"We've got to run fit better and we've got to finish the game," MacIntyre said. "We dominated the game for about 65 percent of the game but didn't score enough and they dominated for about 45 percent, if you watched the game. So finish it off and shore up a few things. They made some good plays and we didn't make enough."
"We need to run-fit better," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "We’re working on it, we have to figure it out and do it during the course of the game." The majority of the damage caused by CSU on the ground came in the second half when they piled up 185 yards on 6.2 yards per carry.
Starting his first college game, McCartney was in on 44 plays and made three unassisted tackles – one of them a quarterback sack that forced a fumble and snuffed a CSU drive. Nonetheless, he said the Buffs defense "missed a lot of plays up front" and he encountered "a lot of gap control problems . . . a lot of us need to work on technical things."
MacIntyre gave a slight laugh and then said, "I don't have any control over the amount of people in the seats. Hopefully they all come to the games no matter what, but definitely if you win it always makes it better, for sure."
There was plenty to be excited about in terms of what Timothy Coleman, Derek McCartney and Christian Shaver might be capable of in the future. But each also made mistakes that contributed to a stinging setback to start the season and ugly day in defending the run.
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"We're ready for UMass, we're fired up," said McCartney, a freshman defensive end and grandson of former CU coach Bill McCartney. "We're just excited to play a game. (Friday) was real frustrating and everyone was upset. But we've had a couple of good days."
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Colorado had just 11 drives against Colorado State, the lowest number among Pac-12 teams in Week 1. Only two players in the country had more pass attempts without being sacked than Colorado QB Sefo Liufau (39 attempts).
No, the rebuilding process isn't going to be easy. No, it's not going to happen overnight. Yes, you should expect to beat a Mountain West team. The Buffs showed flashes of what they are capable of. And those flashes reveal an efficient football team. But Colorado couldn't sustain it, and twice the Buffs surrendered a double-digit lead to the Rams. Until the Buffs prove they can hang in for a full game, they will remain at the bottom of the rankings.
BC held UMass to 44 plays by making the Minutemen a one-dimensional offense. After the Eagles shut down the UMass running game, they amped up the pressure on Blake Frohnapfel. The quarterback was sacked three times in his first start for the Minutemen and took a dozen hard hits while completing 9-of-22 passes for 147 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The game is the second of four straight non-conference matchups against power conference opponents for the Minutemen, who likely won't be favorited to win until late in the season against MAC teams like Miami (Ohio) or Eastern Michigan.
But anyone who can read between the lines of typical "coach-speak" clichés knew that the second-year head coach did not even believe what he was saying. Because the thing is, it is not just one game, especially for the Buffs.
Shamet was originally scheduled to take official visit to Colorado, Kansas State (who may have eliminated themselves last week when they landed Barry Brown) and Illinois in addition to the just finished trip to Wichita. However, Marshall's track record of success, the heavy pursuit of assistant coach Steve Forbes combined with a strong visit were enough to win a verbal commitment without any further visits.