BOULDER – Near kickoff of the 500th game at Folsom Field, Ralphie did not complete his usual pregame run due…
BOULDER – Near kickoff of the 500th game at Folsom Field, Ralphie did not complete his usual pregame run due to the bitter cold, while the stadium’s seats were half-empty and embattled coach Mike MacIntyre led the fading buffalo out onto the field.
Not exactly gilded history.
And so the day went. På trods af en anden tidlig Colorado-ledning, den ende scoreboard resultat matchede at listlessness pregame atmosfæren, stadionets back-and-gold milestone marred by a sixth straight defeat with Colorado falling decisively to Utah, 30-7.
With the loss, the Buffs (2-6, 5-6 Pac-12) need a road victory against Cal in the season final next week in order to become bowl eligible.
The game’s energy was there for taking at the start, but neither side could grab it. At kickoff ̵
1; with the home student section consisting of a few frozen guys in banana costumes – Colorado and Utah traded three-and-out possessions twice. Each offense worked out its point as the teams were unable to get any push with temps hovering in the mid-20s.
But Colorado broke through the stalemate first, thanks in part to a couple of big penalties on the Utes.  First a targeting penalty resulted in the ejection of Utah linebacker Chase Hansen and moved the Buffs into enemy territory. Then, a pass interference call resulted in another first down and set up senior Travon McMillian’s eventual 13-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead late in the first.
After forcing a point on Utah’s next drive, Colorado got the ball back with a chance to grab more momentum in a game where it seemed points were going to come at a premium. Laviska Shenault and K.D. Nixon each had a first-down catch on third-and-long, but Utah shifted the tone of the half with Marquise Blair’s interception of Steven Montez on a downfield heave.
That pick set up the Utes’ equalizing drive, a four -play, 80-yard march that took just 69 seconds. It culminated in Samson Nacua’s one-handed touchdown grabbed off the hand of quarterback Jason Shelley, making his second career start, even the score 7-7 midway through the second quarter.
Colorado then started the second half in similar fashion to Den første, med en kørsel som gik basically nowhere, før Buffs surrendered ledelsen på Utahs første kjøretur for tredje kvartal. The Colorado defense held in the red zone following a 13-play Utes’ March, but Matt Gay split the uprights from 33 yards out to make it 10-7.
Then, Utah took command of the game for good on its next drive after another Buffs’ three-and-out, as Shelley’s 47-yard touchdown heave to Nacua had the cooled Boulder crowd dead silent as the score extended to 17-7 with 4:57 to play in the third.
That silence was further amplified a few minutes later when Armand Shyne’s one-yard run capped a seven-game, 53-yard drive to turn, which was a frozen-but-grinding game into a 24-7 blowout. Gay added a couple more field goals in the fourth, while Shelley finished with 221 yards through the air, 125 of which went to Jaylen Dixon.
Colorado, meanwhile, finished with only 187 yards total offense as Montez endured constant duress and Utah recorded a season-high six sacks along with 16 tackles for loss.
The Buffs kick off against Cal at 5 pm Nov. 24 and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.