GAMEDAY College Football

Colorado 35, Northern Colorado 7

By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer

BOULDER, Colo. - Freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis and the Colorado Buffaloes rumbled past Northern Colorado 35-7, spoiling former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey's college head coaching debut.

McCaffrey, whose Bears (0-1) sat out 2020 because of the pandemic, had one son - Max - with him on the sideline serving as his offensive coordinator and another - Dylan, a transfer from Michigan - at quarterback.

The Buffs foiled the state's first family of football.

In his first start, Lewis completed 10 of 15 passes for 102 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to sliding freshman Montana Lemorious-Craig, and ran eight times for 44 yards.

The Buffaloes (1-0) outgained the Bears 281 yards to 17 yards on the ground.

The Buffaloes got touchdown runs from tailbacks Jarek Broussard, Alex Fontenot, Ashaad Clayton and Deion Smith with Broussard leading the way with 94 yards on 15 carries.

Lewis' only other college experience came in relief of Sam Noyer (now at Oregon State) in the Alamo Bowl against Texas last season. He won the starting job this summer when his main competition, Tennessee transfer JT Shrout, blew out a knee in a scrimmage last month.

Lewis' signature drive was a 16-play, 90-yard beauty that put the Buffs ahead 21-0 in the third quarter. The payoff came on Fontenot's 3-yard TD run.

Dylan McCaffrey (24 of 41 for 236 yards, a touchdown and an interception) responded with a 75-yard drive aided by two Colorado flags. He hit Kassidy Woods with a 34-yard touchdown strike that pulled the Big Sky Conference's Bears to 21-7.

Clayton replied with a 1-yard scoring run that he set up with a 35-yard scamper to the Bears 19, and Smith scored from 5 yards out.

After a scoreless first quarter, Broussard twisted his way in for a 1-yard touchdown. That capped a 28-yard drive that was kept alive when defensive end Joe Golden hit Lewis out of bounds after an incompletion on third-and-20 two plays after he sacked Lewis.

The drive began at the Bears' 28 after punter Caleb Brickhouse was whistled for a late hit out of bounds after Dimitri Stanley's 19-yard return.

Broussard's 30-yard burst set up freshman Lemonious-Craig's sliding 17-yard touchdown grab that made it 14-0.

The Bears were driving just before halftime but McCaffrey overthrew Jonah Morris in the end zone and cornerback Mekhi Blackmon intercepted it.

Colorado athletics press release


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter NorColColo
Colo TD 13:51 Jarek Broussard 1 yard TD run (Cole Becker Extra Point) 0 7
Colo TD 7:02 Montana Lemonious-Craig 17 yard TD pass from Brendon Lewis (Cole Becker Extra Point) 0 14
Third Quarter NorColColo
Colo TD 3:10 Alex Fontenot 3 yard TD run (Cole Becker Extra Point) 0 21
NorCol TD 0:00 Kassidy Woods 34 yard TD pass from Dylan McCaffrey (Ben Raybon Extra Point) 7 21
Fourth Quarter NorColColo
Colo TD 12:29 Ashaad Clayton 1 yard TD run (Cole Becker Extra Point) 7 28
Colo TD 7:27 Deion Smith 5 yard TD run (Cole Becker Extra Point) 7 35
Team Stats
  Northern Colorado Colorado
First downs 16 22
  Rushing 1 16
  Passing 9 5
  Penalty 6 1
3rd Down Efficiency 1-13, 8% 6-10, 60%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 18-20 49-281
Passing Yards 236 102
Return Yards 39 112
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-42-1 10-15-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-12 2-11
Punts 6 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-50 12-118
Northern Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. McCaffrey 24 42 236 1 1
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Lewis 10 15 102 1 0
Northern Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Wilson 6 16 2.7 0
D. McCaffrey 9 9 1.0 0
D. Thomas 1 3 3.0 0
Z. Zinicola 1 -4 -4.0 0
B. George 1 -4 -4.0 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Broussard 15 94 6.3 1
A. Clayton 8 51 6.4 1
B. Lewis 8 44 5.5 0
A. Fontenot 8 40 5.0 1
D. Smith 4 32 8.0 1
J. Davis 5 22 4.4 0
Northern Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Woods 4 88 22.0 1
T. Wilson 8 69 8.6 0
D. DeLaCroix 2 30 15.0 0
J. Mitchell 3 18 6.0 0
S. Flowers 1 9 9.0 0
J. Morris 1 7 7.0 0
Z. Zinicola 1 7 7.0 0
Z. Angelillo 1 6 6.0 0
D. Thomas 3 2 .7 0
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Shenault 2 23 11.5 0
M. Lemonious-Craig 2 23 11.5 1
A. Pell 1 17 17.0 0
C. Penry 1 16 16.0 0
J. Broussard 1 7 7.0 0
B. Russell 1 7 7.0 0
D. Stanley 1 7 7.0 0
A. Fontenot 1 2 2.0 0
Northern Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Blackmon 1 0
Northern Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Brickhouse 6 224 37.3
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Watts 3 120 40.0
Northern Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Stanley 3 68 22.7
Northern Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Thomas 1 16 16.0
J. Ison 1 23 23.0
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Rice 1 44 44.0
Northern Colorado Missed FG
Player Length
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length
C. Becker 53




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