The Colorado football team finally used the tight end as a weapon in its offense.
In a 45-42 loss to Arizona on Saturday night at Folsom Field, sophomore Chris Bounds caught two passes for 41 yards, with both of them going for touchdowns.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Buffs trailed 35-21 and faced fourth-and-goal at the Arizona 2. Quarterback Steven Montez faked a run and completed a jump-pass to a wide-open Bounds in the end zone.
About two minutes later, the Buffs were down by 14 again, this time at 42-28, when Montez connected with Bounds across the middle for 39 yards, and he outraced the Wildcats to the end zone.
“Just being ready when my number is called on,” Bounds said. “That’s all it is. I was just being ready when I was called upon.”
CU hasn’t called upon the tight end much in recent years.
Coming in, Bounds had caught just one pass for six yards all season, and that was the only catch by a tight end in the first five games.
In its previous 32 games, since the start of the 2015 season, CU had thrown a total of two touchdowns to tight ends — one to George Frazier in 2015 and one to Chris Hill last year.