Coming into the season, Arizona had just six sacks — tied for last in the Pac-12. The Wildcats had four against the Buffs, all of them in the first half.
In fact, CU’s night got off to a rough start, with Arizona sacking Steven Montez for a 16-yard loss on the Buffs’ first snap of the game.
The pass protection issues continued throughout the first half, with Montez sacked three more times and pressured several other times. The Buffs protection was much better in the second half.
James Stefanou finally missed a field goal attempt.
On the final play of the first half, the Buffs sent the freshman out to attempt a 50-yard field goal, but the kick missed the mark. It was the longest attempt of his brief career.
Stefanou had made his previous nine attempts, matching the second-longest streak in school history. The longest streak still belongs to former Buff and current Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby, who made 10 in a row from 2004-05.
Stefanou, who is 10-for-12 on the year, had not missed since his second attempt of the year, in the opener against Colorado State on Sept. 1.
CU was penalized 12 times 110 yards against the Wildcats, including back-to-back offsides penalties on Arizona’s game-sealing drive.
This is the second time CU had over 100 yards in penalties this year. The Buffs were flagged 14 times for 114 yards in a 41-21 win against Northern Colorado on Sept. 16.
The attendance of 49,976, just shy of a sellout. It was the second-largest crowd at Folsom Field during MacIntyre’s five seasons as head coach. Cornerback Trey Udoffia, who sprained his knee late in the first half against UCLA on Sept. 30, went through warm-ups, but did not play. Dante Wigley got his first career start in his place. Nose tackle Javier Edwards went down with an unspecified injury in the third quarter. Both teams were great on third downs, with CU going 13-for-21 and Arizona 6-for-9. This was just the fifth time in program history that CU scored at least 38 points and lost, falling to 188-5. Bounds became the first CU tight end with two touchdown passes in a game since Joe Klopfeinstein on Oct. 22, 2005, against Kansas.