On Colorado's first offensive play of Friday night's Rocky Mountain Showdown, running back Phillip Lindsay took a pitch, ran to the left and picked up 10 yards and a first down.

It was a great run by Lindsay, but it was made possible by receivers Jay MacIntyre and Bryce Bobo sustaining blocks down field and creating running room.

Later in the first quarter, Devin Ross caught his first touchdown pass of the year, running free to the end zone because of a block from Bobo.

Throughout CU's 44-7 victory against Colorado State, the Buffs' receivers proved that they are an all-around bunch that can make impact plays with or without the ball in their hands. Being good at both catching and blocking has been a point of emphasis for new co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini.

"Coach Chev stresses that more than catching the ball," Ross said. "More than catching the ball or running any route.

"Bryce had a great block on my touchdown, so I gave him props for that. It wouldn't have happened without him."

CU's receivers actually take pride in collecting big blocks.

"We have a board in our room, a knockdown board," junior Shay Fields said. "We're probably going to go home and tally those up and see who got the most."

Of course, receivers also compete for catches and yards, and in that regard, Bobo, Ross and Fields got off to a great start.

Ross had eight catches for 97 yards, nearly a third of the production he had for the entire 2015 season (25 catches for 324).


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Bobo finished with five catches for 99 yards, just missing the first 100-yard game of his career. He had the most impressive catch of the night, a one-hander near the sidelines for 46 yards to set up a touchdown.

Bobo and Ross both had great offseasons and quarterback Sefo Liufau said it was great to see them carry that over to the game.

"Those two had a great game," Liufau said. "Devin has really impressed me coming from the end of last season into tonight. He did a really good job running routes and making plays.

"Bryce Bobo, I know I left him out to dry a couple times, but he made some big plays today. I expect a lot from both of them in the year to come."

Fields, expected to be the Buffs' top receiver, was the focus of the CSU defense, but still had three catches for 79 yards, including a 60-yard catch to the 1 that set up a score.

Tempo

Throughout the offseason, the Buffs have talked about how fast they want to play on offense. Their pace on Friday was impressive and it caught the Rams off guard.

"They came out and they've always been a no-huddle spread team, but it was extremely fast tonight," CSU head coach Mike Bobo said. "We couldn't settle down defensively and really couldn't get them into any third downs."

On CU's four first-half touchdown drives, they ran a total of 25 plays, gaining 263 yards and using a combined 7 minutes, 5 seconds of game time.

The Buffs have practiced their tempo all offseason, but Ross said it was even quicker during the game.

"We felt kind of winded at first, but we got used to the game and the tempo," he said. "I appreciate that offense and I love it and I can't wait to see how much better we're going to get. That was just the first game, so imagine when we get all in sync and continue to do it all game. It's going to be great."

Coach MacIntyre knew the pace would be an adjustment for his players, but was pleased with how they handled the first outing.

"We got it going and we'll get in better and better shape as you play the games," he said. "You push them in practice, but the games, you kind of get into playing shape. I thought the guys played fast and did well."

Adkins sits

When healthy, Michael Adkins II is considered by many to be CU's best running back. The junior was healthy on Friday, but did not play.

"He's healthy, but he hasn't practiced enough, so we had the other guys go," MacIntyre said. "He'll play as the year goes along."

Notable

The Buffs converted 12 third downs (in 19 chances), the most they've converted in a game since also getting 12 against Miami-Ohio on Sept. 22, 2007. The school record is 14. ... CU is 8-2 in non-conference play under MacIntyre, including 3-1 against CSU. Including his time at San Jose State, he is 5-1 against the Rams.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.