LINCOLN, Neb. — Transfer over, Kordell Stewart and Darian Hagan. Make room for one more CU legend. Quarterback Steven Montez beat the group that Buffs like to hate most.
Ever hear the air exit of a stadium? It feels like a Massive Pink whimper. And Montez delivered the intestine punch, throwing a 40-yard landing strike with 66 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter, permitting Colorado to beat Nebraska 33-28.
“Not dangerous,” Montez mentioned, “for a knucklehead.”
A knucklehead is aware of no worry. Montez, in a duel with very good Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, hit the Huskers along with his greatest shot, finishing 33-of-50 passes for 351 yards.
Colorado had not performed the Huskers since 2010. This victory was well worth the wait. Mike MacIntyre was named one of the best coach within the nation two years in the past, however this was his signature victory. This was his first journey to Lincoln. And MacIntyre spoiled the social gathering of recent coach Scott Frost, a favourite son of Nebraska, engaged on the sideline in his first huge sport, hoping to experience the emotional wave of assist from a crowd of 89,853 at Memorial Stadium.
“It’s all worn out while you lose,” Frost mentioned.
You may cry for those who wanna, Bugeaters.
The one factor extra intense on this sport than the drama was the anxiousness. The Buffs rocked Nebraska by racing to a 14-Zero lead within the first quarter, then gave all of it away. However they hung powerful, even when Colorado operating backs went nowhere in opposition to the Nebraska blackshirts and field-goal attemps by kicker James Stefanou went broad and wider left.
When the Buffs appeared up on the scoreboard, trailing 28-20 with solely 5:35 on the clock within the remaining interval, “they didn’t flinch one bit,” MacIntyre mentioned.
The profitable landing cross was an attractive strike from Montez to Viska Shenault.
There have been too many heroes for Colorado to rely. However let’s begin with sophomore linebacker Nate Landman, who made an interception so highly effective it killed huge mo for the Massive Pink. Landman led the Buffs with 13 tackles, together with a key one which prevented Nebraska from shifting the sticks on fourth down.
“I simply heard a pair alums on the market say ‘Thanks.’ That simply proves how huge this sport is, has been previously and the way huge it’s for not solely us right here, however all people again in Colorado,” Landman mentioned.
Each signature victory wants somewhat little bit of luck, and Buffaloes receiver Jay MacIntyre wouldn’t have been grinning from ear to ear after the sport if his bell had not been rung with an unnecessary-roughness penalty that saved the 77-yard, seven-play drive that gained the sport alive.
Then Colorado needed to maintain to that 33-28 lead for a remaining 66 seconds that appeared like an eternity, as Nebraska marched down the sector, led by backup quarterback Andrew Bunch, compelled into motion when a knee damage despatched Martinez to the bench.
Reality be advised, as Bunch took one final snap a mere 20 yards from the tip zone with three seconds left on the clock, Montez couldn’t watch. He turned his again to the sector, bowed his head and listened, listened intently, as CU teammate Josh Goldin gripped his shoulder.
“I couldn’t look,” Montez.
The last-gasp cross by Nebraska fell harmlessly incomplete. Montez exhaled and appeared for anyone, anyone, to hug.
However, in his subsequent breath, the quarterback of a 2-Zero CU group virtually sure to start garnering votes within the polls started to consider greater objectives.
Montez has his sights set on a Pac-12 Convention championship.
It doesn’t matter what occurs from right here on out, he beat the Cornhuskers, solely the 19th time Colorado has gained in 70 video games in opposition to Nebraska.
Not dangerous for a knucklehead.