CU's Broussard Hits Century Mark For Third Straight Game
BOULDER — While the Colorado defense was smothering San Diego State on Saturday, the Buffaloes' offense found a way to put just enough points on the board to prevent another nail biter in a 20-10 Colorado win.
The Buffs, who improved to 3-0, had seen their first two games go down almost to the wire after the defense gave up 51 points after half in the two wins. But Saturday, CU's defense held the Aztecs offense to just a first-half field goal (SDSU's only touchdown came via an interception return) while the offense scored two touchdowns in the first half and two field goals in the second half to maintain control for the majority of the game.
CU once again leaned heavily on sophomore running back Jarek Broussard, who posted his third consecutive 100-yard game, finishing with 124 yards on 32 carries. Broussard had runs of 19 and 16 yards on CU's opening scoring drive, and had a key 13-yard run to put CU in position for a field goal late in the third quarter.
In the air, redshirt freshman wide receiver La'Vontae Shenault recorded his best game yet as a Buff, hauling in six passes for 64 yards in his starting debut. Shenault had three catches on CU's two touchdown drives, including a leaping grab for a 15-yard gain on the second scoring march.
Quarterback Sam Noyer once again showed his versatility, making plays with his arm and legs. Noyer threw for 138 yards and one touchdown, a 3-yard shovel toss to Jaylon Jackson. He also ran 11 times for 12 yards and a touchdown. His one big mistake of the night resulted in a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown, a lesson head coach Karl Dorrell said Noyer will take to heart and not make again.
STARTING DEBUT: Walk-on tight end C.J. Schmanski found himself in the starting lineup after three other TEs — Brady Russell, Luke Stillwell and Matt Lynch — were unavailable because of injuries. Schmanski became just the 10th walkon for the Buffaloes to start since 1992. He also recorded the first catches of his career, pulling in a pair of receptions for 5 yards … Another walk-on, defensive back Curtis Appleton, came up with an interception at the end of the game.
BUFFS BITS: With CU's first three opponents — UCLA, Stanford and SDSU — all hailing from the same state, it marks the first time since 1924 that Colorado's opening three games came against teams from the same state (Western State, Regis and Colorado College) … The Buffs have now led for 158 minutes and 37 seconds this year, and trailed just 3:15 … CU has scored in every quarter this year … Colorado is 47-1 when holding opponents to under 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing in the same game … The Buffs have scored 11 touchdowns and two field goals in 13 red zone opportunities this year … Broussard's 432 yards rushing this year are the third-most by any Buffs back ever three games into the season. Only Eric Bieniemy (482 in 1988) and Kayo Lam (468 in 1935) have had more yards after the first three games. He is also just the second CU back to ever rush for at least 100 yards in the first three games of his career, joining Charlie Davis (1971) … Nate Landman is the third Buff since 2010 to have at least three sacks in one game, joining Mustafa Johnson (three against Nebraska in 2019) and Leo Jackson (three against Texas State in 2017). All three of Landman's sacks came on third down … CU has now won 75 straight games when holding an opponent under 13 points. The last loss in such a game came in 1988, when the Buffs dropped a 7-0 decision at Nebraska.