The thinking must have been that Takkarist McKinley couldn’t use his devastating speed if he were on the ground, so Colorado’s right tackle lunged at his legs for a cut block in the second quarter of UCLA’s game against the Buffaloes earlier this month.
McKinley wasted little movement. He used the lineman’s momentum like a matador sweeping a bull under his cape. Then McKinley kept running. A back was in pass protection, but he either missed seeing the very big man running very fast at him or, more likely, pretended not to see him.
McKinley crunched Colorado’s quarterback just as he threw. The ball wobbled into the arms of UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown.