The CU Buffaloes are 1-0 in the 2020 season. There were some good things that we saw from the club and there are some things that need to be cleaned up. Overall, it was a fun game to watch, and it is always nice to start off the year undefeated.
Colorado’s defense had a good game but they could have played better. They produced 4 turnovers, but they also gave up 478 yards and 42 points. The trouble came after halftime when UCLA had their QB run more. Colorado is vulnerable against running QBs, and if opponents exploit that weakness, it could be a long year for the Buffs. If this Defense wants to help their team win big games, they have to be the team they were in the first half and work on stopping running QBs.
Noyer, Broussard, Dorrell, Oh My
Sam Noyer, Jarek Broussard, and Karl Dorrell all had a huge first game. Noyer went 20 for 31 with 257 yards passing. He also had one TD pass and no interceptions in his first game as a starter. Noyer also ran 13 times with 64 yards and a TD. A very good day for the former safety.
For the Pac-12 Offense Player of the Week, Jarek Broussard also had an amazing first game as a starter. Broussard had 31 carries for 187 yards and 3 total TDs. He also had 2 receptions for 21 yards. For this being his first-ever start, to be named Pac 12 offensive player of the week shows you how good Broussard really was. It will be nice to see him in the passing game more, but overall still a very impressive game.
Karl Dorrell did well for CU debut. He beat a conference team, he put up more points than CU averaged last year, and was +4 in the turnover battle. Dorrell says that his team capable of doing a lot more than what they have shown, which is a good sign for CU fans. This team had very low expectations going into the year so if they can win 3-4 games this season, it will have been a successful campaign for Dorrell. He is now one win closer to that goal.
CU Heading to Stanford
The next opponent for Colorado is the 0-1 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night. The Buffs are going into this game as 6.5 point underdogs, once again. Stanford’s one loss did come from Oregon and by a score of 35-14. If Colorado’s offense shows up once more, this might be another shootout. The thing that will help Colorado immensely is if their defense can produce turnovers as they did against UCLA.
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