Early in the 2016 season, Devin Ross made weekly trips to the end zone.
It had been a while before Saturday, however.
The Colorado senior receiver caught eight passes for 143 yards and his first touchdown in nearly a year as the Buffs knocked off Northern Colorado 41-21 at Folsom Field.
“I definitely felt great personally,” said Ross, who scored for the first time since Sept. 24, 2016, at Oregon. “I’m not a selfish person at all, though. I’m just glad we got the win most of all, but I do like to produce. I’m glad I finally got my first touchdown of the season.”
Ross, limited to six catches for 88 yards in the first two games combined, finally busted loose against the Bears.
A year ago, he led the Buffs with 66 catches, and had 765 yards and five touchdowns.
Ross wasn’t the only receiver with a big day against UNC. Shay Fields had eight catches for 69 yards, Bryce Bobo had six catches for 77 yards and Jay MacIntyre added four catches for 53 yards. All of them scored one touchdown.
Lindsay shines in front of family
Playing in front of a large contingent of his family, CU running back Phillip Lindsay finished with 151 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. It was the second-highest yardage total of his career.
Lindsay was excited going into this game because his younger brother, Zachary, is a running back for UNC. It was the first time they had ever had a chance to play against each other.
“It was a good feeling to get out on the field with my brother,” Lindsay said. “It was just a good feeling to see him out there playing.”
A backup running back, Zachary had one late carry for five yards and also played on special teams.
CU’s defensive got two more takeaways on Saturday, giving the Buffs six on the season.
The first came on a bad snap by UNC in the first quarter. Freshman Jacob Callier pounced on the loose ball at the UNC 5, setting up a Lindsay touchdown run.
The second came on the last play of the first half, as Isaiah Oliver picked off a deep pass by the Bears.
Freshman kicker James Stefanou continued his impressive start to the season. The 30-year-old Australian, who is in his first season of American football, went 2-for-2 on field goals on Saturday, hitting from 33 and 34 yards.
So far this season, Stefanou is 6-for-7 on field goals and 10-for-10 on extra points.
Davis Price, meanwhile, continues to excel on kickoffs. All eight of his kickoffs went into the end zone, seven of them for touchbacks. UNC chose to run one of them out, and got tackled at the 10.
Price has produced 17 touchbacks on his 20 kickoffs this season.
Lindsay moved up to eighth on CU’s all-time rushing list, with 2,611 yards. … Fields moved into fourth on CU’s all-time receptions list (163) and Ross moved into a tie for 11th (111). … Rick Gamboa became the 72nd player in CU history with 200 career tackles. … UNC was just 1-for-14 on third downs, while the Buffs were 7-for-14. … CU now leads the series 10-2, although this was the first meeting since a 13-7 UNC win in 1934. … CU lost the coin toss for the just the second time in the last 17 games. The Buffs had won the toss in 10 consecutive games before Saturday. … Saturday’s announced attendance was 44,318.