RECAP

In what may have been the first game this season where the Buffs were truly outmatched in all phases, the Stanford Cardinal came into Boulder and put a 42-10 whooping on Colorado. Behind 151 yards rushing 39 yards returning, 15 yards receiving  and even 28 yards passing from Christian McCaffrey Stanford marched all over the Colorado defense to put up a total of 472 yards.

On the other side of the ball, the Buffs were never able to get anything going, especially on the ground where none of their backs averaged over three yards per carry. In the air, Sefo Liufau was only able to amass 125 yards on 10-of-18.

Just one week after running 114 plays against UCLA, Colorado ran a measly 53 against the Cardinal. With starting quarterback Kevin Hogan in the game, Stanford scored touchdowns on six of their eight drives, including marches of  15, 13 and 12 plays.

The Buffs were able to hang in the game for most of the first half, but an attempt to bring the game within one score before the buzzer backfired. Sefo Liufau sailed a pass on third and long right into the outstretched arms of Dallas Lloyd. Stanford took the ball 53 yards the other way in the next seven plays to stretch the lead out to 28-7 before the half, effectively shutting the door on any chance of an upset for Colorado.

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Colorado only scored three more points in the second half and their only chance of a momentum swing fell short after a Tedric Thompson interception return came up three yards short of the end zone. Colorado was no able to capitalize on the opportunity, going backward two yards in four plays and giving the ball right back to the Cardinal.

Overall it was a very tough game for the Buffaloes, simply being worn out by a bigger, stronger, faster team.

HIGHLIGHTS

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Christian McCaffrey

The hometown Heisman candidate was as advertised, showing off his wide array of ways he can impact the game. McCaffrey put down 151 yards on the ground and even threw a touchdown pass, showing he truly is America’s all-purpose all-star.

PLAY OF THE GAME

This 43-yard bomb from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector to give the Cardinal a lead they would not relinquish.

TURNING POINT

Sefo Liufau’s interception late in the first half, giving the Cardinal a chance to extend their lead to 28-7.

BY THE NUMBERS

4 – Tedric Thomson’s third quarter interception was the fourth of his career

27 – The amount of total yards Sefo Liufau needs to pass Kordell Stewart as the school’s all-time leader.

3,022 – Nelson Spruce’s career receiving total. His 75 yards on the game boosted him into the 3,000-yard club.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

LASTING IMPACT

Just another Pac-12 loss for the Buffaloes and another chance to get a big-time win come and gone.

WHAT’S NEXT

Colorado welcomes in the Trojans of USC on Friday night in their last chance at a Pac-12 home win this season.

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Ryan Koenigsberg

In 2012, at the age of 20, Ryan became a credentialed reporter covering University of Colorado Athletics. . . despite wearing a wolf-tee to his interview. A native of Boulder and a graduate of the university, he attended his 100th-consecutive Colorado Football home game in 2015. Later in 2015, Ryan began spearheading the Broncos coverage here at BSN Denver, riding that wave all the way to San Francisco, where he covered his first Super Bowl. Now 24, it seems 'RK' is trying to make up for that whole wolf-tee thing by overdressing at every event. He apologizes in advance for any cringe-worthy puns.