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Washington State’s defense forced three turnovers and quarterback Gardner Minshew overcame a sporadic first half to lead the offense into the end zone three times in the second half and the Cougars kept their magical season alive 5,000 feet above sea level, cruising past the Buffaloes 31-7 in Boulder.
The Wazzu defense came within one communications breakdown of a shutout, which was far more “D” than was required to bulldoze the Buffs.
There may be no quarterback west of Alabama that has played better this season than Washington State’s Gardner Minshew.
Difference makers from Washington State’s 31-7 victory over Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.
CU’s defense has been unsuccessful against offenses much less potent than WSU’s and the Cougars have proven to be a resilient team in tight games, while the Buffaloes have mostly backed away from those types of moments. It would’ve been easy to go with the Buffs in week one. It’s almost impossible now.
WSU (8-1, 5-1), ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and No. 8 in the College Football Playoff ranking, is off to its best start since 2002 and will be gunning for its sixth consecutive win at Folsom Field. Colorado (5-4, 2-4) is carrying a different sort of streak into Saturday’s contest and has to snap out of a four-game skid to finally become bowl eligible.
Keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Colorado Saturday at Folsom Field.
Stating the value of wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. to Colorado’s football team, coach Mike MacIntyre made an analogy Tuesday during his weekly press conference that would resonate with any Washington State fan.
UW 41, Colorado 10: How they scored
Ninth-ranked Colorado won the Pac-12 South title Saturday with a 27-22 win over No. 21 Utah thanks to a senior-laden defense that forced two huge fumbles by Utes star running back Joe Williams. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie also had a touchdown-saving tackle after a 93-yard kickoff return.
Final stats and play-by-play from Washington State's Senior Night win over Colorado.
The future is now for the Colorado football team, or at least, it’s visible. The decision to burn freshman Sefo Liufau’s redshirt in the middle of the season will usher the Buffaloes toward 2014 while dedicating this season to getting the young quarterback some experience.
BOULDER, Colo. – A choked-up Jon Embree suggested Monday that the only way he could have turned around the University of Colorado’s flailing football program in his two years as coach was to take shortcuts in the classroom and on the recruiting trail. “If you just hire the next guy and say you’ve got two years, keep your fingers crossed,” Embree said at his farewell news conference a day after being fired.
Dan Hawkins was fired as football coach at the University of Colorado three days after the biggest meltdown in school history.