Buffs roll rival

They call themselves the 1-2 Punch, and if the season opener against Colorado State was any indication of their potential, watching Colorado wide receiver Josh Smith and freshman running back Darrell Scott should be fun this season.

Smith was the most valuable player in the Buffs' 38-17 victory over Colorado State on Sunday, returning a second-quarter kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and finishing with 189 all-purpose yards.

Smith very nearly returned another kickoff for a touchdown in the second half, putting future opponents on notice that kicking to him is high risk.

Scott split time in the backfield with starter Demetrius Sumler and fellow freshman Rodney Stewart, who fumbled once. He ended up leading the Buffs in rushing with 11 carries for 54 yards. He scored his first collegiate touchdown with 2:14 left in the game.

Scott and Stewart were two of seven true freshman who played in the game. Offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner rotated at guard with Devin Head and Blake Behrens. Safety Patrick Mahnke saw special teams duty. Kicker Jameson Davis handled the kickoff assignment. Curtis Cunningham was used on the defensive line. And tight end Ryan Deehan saw his first action.

Quarterback Cody Hawkins is now 2-0 against the Rams as the Buffs' starter.

Hawkins completed 20 of 29 passes for 214 yards and a second-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Scotty McKnight to kickoff the scoring.

Later in the quarter after CSU scored for the first time on a 21-yard passing play, Smith picked up a squib kickoff rolling toward him at his 7-yard line and raced straight up the field for a 93 yard score.

CU immediately gave up a return touchdown to CSU on the ensuing kickoff. Back-to-back kickoff returns is something coach Dan Hawkins admitted he hadn't seen in hadn't seen in his 25 previous seasons in the game.

The Buffs extended their halftime lead to 28-14 early in the third quarter when Cody Hawkins plunged in for his second score of the day and the Rams never got within one score again.

The CU defense produced five sacks and limited CSU to a 2-for-12 performance on third downs.The Buffs also held an experienced CSU rushing attack to less than 80 total yards in the game.

Safety Ryan Walters and linebacker Jeff Smart led the team with 11 tackles each and Walters also made an interception.

Other players such as linebackers Michael Sipili and Marcus Burton returned to the field after a one year absences for off-field problems.


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