Even on long trip home after loss, Colorado can't catch a break

Colorado wide receiver Shay Fields fumbles a punt return against Hawaii on Thursday. Eugene Tanner/AP

It was a rough start to the season for Colorado.

1. The Buffaloes flew all the way to Hawaii for a game that threw common sense to the wind and kicked off at 11 p.m. MDT. Here's a suggestion for athletic directors: Only agree to play games that occur while your fans are awake. They'll appreciate it. Definitely don't agree to play games in the middle of the night during the week.

2. While the nation slept, the Buffs played like they wished they were sleeping.

3. Despite the poor showing, they still had a chance to tie the game late only for a bungled attempt by the officiating crew to set to ball in time for either a spike or a shot at the end zone. Final score: Hawaii 28, Colorado 20. It's not the worst officiating blunder we've seen -- and Colorado was still facing an uphill battle, needing a score and a two-point conversion to even force overtime -- but for a team that hasn't gotten many breaks since joining the Pac-12, it probably doesn't feel that way.

Then, as the team returned home, it appeared things were possibly getting better.

4. But, of course, that didn't last long.