The cold and snowy conditions in Colorado had both teams struggling to find any rhythm, but Utah prevailed. The Buffs lost their sixth consecutive game 30-7 and have fallen to 5-6.
The Utes came into Boulder trying to secure their eighth win of the season against a beaten and battered Colorado team. The Buffaloes put up a fight in the first quarter with a 13 yard touchdown run from Travon McMillian, and Colorado failed to put together another scoring drive. Utah punted on their first four possessions before scoring in the second quarter.
The teams went into halftime tied 7-7, and Utah quickly changed that. They scored 17 third quarter points on their way to 23 total unanswered points. Colorado could not fight back and had two turnovers and two possessions ended on downs.
Utah’s defense ranks first in the PAC-12 and they showed it by holding Colorado to 196 total yards. Steven Montez went 13/22 for 84 yards and an interception. CU abandoned the run game in the second half, but McMillian had 13 carries for 41 yards and CU’s only score. The Buffs’ defense allowed 390 total yards and were bombarded by Utah’s running backs.
Colorado has needed their sixth win for over a month, and they just have not been able to close out games like they start them. Throughout the season they have outscored their opponents in the first quarter 115-31. They have held seven of their opponents scoreless in the first quarter, including all six of their losses. The defense has done their job for at least two quarters, but the offense has been nonexistent.
With all the rumors about Coach Mike MacIntyre being fired at the end of the season circulating, fans thought the team’s final home game would be more contentious. With another loss MacIntyre’s job looks to be more and more in jeopardy.
After the game MacIntyre said, “The thing about this business that’s tough is, when you do good, everybody’s asking why you’re leaving. They get mad at you when you’re leaving. I could’ve left (for) three good places, and stayed. That’s just the way it is. When you’re losing, they want to get rid of you. You can never win as a head coach on that, and I understand that.”
Fans now would have rather him take one of those other three job. He has only produced one winning season as the head coach, and his overall record is 30-45. That is not a lot of production from someone making nearly $3 million a year to win games. College football is a business and business is not booming for the Buffaloes.
Time is running out for the Buffs to become bowl eligible. The team will finish out the regular season in Berkeley against a California team that will have an extra week of rest. Cal was supposed to play Stanford this weekend, but the game was postponed due to the smoke from the fires around the area. Cal will be rested and ready for the Buffaloes, and MacIntyre will have to find a way to rally the troops for their last chance to become bowl eligible.