Colorado beats Colorado State in Tucker’s de­but

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI AP

Colorado’s Alex Fon­tenot cel­e­brates af­ter run­ning for a touch­down against Colorado State on Fri­day.

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