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We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2013.
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Who and against whom: Colorado opened its 2013 season with a 41-27 win over rival Colorado State, and kicker Will Oliver was perfect along the way in helping the Buffs to a 1-0 start.
The numbers: Oliver went 4-of-4 on field goal attempts, including boots of 22, 41, 44 and 52 yards, and hit all of his PATs for a 15-point day.
A closer look: Win No. 1 for new Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre had to feel pretty darn good. It was his debut game after jumping over from San Jose State, it was against an in-state rival, and it was a two-touchdown victory. And while Paul Richardson and Connor Wood get a lot of the credit for the offense, it was actually the 15 points provided by Oliver (his highest total of the season) that were the difference. Let’s face it, 4-for-4 is a good day; 4-for-4 with a couple of 40-plus yarders is an outstanding day. Throw in a 50-plus-yard kick and you have one of the best kicking days in the Pac-12 in 2013. Oliver’s 22-yard field goal in the first quarter helped put the Buffs up 10-0. He added a 41-yarder as time expired in the first half, a 44-yarder in the third quarter and then, with his team trailing 24-23, he drilled a 52-yarder in the fourth quarter to put Colorado on top for good. It was the second longest field goal in the conference in 2013 (he was tied for the longest of 53 yards), and it got the MacIntyre era off to a solid start.
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