Nearly 70,000 fans showed up for the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Sept. 2 in Denver, with a large chunk of those being Colorado fans.

Senior cornerback Chidobe Awuzie noticed, and said he's hoping for another good showing from CU fans today when the Buffaloes host Idaho State in the home opener at Folsom Field.

"We're real excited," Awuzie said about playing at home. "(The fans) came out screaming and yelling for us on Friday last week. Hopefully they'll do the same thing against Idaho State."

As of Thursday, the Buffs had sold 35,772 tickets for today's game, already more than the home openers for 2013 against Central Arkansas (35,168) and 2015 against Massachusetts (35,094).

CU is 2-1 in home openers during Awuzie's career.

Running the option

Against CSU, quarterback Sefo Liufau rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries, most of that running the read option.

Throughout his career, Liufau has drastically improved in his ability to run the option, to the point that he looked smoother than ever in that regard against CSU.

"Definitely," he said. "Smoother is the perfect word for it. The reads came a little clearer to me and it makes it easier, and I just feel more comfortable running now, too."

Half of Liufau's runs last week went for 5 yards or more, and the 66 yards represented the third-best single-game total of his career.

Bobo making his mark

Junior receiver Bryce Bobo had the best game of his career against the Rams, catching five passes for a career-high 99 yards.


He was also exceptional as a blocker.

Bobo has to be in the running for the most improved Buff since the spring.

"Not even close to the same guy (as the spring)," receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini said. "He looks like a top of the line Pac-12 player to me. If he learns that if he works every day at it and he's consistent with his work ethic, he can be a really, really good player in this conference."

Chev-Lindgren working well

Brian Lindgren and Chiaverini share coordinator duties and they got their first chance to work together in a game last week. Lindgren calls the plays from the booth, while Chiaverini will operate from the sidelines.

"It's been good," Chiaverini said. "We're very different personality wise. He's more laid back, I'm more aggressive and I think our personalities mesh well. Even on game day, he's asking me, 'Chev, what play do you want?' I give him a play and if he likes it we go with it. We work well together."

Julmisse's time to come?

True freshman Tony Julmisse signed with CU in February as a receiver. He then spent August camp working as a receiver and cornerback. Now, he's only on the depth chart as a corner, and played five plays on defense against CSU (recovering a fumble on one play).

Chiaverini said Julmisse is still practicing at receiver, but "not as much as it was in camp."

Chiaverini said there's a chance Julmisse will play some receiver this year, and the freshman is sure to have the ball in his hands at some point.

"He's still a very dynamic athlete and you're going to see him on kick returns and do some stuff for us," Chiaverini said.

Apsay update

Former CU quarterback Cade Apsay, who was dismissed from the team last winter for violating team rules, appears to be done playing football.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Apsay was the possible starter at Glendale (Calif.) Community College, but failed to make the team for academic reasons.

Last week, Apsay tweeted, "So glad I'm done with football I feel so free and it gives me more time to watch my brothers play."

Apsay spent two seasons at CU and started the final two games of the 2015 season in place of the injured Liufau.

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