When Broncos head coach John Fox underwent a heart operation, and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke, it put an increased the spotlight on the pressures head coaches are under.
Colorado hung with UCLA in the first half before the Bruins began their roll to a one-sided victory. The Buffaloes lost their 13th straight Pac-12 game and their 21st consecutive road game against a ranked team.
Mike MacIntyre hardly considers himself a patient person. So when the first-year Colorado coach saw his team regress in their rebuilding efforts last weekend against Arizona, he was a tad bit agitated.
A failed fourth-and-goal play, a flubbed fake punt and a turnover all went against Colorado in the second half, turning a close game into a runaway at the end.
Like so many teams before them, the Colorado Buffaloes believed they could match Oregon step for speedy step. They couldn’t. These days, very few can.
Colorado got off to a superb start under new coach Mike MacIntyre, doubling its win total from last season by beating rival Colorado State and Central Arkansas.
His knee finally mended, Paul Richardson is baffling and burning defensive backs as he leads the nation in yards receiving.
After winning a prolonged competition for the job, Garrett Grayson’s season debut as Colorado State’s quarterback fell flat.
Greg Henderson scored on a 53-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter and Connor Wood threw three touchdown passes — two to speedster Paul Richardson — to help Colorado beat Colorado State 41-27.
Understandably, Mike MacIntyre is a little anxious for his Colorado Buffaloes debut. Then again, the new CU coach has never lost to Colorado State, going 2-0 against the Rams when he was in charge at San Jose State.