Boulder, CU – Despite Folsom Field being engulfed by a sea of red, Colorado pulled off a close win in overtime against 25 Nebraska.
The game had classic rivalry written all over it with this being the first sold-out game for Colorado since the Pac-12 South title win against Utah on November 26, 2016.
Colorado trailed in the first half, 17-0 and failed to gain any leverage on all sides of the ball. According to players and coaches, half-time adjustments were made to counteract against Nebraska’s dominant performance.
“There’s no such thing as a safe lead in college football,” said head coach Mel Tucker, “we talked to our players at half-time. They gave us their best shot. Whatever is the best they can do we saw it in the first half.”
Players and Tucker alike also credited the conditioning of CU as a reason for why they stayed in the game.
Nebraska held a 10-point lead into the 4th quarter, 17-7, but Colorado decreased the lead with a 96-yard pass off a flea-flicker from quarterback Steven Montez to receiver K.D. Nixon.
“He led us,” said Tucker when talking about Montez, “I saw him do what good players do.”
Overall Montez threw for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Nebraska’s quarterback Adrian Montez responded to Colorado with a 75-yard touchdown to running back Maurice Washington.
Both teams lit up the scoreboard during the 4th quarter as regulation ended 31-31.
A missed field goal by Nebraska sealed the deal for the Buffs after Colorado scored three points on their opening overtime drive.
The fans rushed the field and players almost immediately as emotions were high.
Montez believes that this game will be a “life-long memory,” that he won’t forget.
Colorado plays at home at Folsom Field against Air Force next week in another Colorado rivalry. Both teams are 2-0.