Boulder, CU – Buffalo lost their second straight home game against Pac 12 conference team the Arizona Wildcats, in another close matchup.
The difference in the 35-30 Arizona win came from their senior quarterback Kahlil Tate throwing a career-high 404 passing yards, and three touchdown passes.
What ended up being an exciting match-up had a slow start with both teams scoring a total of 10 points until 2:37 left in the second quarter.
It began with a Colorado field goal and an interception thrown by Tate to Michael Onu.
Onu has six forced turnovers this season.
Colorado’s offense took advantage of the turnover and scored a touchdown off a reverse pass from receiver K.D. Nixon to receiver Dimitri Stanley.
Arizona responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of their next drive from Tate to receiver Cedric Peterson.
Quarterback Steven Montez and the Colorado offense scored one more touchdown at halftime placing them at a 20-14 lead.
The rest of the game followed a similar rhythm, as Arizona scored again on their opening drive after half time.
Both defenses struggled to hold the opposing offenses at bay, but Arizona’s defense secured the win by allowing only a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Tate’s dominating performance continued throughout the game and helped put the nail in the coffin on the Wildcats second to last drive. Which ended with a five-yard rushing touchdown by Nathan Tilford.
Colorado’s defense has allowed more than 30 points each game this season.
With several injured players out including defensive end Mustafa Johnson, receiver Laviska Shenault. Jr and cornerback Chris Miller.
Colorado chose to not blame the injury on their lost, and instead blamed themselves for missed opportunities, and penalties which cost them 85 yards.
“When you’re behind the sticks, those are drive killers,” said Buffalo Head Coach Mel Tucker in response to the penalties, “we all know that.”