PASADENA, Calif. – Another collection of mistakes doomed the Colorado football team on Saturday night.
Dropped passes, bad passes, more untimely penalties, another set of big plays given up by the defense and even two missed field goals by the most accurate kicker in program history.
It all added up to yet another defeat for the Buffaloes, this time a convincing 31-14 thumping delivered by the suddenly hot UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl Stadium.
CU (3-6, 1-5 Pac-12) has lost five in a row and saw its ever-dwindling bowl hopes take yet another hit. The Buffs have to win their last three to get to bowl eligibility, but can’t figure out how to beat anybody at this point.
UCLA (4-5, 4-2) has now won three in a row for the first time in four years. Quarterback Dorian Thompson Robinson (21-of-28 for 226 yards and two touchdowns) and running back Joshua Kelley (23 carries for 126 yards and two TD) led the Bruins.
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Steven Montez completed 21-of-38 throws for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception for CU. His touchdown pass to Tony Brown with 5 minutes, 57 seconds to play in the fourth quarter was the 60th of Montez’s career, tying Sefo Liufau and Cody Hawkins for the school record.
That record was little consolation for the Buffs, however, as they are now 3-13 in their last 16 games.
Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Carson Wells (26) stops UCLA Bruins wide receiver Jaylen Erwin (15) on Saturday (Photo by Raul Romero Jr/For BuffZone.com)
The first quarter may have been the worst quarter of the season, with UCLA storming out to a fairly easy 17-0 lead.
CU’s first two offensive possessions went three-and-out, and UCLA took advantage of both. Thompson-Robinson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Devin Asiasi to get the scoring started, and then JJ Molson hit a 28-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
On the next CU possession, Steven Montez was picked off by the Bruins’ Krys Barnes and on the next play, Thompson-Robinson threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Fernea.
Down 17-0 just 11:18 into the game, the Buffs did stem the tide a bit.
The CU defense forced three UCLA punts in the second quarter, and Montez scored on a 2-yard run to pull the Buffs within 17-7 midway through the period.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports