Game Updates: Texas A&M vs. Colorado
September 11, 2021 • Empower Field • Denver, Colo. • 1:30 p.m. MT
- The Colorado Buffaloes will play the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies (AP, Coaches) at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver this Saturday at 1:30 PM
- The Colorado Buffaloes are 1-0 overall, 0-0 in the Pac 12 coming off a 35-7 blowout victory of Northern Colorado last week
- The Texas A&M Aggies are also 1-0 overall, 0-0 in SEC coming off a blowout 41-10 win over Ken State last week
- The game's stadium will be considered a neutral site despite being 25 miles down the road in Denver. The Buffaloes are 55-35-5 all-time, the last 19 were against Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown (1998-2019).
- Freshman quarterbacks Brendon Lewis of the Buffaloes and Haynes King of the Aggies square off. Lewis has thrown for 102 yards and 1 touchdown with no interceptions and a 66.7% completion rate to start the season. He also has 44 yards on the ground. King has thrown for 292 yards and two touchdowns with 3 interceptions and a 61.10% completion rate. He also gas 22 yards on the ground.
- Each team had a big run games last week. The Buffaloes saw four different running backs scoring led by sophomore Jarek Broussard (last year's Pac 12 offensive player of the year) who rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies saw running backs Devon Achane and Isiah Spiller each rush for over 100 yards last week.
- Junior CB Mekhi Blackmon leads the Buffaloes with 5 tackles. Graduate linebacker Aaron Hansford leas the Aggies with 8 tackles
Following last week's debut, Ralphie VI will not lead the team onto the field this afternoon. Program manager Taylor Stratton was pleased with her two runs against Texas A&M, but does not want to deviate Ralphie from her normal pattern run this early in her training but she will be back next week for the Minnesota game.
Uniforms: Colorado will be wearing the traditional jerseys with black jerseys, gold pants and gold helmets for the second straight week.
Captains: Colorado captains for this afternoon are Blackmon, junior WR Jaylon Jackson, senior LB Nate Landman and junior TE Brady Russell.
Weather: 96 degrees Fahrenheit with a few clouds.
Coin Toss: Colorado wins coin toss and defers to second half. Colorado will defend the South goal.
4Q CU TURNOVER ON DOWNS: The Buffs then could not move the ball on their final possession, turning the ball over on downs with just 1:40 left on the clock.
4Q A&M TOUCHDOWN: Texas A&M drives to the CU red zone after a CU punt, then gets an 18-yard TD pass from Calzada to Spiller for a 10-7 A&M lead. Drive covers 77 yards in 11 plays.
4Q: COLORADO PUNT: After a missed opportunity on offense Watts punts the ball for 45-yards, Returned by Ainias Smith to A&M 23 yard line. 1st and 10 A&M at their own 23. 7:50 left in the 4th quarter. score still 7-3 Buffs.
4Q: TEXAS A&M TURNOVER: 13-yard run, by Calzada fumbles in the end zone for a touchback and 15-yard facemask penalty. Aggies fail to score. Gives Colorado an unexpected 1st and 10 from their 35-yard line. 8:15 left to play.
4Q: COLORADO PUNT: Watts Punt returned for 13 yards by Ainias but called back due to 2 blocks in the back. Pins the Aggies back. 1st and 10 at their own 13.
Start of 4th quarter
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Colorado still leads 7-3. Both teams really struggling to get their pass games going after their strong run games have been grounded by two explosive defensive performances. Neither team managed to get anything going offensively in the third quarter as each possession ended in a punt for both teams.
3Q: TEXAS A&M PUNT: Following a pass breakup by Robert Barnes, Constantinou punts the ball 39 yards. Fair caught at Colorado 12. 1st and 10 Colorado at their own 12. 1:50 to play in the 3rd quarter.
3Q: COLORADO PUNT: Watts 54 yard punt, 8 yard return by Ainias. 1st and 10 Aggies on their own 29 yard line.
3Q: Top running back Brossard is escorted off the field.
3Q: TEXAS A&M PUNT: 59 yard punt by Constantinou sails into end zone for touchback. 1st and 10 Colorado from the 20 yard line. 8:42 to go in the 3rd quarter. Score still 7-3 Buffs.
3Q: Colorado Defensive end Terrance Lang escorted off the field.
3Q: COLORADO PUNT: 55 yards by Watts, return for 8 yards to A&M 25 yard line. Ainis Smith returns ball to A&M 33. 1st and 10 Aggies from their 33. 10:03 remaining in the 3rd.
3Q: TEXAS A&M PUNT: Constantinou 50 yard punt, 5 yards on return from Nikko Reed. 1st and 10 Colorado from their own 22
3Q: COLORADO PUNT: Watts 55 yards 8 yard return. 1st and 10 Texas A&M at their own 26-yard-line.
3Q: KICKOFF: Texas A&M kicks off to Colorado. Kick by Small sails out of the end zone for a touchback. 1st and 10 Buffaloes at their own 25 yard line.
Start of second half:
2Q: HALFTIME: Buffaloes Ran the clock out. Buffaloes lead Aggies at the half 7-3. A low-scoring first half between the two teams ends. Brandon Lewis finishes the first half passing for 66 yards going 8-13 with 1 interception while leading the team with 67 yards rushing. All Pac-12 senior linebacker Nate Landman led the punishing defensive effort on what had been a strong Texas A&M offense ranked 4th in the FBS in total offense going into the game. Landman recorded 5 tackles, two of which were for a loss and 1 pass breakup. Texas A&M was held to just 29-yards rushing in the first half after putting averaging 303 in the previous week. So far Colorado is shocking the college football world as going into the game Texas A&M were Oddsmakers 17-point favorites.
2Q: TEXAS A&M FIELD GOAL: 41 yards by Small to put the Aggies on the board. Score now 7-3 Buffaloes. 1st and 10 Colorado at their 25-yard line.
2Q: COLORADO PUNT: Josh Watts punts it ball 43 yards from the Buffaloes 43 for a touchback. 1st and 10 Aggies from their 20.
2Q: TEXAS A&M PUNT: Constantinou 56 yard punt From 7 yard line. Stanley returns it for 15 yards. 1st and 10 Buffaloes from the 50. Score still 7-0 Buffaloes as their defense has made it hard on Texas A&M backup Calzada.
2Q: TURNOVER ON DOWNS COLORADO: Aggies defense comes through and contains the Buffaloes run game in the red zone to keep them off the board as the Buffaloes elected to go for it on 4th down at the 5.Texas A&M takes over with the ball. 1st and 10 Aggies on their own 5 yard line.
2Q: TEXAS A&M PUNT: 42 yards on the punt from Constantinou. 1st and 10 Buffaloes from their own 29 yard line.
2Q: Colorado Field Goal Attempt NO GOOD: Becker misses right on 46-yard field goal attempt. 1st and 10 Aggies from their 28.
Start of second quarter
1Q: END OF FIRST QUARTER: Colorado rushed for 67 yards and and quarterback Brandon Lewis passed for 41 yards, and rushed for a team leading 48 yards in the quarter. Broussard rushed for 19-yards and gave Colorado a 7-0 lead with a two-yard power run up the middle for a touchdown.
1Q: TEXAS A&M PUNT: Texas A&M went three-and-out. Constantinou 65-yard punt. 1st and 10 Buffaloes from their own 19.
1Q: COLORADO TOUCHDOWN: Broussard up the middle for gain of 2 yards and a Buffaloes touchdown to put the Buffaloes up 6-0. PAT good by kicker Cole Becker. Score now 7-0 Colorado Buffaloes with 2:24 remaining in the 1st quarter.
1Q: Texas A&M PUNT: Constantinou 47 yards, fair catch by sophomore wide receiver Dimitri Stanley. 1st-and-10 Buffaloes at their own 31 yard line.
1Q: Texas A&M PUNT: Nik Constantinou14 yard punt return to their own 20. 1st and 10 Aggies from their own 20. Backup quarterback Zach Calzada in for the Aggies.
1Q: Texas A&M 35-yard field goal attempt NO GOOD. Missed by kicker Seth Small. Game score 0-0. Colorado takes over , 1st-and-10 at their own 35.
1Q: Colorado TURNOVER: INT by Texas A&M's Jayden Peevy . 1st and 10 Aggies on their own
1Q: Texas A&M PUNT: Aggies goes three-and-out on the first drive, 45 yards on the punt. 1st and 10 Buffaloes on their own 35.
Start of the Game