Colorado Downs Tech 37-13

The Colorado Buffaloes' (6-2, 4-0) defense led the way as they defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-4, 2-2) by a score of 37-13. In an important game for both teams, Colorado's defense forced a career high 4 interceptions and a fumble by Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury as they dominated the Texas Tech offense all day long.

Texas Tech started the game by driving 75 yards to set up a field goal. Kicker Robert Treece made 22-yard the field goal to give the Red Raiders the early 3-0 lead.

Colorado returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards. After a short 23-yard drive, kicker Patrick Brougham kicked the 47-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.

Following a Kliff Kingsbury interception Colorado scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Chris Brown. The touchdown gave Colorado a 10-3 lead.

Texas Tech would tie the game at 10-10 late in the 1st quarter. A 2-yard touchdown run by Taurean Henderson capped off a 71-yard drive.

In the 2nd quarter the Red Raiders drove 51-yards to set up a field goal. Treece made the 42-yard field goal to give Texas Tech the 13-10 lead.

Colorado would score a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter to take a 16-10 lead. A 14-yard touchdown pass to Derek McCoy capped off a 67-yard drive. Colorado would hold Texas Tech scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Colorado dominated in the second half as they extended their lead to 37-13 by scoring 21 unanswered points.

Players of the Game
Texas Tech – Taurean Henderson
Colorado – Taylor Brayton

Team Analysis

QB – Kliff Kingsbury had a below average performance against Colorado this week. Kingsbury passed for 277 yards on 36 of 66 passing. Kingsbury completed no touchdown passes, but did have 4 interceptions and a lost fumble. 3 of those interceptions were on dropped passes by his receivers.

RB – Taurean Henderson was the most productive player on the offense today. Henderson carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards. He also caught 11 passes for 46 yards. Henderson was a key part of the offense on Texas Tech's three scoring drives.

WR – Dropped passes by the Texas Tech receivers led to 3 interceptions by Colorado. The Red Raiders can't afford to turn the ball over against quality opponents. The receivers need to play better if Texas Tech is going to win games. Carlos Francis led the receivers with 7 catches for 64 yards.

OL – the Colorado defensive line outplayed the offensive line today. Kingsbury was under pressure all day long. The line did do a good job run blocking in the first half. In the second half the Colorado defense became more aggressive, and succeeded in attacking the offensive line.

DL – Pretty good game by the defensive line today. Aaron Hunt and Adell Duckett were in the backfield all day. The defensive tackles did a good job holding their ground. The only problem was bad tackling on a few key plays.

LB – The linebackers also played reasonably well today. They did an excellent job stuffing runs up the middle. Missed tackles were a problem for this unit, but not as bad as in some past games. Another problem was screen passes. The linebackers were out of position on every screen play that Colorado ran. This was a big problem, particularly in the second half.

DB – The defensive backs played a good game today. They did a good job in run support, and a pretty good job in pass coverage. There were a few missed tackles, but overall they have improved in this area. Can the defensive backs continue to improve their game down the stretch?

Special Teams – Special teams were a big problem today. The kickoff team gave up a couple of big returns. The punt team also gave up a big return. The Texas Tech defense isn't good enough for the coverage teams to give up lots of field position. Both coverage teams had a horrible day tackling. These units need to return to their normal form next game. The return game also had some problems. Vincent Meeks fell at the 5-yard line to pin the Red Raiders deep in their own territory. The return men need to stop making mistakes that lead to bad field position.

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