Saturday was shaping up to be a banner day for Colorado receiver KD Nixon.

It wound up being a nightmare for the true sophomore.

"My best game turned into my worst game," Nixon said after CU's stunning 41-34 overtime loss to Oregon State at Folsom Field.

Nixon caught 13 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — and played a significant role in the Buffs building a 31-3 lead.

In overtime, however, Nixon had a potential game-tying touchdown pass from Steven Montez sail through his hands for an incompletion.

"I dropped it," he said. "I let down the team. We lost the game because of me, so I live with it and I make up for it."

To be fair to Nixon, the Buffs lost this game long before that pass. A poor second half by the defense and a lackluster offense down the stretch were much more damaging than Nixon's drop.

Despite his disappointment, Nixon's 13 catches tied for the second-most ever in a game for a CU receiver, and his 198 yards rank seventh in CU annals.

Shenault sits again

Receiver Laviska Shenault missed his second consecutive game for the Buffs because of a toe injury.

Shenault was injured during the second half of CU's 31-20 loss at Southern California on Oct. 13. He came into this weekend leading the country in average receptions (10.0) and receiving yards (130.0) per game, while accounting for 11 total touchdowns.


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In addition to Shenault, the Buffs played without tight end Chris Bounds and kicker James Stefanou.

Bounds had played in 23 consecutive games, including three as a starter this season, but his status is unknown. Stefanou missed his second consecutive game with a hip injury.

CU did get receiver Jay MacIntyre (concussion) and cornerback Delrick Abrams Jr. (calf) back.

Hit and miss

With Stefanou out, the Price brothers, Evan and Davis, once again handled kicking duties.

Evan Price hit field goals from 21 and 34 yards, but had a 46-yarder blocked, as it came low off his foot.

On the final play of regulation, the Buffs sent Davis Price out to try a 53-yarder to win the game, but it never came close to even reaching the goal line.

A first on the line

For the first time in CU history, three freshmen started on the offensive line: left tackle William Sherman, center Colby Pursell and right tackle Frank Fillip.

Sherman and Pursell have been regulars in the lineup, but Fillip, a true freshman, made his first career start. He's the first CU true freshman to start on the line since Alex Lewis on Sept. 17, 2011.

The Buffs also made a change at left guard, as Aaron Haigler started in place of Brett Tonz, who had started six of the first seven games. Haigler has now made starts at right guard, right tackle and left guard this season.

Notable

CU had six sacks, including two by linebacker Nate Landman. Alex Tchangam and Terrance Lang both had their first sacks as Buffs. ... Jay MacIntyre finished with four catches for 39 yards, topping the 1,000-yard for his career (1,027). ... Steven Montez became the fifth player in CU history to top 6,000 passing yards for his career (6,045). ... OSU snapped a three-game losing streak against the Buffs and leads the all-time series 6-5.

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