Scores

Final

Colorado 41

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Colorado State 27

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

6:00 PM ET, September 1, 2013

Sports Authority Field, DENVER, CO

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 10 10 3 1841
CSU 0 10 14 327

Top Performers

Passing: C. Wood (COLO) - 400 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Bibbs (CSU) - 15 CAR, 70 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: P. Richardson (COLO) - 10 REC, 208 YDS, 2 TD

Richardson leads CU to 41-27 win over CSU

Associated Press

DENVER -- Paul Richardson and Connor Wood would frequently meet on the practice field last season, just to work on their timing in case they ever needed it.

Back then, Wood wasn't playing much and didn't know if he ever would be the starter. Richardson was coming off a torn ACL and wasn't sure if he would ever return to his electric form.

"He had the time and I had the time," Richardson said, shrugging.

And now, their timing is perfect.

Wood threw three touchdown passes -- two deep ones to Richardson -- and Colorado beat Colorado State 41-27 on Sunday in Mike MacIntyre's coaching debut for the Buffaloes.

Woods and Richardson were in sync all day. For that, Richardson credited all those impromptu workout sessions.

"We took advantage of that opportunity," Richardson said. "We've been working through winter, through spring, through the summer, in fall camp. Today, it came full circle."

Indeed.

Wood often searched for and found Richardson, who was back on the field after missing last season as he recovered from the torn left ACL. Richardson finished with 10 catches for 208 yards. He had an 82-yard TD catch on Colorado's first pass play and sealed the contest with a 75-yard grab late in the fourth.

The Buffs have had four 200-yard receiving games in school history, two now by Richardson. He had a school-record 284 yards receiving against California in 2011.

Asked what it was like throwing to Richardson, Wood, who threw for 400 yards, just grinned and responded: "Christmas in September."

Colorado State coach Jim McElwain waited until game time to announce Garrett Grayson as the starting quarterback. He finished with 201 yards passing as the Rams sputtered on offense in their opener.

"Obviously, it bothered us," Grayson said. "We kind of wanted to go out there and set the tone."

The special teams certainly picked up the slack for the Rams as Joe Hansley highlighted a strong showing by scoring on a 74-yard punt return. Kapri Bibbs added two TDs, including one set up by Thomas Coffman's 84-yard kickoff return.

"As a team we've got some stuff to work on," said Hansley, who also had eight catches for 91 yards. "It's just some execution issues."

After finishing a program-worst 1-11 last season, Colorado fired Jon Embree and brought in MacIntyre to turn things around, just as he did at San Jose State. With the victory, he joined Rick Neuheisel as the only Buffs coaches since the 1930s to open on a high note.

MacIntyre took the win in stride.

"It's just one game," he said. "They did great and we have to keep doing it.

"If you come and stay and practice you know what we do -- we practice really hard, we don't have picnics. So I appreciate what our kids do."

With Colorado leading 26-24 early in the fourth and Colorado State driving, defensive lineman Chidera Uzo-Diribe stripped the ball from Bibbs. Greg Henderson quickly scooped it up and raced down the sideline for a 53-yard score.

The Buffaloes defense held the Rams to a field goal, before Richardson broke free for a TD to wrap up the victory.

"Coach joked a couple of weeks ago, that when the going gets tough, some don't want the play to come their way. My soul was burning for the ball to come my way," Richardson said. "I wanted to be the guy who helped us pull away from that team.

"I was sore. I was tired. But I ran hard through the goal line and embraced all of my teammates."

Sidelined all of last year, Richardson didn't take long to get back into the action, slipping behind the defense undetected and hauling in an 82-yard pass from Wood. So energized was Richardson after the score that he danced his way back to the bench.

Wood was only heating up as he ran an efficient and methodical offense. The junior from Houston played sparingly last season and threw for 265 total yards. He nearly matched that number by halftime.

"I was really impressed with Connor today -- that's what we've been seeing," MacIntyre said. "I knew he had the ability to do that. Now he has to regroup and do that again. I think we'll have a really good quarterback, but for today he was excellent."

McElwain couldn't agree more.

"I thought their quarterback played one heck of a game," he said. "He was accurate, got the ball out of his hand.

"We didn't get it done. That's on us."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
CSU
1st Downs2416
Total Yards509295
Passing400201
Rushing10994
Penalties8-684-50
3rd Down Conversions7-182-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-3
Turnovers02
Possession33:3026:30

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wood33/464008.730
Colorado StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grayson22/392015.200

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Powell15422.807
Goodson13131.0031
Colorado StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bibbs15704.7214
Alexander2189.0017

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson1020820.8282
Spruce89912.4028
Colorado StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hansley79012.9040
Higgins6579.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOCSU
TD12:41Paul Richardson 82 Yd Pass From Connor Wood (Will Oliver Kick) 70
FG00:32Will Oliver 22 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERCOLOCSU
FG14:17Jared Roberts 39 Yd 103
TD03:56D.D. Goodson 18 Yd Pass From Connor Wood (Will Oliver Kick) 173
TD01:13Kapri Bibbs 7 Yd Run (Jared Roberts Kick) 1710
FG00:00Will Oliver 41 Yd 2010
THIRD QUARTERCOLOCSU
TD12:51Joe Hansley 74 Yd Punt Return (Jared Roberts Kick) 2017
FG04:10Will Oliver 44 Yd 2317
TD02:51Kapri Bibbs 2 Yd Run (Jared Roberts Kick) 2324
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOCSU
FG13:07Will Oliver 52 Yd 2624
TD11:12Greg Henderson 53 Yd Fumble Return (Will Oliver Kick) 3324
FG03:47Jared Roberts 30 Yd 3327
TD03:36Paul Richardson 75 Yd Pass From Connor Wood (Connor Wood Pass To D.D. Goodson For Two-Point Conversion) 4127

Research Notes

Connor Wood's 82-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson in the first quarter was the longest pass play for Colorado in the last 10 seasons. Before the play, Colorado was one of 10 FBS members that didn't have an 80-yard pass play over the last 10 seasons.

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