27-23 Bruins Win
A back and forth, evenly matched battle between two teams with a lot to lose wasn’t over until the clock hit 0:00, and a hail Mary pass to the end zone fell incomplete. These two teams have evident flaws- but they also have the ability to do great things. No one will take either the Bruins or the Buffs lightly this season- but it’s the Bruins who have positioned themselves with this win.
Steven Montez Can’t Carry the Team
In a conference where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a great quarterback, it’s perhaps no surprise that Sefo Liufau went underappreciated last season. However, the limitations of Colorado’s Steven Montez have highlighted what made Liufau special. It’s not that Montez is a bad player- although this particular game saw him complete less than 50% of his passes- it’s just that he doesn’t seem to have the ability to make the great play when it’s needed most.
Bruins Rush Defense Improves
There was pretty much nowhere to go but up, but still, holding a team to less than 200 yards rushing, and in particular limiting talented back Phillip Lindsay to only 4.4 yards per carry, is a major step in the right direction for a defense that’s been justifiably under fire to this point in the season. They were susceptible to the surprising mobility of Steven Montez, who picked up over 100 yards on the ground.
UCLA takes this win into a bye week, good timing with plenty of dings and dents to clear up and an opportunity to continue to work on that run defense. Colorado welcomes Arizona to Boulder on Saturday night, in what is something of a must-win game for the suddenly reeling Buffs.