CORVALLIS, Ore. -- There was already little doubt that Colorado was on its way to its first loss of the Mike MacIntyre era in the second half at Oregon State on Saturday when the Buffs made special teams mistakes that ensured defeat.
Oregon State scored on its first possession after halftime to take a 24-3 advantage. On the kickoff, CU sophomore Marques Mosley fumbled the ball back to the Beavers.
Mosley was bailed out by his teammates on defense who forced a punt, but it was just the first of a handful of ugly special teams plays that helped turn the momentum decidedly in Oregon State's favor.
Oregon State scored on its next possession to extend the lead to 31-3 and then caught the CU kickoff return team off guard with a squib kick that the Buffs mishandled and the Beavers recovered. OSU scored again moments later and the game was out of hand at 38-3.
"That kind of flipped the game for sure," MacIntyre said.
MacIntyre said the Buffs practice handling every kind of kickoff repeatedly.
"Those weren't coaching mistakes," he said. "Those were kids not doing what they're supposed to do, holding on to the ball correctly and recovering it correctly. Those are things we work on all the time. So we'll just have to keep working at it."
CU has made crucial special teams mistakes in each of its first three