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Buffaloes Lose A Heartbreaker To Utah, 42-35

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Thankfully, this nightmare of a season has finally come to a close.

At least ski season is here...
At least ski season is here...

Our long nightmare of a football season has finally come to a fitting end as the Buffaloes fell to the Utah Utes 42-45, completing a winless season at home for the first time in over a century. This one was worse than the blowouts as the Buffaloes actually put together a competent performance against a poor Utah team and let it slip away with awful mistakes in crunch time.

Nick Hirshman tantalized us with a 307-yard, four interception performance that had us wondering what would he have looked like this season if he had been leading the offense all year long? Donta Abron had another great game, once again averaging over 6 yards a carry, but Christian Powell was sorely missed.

The defense finally stepped up and delivered a decent performance, but were consistently but in tough spots due to turnovers and couldn't do enough to win the game.

We'll have a long offseason to discuss where this program goes next and I'm sure we will hear more about what changes we can expect to the coaching staff over the next month or two.

On a small positive note, Will Pericak was given the Buffalo Heart Award immediately after the game. He certainly deserved it as he was a rock on this team this year and he gave 110% each of his four seasons in Boulder. Congrats, Will

Team Stat Comparison

UTAH
COLO
1st Downs 18 25
3rd down efficiency
3-12 6-16
4th down efficiency
0-0 1-3
Total Yards 338 419
Passing 128 307
Comp-Att
13-25 30-52
Yards per pass
5.1 5.9
Rushing 210 112
Rushing Attempts
36 35
Yards per rush
5.8 3.2
Penalties 5-43 4-35
Turnovers 1 5
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
0 4
Possession 27:57 31:32

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER UTAH COLO
TD 14:16 Travis Wilson pass complete to Dres Anderson for 16 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Coleman Petersen extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 1 plays, 16 yds in 0:05
7 0
TD 8:55 Nick Hirschman pass complete to Nelson Spruce for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Will Oliver extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds in 5:21
7 7
FG 0:13 Coleman Petersen 21 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yds in 2:29
10 7
SECOND QUARTER UTAH COLO
TD 3:43 Kelvin York rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Coleman Petersen extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 6 plays, 47 yds in 2:16
17 7
TD 0:20 Nick Hirschman rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Will Oliver extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yds in 3:23
17 14
THIRD QUARTER UTAH COLO
FG 12:16 Coleman Petersen 37 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds in 2:44
20 14
TD 8:46 Tony Jones rush for 3 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Will Oliver extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds in 3:30
20 21
TD 1:09 Donta Abron rush for 5 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Will Oliver extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yds in 2:42
20 28
FOURTH QUARTER UTAH COLO
TD 10:50 John White rush for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Two-point conversion attempt, Jake Murphy pass to David Rolf GOOD.
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds in 5:19
28 28
TD 8:41 Travis Wilson rush for 9 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Coleman Petersen extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 4 plays, 30 yds in 1:59
35 28
TD 8:25 Nick Marsh kickoff for 65 yards returned by Marques Mosley for 100 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Will Oliver extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 4 plays, 100 yds in 0:16
35 35
TD 8:12 Zach Grossnickle kickoff for 65 yards returned by Reggie Dunn for 100 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Coleman Petersen extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 4 plays, 100 yds in 0:13
42 35