PASADENA, Calif. — In Colorado’s ever-evolving backfield, a new star may have emerged on Saturday.
True freshman Patrick Carr rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries and scored his first career touchdown in the Buffs’ 35-31 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
“It felt good, just going out there and pushing the ball for my teammates,” said Carr, who set career highs in carries and yards. “It was fun and exciting, but we should have got the W.”
Carr did his part, pacing a CU ground attack that piled up 242 yards on 56 carries.
CU has had a committee approach to its backfield during head coach Mike MacIntyre’s three seasons.
Junior Michael Adkins looked like the top back in the first two weeks, but he missed his sixth consecutive game on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
Christian Powell has led the Buffs in rushing each of the past three years, but has been used more as a blocking back in recent weeks.
Phillip Lindsay and Donovan Lee have had big moments, too, this season. Lee had 62 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.
It’s Carr, however, who could be the lead back in the near future, if not now. The Buffs have been excited about the 5-foot-8, 195-pounder since he arrived on campus earlier this year.
He missed two games with an injury earlier this year and has slowly been coming along since. Saturday, the Buffs let him loose.
“Patrick’s been coming along,” MacIntyre said. “This week he had a really good week of practice and we feel like he’s just getting a grip of everything on the offense. I think he’s going to be a really good running back. I think he’s powerful and fast.”
Against UCLA, he showed off his power and a bit of his speed, too.
“Patrick played really well,” quarterback Sefo Liufau said. “He’s a young guy, but we expect really big things out of him. He’s a great back and he’s a lot faster than I think people think he is. He’s really great at reading blocks.
“He did a great job and I kind of expect that from him and the rest of the backs that play.”
Carr, who had 24 carries for 112 yards on the season coming in, is the fifth different back to post a 100-yard game this season. Adkins, Lee, Lindsay and Powell each have one as well.
CU how has six players, including Liufau, with over 200 yards rushing this season. It’s the first time CU has had that many reach 200 yards since 1989.