The Colorado Buffaloes returned home to Folsom Field Saturday and they had themselves a blowout. In the home opener the Buffs were running like Ralphie, seemingly unimpeded, all the way down the field. The offense wouldn't stop putting points on the board, scoring on seven straight drives at one point, while the defense bent but did not break. Eventually Jim Leavitt's defense put a stop to UMass' star quarterback-wide receiver duo Blake Frohnapfel and Tajae Sharpe. Today's game was the most complete game the Buffaloes have played under Coach MacIntyre, Colorado played a full four quarters and benefited from contributions from almost every postion on the field.
Star of The Game:Micheal Adkins II
Adkins had 19 carries for 125 yards with one TD. He is creeping towards becoming the featured back in Brian Lindgren's offense. After the first two games, Adkins leads the Buffs in carries and yards. His productive running has made a huge impact on the team's play calling, as this Buffs team ran the ball more than twice the amount they passed it.
Turning Point of The Game: Ryan Moeller's second quarter red zone interception.
Coach Mike MacInyre said of the play: "After we got the interception by Ryan Moeller, the game completely changed and I think that was big."
The Minutemen where deep into Buffs territory about to cut the CU lead to three when Moeller picked off quarterback Blake Frohnapfel. From that point on UMass was held scoreless, and the Buffs went onto score on the next four drives, outscoring the Minutemen the rest of the game 24-0.
Play of The Game: Nelson Spruce's 216th career grab, putting him number one all time on Colorado's career receptions list.
Quote of The Game: Mike MacInyre on Lee Walker
Lee is a young man who we signed in a January situation where he was going to go to another school and it got all messed up and we kept recruiting him. He comes from a single parent home. I even made a statement this week, Lee, I've watched you grow up, you've finally grown up, you're finally tuning into a man. He stopped doing his knuckle head stuff, and we've all done that. It's just so awesome to see that. His role, he doesn't play a lot, but when we were at Hawaii, and I turn around in the fourth quarter, you know who's running up and down the sidelines trying to get everybody up, swinging a towel? Lee Walker. He epitomizes that fight. He believes in us, and we're helping him to be the man he is going to be. The great father, the great husband he's going to be one day. And he's also going to be a great football player before he leaves here; he's only a freshman. Knowing his role, he knew he probably wasn't going to get the ball thrown to him but he goes and makes a phenomenal block and pancakes the dude. That's hard to do; and springs a touchdown. I was really really excited to see that because that's another guy playing a role with all he's got. Those little things are what makes a difference in truly winning and losing consistently.
Lasting Impact: Colorado's running game
The ground game netted the Buffs 390 yards on 59 rushes, averaging 6.6 yards a carry. Folsom Field hasn't seen the Buffs rush for that many yards in quite some time. In fact the Buffs ran for more yards today than in any other game in the Mike MacInyre era. Colorado's stellar passing game from last year hasn't lit up a scoreboard yet, but the running game has. One can only assume this is another tool in the Buffs offense's versatile toolshed.
What's Next: Halfway point of the non-confrence schedule
Next week the Buffaloes face the Colorado State Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports' Authority field at Mile High. The Buffs are 1-1 in non-confrence play and have two more non-confrence games before Oregon visits Boulder to open up Pac-12 play.