DENVER — One game never is enough to turn a question mark into a legitimate answer. Yet Alex Fontenot nonetheless made an emphatic statement Friday in his quest to become the featured running back in Colorado’s new-look offense.
Fontenot was perhaps the Buffaloes’ breakout star late Friday night in CU’s 52-31 victory against Colorado State at Broncos Stadium, recording 125 yards on 19 carries while helping the Buffs to pull away from CSU with three second-half touchdowns.
It was the second consecutive year a first-time CU starter at running back managed to gallop through the CSU defense for at least 100 years, following Travon McMillian’s 103-yard effort in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Showdown. McMillian, however, was a graduate transfer who posted more than 2,100 rushing yards at Virginia Tech before transferring to CU.
As a redshirt freshman last year, Fontenot carried the ball all of 11 times, with all of those attempts coming in the season’s first three games.
“It felt good because I always knew what I could do,” Fontenot said. “My teammates, I show them every day at practice. But being able to show other people finally is really fun for me.”
Fontenot gained 60 yards in the first half, but it was his three second-half touchdowns that helped the Buffs pull away after the break.
Fontenot’s posted the first points of the second half just three plays after CU safety Aaron Maddox forced a fumble from CSU running back Marvin Kinsey that was recovered by Jalen Sami on the first play of the third quarter.
After that, Fontenot twice answered CSU scores with touchdowns that kept the Buffs’ ahead of the Rams’ pace in the highest-scoring game in the 91-game history of the state rivalry. Fontenot’s 14-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter pushed CU’s lead to 38-24, and his final score on a 22-yard run early in the fourth quarter again extended a seven-point CU lead to 14 points.
Fontenot led a CU rushing attack that compiled 243 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per attempt.
“Before the game, of course I was nervous,” Fontenot said. “But after the first snap I just knew I was in my zone. I just had to treat it like practice.”