Buffs showed resilience: Buffs responded to OSU taking lead 24-20 lead with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter. The following series, Buffs had a three and out, which gave OSU their best field position all night (42) yard line. Lo and behold, the Buff defense forced a 3 and out when they needed it. The ensuing drive, the Buff marched 73 yards, with explosive runs (49 yrds Broussard, 9 yrds Smith) to put Buffs in the red zone. After a holding penalty negated a Rice touchdown on second down, it left a third and 17. BLew stepped up in pocket to avoid pressure and found Montana for the go ahead touchdown. More drama would follow…
- Buff were without leading tackler Nate Landman, yet still able to contain OSU’s running game to 221, down from their average of 230
Defensive line stepped up big to disrupt OSU’s run blocking schemes. Mustafa Johnson (74), Jalen Sami (76 ) made their presence felt and turned in the top 2 individual Pro Football Focus ratings for the game
Outside Linebackers shined, Carson Wells had a great game (1, sack, 5 pressures), so did back-up Joshka Gustav who had some pressures and made an incredible shoe-string third down stop when Buffs needed it most as part of the 3-out stop in 4th quarter before the go-ahead score.
- Buff offense finally got off to a fast start
More sophisticated offense that featured multiple formations, blocking schemes, and creative play design. Matt Lynch finally took a snap behind center!
Offensive line continued their incredible turnaround, with great pass protection (no sacks), and opening running lanes which resulted in the season’s top run production game
Buffs rushing attached was on par with OSU (pac12 leader, 4th nation). Buffs were 42/222/5.0 avg. Led by Broussard 150 yrds; Compared to OSU 39/226/5.4
Brendon Lewis had a good day, passing 15-24, 3 TD, no picks). His time to throw was decent (3.19), especially considering the designed roll-outs which take longer than drop-backs. BLew also added rushing TD, and committed no turnovers.
Young players in the secondary stepping up (Trevor Woods, Kaylin Moore, Nikko Reed, Tyrin Taylor), and Trustin Oliver is getting in action on Special Teams.
Buffs were poised and refused to fold after the highly improbable series of events that led to OSU evening the score with a 60 yard field goal as time expired. Going into overtime, OSU had momentum, but the Buffs offense responded, and defense got a stop in the second overtime setting up Cole Becker for his first game winning field goal at the college level.