"It's the first time it's ever been done. Two wins, 2-0, that's what it means."
Those were the words of Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre following Saturday's 47-6 win vs Oregon State in Boulder. For the first time since joining the Pac-12, Colorado is 2-0 in conference play and now sits atop the Pac-12 South standings.
MOST VALUABLE BUFF: SHAY FIELDS, WIDE RECEIVER
‘Big Play' Shay Fields takes home this week's honors. The junior wide receiver hauled in seven passes from redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Montez vs Oregon State, three of which resulted in touchdowns. "We just called some plays that worked," Fields said following the game. I'd say so.
In just 29 career games, Fields now has nine career plays of 50 yards or more. Four of those plays have come this season. Two of those plays happened Saturday versus Oregon State.
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Honorable mention goes to outside linebacker Jimmie Gilbert. The senior had 7 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles as Colorado's defense held a league opponent without a touchdown for the first time since 2005.
MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE PRICE IS RIGHT!
Talk about shades of Mason Crosby! After Colorado lost senior place kicker Diego Gonzalez to a torn Achilles tendon following the Michigan game, someone needed to step up. That someone came in the form of a 190-pound walk-on freshman from Evergreen, Colorado. Leading 27-6 late in the 2nd quarter, Davis Price connected on the first field goal attempt of his career - a 54-yarder which happened to be the longest field goal by a freshman in program history. It was also the longest field goal by a Colorado place kicker since Aric Goodman's 54-yarder vs Colorado State in 2009. Price added a 22-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter and made all 5 of his extra point attempts to finish perfect versus Oregon State.
BIGGEST QUESTION: WILL THE BUFFS BE ABLE TO HANDLE SUCCESS?
"They've tasted it now and it tastes sweet and I know they want to keep tasting it," MacIntyre said after Colorado's 41-point win over Oregon State. The Buffs are now 4-1 for the first time since 2005, 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2007. With wins over the Ducks and the Beavers, the Buffaloes have won back-to-back conference games for the first time since joining the Pac-12.
Winston Churchill once said "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
"What they've been through has fortified them as a group of men. It's also given them an unbelievable depth in character as far as understanding, ‘Never say die, never give up,' said MacIntyre.
It's no question the Buffaloes have struggled over the last decade. They haven't finished a season with a winning record since 2005. But this year is different, right? This team has proved that the ‘RISE IS REAL' in Boulder, now they have to prove they will be able to handle success.
NEXT UP: OCTOBER 8 at USC (2-3), 2:00PM MT, PAC-12 NETWORK
Once again, Colorado will be trying to accomplish something next week that's never been done in program history, BEAT USC (Colorado is 0-10 all-time vs the Trojans) USC is coming off a 41-20 win vs Arizona State, handing the Sun Devils their first loss of the season. Jim Leavitt's defense will have a tall task trying to stop two of the most dynamic players in the Pac-12: USC RB Justin Davis and USC WR JuJu Smith-Shuster. As for who will start at quarterback versus the Trojans, Steven Montez or Sefo Liufau? "We'll see how this week goes" MacIntyre said.