Bucs suffer first loss
BOULDER, Colo. - Colorado’s Michael Adkins II ran for four touchdowns to carry the Buffaloes past Charleston Southern, 43-10, in the Buccaneers’ first-ever meeting with a PAC-12 opponent on Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field.
The Buccaneers fall for the first time this season to drop to 7-1 overall. Colorado improves to 3-3 on the season.
Charleston Southern freshman quarterback Kyle Copeland made his first start and he kept CSU close in the first half, putting together a pair of scoring drives of over 80 yards. Colorado, however, leaned on the Bucs in the second half to pile up 208 yards rushing and five TDs in the win.
CSU, playing on the road for the sixth time in eight weeks, showed the toughness that has the Bucs off to a 7-1 start and surging under first-year head coach Jamey Chadwell.
“Getting to play a Pac-12 team, even when the stadium was not necessarily packed full, was definitely an experience for us,” Chadwell said. “We also wanted to see if we could compete at this level. For the first half, we did that. In the second half, we did not. What we can take from this is that if we play well and to our capabilities, then we can compete with some really good teams. That is what we are going to sell.”
The Bucs saw Colorado take a quick 8-0 lead but CSU fought back and appeared to answer with a TD of their own but, after a long review, Christian Reyes’ halfback pass to Nathan Prater was ruled incomplete and the Bucs had to settle for a field goal. The review and overturned call took a little bit of the Bucs’ early fire away. Chadwell still liked the fight his team put up in the opening half despite fighting a rash of injuries and starting its third quarterback in the last four weeks.
“This week, we had a change-up when we lost our starting quarterback, and our back-up quarterback didn’t play because of his concussion last week,” Chadwell added. “What we did today, though - besides the turnover - is pretty much how we play. (Colorado) is just a better team than us. We had seven wins before today, and I don’t think that is going to change.”
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau completed 14-of-20 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. He gave the Buffs enough of passing game, along with Adkins who finished with 137 yards, to pull away from CSU in the second half. Paul Richardson led the Buffaloes with eight catches for 122 yards and a TD.
CSU ran the ball with some success, but never broke off a big run. Freshman Mike Holloway flashed exciting potential with five carries for 44 yards, but nine tackles for loss by Colorado kept the Bucs behind the markers for much of the game.
Christian Reyes had 14 carries for 43 yards and will almost certainly become the Bucs’ single-season record holder for rushing yards in his next game. He has 771 yards this season and is three shy of the mark.
The Buffs took a 22-3 lead on a 60-yard throw-and-catch from Liufau to Paul Richardson on a three-play scoring drive with just over nine minutes to play in the second quarter. The Bucs would keep it the rest of the half.
Copeland found Colton Korn for a 7-yard touchdown pass just before the half to cap a time-consuming drive that cut CSU’s deficit to 22-10 at the break.
Colorado pulled away in the second half.
CSU returns home for homecoming against FBS-bound Charlotte on Saturday.
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Buccaneer Field.
The Charlotte 49ers are 4-3 after a 45-22 loss to UNC Pembroke on Saturday. The 49ers have already played three Big South teams this season and won all three games.
Charlotte played Campbell (52-7), Presbyterian (45-21) and Gardner-Webb (53-51).
Charleston Southern has played Campbell too, winning 30-10 on Sept. 14.
Former Timberland standouts Daquan Lucas (FS) and James Middleton (DE) are redshirt freshmen for the 49ers. Both players have played in seven games, combining for 22 total tackles.