An old, familiar kind of Colorado football reared it's ugly head on Saturday in Los Angeles as the Buffaloes were outplayed and outclassed by a more talented team in a 56-28 loss to USC. The Buffs had been competitive and in every single game so far this season until the opening minutes in the Coliseum.
Cody Kessler set a USC school record with seven touchdown passes and Buck Allen ran the last one in to finish off the scoring for the Trojans. USC finished with 532 yards to Colorado's 403, not nearly the margin you would imagine if you only looked at the score, and the Buffaloes held the ball for a full 13 more minutes.
Things were bad right out of the bat with when the Trojans opened with a four-minute, 94-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead. Two nice Tony Jones runs made it look as if we may have another back and forth game but Sefo Liufau threw an interception on his first pass that USC quickly turned into a 14-0 lead.
In the midst of the blowout Nelson Spruce did get his eleventh touchdown reception of the season as he finished with 9 receptions for 69 yards. Tony Jones and Phillip Lindsay led the Buffs with 62 and 55 yards respectively on the ground. Back-up quarterback Jordan Gehrke got the first touchdown of his career when he engineered a 13-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard quarterback scamper late in garbage time.
Whether the Buffaloes were expected to win or not this loss is big step back in the progress the program had been making. On the plus side it really reminds us how much improvement we have seen this season up to this point. On the negative and potentially scary side the schedule the rest of the way is brutal and we may have to prepare ourselves to see some more lopsided scores before we're done this year.
The Buffaloes will welcome UCLA to Folsom Field next Saturday at noon for homecoming.