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Colorado linebacker Nate Landman brings down California running back Damien Moore on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Berkeley, Calif.

BERKELEY, Calif. — In the first half Saturday, California quarterback Chase Garbers had his way with the Colorado defense.

If there was a bright spot for the Buffaloes in the 26-3 loss at California Memorial Stadium, it was that they made some adjustments at halftime and stopped the bleeding a bit.

“We started to minimize the package a little bit more,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said of the adjustments. “We got locked in on what they were trying to do. We got rid of a heavy package that we were dealing with their 13 personnel and played most of our regular and base personnels (after halftime). We settled our guys down to play a little bit more man coverage, so I think those are the things that really helped us on the defensive side in the second half of the game.”

Garbers finished the game completing 22-of-29 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a career-high 96 yards on 10 attempts. Most of that was before halftime, though. In the second half, he was 10-of-14 for 64 yards and ran for 14 yards on three carries.

“People just got to wake up,” cornerback Mekhi Blackmon said of the slow start. “We’re always preaching start fast. I feel like we didn’t start fast today. That’s a thing we’ve got to work on more in practice. I don’t know if it’s nerves or what but we all got to start to step up, have things clicking better on both sides of the ball. It’s not just the offense. We gave up the points, not the offense.”

Overall, CU gave up 438 yards in total offense, but only 141 of those came after halftime.

Stanley sits

Receiver Dimitri Stanley made the trip and went through pre-game warmups, but did not play because of a nagging injury. It’s the first time in his career he has missed a game due to injury.

“He’s still nicked up,” Dorrell said. “He’s got a lower leg soft tissue injury that’s just been nagging him the last few weeks. He just got to a point where he didn’t feel he could be effective enough. We didn’t think we wanted to risk him getting injured even further than he is.”

In Stanley’s place, freshman Chase Penry got his first career start and also handled punt return duties.

Milestone for Landman

Linebacker Nate Landman finished with 10 tackles, giving him 409 for his career. That moved him into a fifth-place tie with Ted Johnson (who played from 1991-94) on CU’s career list.

With his first tackle of the day, Landman became just the sixth player in CU history to reach the 400-tackle mark.

Landman left the game briefly with an injury but did return.


With Oregon beating UCLA on Saturday, the kickoff for next Saturday’s game has been determined. The Buffs and Oregon are slated for a 1:30 p.m. MT kickoff in Eugene, Ore., on Oct. 30. … CU fell to 0-5 all-time in Berkeley and 4-26-1 in the state of California. … Three Buffs had birthdays on Saturday: receiver Jaylon Jackson (23 years old), Stanley (22) and running back Jayle Stacks (19). … Brenden Rice’s 67-yard kickoff return in the second quarter was the longest by a Buff since Marques Mosley had a 100-yard return for a touchdown against Utah on Nov. 23, 2012. … Punter Josh Watts has averaged at least 47 yards per punt in six consecutive games, including a 48.9 average on Saturday. … True freshman safety Trevor Woods got his first career start for the Buffs.

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