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Special teams help Buffs hold off Hawai'i

Sep 20, 2014

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.

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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.