Special teams help Buffs hold off Hawai'i

Punters can be overlooked at times, but Colorado's Darragh O'Neill stood out Saturday in the Bulfs' 21-12 victory over Hawai'i. With just less than 14 minutes to play in the fourth quarter and facing a 4th-and-4, CU coach Mike MacIntyre called for a fake punt.

O'Neill answered, taking the ball 19 yards to pick up a first down with what turned out to be the longest Colorado run in the game.

[Related: 2014 Pac-12 football schedule]

Later in the quarter as Hawaii was attempting a comeback, O'Neill put the Warriors in terrible field position with a beautiful punt that Colorado downed at the 2-yard line thanks to a little hustle. O'Neill punted nine times Saturday with four of those landing inside the 20, and his longest was 59 yards.

The special teams unit gave the Buffaloes a much needed advantage. After all, their offense went scoreless in the second half. 

 

  • Football: Pac-12 Football Media Days Special (Day 1)
    Wed 7/26 | 9:30am PT

    Airing on:

    • Pac-12 Oregon
    • Pac-12 Bay Area
    • Pac-12 Washington
    • Pac-12 Network
    • Pac-12 Los Angeles
    • Pac-12 Mountain
    • Pac-12 Arizona
    Live
  • Football: Pac-12 Football Media Days Special (Day 2)
    Thu 7/27 | 9:30am PT

    Airing on:

    • Pac-12 Network
    • Pac-12 Washington
    • Pac-12 Oregon
    • Pac-12 Mountain
    • Pac-12 Arizona
    • Pac-12 Bay Area
    • Pac-12 Los Angeles
    Live
Get Pac-12 Networks
Unable to get Pac-12 Network?
Contact your provider ▶
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder
Close