By the numbers
0 - Interceptions thrown by QB Sefo Liufau. That broke a streak of four consecutive games with an INT for the sophomore. He was picked off at least once in six of his eight games in 2013.
2 - Catches for senior Tyler McCulloch, for 14 yards. In the final seven games of 2013 combined, he had two catches for 6 yards.
3 - Pass plays went for negative yardage. Liufau had completions that went for minus-4, minus-7 and minus-2 yards. That's not a number the Buffs want to repeat. Oddly, they had no rushing attempts go for negative yards.
3 - Tackles for loss by CU linebacker Addison Gillam, marking a career-best for the sophomore. He had 10 TFLs last year, but never more than two in a game. At this point, five of his 13 career TFLs have come against CSU.
8 - Rushing yards for junior Christian Powell. That's just the second time in his career he's been held in single digits; the first time coming in his first career game, Sept. 1, 2012, against CSU, when he had 3 yards on one attempt.
47 - Rushing yards for Liufau, on seven rushes (6.7 average). He had 43 yards all of last season, averaging 1.1 yards per rush.
70.0 - Career field goal percentage for Will Oliver, who is 35-for-50 since taking that job in 2011. After missing a 41-yarder against the Rams, Oliver is just 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from the 40-49-yard range. He is at 80 percent (24-for-30) inside 40 yards.
130.36 - Sefo Liufau's QB rating against the Rams. That's right in line with his QB rating from last year (128.30).
Fans don't really like to hear about how well the punter played, especially after a loss. But, Darragh O'Neill had a really good night for the Buffs. He averaged 45.5 yards on his six punts. Most important, four of his punts pinned CSU inside the 20, and two pinned the Rams inside the 10.
Coming into the season, O'Neill already held CU records for most punts inside the 10 for a season and career, and most punts inside the 20 for a season and career.
Redshirt freshman Phillip Lindsay and sophomore Ryan Severson were the deep backs on six kickoffs the Buffs fielded. Four of them were touchbacks, while Lindsay fielded the other two. There was nothing spectacular from the Denver South grad, as he had one return - from the end zone - for 19 yards and another for 23 yards. Not a bad start, but the Buffs could use some more explosion there.
Seeing Nelson Spruce put up 35 yards on four punt returns was a bit surprising. He had nine returns for 45 yards all of last season, accounting for all of CU's punt returns. Before we declare this a move away from CU's conservative philosophy, however, consider that Spruce had four returns for 34 yards against CSU last year - and then five returns for 11 yards the rest of the season.
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