CU vs. Oregon State, at a glance
What went right: The Buffs played a complete game against a conference foe for the first time since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. The offense racked up 563 yards, the defense was dominant and the Buffs were allowed to coast to the finish.
What went wrong: For the first time this year, the Buffs got off to a slow start, failing to score on the first possession and falling behind 3-0. That was short lived, however.
Turning point: On CU's second offensive possession, the Buffs opened with six consecutive Kyle Evans runs — totaling 24 yards — and then burned Oregon State on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Steven Montez to Shay Fields on a play-action pass. From there, the Buffs rolled.
CU player of the game: Shay Fields. The junior receiver had one of the best games of his career, finishing with seven catches for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
Bottom line: For the first time since joining the Pac-12, the Buffs are 2-0 in conference play and looking like a legitimate contender for the South division title.
During a preseason barbecue, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre told fans they had better buy their tickets soon because the stock of the Buffaloes was rising.
"I think everybody was like, 'He's a cocky sucker,'" MacIntyre said. "I believed it and I meant it and I see it."
Everybody else is starting to see it, too.
Folsom Field wasn't packed on Saturday, but the largest crowd of the MacIntyre era — 46,839 strong — saw the Buffs crush Oregon State, 47-6, in the most dominating conference win the Buffs have had in 24 years.
"Like I've said since Day 1, we're a good football team, and I think every week we've gotten better," MacIntyre said. "Every week."
For the first time since late in the 2010 season — when Brian Cabral served as interim head coach — the Buffaloes (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) have won consecutive conference games and they are 4-1 for the first time since 2005.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Montez was stellar once again in place of injured Sefo Liufau and the CU defense was dominant, as CU recorded its largest margin of victory in a conference game since a 54-7 win against Kansas State on Oct. 24, 1992.
The Buffs continue doing what this program hasn't done in years, but this team is still focused on the moment.
"We're 2-0 (in conference), that's what it means," MacIntyre said. "We expect a lot more. We've only won two. We have to get a bunch more."
CU fans are drawn to the stadium not only by the Buffs' new-found success, but because this team certainly looks capable of getting a bunch more wins.
"I think it proves we're legitimate maybe," MacIntyre said of backing up last week's 41-38 upset at Oregon with a big win on Saturday. "That we can do it."
Against the overwhelmed Beavers (1-3, 0-1) it took longer than usual for the Buffs to get rolling. In fact, they trailed 3-0 for a brief time.
That didn't last long.
With Liufau standing on the sidelines with a right ankle that's not 100-percent healed, Montez shook off a slow start and engineered the rout.
The redshirt freshman wasn't as dynamic as he was in leading the Buffs to the upset of Oregon a week earlier, but he completed 19 of 27 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns and added 28 rushing yards on four carries.
After misfiring on his first three throws of the day, Montez completed 11 in a row for 232 yards and three scores — all of them to Shay Fields.
"I came out and started a little shaky and had three incompletions," Montez said. "I came back (on the second drive) with a different mindset that we're going to go score."
From that point, the Buffs rolled, scoring touchdowns on four consecutive possessions and a field goal on another.
All told, the offense racked up 563 yards and 26 first downs.
"The tempo that we practice, it's nothing you can practice against, our coaches say," said Fields, who finished with seven catches for a career-high 169 yards. "We started off a little slow, but once we got going, it's really hard to stop that tempo, especially in elevation."
The defense is tough to beat, too.
The Buffs held Oregon State to 226 yards, picked off two passes and registered four sacks, two of those by Jimmie Gilbert.
Linebacker Rick Gamboa delivered the knockout, picking off a tipped pass and racing 20 yards for a touchdown just 41 seconds before halftime to give the Buffs a 37-6 lead.
"You wouldn't say it sealed the game, but it basically, pretty much closed the door," MacIntyre said.
With that, the Buffs closed the door on this week and, as they've done all year, began looking toward the next game, on Saturday at USC.
"I think that's big and all that and that's good," Montez said of the 2-0 start in Pac-12 play, "but we still have so much to go. If we win these first two games and lose the rest it's not going to matter. I feel like we have a lot of work to do and I feel like we have a lot of big things to accomplish still."
ORS — FG Owens 32, 8:15
COL — Fields 51 pass from Montez (kick failed), 6:09
COL — Fields 33 pass from Montez (Price kick), 1:00Second quarter
COL — Fields 63 pass from Montez (Price kick), 11:32
ORS — FG Owens 40, 9:27
COL — Lindsay 1 run (Price kick), 4:45
COL — FG Price 54, :50
COL — Gamboa 20 interception return (Price kick), :41Third quarter
COL — FG Price 22, 4:38Fourth Quarter
COL — Adkins 1 run (Price kick), 10:18
___ORS COL First downs 15 26 Rushes-yards 33-122 54-248 Passing 106 316 Comp-Att-Int 13-33-2 21-30-0 Return Yards 154 49 Punts-Avg. 8-40.12 5-38.4 Fumbles-Lost 4-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 5-31 5-51 Time of Possession 26:53 33:07 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Oregon St., Pierce 8-61, Nall 9-35, Bolden 1-10, Garretson 7-8, Cook 2-5, Lucas 1-3, Blount 5-0. Colorado, Lindsay 16-90, Evans 15-43, Adkins 7-31, Montez 4-28, Gehrke 1-23, Lee 7-16, Bisharat 3-9, Ross 1-8.
PASSING — Oregon St., Garretson 5-16-0-55, Blount 8-17-2-51. Colorado, Montez 19-27-0-293, Gehrke 2-3-0-23.
RECEIVING — Oregon St., Collins 5-56, Pierce 2-16, Bolden 2-13, Hernandez 1-10, Ortiz 1-5, Jarmon 1-5, Nall 1-1. Colorado, Fields 7-169, Bobo 4-20, Evans 3-37, MacIntyre 2-32, Lindsay 2-28, Lee 1-13, Ross 1-9, Keeney 1-8.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.