Buffs fight, but can’t avoid ugly loss to No. 14 Utah in finale – The Denver Post


In the not-too-distant future, the Colorado Buffaloes will have a new head football coach.

It might be Deion Sanders. It might be someone else.

Either way, the next coach can’t get to Boulder soon enough in the eyes of the fans.

Through one of the worst seasons in program history, however, and even in another ugly game on Saturday, the Buffaloes found a way to savor one more opportunity together and with interim head coach Mike Sanford.

At Folsom Field, the Buffs capped a miserable season with a 63-21 loss to No. 14 Utah. They closed the season at 1-11 and on a six-game losing streak.

“Just a really emotional locker room that I just left,” Sanford said.

On the surface, just about everything about this season was a disaster for CU.

The Buffs (1-11, 1-8 Pac-12) matched the 2012 team for the second-worst winning percentage in program history, at .083. The only worse percentage came in CU’s first season, in 1890, when it went 0-4.

Ten of CU’s losses this year came by 23-plus points and the Buffs were beaten by at least 38 points in the last four games. After five consecutive blowout losses to start the season, head coach Karl Dorrell was fired, with Sanford taking over on an interim basis.

After a brief moment of joy with a 20-13 overtime win against California on Oct. 15, in Sanford’s first game at the helm, the losses returned. November was especially ugly, with four consecutive losses by at least 38 points to teams ranked in the top 15.

For many fans, Saturday’s finale might have brought some relief that the season was over. Not for Sanford.


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