The Colorado Buffaloes are looking like one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 college football season. They opened the season by pummeling in-state rival Colorado State 44-7 on a neutral field, and led 21-7 after the first quarter against Michigan last week in Ann Arbor (before ultimately losing 45-28). And on Saturday, they really made a statement by going into Eugene and beating the Oregon Ducks 41-38.
What made the win even more impressive is it came without CU senior quarterback Sefo Liufau. Liufau — who could be one of the top quarterbacks in the PAC-12 this year — missed the game with a foot injury, and freshman quarterback Steven Montez was forced to make his first career start. All Montez did was become the first quarterback in CU history to throw for at least 300 yards (333) and run for at least 100 yards (135).
Steven Montez is the first QB in Colorado history to pass for over 300 and rush for over 100. Had 333 passing, 135 rush #cubuffs
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) September 25, 2016
The most incredible play Montez was a part of was certainly this touchdown pass to Bryce Bobo in the fourth quarter, although it was the catch that particularly amazing. Watch Bobo make this insane one-handed catch and somehow stay inbounds while doing so:
— Brian Davies (@daviesphoto) September 25, 2016
That would serve as the game-winning touchdown, as CU’s Ahkello Witherspoon picked off Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop on first and goal in the final minute:
CU takes a 3-1 record (1-0 in PAC-12) into next week, where they get Oregon State in what should be a wild, rejuvenated atmosphere in Boulder. CU has not had a winning season since 2005 when they went 7-6 under Gary Barnett.