Paul Richardson was remarkable Sunday, there's not much more one can say about his performance in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
To start the game, the standout receiver found himself wide open on Colorado's second play from scrimmage – the nearest Colorado State defender was some 20 yards away – as he scampered 82 yards down the sideline for the 7-0 lead.
Richardson didn't just start the game off hot, he put the exclamation point on the victory with another huge touchdown, this time for 75 yards. With the Buffaloes leading 33-24, Richardson flew past a Rams cornerback and kept on running all the way to pay dirt. CU put a two point conversion on the board to win by their eventual 41-27 margin.
In between those two catches, the junior standout had eight more receptions all over the field. The Buffs ran him in bubble screens, which worked due to his blazing speed, and other short routes as well as the deep bombs.
He finished as the game's top receiver, with 10 catches for 208 total yards and two touchdowns.
Richardson was the Buffaloes MVP Sunday.
So, how did the man McElwain called faster than anyone he ever had at Alabama get open on those two massive plays?
“The first one, there was motion, we didn't get the check, McElwain explained post game. “Corner thought he had help, safety thought he had support. You know what, the guy caught it, I was hoping he was going to drop it. That's routes on error. The second one, that came out in a cone formation, there again, there was a check we were supposed to make from a coverage standpoint. And you know what, we didn't get it done. So, that's on us.”
On the day, Colorado enjoyed 513 total yards of offense, 400 of which came through the air.
McElwain's Rams simply must improve, and quickly, with their second game coming on the road and with a short week.
Colorado State plays at Tulsa next Saturday, and the Drillers know how to pass the ball, too.
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