Colorado beats Colorado State in Tucker’s debut
Tailback Alex Fontenot scored three second-half touchdowns and safety Mikial Onu intercepted two passes as Colorado beat Colorado State 52-31 on Friday night in Mel Tucker’s head coaching debut for the Buffaloes.
Fontenot finished with 125 yards rushing to help the Buffs win their fifth straight over the Rams in what was the final Rocky Mountain Showdown held in Denver. The 83 combined points were the most in the rivalry’s 91game history.
Steven Montez threw for 232 yards and two scores.
Tucker was hired in December after serving as defensive coordinator at Georgia. The defensiveminded coach had to appreciate his Buffs defense forcing four turnovers.
Fontenot broke out of several tackles on a 22yard run with 9:16 remaining to give the Buffaloes a 45-31 lead. Jonathan Van Diest helped seal the win by sacking Collin Hill, who fumbled the ball. Mustafa Johnson scooped it up and scored from 9 yards. Oklahoma State 52, Oregon State 36: Chuba Hubbard rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders threw for 203 yards and three more scores to lead Oklahoma State to a 52-36 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.
Tylan Wallace, an Associated Press preseason first-team All-America selection, caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, who finished with 555 yards of total offense.
Sanders, a highly touted recruit out of Denton, Texas, had competed throughout the spring and preseason.
Colorado’s Alex Fontenot celebrates after running for a touchdown against Colorado State on Friday.