DENVER — With a burst of speed at the line of scrimmage, Phillip Lindsay was gone.
Colorado's senior running back had another sensational game in Friday's 17-3 win against Colorado State, including an explosive 45-yard touchdown run to start the scoring in the first quarter.
"The offensive line handled their business, I was patient, followed it and hit how it always does in practice," Lindsay said.
Lindsay, aiming to become the first player in CU history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, finished with 140 yards on 19 carries. It was the third-best single-season total of his career, and it moved into 10th place on CU's all-time career rushing list, with 2,373 yards.
"I'm happy we won the game," Lindsay said. "Anything I can do to help win the game, that's what I'm going to do."
Always known for his tough, physical style, Lindsay flashed his speed on the touchdown. He took the handoff and once he got to the line of scrimmage, he pulled away from two CSU defensive backs to race to the end zone.
"Phil's a heck of a runner and we were able to bust him through there," Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He's just got that extra gear. He's a little faster, a little stronger."
Lindsay credits strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson for that added speed and strength and said Wilson's work with the entire team "is going to show up throughout this whole season."
CU had junior cornerback Isaiah Oliver line up against CSU standout receiver Michael Gallup all night.
Gallup wound up with just five catches for 67 yards, with no plays longer than 19 yards. Oliver finished with four pass breakups.
"He's a great receiver; one of the better receivers I've faced in college football," Oliver said.
MacIntyre said the Oliver vs. Gallup matchup was "worth the price of admission."
Sixth-year senior left tackle Jeromy Irwin and fifth-year senior tight end/defensive end George Frazier were both in uniform, but did not play.
The two captains were both suspended for making mistakes off the field.
"We chose the words 'choose discipline' as our slogan this year, and they made a mistake and so we chose discipline, and they didn't play this game," MacIntyre said.
Sophomore defensive lineman Frank Umu was also suspended for a violation of team rules. His suspension was announced earlier this week.
Up until the Pac-12 title game a year ago, the Buffs had forced at least one turnover in 25 consecutive games. Then, they failed to get one in the last two games of the 2016 season.
On Friday, the Buffs forced three turnovers, all of them in the second half.
Junior Evan Worthington and freshman Trey Udoffia both picked off passes, while senior safety Afolabi Laguda recovered a key fourth quarter fumble.
The announced attendance was 73,932, the fifth-highest total in the series' history.
This is the first time since 2003 that attendance topped the 70,000 mark. That year, a record 76,219 tickets were distributed.
This is also the seventh consecutive year that attendance for the Showdown has increased from the previous year.
Safety Nick Fisher (hamstring) and running back Kyle Evans (hip) were held out of the game as they continue recovering from injuries. ... The Buffs won the coin toss for the ninth game in a row. They've won the toss in 14 of 15 games since the start of last year. ... CSU quarterback Nick Stevens has thrown four interceptions in 67 attempts against the Buffs in the last two seasons. He had four interceptions in the 220 passes he threw between the two CU games.