COLORADO 3 17 14 7 41
UMASS 7 14 10 7 38
Date of game: 9/6/2014

Recap: Massachusetts vs. Colorado

Foxboro, MA ( - Sefo Liafui passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Colorado Buffaloes to a 41-38 victory over the Massachusetts Minutemen in a non-conference shootout at Gillette Stadium.

Liufau connected on 26-of-42 pass attempts, while Nelson Spruce paced Colorado (1-1) with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions. Christian Powell contributed 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and Tony Jones turned seven attempts into 47 yards and a score. Tedric Thompson anchored the Buffaloes' defense with 11 total tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.

For UMass (0-2), Blake Frohnapfel finished 20-of-38 for 267 yards with three touchdowns under center. Tajae Sharpe reeled in five catches for 83 yards, Jean Sifrin made a pair of touchdown grabs and Jamal Wilson racked up 47 yards on 10 carries. Jovan Santos-Knox recorded 12 total stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Colorado opened up the contest with a nine-play, 48-yard drive which resulted in a 35-yard field goal by Will Oliver.

The Minutemen took their first lead of the contest near the six minute mark of the opening frame when Frohnapfel completed a 14-yard pass for a score to Rodney Mills.

The Buffaloes went back in front in the early stages of the second quarter, as Liufau connected with Shay Fields for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Oliver's successful extra-point attempt gave the visitors a 10-7 advantage on the scoreboard. Oliver then added three more points with a 47-yard field goal at the 8:31 mark of the second stanza.

UMass responded on its next drive, as Frohnapfel connected with Sifrin on a 12-yard touchdown pass that concluded a six-play, 70-yard drive. Colorado answered right back with a nine-play, 85-yard drive which Jones ended with a five-yard rush across the goal line.

After a pair of unproductive drives by both sides, the Minutemen took over control of the ball at the 30-yard line with only 48 seconds left before the intermission. Frohnapfel opened up the drive with a 36-yard pass to Marken Michel, who lost control of the ball before recovering his own fumble at the Buffaloes' 28-yard line. Four plays later, Frohnapfel hooked up with Sifrin on a 14-yard scoring pass that sent UMass into halftime with a 21-20 lead.

The Minutemen carried their momentum into the second half as Blake Lucas converted a 34-yard field goal attempt to notch the first points of the third quarter. Randall Jette intercepted Liufau on Colorado's next drive and returned the pick to the Buffaloes two-yard line before Wilson punched it in for six points on the following play to give the hosts a 31-20 lead.

Colorado began its climb back on its next drive by marching 63 yards on nine plays to set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Powell. The Buffaloes' defensive unit then came up with a clutch play, as it stopped UMass on 4th-and-two in Colorado territory.

The Buffaloes regained the lead at the 4:24 mark of the third frame, as Liufau completed a 70-yard touchdown strike to Spruce. Oliver's successful extra- point try put the visitors in front, 34-31.

Colorado extended its advantage in the fourth period, as Liufau found Spruce for a three-yard touchdown pass to finish off a nine-play, 81-yard drive.

UMass narrowed the gap with a six-play, 80-yard drive that Marken Michel ended with a six-yard touchdown run, but Colorado ran out the remaining 2:55 on the clock to clinch its first decision of the campaign.

The Buffaloes moved the chains on 10 out of their 18 third-down plays compared to the 5-of-15 third-down conversion efficiency of UMass.

Game Notes

State Farm Athlete of the Week
Click to submit your Athlete of the Week
Know an outstanding high school athlete? We want to highlight them on the FOX 34 State Farm Athlete of the Week.

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.