A sensational night has never felt so hollow to Phillip Lindsay.

Colorado's senior running back was brilliant on Saturday night at Folsom Field, but a 45-42 loss to Arizona took any joy out of it.

Lindsay rushed for a career-high 281 yards and three touchdowns on a school-record 41 carries.

It was the fourth-best single-game rushing total in CU history, and in the process, he passed Rodney Stewart to become the program's all-time leader in all-purpose yards.

"I'd rather not talk about that right now," Lindsay said. "At the end of the day, we didn't get the win and that's what we wanted."

Lindsay, who also caught three passes for 39 yards, now has 4,989 all-purpose yards in his career. Stewart, who played from 2008-11, had 4,828 yards in his career.

Lindsay has rarely enjoyed talking about his personal accomplishments, but even in a losing effort, head coach Mike MacIntyre marveled at his senior.

"I knew (the record) was right around the corner," MacIntyre said. "It's awesome. For what Phillip has done for our program, for the University of Colorado; the way he represents the University of Colorado, the way he represents the state of Colorado, for him to do that and go down in the history books for ever, it'll be hard to break that.

"I'm really happy for Phillip, how he battled and how he fought. He was the first one talking to the team after the game in the locker room about what we needed to do and how we need to do it."


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Right now, that's all that's Lindsay is worried about. He and the Buffs have lost three in a row and go limping into the second half of the season.

"For me, I'm going to lead like no other," he said. "I'm going to go back to the drawing board myself and I'm going to make sure I push my soldiers to the limit."

On Saturday, Lindsay may have pushed himself to the limit with the heaviest workload of any back in CU history. To him, it didn't matter.

"I do it for my team, period," he said. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to help us win and bring glory to this program. We came up short, so obviously I didn't do enough."

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