Colorado's football team has spent the season doing a lot of things it hasn't done in years.

The Buffaloes added another on Monday, when quarterback Sefo Liufau was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week and safety Nick Fisher was named the defensive player of the week.

It's the first time 1995 - when the Buffs were in the Big Eight - that they had the offensive and defensive players of the week in the same week.

Liufau and Fisher were honored after the ninth-ranked Buffaloes (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) knocked off Washington State, 38-24, on Saturday.

Liufau had 453 yards in total offense, including 345 passing yards and a career-high 108 rushing yards. He became just the second player in CU history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game - joining teammate Steven Montez, who did it Sept. 24 at Oregon.

A senior, Liufau also had a career-best three rushing touchdowns against the Cougars and had a hand in 12 of CU's 13 third-down conversions (five rushing, eight passing).

Fisher was an unlikely winner, given the fact that he wasn't supposed to play much against the Cougars. When safety Afolabi Laguda was ejected for targeting and another safety, Ryan Moeller, left the game with a concussion, Fisher took on a bigger role.

Against the Cougars, he played a career-high 67 snaps on defense (he had played 39 snaps all year coming in) and totaled a career-best six tackles. He had one of the biggest tackles of the season for CU, stopping the Cougars short of the first down on fourth-and-4 from the CU 18-yard line early in the fourth quarter.


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In addition to his fourth-down tackle, Fisher had three third-down stops and a pass breakup.

CU has earned eight conference player of the week awards this season, matching a program record for one year, set in 2001.

The Buffs have had more player of the week awards than any team in the conference. They had just six weekly honors in the previous five years combined.

Liufau was also honored after the season opener. He's the only player in the conference to earn offensive player of the week honors twice this season.

Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky was the special teams player of the week.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.