Colorado Buffaloes head coach Jon Embree seemed fairly confident during halftime that his team would recover from a 16-6 halftime deficit against the California Golden Bears, and they came out with a huge opening second-half drive. In four-and-a-half minutes, the Buffaloes marched 80 yards down the field to cut the lead to 16-13.
It started with a gutsy call by Embree to go for it on 4th and 1 on his own 29 (which Tyler Hansen snuck on second effort to get through). Hansen then found Tyler McCulloch for seven yards and Paul Richardson for 19 on first down throws. Then Hansen took advantage of confusion by the Cal inside linebackers to find Ryan Deehan down the middle for a 37 yard touchdown score and make it a 16-13 game.
Cal was forced to punt on the subsequent drive after a huge gang sack by Chidera Uzo-Diribe and Jon Major on Zach Maynard. But Colorado was stuffed on a screen, going three-and-out, and Michael Calvin and Bryce McGovern partially blocked Darragh O'Neill punt. Cal struck back when Maynard found Marvin Jones down the seam on a 21 yard gain on 2nd and 20, and then Maynard found Anthony Miller on a misdirection look. Miller then dragged his defender into the end zone to put the Bears back up 10 near the end of the third quarter.