BYU played one of the best games of the season, but over a half dozen starters were injured in the process.
Jim McMahon, who threw for 198 yards in the first quarter, suffered a severely hyperextended knee early in second half.
Bart Oates (ankle) and Mark Brady (back) were two of the more serious casualties while Waymon Hamilton, Glen Kozlowski, Vince Stroth and Wayne Faalafua were also injured.
BYU led 17-0 at halftime as Steve Young replaced McMahon, and broke off a couple of long runs on scoring drives.
BYU: Plater 44 yard pass from McMahon (Gunther kick)
BYU: Pettis 7 yard pass from McMahon (Gunther kick)
BYU: Gunther 40 yard field goal
BYU: Kozlowski 3 yard pass from McMahon (Gunther kick)
CU: James 33 yard pass from Essington (pass failed)
BYU: Hudson 11 yard pass from Young (Gunther kick)
COL: Rouson 7 yard run (pass failed)
BYU: Plater 22 yard pass from Young (Gunther kick)
BYU: Gunther 32 yard field goal
COL: Beebe 1 yard pass from Essington (Essington to Johnson pass)
McMahon missed the next two games.
- Eugene Register-Guard. 27 Sep 1981.