CU Buffs’ Alex Fontenot has a resurgent performance in the loss to USC – The Denver Post

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Fontenot was reluctant to celebrate personal success on Friday night, especially after USC’s Colorado soccer team was routed 55-17.

However, there’s no question that the sixth-grader felt a certain satisfaction after his performance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Fontenot rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the 8th-ranked loss to the Trojans. It was his first 100-yard game since he tallyed 105 yards against Washington on Nov. 23, 2019.

“Everybody was hyping me up and stuff (post-game),” he said. “For me personally, it just doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win. For me it was just another game. But of course it is an achievement that I am also proud of.”

Fontenot led the Buffs (1-9, 1-6 Pac-12) with 874 rushing yards in 2019, his only season as a full-time starter. Since then he has struggled with injuries and struggled for game time when healthy.

In the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic, Fontenot did not play at all due to a hip injury. Last year he played all 12 games but as a substitute for Jarek Broussard.

He was the Buffs’ starter in the first two games this season, but a chest injury in the second game forced him to sit out the next six contests. Friday was his second game back.

“I’ve just come back from my injury, it felt really good,” he said. “I felt really fresh, fast and stronger. I’m taking this time to really work and improve my skills.

With Deion Smith out Friday with an injury, the Buffs were leaning on Fontenot more than they’ve ever been this year. In fact, Saturday marked the first time he had more than 15 carries since the 2019 game against Washington.

“He ran really hard,” said interim head coach Mike Sanford. “You could see it last week (against Oregon) in some of the runs he had. … I thought Alex was really fighting at a high level and running really hard.

Fontenot’s night included a 37-yard streak, which is the longest streak of the season for the Buffs. He also had a 27-yarder and tied up the second-longest run of the year for CU (he also had a 27-yarder against Oregon a week ago).

The most impressive run of the night, however, was his 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Initially stopped briefly, Fontenot pushed his way into the end zone with a second attempt.

“I just wanted it more,” he said. “That was really all. That’s every piece.”

Fontenot added some muscle and weight to his 6-foot, 205-pound frame during his spare time, and he threw that power around Friday night. It was arguably his most impressive game as a buff.

“I just felt like I was flying all over the place,” he said. “I’ve felt really good just getting back to what I’m doing. Being free to play all those games made me feel like I had something to prove.”