There have been some awesome Pac-12 games played on weeknights this season. The contest between UCLA and #15 Colorado played yesterday was not one of them. This was a game featuring a bucket load of mistakes, with interceptions, blocked field goals, and generally bad execution being the order of the day. That is not to say these college football highlights are uninteresting, however, as one late play kept Colorado on track for a potential Pac-12 South title.
That play, that is the final one on the video before a Buffs kneel down to end the game, is a punt return that happened with less than six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Colorado was leading 13-10, but the Bruins were refusing to go away, giving the likes of USC hope that they could pull off an upset. That hope was extinguished when Colorado's Isaiah Oliver returned the punt 68 yards to the house.
Even out of context the return is a nice one. The punter outkicks his coverage by a good five yards and the initial wave of coverage is completely blocked out of the game. Oliver hardly has to make a move until he reaches the UCLA 35-yard line, but a nifty cutback is quickly followed by an outside cut to beat the punter and the game is essentially over. It is a highlight well worth watching.
Also worth watching is the play in the highlight video directly before the punt return. On it, Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, who had already thrown two picks, looks like he is about to be sacked in part because of a face mask foul. Liufau actively looks at the official and gestures for the flag, while still escaping the sack and completing a pass downfield even when falling to the turf. it is one of the more bizarre plays, and completions, that you will ever see.