BOULDER — School was in session Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field.
The student — the University of Northern Colorado football team.
The instructor? Don’t jump the gun here. The University of Colorado hardly schooled anybody.
For the Bears, it was similar to having a substitute teacher.
Translated — UNC fulfilled its lesson and has enough homework to keep it busy after a 41-21 loss to the Buffs before a crowd of 44,318.
The loss evens the Bears’ nonconfernce record at 1-1 while CU improves to 3-0.
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“We learned a lot about our team today,” a relatively pleased UNC coach Earnest Collins Jr. said. “They grew up today. I really wanted to see how those dudes were going to perform against this competition.
“I told them that I wanted to see heart … the muscle that you can’t condition. They came out and showed it today.”
UNC quarterback Jacob Knipp took more hits than a crash dummy, but appeared no worse for wear.
“You can nit-pick all you want,” Knipp said. “You take the good with the bad … we’ll watch film (today) and carry the good over to conference (play).”
There was plenty of good:
» UNC scored first when wide receiver Alex Wesley finagled his way behind CU’s Isaiah Oliver for a 33-yard touchdown catch on the Bears’ first possession.
“I knew their quarterback could throw it and I knew No. 81 (Wesley) could run,” CU coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We didn’t do a good enough job of staying on top of them, and they made some plays.”
Wesley was UNC’s big-play guy all day long.
“We watched the film and saw what they did on those routes,” Wesley said. “I was able to beat No. 26 (Oliver) on some of those routes…
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