PULLMAN, WASH. -- Colorado's passing game came alive Saturday. Did it ever.
Celebrating Saturday's come-from-behind 35-34 victory over Washington State is one thing. But the Buffaloes believe they can build upon the win throughout the season, even with more talented Pac-12 opponents looming ahead on the schedule.
The chemistry between CU junior quarterback Jordan Webb and his receivers appeared light years better than in the first three games.
"We've been working real hard together," Webb said.
The transfer from Kansas threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-42 passing with one interception. He completed passes to eight different receivers.
Those included redshirt freshman Nelson Spruce, who caught eight for 103 yards and a touchdown, junior tight end DaVaughn Thornton, who had five for 60 yards and sophomore wideout Tyler McCulloch, who caught five for 42. Also in the group, senior tight end Nick Kasa, the converted defensive end who began Colorado's rally with a 70-yard touchdown pass with 7 minutes, 6 seconds left.
Colorado scored two more touchdowns after Kasa's score. The Buffs had never led in the game until Webb scored on a 4-yard keeper with 11 seconds left.
"Coach Embree has been talking about simplifying things out there and just play ball," McCulloch said. "We felt the timing early. We were just trying to stay ahead of the chains."
Kasa's 70-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was CU's longest ever to a tight end during the regular season. It was his first career TD.
"Oh, my God, I've been trying to get a touchdown for a long time," Kasa said. "I kind of lost in the lights. I told myself, 'I'm not dropping this.'"
Webb was sacked six times. But he was given enough time to come up with timely plays."
"We did a good job of protecting him," Spruce said. "It's just a matter of getting that timing right. He can make the throws."
Webb said it will be easier for the team to prepare for Saturday's home game against UCLA after the victory.
"I'm sure on Monday (in practice), guys will have a little more bounce in their step,' Webb said.