There were a lot of things to like about Colorado's 43-10 win against Charleston Southern on Saturday at Folsom Field.

But at halftime, head coach Mike MacIntyre found something he didn't like. During his halftime interview on KOA (850 AM) radio, MacIntyre said that the CU defensive line "sucks."

CU gave up 123 rushing yards during the first half on 28 rushes, with Charleston Southern quarterback Kyle Copeland -- a freshman third stringer making his first starter -- piling up 58 of those. Take away a 13-yard sack and Copeland had 71 yards on his other 10 attempts.

"We had three third-down plays where we had stuff called and worked on it and one of the young men is supposed to go under the tackle instead of outside the tackle and it opened it wide up when it would have got them out on third down," MacIntyre said after the game. "I was just upset about that at the time."

Coaches didn't yell at the linemen during halftime, but adjustments were made. CU gave up just 25 yards on 17 rushes in the second half.

"We just showed them adjustments and what they had to correct and made sure they got it corrected and they did in the second half," defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat said.

Senior defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe was taken aback a bit when told of MacIntyre's halftime comments, but admitted he and his group played better after the break.


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"They didn't score in the second half, so we definitely played better in the second half," said Uzo-Diribe, who had a sack and forced a fumble.

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