Colorado only lost by 8, thanks to a lucky series of Hail Maries that we didn’t bother to defend against (as time was expiring).
Reading the Colorado an blog Ralphie Report, I enjoyed this synopsis of everything that they did wrong:
The Buffs were able to get the ball back and drive down to the Nebraska 15 yard line with about five minutes left but, once again, the team shot themselves in the foot. This drive is a microcosm of the inadequacies this team displays on a weekly basis:
Play 1 – quick zero yard pass to Simas in bounds while the Buffs are down 14 points. You have to go up field there considering your timeout situation and only five minutes on the clock. At least a play out of bounds. Before that play, the Buffs took their second timeout of the second half, leaving them with only one. The play call of a small flip pass to Simas after the timeout is mind boggling.Â
Play 2 – incomplete pass. Now 3rd and 10 from the 15 yard line
Play 3 – delay of game, five yard penalty. Now 3rd and 15 from the 20 yard line.
Play 4 – false start, five yard penalty. Now 3rd and 20 from the 25 yard line.
Play 5 – pass incomplete. Now 4th and 20 from the 25 yard line
Play 6 – timeout, their second of the drive without gaining a yard since having the ball 1st & 10 and last timeout of the half.Â
Play 7 – interception
Now, on to Texas, for the Big 12 Championship Game!