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Buffs’ Steven Montez keeps pushing after strong performance against Cal

Colorado quarterback Steven Montez is still looking to improve after his best performance of the season.
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Colorado quarterback Steven Montez is still looking to improve after his best performance of the season.

Coming off his best game of the season, and one of the best of his career, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez is hardly satisfied.

On Monday, Montez and the Buffs (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) went back to work following a 44-28 win against California. They will visit Arizona State (4-4, 3-2) on Saturday.

Montez completed 20-of-26 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for a score, in the victory.

“It’s never as good as you thought it was on film,” Montez said. “Watching it today, there’s a ton of mistakes I made, there’s a few mistakes we made s a team, but as an offense we played well.”

Montez was pleased with the improvement he made reading the defense and going through his progressions, but said those are also areas where he has to continue getting better.

“(During a stretch in the second half), I missed three reads back to back to back,” he said. “You can’t do that against a better team.”

Head coach Mike MacIntyre agreed with Montez that there’s plenty correct, but he was pleased with Montez’s play, especially how he checked into the right runs at times.

MacIntyre and Montez also praised the play of the offensive line, which had one of its best games of the season.

“The O-line did great,” Montez said. “I’m taking them out to dinner sometime this week. I’ll back to you guys on hectic that gets.”

No dollar menu items for that dinner, though.

“We can’t feed those guys McDonald’s; not when they played like that,” he said. “They played great.”

Moving along

CU doesn’t have its bye week until Nov. 18, after 11 consecutive weeks of games. It’s one of the latest bye weeks in the Pac-12 this season, but MacIntyre doesn’t believe it’s impacted the Buffs.

“No, we’re not really feeling it,” he said. “We give them Sundays off every Sunday. This practice is quick (on Mondays).”

Playing the first four weeks at home helped the Buffs to avoid the rigors of travel early on and that helped, MacIntyre said. And, now, they’re just used to playing each week.

“I feel we’re in the routine of playing games,” he said. “You get used to playing. I’d almost rather just keep playing (each week).”

Injury updates

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver was at practice on Monday “moving around out there,” MacIntyre said.

Oliver injured his right leg late in the first half against Washington State on Oct. 21 and missed all of last week’s game, but MacIntyre is hopeful that Oliver will play this week.

Backup defensive lineman Timothy Coleman Jr. also missed the Cal game with an injury and was out at practice on Monday, with hopes of playing this week.

Center Jonathan Huckins missed the Cal game with a concussion, but has progressed well and MacIntyre said, “He should be able to practice (on Tuesday).”

The only player who was injured during the Cal game, MacIntyre said, was outside linebacker Terran Hasselbach, who is currently going through concussion protocol.

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