Boulder, CU – The Colorado Buffaloes win 48-42 at Folsom Field against the UCLA Bruins. In an opening game that provided Buffalo fans with a lot to be excited for in the Karl Dorrell heading coaching era, despite inconsistencies throughout the game.
“They should feel confident, they can win a lot of games,” Dorrell said, “We won our first one, and that’s a big bonus for us.”
Dorrell added that there is a lot of work to do since the Bruins exploited several holes in both the defense and special teams of Colorado.
The Buffaloes dominated the Bruins in the first half with a 35-14 score; four turnovers, including three fumbles and one interception, were to blame for UCLA failures. And Colorado took full advantage by turning those errors into touchdowns.
The momentum in the third quarter shifted to the Bruins after a 65-yard run by quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Jr. on second down of their opening drive. A blocked field goal by the Bruins led to another touchdown and 21 unanswered points.
The Buffaloes responded with a one-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Sam Noyer. And then the game turned to total chaos as both teams continued to score points until late into the fourth quarter.
Colorado was ahead 48-35 when the Bruins blocked another field goal with around three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Thompson-Robinson led his offense down the field and completed a touchdown pass to tight-end Mike Martinez with one minute and forty-five seconds left. But a failed onside kick attempt by UCLA took out whatever life they had left. The Buffaloes ran the clock out to win the game.
Several key offensive players contributed to the 48 points scored by the Buffaloes. Jarek Brossaurd’s first career start ended up being a dominating one as he carried the football 31 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
Noyer also showed off his talent as a duel threat quarterback with 257 yards passing and a touchdown and 64 yards rushing and a touchdown. According to Dorrell, he is excited about Noyer after his first career start, and despite a couple of mistakes, overall, he played well.
The 1-0 Buffaloes travel to Stanford next Saturday.