Saturday night was a tough one to take for Buff Nation.

Colorado's 45-42 loss to Arizona was excruciating for the Buffaloes, who lost their third in a row.

From an entertainment perspective, however, the duel between Arizona's Khalil Tate and CU's Phillip Lindsay was great theater, and it was a night that'll go into the record book.

Tate, a true sophomore, set a Football Bowl Division (FBS) record for rushing yards by a quarterback, with 327. That broke the previous mark of 321, by Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois in 2013.

Lindsay, meanwhile, finished with a career-high 281 yards on the ground, the fourth-best single-game total in CU history.

Together, Tate and Lindsay became the first pair of players to rush for at least 250 yards in the same game in FBS history.

The 608 yards between Tate and Lindsay also set an FBS record for the most rushing yards gained by two players in the same game. The previous mark was 553, by San Diego State's Marshall Faulk (386 yards) and Pacific's Ryan Benjamin (167) on Sept. 14, 1991.

Tate had the best single-game rushing total in FBS this season, while Lindsay's was the fourth-best of the year.

Second guessing

Colorado's decision to kick the ball deep after a late touchdown on Saturday was puzzling to a lot of CU fans. Even head coach Mike MacIntyre second-guessed himself.


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With 5:04 to play, Lindsay scored on an 11-yard run to cut the deficit to three points.

Given CU's inability to stop Arizona, attempting an onside kick seemed to be a logical choice.

"We talked about it," MacIntyre said after the game. "I even talked about doing it at 11 minutes (after CU pulled within 42-35). I thought about it, because we hadn't stopped them."

MacIntyre said, "I knew our offense had some momentum," and he apparently had hope that the CU defense would get a stop.

Tate couldn't be stopped, however. After the CU touchdown with 11:02 to go, Tate led the Wildcats to a field goal. After the last Lindsay touchdown, Tate and the Wildcats ran out the clock, converting two third downs and taking advantage of two CU penalties.

"Maybe we should have tried (the on-sides kick), because they were going to score anyway," MacIntyre said.

Of course, just attempting the onside kick doesn't mean it'll work. Since the start of the 2015 season, Pac-12 teams have recovered just four of 28 onside kicks. CU is 0-2 in that time, last recovering an on-sides kick in 2014.

Shut out

CU receiver Devin Ross didn't catch a pass against Arizona, ending a personal streak of 20 consecutive games with at least one catch.

Fellow senior Shay Fields had another quiet night, finishing with three catches for 38 yards.

Fields, who ranks among CU's all-time leaders in catches and yards, has just nine catches for 79 yards in his last three games combined.

Notable

Lindsay ranks fifth nationally with 810 rushing yards. ... The Buffs finished with 300 rushing yards as a team. It was the first time since Sept. 13, 1986 at Oregon that the Buffs lost a game in which they ran for 300 or more yards. The Buffs were 50-0-1 in such games since that Oregon loss. ... Tight end Chris Bounds, right tackle Isaac Miller and cornerback Dante Wigley all made their first career starts.

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