Nov 7, 2020; Boulder, Colorado, USA;  UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Datona Jackson (58) and linebacker Carl Jones (35) tackle Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Brendon Lewis (12) in the first quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Colorado holds off UCLA in a shootout

Jarek Broussard rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns, Sam Noyer passed for 257 yards and a TD, adding 64 yards on the ground with another score, as the host Colorado defeated UCLA 48-42 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

Jaren Mangham ran for a touchdown, Brady Russell had five receptions for 77 yards with a TD and Dimitri Stanley had six catches for 66 yards for the Buffaloes, who won Karl Dorrell’s debut as head coach.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson had 303 yards passing for UCLA with four touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 109 yards and another TD but could not complete a late comeback.

Demetric Felton rushed for 57 yards and a score and caught a TD pass, while Greg Dulcich, Keegan Jones and Mike Martinez also had touchdown catches for the Bruins, who had four turnovers.

Colorado took advantage of two early turnovers to take a 14-0 lead on a pair of TD runs by Broussard just 6:59 into the game. Thompson-Robinson hit Felton for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7.

Colorado restored its 14-point lead on Noyer’s 12-yard TD pass to Russell, Broussard scored from 1 yard out after a Felton fumble and Mangham’s 2-yard run put the Buffaloes ahead 35-7 late in the first half.

The Bruins cut into the lead with two big plays. Late in the second quarter, Thompson-Robinson threw a 52-yard TD pass to Dulcich. On the opening drive of the third quarter Thompson-Robinson scored on a 65-yard run to make it 35-21.

After a Buffaloes punt, Thompson-Robinson’s 41-yard pass to Dulcich set up a 15-yard TD run by Felton.

Noyer answered with a quarterback sneak for a score and a 42-28 lead with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter. But the Bruins answered right away when Jones scored on a 26-yard pass from Thompson-Robinson with 5:19 left in the third quarter.

Evan Price kicked field goals of 45 and 36 yards, after taking over for James Stefanou, to give Colorado a 48-35 lead with 9:26 left in the game. Thompson-Robinson threw a touchdown pass to Martinez with 1:45 but the Buffaloes recovered an onside-kick attempt and ran out the clock.

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