College Football

Takeaways From Buffs At Minnesota

NCAA Football: Colorado at Minnesota




Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports



Football


Neill Woelk, Contributing Editor






BOULDER — Somehow, some way, Karl Dorrell‘s Colorado Buffaloes need to find the reset button.

The non-conference schedule is finished. Three games and three losses, none of them anything resembling a close game.

But still ahead are nine Pac-12 games, representing a chance to start anew. Dorrell and his staff must find a way to turn these Buffs back in the right direction and experience some success.

Saturday’s 49-7 loss at Minnesota certainly wasn’t a step in the right direction. From Dorrell on down, the Buffs insisted they were ready to put forth an improved performance, but instead Colorado regressed in virtually every area.

Now, the Buffs have to find a way to manufacture some small, sustainable successes and build on those.

Our takeaways from the Minnesota game:

1. Self-inflicted wounds are an issue. Nobody is saying the last two games turn out differently if the Buffs don’t fumble the ball away deep in their territory on their first possession of the game.

But those plays no doubt put the Buffs in a big hole early and set the tone for the rest of the game. Those are mistakes the Buffs can’t afford.

Other critical errors? While the Buffs haven’t committed an inordinate amount of penalties — 13 in three games — they have had a handful of drive-killing flags that put the offense behind the sticks and halted what had the potential to become scoring drives….

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