team, and, obviously, the Buffs' first lost to a team from a lower division. Montana State last beat a I-A team in 1984 (Fresno State).

• Montana State's short crossing pattern on offense seemed to confuse CU defense all day. MSU quarterbacks ended the day 24-of-35 for 238 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown pass was caught by 6-foot-2 receiver Michael Jefferson, who ended the day with 10 receptions for 87 yards. On the touchdown, the CU defense matched 5-7 true freshman Chapelle Brown with Jefferson, probably not the wisest of matchups.

• The Colorado defense made two goal line stands, one late in the third quarter, the other in the fourth quarter. But MSU converted a field goal on the second go around, and the Buffalo offense couldn't answer with any points.

• The Buffs' first first down of the second half didn't come until the 11-minute mark of the 4th quarter.

• CU's 216 yards of total offense were the fewest in a season opener since the Chuck Fairbanks era (211 in 1979.)

• CU's punt coverage was poor. The Bobcats averaged 13 yards per return on five punts.

• It was 54 degrees and overcast at kickoff. Official attendance was 45,513.

(Foot) Point Leader: Mason Crosby became CU's all-time points leader among kickers. He passed Jeremy Aldrich (231) and has 235 points. Former running back Eric Bieniemy leads all, regardless of position, with 254 career points.

Starters Offense: OT Edwin Harrison, OG Devin Head, C Mark Fenton, OG Brian Daniels, OT Tyler Polumbus, QB James Cox, RB, TE Riar Geer, WR Alvin Barnett, WR Patrick Williams

Starters Defense: DE Abraham Wright, DT Brandon Nicolas, DT George Hypolite, DE Walter Boye-Doe, LB Thaddaeus Washington, LB Jordon Dizon, LB Brad Jones, CB Terrence Wheatley, CB Lorenzo Sims, S Ben Burney, S J.J. Billingsley.

First college action: (at CU; *—denotes true freshman): TE Justin Adams, OT Paul Backowski, CB *Cha'pelle Brown, WR Cody Crawford, P Matthew DiLallo, LS *Justin Drescher, P Isaac Garden, TE Riar Geer, OL Devin Head, FB Samson Jagoras, DT Brandon Nicolas, ILB *Michael Sipili.

Injuries: TE Tyson DeVree (lung) did not play, day to day; OG Daniel Sanders, (back spasms) did not play, questionable; RB Hugh Charles, elbow, day to day; CB Gardner McKay, ankle, day to day; Alex Ligon, knee, questionable.

Ralphie's Back: The Ralphie logo with CU insignia is painted on the grass at midfield. It's the first time the logo has been on the field since the Bill McCartney days.

Long First Offensive Play: CU opened on offense with a 42-yard pass play from James Cox to Patrick Williams. It is the longest first offensive play by a CU team in school history, and is more yardage than the first offensive play gained in the past 14 seasons combined.

Assorted: CU has opened 0-2 only two times in its history (117 seasons), last doing so in 2000 and 1986... the 288 allowed by CU was the fewest since 2001 (Fresno State had 287), the 11th time the last 20 the opponent has failed to reach 300. … For whatever reason, CU has now dropped the first game in a new coaches' tenure for the 12th time in the last 13 debuts (dating back to 1935). Small consolation is that two of the most revered coaches in CU history, Eddie Crowder and Bill McCartney, did the same (ironically with rain the day before and of the game, the only two instances of bad weather for a CU coaching debut prior to today).


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