Game at a glance

Matchup: Colorado Buffaloes (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) at Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 0-3)

Kickoff: 2:07 p.m. MDT

Where: Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. Capacity: 43,154; Turf: FieldTurf.

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: KOA (850 AM & 94.1 FM)

Odds: Colorado by 10 ½

Coaches: Colorado — Mike MacIntyre (5th season, 23-24; 39-55 career); Oregon State — Cory Hall (interim; 0-0)

Series: Oregon State leads 5-3 (1-1 in Corvallis)

Seemingly every time Phillip Lindsay steps onto the football field, he's breaking more records.

The Colorado running back became the program's all-time leader in all-purpose yards last week. He's climbing up several other charts, as well.

Right now, however, there's only one number that matters to Lindsay: 0.

CU (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) is halfway through its season and has yet to come away with a conference victory. Lindsay and the Buffs will look to change that on Saturday when they visit Oregon State (1-5, 0-3).

"I haven't really taken that much time to think about (the personal accomplishments)," Lindsay said. "I'm thinking about trying to get this win and get back on track. We have a good opportunity to go somewhere and get back on track. That's where my mind is right now."


With six games remaining on the schedule, the Buffs might be a long shot to repeat as South division champions, but they are determined to make the second half of the season better than the first half.

"You just have to keep moving forward," outside linebacker Derek McCartney said. "We're going to come together as a team and do great things."

CU has coughed up chances for victories in the past two weeks.

During a 27-23 loss to UCLA on Sept. 30, the Buffs dropped two passes in the end zone. Just get one of them and they come away from that game with a win.

Last week, they lost at home, 45-42, to an Arizona team picked to finish last in the South. The offense had its best game of the year, while the defense had its worst.

This week, the Buffs were focused on the opportunities in front of them, rather than dwelling on the past.

"Get back to work," receiver Shay Fields said of the team mentality. "We're taking the mindset of 0-0 now halfway through the season and we have to finish this last half strong."

Quarterback Steven Montez said the team was still "fired up" despite the 0-3 start to conference play, and several players echoed that sentiment.

CU has often used the mantra of "one snap and clear," designed to help them move on from good plays and bad plays and focus on the next. That's the message this week, but Fields said the Buffs have to improve on doing that in games.

"(Against Arizona), you could tell some guys were lingering on the drives before where they missed a block, dropped the ball, fumbled or didn't complete a pass," Fields said. "You can see it, but we have to have that mindset even when we're losing — down 14, down three, down seven — to just one snap and clear, forget about the last play and let's go ahead and get this touchdown and win the game."

CU's resiliency has been put to the test this week, and head coach Mike MacIntyre likes the way his team responded.

"I have had teams that kind of lost hope," MacIntyre said. "I do not think this team has even gotten close to losing hope. I think this team has just got mad. That's a good emotion when you push it the correct way. You have to put your energy and your emotions into your preparation."

MacIntyre said players arrived to meetings and workouts early, they were asking questions and stopping by the office to talk to coaches.

"All of that shows you they still believe," he said.

While the belief is there, the Buffs are trying to figure out how to turn that into wins. There are plenty of things holding them back.

Fields said the Buffs have lacked on-field chemistry this season, at least on offense.

"We have flashes here and there; it's just not enough," he said. "Some guys aren't jelling as well as they need to."

Penalties — 7.83 per game — have hurt the Buffs, as well, and they continue to pile up enough miscues throughout the game to prevent them from winning.

"It's about doing the little things right," Lindsay said. "That's what's been stopping us from winning these games so far. It's little things bouncing your way."

Last year, the Buffs got the bounces. So far this year, they haven't, but they're striving to turn that around.

"We're still looking for that first Pac-12 win," Montez said. "This is a great opportunity for us to get that going. Oregon State is a good team. I think we're a good team, so we'll see how it plays out on Saturday."

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