The Colorado Buffaloes are 4-0 for the first time since 1998 with a 38-16 win to open Pac-12 play over the UCLA Bruins on Friday (9/28). There were a total of 75 plays ran by CU’s offense (27 pass, 48 run) with five total touchdowns and a field goal from James Stefanou.
Colorado won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Both teams traded possessions before UCLA put up the first points of the game with a 11-yard touchdown pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson to Michael Ezeike.
Thompson-Robinson to M. Ezeike 11-yard TD pass 7:26, 1st quarter— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
UCLA 7, Colorado 0 pic.twitter.com/6AiTjFt8Xl
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 47 yards, 4:29 | 7:26 1st quarter
UCLA 7, Colorado 0
Steven Montez and the Buffs responded quickly on the next drive, connecting with Laviska Shenault Jr. for a 57-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven all.
Montez to L. Shenault 57-yard TD pass.— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
5:00 1st quarter
Colorado 7, UCLA 7 pic.twitter.com/jJyVuYf7Jk
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 85 yards, 2:20 | 5:00 1st quarter
Colorado 7, UCLA 7
UCLA lagged down the field with their longest drive of the game, but came away with a 21-yard J.J. Molson field goal instead of getting in the end zone.
UCLA's J. Molson 21-yard FG— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
:57 1st quarter
UCLA 10, Colorado 7 pic.twitter.com/XJArqwii2q
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 71 yards, 4:03 | 0:57 1st quarter
UCLA 10, Colorado 7
The Buffs and Bruins had unsuccessful drives ending in punts before CU would get their second touchdown of the night, a 10-yard run from Montez off the right side of the line.
Drive Summary: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:51 | 6:13 2nd quarter
Colorado 14, UCLA 10
UCLA added another Molson field goal from 50 yards out right before halftime.
UCLA's J. Molson 50-yard FG— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
1:40, 2nd quarter
Colorado 14, UCLA 13 pic.twitter.com/RtcthyE1CQ
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 42 yards, 4:33 | 1:40 2nd quarter
Colorado 14, UCLA 13
CU’s drive stalled quickly out of the break giving UCLA another field goal from Molson. This time a 40-yard kick to retake the lead.
UCLA's Molson 40-yard FG— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
10:36 3rd Quarter
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Drive Summary: 6 plays, 66 yards, 2:01 | 10:36 3rd quarter
UCLA 16, Colorado 14
Colorado took advantage of the next drive and marched down the field for a third score of the game, a 1-yard wildcat formation run for Shenault to take command and never look back.
Colorado's Shenault 1-yard wildcat formation TD— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
7:45 3rd Quarter
Colorado 21, UCLA 16 pic.twitter.com/YJC6p4Ebs2
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:51 | 7:45 3rd quarter
Colorado 21, UCLA 16
Colorado would hammer away at UCLA by forcing the first of four straight punts. Travon McMillian then walked in from the 6-yard line, increasing the Buffs lead to 12 points.
Colorado's T. McMillan 6-yard TD run— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
1:04 3rd Quarter
Colorado 28, UCLA 16 pic.twitter.com/thvr0NJj8I
Drive Summary: 13 plays, 67 yards, 5:45 | 1:04 3rd quarter
Colorado 28, UCLA 16
Buffs kicker James Stefanou splits the uprights with a 41-yard field goal, pushing the lead to three scores.
A 53-yard catch and run by Tony Brown sets up a 41-yard field-goal by James Stefanou. #CUBuffs up 31-16 with 11:46 remaining.— Adam Munsterteiger (@adamcm777) September 29, 2018
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 51 yards, 2:59 | 11:46 4th quarter
Colorado 31, UCLA 16
Next was a very successful drive for the Buffs pounding the rock on the ground with McMillian going over 100 yards rushing for a third time this season. Montez busted loose for a 35-yard touchdown run. His second rushing score of the night.
Colorado's S. Montez 35-yard TD run— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) September 29, 2018
7:15 4th quarter
Colorado 38, UCLA 16 pic.twitter.com/OeN1rWssEi
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 63 yards, 3:01 | 7:15 4th quarter
Colorado 38, UCLA 16 Final
Colorado: 477 total yards
S. Montez: 22-of-26, 237 yards, 1 TD (pass), 11 carries, 81 yards, 2 TD (rush)
T. McMillian: 21 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD
L. Shenault: 12 receptions, 126 yards, 1 TD
T. Brown: 6 receptions, 77 yards
UCLA: 289 total yards
D. Thompson-Robinson: 17-of-35, 138 yards, 1 TD
J. Kelley: 12 carries, 124 yards
D. Felton: 3 receptions, 49 yards