Shay Fields used to make living on big plays.
This year, however, the big plays have eluded the Colorado senior — either because the ball's been overthrown or underthrown, he hasn't adjusted to a route, etc.
Early in the second quarter on Saturday, it felt like a blast from the past when Fields sprinted down the middle of the field and Steven Montez hit him in stride for a 65-yard touchdown.
"It felt great," Fields said. "It took us nine, eight weeks, but that first feeling you get when it happens is just amazing."
Fields finished with four catches for 101 yards, by far his best performance in six Pac-12 games this season. He had 42 yards or less in each of the first five conference games, had not hit the 100-yard mark since Sept. 9 against Texas State, and had not scored since Sept. 16 against Northern Colorado.
It wasn't just Fields. Devin Ross finally had a big game, too, with four catches for 65 yards his first touchdown since Sept. 16. Ross had not had more than 55 yards in any Pac-12 game before Saturday.
"This performance was key," Fields said. "The offense needed that jump start. Unfortunately it didn't come earlier, but I would say better now than never."
Fields' touchdown was the 20th of his career, making him just the sixth receiver in CU history to have that many. It was also his 10th career play of 50 or more yards. And, he moved into sixth on CU's all-time list for receiving yards (2,420), passing Paul Richardson.