Jay MacIntyre admits the past few weeks haven't been the most pleasant of his football career.
Sure, some of those frustrations have been soothed by a winning streak that reached five games with the Colorado Buffaloes' 38-24 win against Washington State Saturday. But since suffering a concussion against Arizona State on Oct. 15, MacIntyre has struggled to regain his niche in CU's offense.
Consider MacIntyre back in the groove.
The sophomore wide receiver enjoyed a career game against the Cougars, finishing with seven receptions for 90 yards. Both those marks set new career-highs, and several of MacIntyre's grabs in the second half occurred on third down during drives that eventually ended in CU points.
"That was one of the most frustrating times in my life honestly," said MacIntyre, who incurred his concussion against ASU during a fumbled punt return. "That wasn't my best game obviously and also the concussion put me back a little bit. But I got to practice after all the concussion protocol...it puts you a little behind. You really want to be out there but you can't. I feel like we got back on track."
MacIntyre was a non-factor at Stanford the week after his concussion and recorded just one catch for 14 yards the following week against UCLA. He got a little more immersed in the action last week at Arizona, finishing with three catches for 50 yards, before becoming a prime target of quarterback Sefo Liufau on Saturday.
Among MacIntyre's second-half receptions against WSU was a 15-yard catch on third-and-five late in the third quarter. Two plays later Liufau scored his third touchdown of the game to give CU the lead for good. On the Buffs' next drive, MacIntyre made a 17-yard grab on third-and seven. That drive ended with a 46-yard Chris Graham field goal that stretched the Buffs' lead to 31-24.
"Coach Chev (Darrin Chiaverini) always preaches that if you stay on the field, we're going to win the game," MacIntyre said. "We always have goals and third downs are one of our biggest goals, and we happened to do well in that area today."
MacIntyre wasn't the only CU receiver to enjoy a big day against the Cougars. Devin Ross recorded eight catches for a game-high 121 yards. And while Kabion Ento probably wants back a missed touchdown grab late in the first half, he filled in capably when Bryce Bobo was sidelined by an injury and made several superb blocks downfield.
"Their defense, the way the play the slots was a big advantage for us," Ross said. "They were keying on Shay (Fields) because of the big game he had last week, so it was open for everyone else. We just made plays and executed our game plan."