Denver, CU – The Last Rocky Mountain Showdown at Mile High ended up being the highest-scoring game ever in the series with a combined total of 83 points.
Both teams managed to gain over 1,112 yards total: 421 yards came from the ground.
In the Colorado Buffaloes opening win 52-31, sophomore tailback Alex Fontenot rose to the occasion scoring three touchdowns and rushing for over 125 yards.
This was Fontenot’s first game starting at tailback in College football, he described his running style as being, “elusive and not afraid to put my shoulder pads down.”
Colorado managed to run a balanced offense with 243 rushing yards, and 232 passing yards from quarterback Steven Montez.
Four turnovers plagued the Colorado State Rams in a game that at times was close. The Buffaloes only had a three-point lead going into half time.
A fumble recovery and run in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter with four minutes left destroyed any chance for a comeback.
“It’s hard to beat anyone when you turn the ball over four times,” said CSU coach Mike Bobo.
Free Safety Mikial Onu was on the receiving for the two interceptions thrown by CSU quarterback Colin Hill.
Overall, Hill lit up the Colorado defense, throwing for three touchdowns and gaining 374 yards through the air.
Coach Mel Tucker was happy with the win for his first game as head coach, “I have a really good idea right now of where we are on offense, defense, and special teams.” Adding, “This is just the starting point this is not the end though this is just the beginning.”
According to Tucker, significant improvements will occur going into next week’s game. He knows the team’s weaknesses as they head into a tougher schedule.
Colorado fresh of their win is facing off against Nebraska next Saturday home at Folsom Field. CSU will play Western Illinois.