Boulder-next week we will know whether Brendon Lewis and CU can perform well against good opponents.
But we learned a lot on Friday night: When Buffs wants to play the old-fashioned way and take the lead, 2020 is like never leaving.
In the season opener of the two events, CU sprinted for 283 yards in Folsom Field’s 35-7 defeat of the University of North Carolina Bears.
Lewis, the freshman in the quarterback starting position and CU’s first home starter (1-0), completed 10 of 15 passes with a passing distance of 102 yards. But because Lewis missed the open receiver, the passing game has been unstable.
The Bears (0-1) trailed 14-0 at the end of the half and fell 21-7 in the third quarter to coach Ed McCaffrey’s UNC debut. Since November 23, 2019 (the last game of the 2-10 season), the Bears have not played a game.
The University of North Carolina hired McCaffrey, who was the wide receiver for the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl championship from Valor Christian High School, where he led the Eagles to a 5A state championship in 2018.
This is also the first appearance of the Bears when McCaffrey’s son Dylan served as the quarterback of the University of North Carolina. Although the young McCaffrey did not have as much time to work together as Lewis, the Michigan transfer completed 18 of his first 29 pitches, completing 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The night featured the debut of the new mascot, King Ralphi VI, and turned into a comfortable warm-up for the bigger and stronger Buffs. They will see the difficulty increase by a few decibels, and will be on the 6th at Empower next Saturday. Texas A&M’s date is a mile-high stadium.
UNC will play the next game at Houston Baptist Church on September 11th at 5 pm, some of the rough edges need to be smoothed.
More than once—in fact, more times than CU’s loyal fans feel comfortable—the Bear looked like it broke his pocket and got Lewis into trouble. But in most cases, the young signal caller avoided the first wave and found the day.
One of the times was when the Bears appeared at the 3rd and 10th points of 48 points with 5 minutes and 40 seconds left in the third quarter. Pressure from the University of North Carolina chased Lewis out of his fall, but he quickly turned at the left marker, cut into a lane and pulled 12 yards away on the court for huge gains.
CU will score six times on tailback Alex Fontenot’s 3-yard jumper, extending the home team’s lead to 20-0, and ending 16 90-yard marches that accounted for nearly half of the third quarter (7 :25).
The Bears shifted gears to open the second half, Dylan McCaffrey (Dylan McCaffrey) pitched to the near end, forcing CU’s body linebacker to defend the receiver in space.
In the last game of the UNC season, with the help of some untimely Buffs penalties, the visitors finally got a reward for that start. With 41 seconds left in the game, CU’s Isaiah Lewis made a pass interference call to pass the ball to the Bears at home.
After two games, as time ended in this section, McCaffrey rolled to the right again and found a wide Cassidy Woods on the right border. Woods bounced off a pair of CU defenders and rushed into the end zone, scoring 34 yards, which was the only touchdown for the Bears.
CU was defeated by UNC 106-92 at halftime, but the Bears were often restricted to their own territory—five of the seven kick-offs the away team drove from or behind their 25-yard line in the first half.