Colorado Buffaloes Struggle in Loss to UCLA, Head Coach Calls for Offensive Line Improvement
In a surprising turn of events, the Colorado Buffaloes suffered yet another loss in their recent string of defeats. On Saturday night, they were defeated by the No. 23 UCLA Bruins, marking their fourth loss in the last five games. However, it was Colorado head coach Deion Sanders’ post-game remarks that truly caught everyone’s attention.
Sanders expressed his frustration with the team’s struggling offensive line, stating, “The line has to improve. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to establish a successful running game, and this one-dimensional approach is making it easy for opposing teams to shut us down. At this point, we need new linemen to address this issue, and I am determined to rectify this situation.”
The game itself was a clear example of the team’s offensive struggles. Colorado managed a mere 25 rushing yards on 24 attempts, and their quarterback, Shedeur Sanders, was sacked an astonishing seven times. In terms of total yards gained, UCLA outperformed Colorado with a staggering 487 yards to their opponent’s 242 yards. Shedeur Sanders was limited to just 217 passing yards.
Earlier in the season, Shedeur Sanders was hailed as a potential Heisman Trophy finalist, but his recent performances have not lived up to the initial hype. So far, he has accumulated 2,637 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, three interceptions, and an impressive 154.4 passer rating. Additionally, he has rushed for three touchdowns. Despite his individual achievements, the Buffaloes’ rushing game has been lacking, ranking last in the Pac-12 with an average of only 78.6 rushing yards per game.
The loss against UCLA dropped Colorado’s overall record to 4-4, and they now stand at a disappointing 1-4 in Pac-12 play. Their only conference victory came against the struggling 2-6 Arizona State. After starting the season strong with three consecutive wins, they were dealt a major blow in a 42-6 loss to No. 8 Oregon.
Looking ahead, the Buffaloes will face another tough opponent in their upcoming home game against No. 11 Oregon State, who currently holds a 6-2 overall record and a 3-2 standing in Pac-12 play.
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